UofL-born technology for treating Type 1 diabetes has commercial partner

August 6, 2020 - UofL-born technology for treating Type 1 diabetes has commercial partner
A University of Louisville-born therapy that helps people with Type 1 diabetes stay off immunosuppressants by re-educating the body’s immune system to accept transplanted insulin-producing cells now has a commercial partner. iTolerance Inc., a San Mateo, California-based biotech company, has signed an exclusive license and intends to develop the therapy toward clinical use. The technology was co-invented at UofL and at the Georgia Institute of Technology with support from the National Institutes of Health and JDRF, which funds Type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

Allen Morris

July 27, 2020 - UofL, partners will help commercialize Kentucky university-born technologies
The University of Louisville and partners will lead an effort to bring technologies born at Kentucky universities to market, thanks to $1.16 million in support announced by Gov. Andy Beshear on Friday. The effort, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV), is a collaboration between UofL, the University of Kentucky and Kentucky Science and Technology Corp. (KSTC). Together, they will provide expertise, training and other support to help Kentucky colleges and universities get their inventions off campus and into the hands of entrepreneurs and industry.

Geoffrey Clark, Ph.D.

July 22, 2020 - UofL technology that may inhibit pathway for cancer gets commercial partner
A University of Louisville-born invention that may help treat cancer now has a commercial partner. Qualigen Therapeutics Inc., a California biotechnology company focused on developing novel therapeutics for the treatment of cancer and infectious diseases, has signed a license agreement for the technology and plans to fund continued development with UofL to ready it for market.

three people looking at a test tube in a lab

June 10, 2020 - Potential UofL coronavirus breakthrough in development with California biomedical company
A promising University of Louisville technology believed to block the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 from infecting human cells now has a commercial partner. The California biomedical company Qualigen Therapeutics Inc. has signed a license agreement for the technology, and plans to fund continued development with UofL to ready it for market.


nanofilter prototype

May 13, 2020 - UofL researchers are working to develop a more effective and reusable N95 mask
Scientists at the University of Louisville’s Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research and the Advanced Manufacturing Institute of Science & Technology (AMIST) have partnered with Advanced Energy Materials, LLC (ADEM) to develop and patent a more effective and reusable N95 mask to filter COVID-19 droplets and other airborne particles and viruses. The masks are being developed using nanomaterial research at the Conn Center, a J.B. Speed School of Engineering center.

Artificial Intelligence-Robot

November 21, 2019 - UofL teams up with business leaders to launch artificial intelligence consortium
The University of Louisville is part of the new Artificial Intelligence Innovation Consortium, an alliance that also includes Amazon Web Services, GE Appliances, Amgen, V-Soft Consulting and other companies. Louisville Business First reports that this alliance is a first-of-its-kind for the city of Louisville.



August 15, 2019 - UofL researchers help find 20-some worlds on hunt for Earth-like planets (Video included)
University of Louisville researchers are part of a team that has identified more than 20 new planets outside of our solar system — some of which may have the right conditions to support life. The UofL is part of the ground-based team for NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) program, which launched in spring 2018 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida atop a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

UofL, partners launch regional entrepreneurship & innovation hub

December 17, 2018 - UofL, partners launch regional entrepreneurship and innovation hub (Video included)
The University of Louisville and partners are creating a hub aimed at supporting and accelerating regional innovation and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on the city’s robust health care sector. The entrepreneur-led hub, dubbed the Louisville Entrepreneurship Acceleration Partnership (LEAP), is backed by a multimillion-dollar RISE grant funded by KY Innovation through the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. The award is $1.3 million per year for up to five years.

Tobacco Research

October 30, 2018 - UofL part of $17.98 million grant to continue tobacco research
Building upon the success of the past five years, the American Heart Association, in partnership with the University of Louisville, has received a nearly $18 million, five-year renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health, funded by the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products to continue support for the American Heart Association Tobacco Regulation and Addiction Center. UofL’s center specifically will receive $8.7 million as part of the national effort.

UofL, partners form new regional accelerator hub for biomedical technologies

October 11, 2018 - UofL, partners form new regional accelerator hub for biomedical technologies
The University of Louisville, along with partners from academia and industry across the Southeast, is creating a new accelerator hub aimed at getting new biomedical technologies to market faster. The hub is backed by a federal grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is potentially valued at a total of $3.5 million over three years, with nearly $500,000 in funding the first year.

Liza Creel LEAD Program

August 23, 2018 - UofL’s Commonwealth Institute to evaluate city’s LEAD program
Researchers in UofL’s Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, housed in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences, have joined with partners from across public and private sectors to announce the development of Kentucky’s first Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion program, known as LEAD, to divert opioid addicted people from jails in favor of case management and treatment.

Novak Center for Children's Health

August 15, 2018 - Support from Crusade for Children enables UofL Pediatrics to extend access
For decades, the University of Louisville and the WHAS Crusade for Children have partnered with the single goal of bringing the best health care possible to the children of Louisville and Kentucky. This year, the Crusade has helped fund in part or in whole 12 projects at UofL, including the recently opened Novak Center for Children’s Health. Beginning in late June, nearly all the practices that see patients from infancy to mid-20s in some cases moved into the Novak Center for Children’s Health. This marks the first time that outpatient clinical care for these patients is concentrated in a single location. The Crusade has provided more than $475,000 in support of the facility, including $274,000 in this round of funding.

