What's New at 722

From the Desk of...  Michael P. Straightiff

August 2018

August 2018

Summer in a college town can quiet down with students out of session, but the UVA Licensing & Ventures Group has had a busy few months. Several interns supported our marketing efforts and legal team, along with two Darden MBA candidates who joined the LVG Seed Fund. You can read about their experience in this issue of What’s New at 722.  

On any given day, our incubator filled with UVA-affiliated ventures including Brandefy, and our portfolio company, Silivhere Technologies, who used our space for meetings and working sessions. We also hosted international graduate students from Shanghai, and our licensing analyst, Hui Wang, Ph.D., delivered a technology transfer seminar in Mandarin.

More notably, we closed one of the most creatively executed deals in the history of our organization in collaboration with Jony Kipnis, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Neuroscience at UVA, whose latest research findings were published in Nature last month. Our industry partner, PureTech Health, created their internal Ariya division as a result of our agreement. You can read more about it in the press release linked below.

On Tuesday, September 18, we’re opening our doors on Preston Ave for the second annual LVG Fall Open House and the release of our 2018 Annual Report. We hope to see you there!

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