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Virginia Ventures Forum

McDonnellThe Virginia Innovation Partnership, a statewide network designed to accelerate innovation and economic growth, hosted the inaugural Virginia Ventures Forum on Friday, September 6, 2013.

The forum, open to the public, showcased Virginia Innovation Partnership projects, offered keynote talks by global investment leaders and included periods of networking time for participants and forum attendees.

The forum was held at the U.S. Patent and Trademark offices in Alexandria. Speakers included Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell; Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce; UVa President Teresa Sullivan; George Mason University President Angel Cabrera; Virginia Secretary of Technology Jim Duffey; and Peggy Focarino, Commissioner for Patents, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The full schedule is available here.

The Virginia Innovation Partnership is a statewide network that funds and mentors innovative teams and proof-of-concept projects at all of Virginia’s universities and colleges, with the goal of commercialization. Attracting adequate venture capital funds and high-quality intellectual and business partners is a key to success. UVa is among the partnership’s members.

"The partnership seeks to increase private-sector funding that supports job creation and innovation, as a well as new technology, by connecting researchers, corporations and state and local government. It encourages start-up companies to establish their base in Virginia, while also attracting established companies to invest in the state by increasing technology licensing potential," said Tom Skalak, UVa's Vice President for Research.

The partnership is supported by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s i6 Challenge, which supports technology commercialization and entrepreneurship. 

A second Virginia Ventures Forum is planned for September 5, 2014.

Cooling Solutions for High Heat Flux Applications, University of Virginia
A Novel Vaccine for Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Transmitted Diseases
, Virginia Commonwealth University
Hacker Proofing the Web, University of Virginia
New Drug for Safe Blood Transfusions, Eastern Virginia Medical Center
Ocean Safe Biodegradable Microspheres for the Cosmetic and Toiletries Industry, The College of William & Mary, The Virginia Institute of Marine Science
A New Device to Diagnose Heart Attacks Early and Quickly, Virginia Commonwealth University
Harvesting Energy from Moving Water Using Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV), Virginia Tech
Airway Stent Delivery System
, Virginia Commonwealth University
Gas Expanded Lubricants: Energy Efficiency and Increased Reliability in Power Production Using Tunable Fluids
, University of Virginia
A Nano-scaffold Drug Delivery System to Treat Nerve Injury, University of Virginia
Nanostructured Battery Components for Enhanced Performance in Energy Storage Devices, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
A Novel Approach to Treat Anemia through a Stress Sensor,
University of Virginia
Operating Compressors at Their Full Capacities for Energy Savings
, University of Virginia
PureMadi: Silver-Impregnated Ceramic Filters & Tablets for Developing-World Water Purification
, University of Virginia
Reconfigurable Array of Magnetic Automata (RAMA),
University of Virginia
Sustained Drug Release Formulation for Glaucoma
, Virginia Commonwealth University    
Synergistic Traffic Counting:  A Cost-effective Solution to Traffic Count Collection
, Old Dominion University
Transporter-directed Prodrugs for Drug Delivery to the Brain
, Virginia Commonwealth University