Dr. Geoffrey Clark, far right

May 1, 2018 - UofL researchers develop technology that may inhibit pathway for cancer
Researchers at the University of Louisville have developed a technology that may inhibit a critical pathway for cancer. The UofL technology works by targeting the RAS protein. When mutated, RAS turns into a stuck accelerator pedal, says Dr. Geoffrey J. Clark, a co-inventor of the technology. Clark enlisted fellow professor and researcher Dr. John Trent, who runs the Molecular Modeling Facility at UofL. Trent used the school’s partnership with DataSeam, a non-profit with a network of school computers across the state.

Giddy and GE Partnership

February 1, 2018 - GE Appliances Launches New Tech Startup at UofL
Louisville-based manufacturer GE Appliances, a Haier company, has opened its next innovation play at the University of Louisville. The company has launched Giddy, a technology startup with headquarters just north of the Belknap campus. “We love the partnership between UofL and Giddy,” said Mark Rondina, Giddy’s director of User Experience. “We feel that it really is mutually beneficial.”

People cutting ribbon at opening ceremony for Advanced Energy Materials LLC.

June 2, 2017 - Manufacturer opens new facility at UofL
Advanced Energy Materials LLC, a Louisville-based manufacturer, has opened a new production facility at the University of Louisville. “It’s a big milestone for our company, moving from R&D to production and commercial sales,” said Vasanthi Sunkara, AEM’s president and CEO, at a ribbon cutting event June 2. “Today’s event commemorates …the company’s direction toward becoming a full-fledged commercial venture.”

The Cardiovascular Innovation Institute building.

January 25, 2017 - UofL receives more than $1M in funding to create new lung research program
A new research program at the University of Louisville will focus on developing better methods for studying lung inflammation and allow for new research into causes and potential therapies for lung diseases that affect millions of Americans. Thanks to a pledge of $1.05 million throughout five years from the GSG III Foundation Inc., the UofL School of Medicine will create the Gibbs Lung Research Program at the Cardiovascular Innovation Institute (CII).

Dr. Susan Harkema

October 24, 2016 - New Robotic Device to Boost Balance in Spinal Cord Injury Patients at UofL
Susan Harkema, PhD, who leads this research at UofL, Claudia Angeli, PhD, Enrico Rejc, PhD, and Sunil Agrawal, PhD, an engineer at Columbia University, have won a $5 million grant to develop a robotic device that will aid individuals with SCI further by helping them regain balance. The Tethered Pelvic Assist Device will provide stimulation and feedback to aid in the recovery of balance, and will be integrated with activity-based training and epidural stimulation research at UofL.

Three UofL surgeons with woman who had double hand transplant surgery

October 21, 2016 - UofL Surgeons Involved in Indiana Woman's Double Hand Transplant
A Jeffersonville, Indiana, woman has become the first female hand transplant recipient in Kentucky and the 10th patient to receive a hand transplant from the Louisville Vascularized Composite Allograft program, a partnership of physicians, researchers and health care providers from the University of Louisville, Jewish Hospital, part of KentuckyOne Health, the Christine M. Kleinert Institute for Hand and Microsurgery and the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center.

Speed School engineering college students working with high school students

October 19, 2016 - Speed School Debuts Central High School Maker Space
The J.B. Speed School of Engineering opened its third maker space at a local school this week — this time at Central High School. Its goal is to increase awareness of the science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, fields and to persuade underrepresented students to consider pursuing those disciplines. “Our goal with these maker space facilities is to increase interest in the STEM fields and to help students grow their self-confidence,” said UofL Acting President Neville Pinto. “Expect to see our Speed School students here working alongside Central students on engineering projects.” view video View Video

Dr. Behrman & Dr. Harkema

July 20, 2016 - UofL spinal cord injury researchers present latest developments at international conference
Researchers in the University of Louisville Department of Neurological Surgery shared their recent developments in therapies for children and adults with neurological conditions at IV STEP, an international conference intended to foster, guide and affect neurologic physical therapy practice over the next decade. Andrea Behrman, PhD, PT, and Susan Harkema, PhD, professors at UofL, along with Elizabeth Ardolino, PhD, PT, assistant professor at the University of St. Augustine, presented “Activity-dependent Plasticity for Neuromuscular Recovery: Use of Classifications to Drive Therapies and Outcomes,” on July 15, at the IV STEP Conference in Columbus, Ohio.

Pediatric Researchers

July 7, 2016 - Norton Healthcare grants 1.25 million to University of Louisville for pediatric research
As partners in providing specialized care to the children of Kentucky and Southern Indiana, Norton Healthcare has granted $1.25 million to the University of Louisville to support research initiatives related to a host of pediatric subspecialties. The donation was announced at a news conference in the Kosair Children’s Hospital lobby on July 6.

Dr. William Tse

June 14, 2016 - UofL leads first research team to identify AF1q protein associated with multiple myeloma, extramedullary disease - A group of researchers from the University of Louisville, Japan and Austria is the first to identify a protein, AF1q, associated with multiple myeloma and a condition that occurs in approximately one-fourth of very aggressive multiple myeloma and extramedullary disease or EMD.

500 N Hurstbourne building

August 21, 2015 - UofL Foundation, NTS ‘top off’ 500 North Hurstbourne, announce tenant
The third office building at the University of Louisville’s ShelbyHurst Office and Research Park is scheduled to be open for business in summer 2016... “Through our great partnership with NTS, we are transforming the UofL Shelby Campus from an underused asset into a thriving office and business park,” said UofL Foundation Chairman Robert Hughes. view video View Video

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June 25, 2015 - Conn Center partners with company consortium on wood-to-energy project
The University of Louisville Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research has formed a partnership with a South Carolina company to accelerate commercialization of a coal-like product made from wood and biomass materials.

UofL AMCC announcement ceremony

May 13, 2015 - New training center will put Kentucky at the ‘forefront’ of changes in manufacturing
The soon-to-open UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center on UofL’s Belknap Campus will help ensure that Kentucky remains at the “forefront” of the rapidly evolving manufacturing sector. The UL AMCC will offer hands-on training in additive manufacturing, focusing on metals. Curriculum will cover design set up and corrections, machine assembly, and parts production, inspection, testing and validation. view video View Video

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April 28, 2015 - Latest grant gives UofL trifecta in efforts to commercialize research
The University of Louisville has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to create an Innovation Corps Site to strengthen the innovation ecosystem in the region and nationally through networking and training opportunities. I-Corps sites support researchers working to move their technology into the marketplace by providing infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding.

Maria Contreras-Sweet talking to UofL researchers and entrepreneurs

March 25, 2015 - SBA director touts programs in Nucleus visit
The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration visited the J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship on March 24 to talk about ways her agency can assist entrepreneurs and owners of fledgling companies. “The whole ecosystem is moving in the right direction,” said Eugene Krentsel, UofL’s associate vice president for research and innovation. He credited progress made here to a “triple helix” of government, businesses and academia that is willing to work together.

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March 20, 2015 - FirstBuild has another new toy: The Louisville Table
GE’s FirstBuild on UofL’s Belknap Campus recently released a “social appliance” named after our city: The Louisville Table. It was designed by Jakub Szczesny, artist-in-residence at FirstBuild, and the first three will be sold as limited-edition, signed art pieces at the Zephyr Gallery for $30,000.

Speed School Student

Feb 10, 2015 - UofL creates $60,000 in new Speed School scholarships
In April, 15,000 elementary, middle and high school students are expected in Louisville for the VEX Robotics World Championship, an annual robotics-engineering tournament. The University of Louisville wants some of those future engineers to return to the city and further their studies here. To ensure that happens, UofL’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering has announced a partnership with the Robotics Education & Competition Foundation to establish an undetermined number of new scholarships for students participating in the competition. The foundation oversees the robotics championship. The total value of the scholarships is $60,000.

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Jan. 9, 2015 - UofL Foundation to administer state small business program
The University of Louisville Foundation has been tabbed as the administrator for a program aimed at providing money to Kentucky’s small businesses. A statewide program, VenCap Kentucky was established by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and is administered through the UofL Foundation. Applicants must be recommended by one of the approved sourcing partners, which include the Kentucky Innovation Network, Nucleus and MetaCyte.

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Dec. 16, 2014 - Human clinical trial sites added for cancer drug
PFK-158 was discovered and developed by Advanced Cancer Therapeutics (ACT) and was based on the initial drug discovered at the University of Louisville's James Graham Brown Cancer Center. The JGBCC is the only cancer center in the region to use a unified approach to cancer care, with multidisciplinary teams of physicians working together to guide patients through diagnosis, treatment and recovery.

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Dec. 8, 2014 - UofL planning 'learning micro-factory' near FirstBuild
The University of Louisville is about two months away from opening a “learning micro-factory” adjacent to the FirstBuild facility on Brandeis Avenue near Floyd Street.

Nurses station at the Brown Cancer Center

Nov. 24, 2014 - Cancer center-related project gets spotlight
ACT is a privately held company dedicated to advancing novel therapeutics for the prevention and treatment of cancer. ACT has successfully established a unique and innovative business model with the University of Louisville’s James Graham Brown Cancer Center (Brown Cancer Center) whereby ACT is able to obtain exclusive worldwide licenses to novel cancer therapeutics discovered at Brown Cancer Center under preset business terms.

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Sept. 29, 2014 - Nucleus hosts journalists from across the country
A group of journalists and bloggers from technology and development publications across the country toured the UofL Foundation’s J.D. Nichols Campus for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and learned about some of the emerging companies housed there.

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Sept. 19, 2014 - Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park video
The University of Louisville unveiled bold new images that depict how its Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park might look when completed. view video View video