Utah's three premier universities are highly recognized for their technology transfer activities. They take ideas from early-stage research to the marketplace, fostering new startups, expansion and economic development. They play an important role in creating life-changing innovation.


In the last decade, BYU has licensed patents to 24 biomedical/biotechnology companies including 22 startups. Past successful bio-related BYU startups include Sonic Innovations, a world-class digital hearing aid company and Moxtek, a company that continues to dominate the X-ray filter market. Current exciting growth companies from BYU include:

* Axcend, a portable liquid chromatography company

* G2 Products, a company that produces an over-the-counter cream to help with arthritis pain

* Nexus TDR, an artificial spinal disk replacement company

* Thunder Biotech, a cancer immunotherapy company

* Diamond Fork, CSA Biotech, and N8 Medical, all with a break-through antimicrobial technology focused on different market applications

The current range of opportunities for licensing includes new candidates for drug development, drug delivery technologies, natural products for human benefit, diagnostic devices, biomarkers for diagnosing diseases and methods for treating addiction without drugs.

New BYU biomedical innovations available for license include a kidney cancer drug, a pancreatic cancer therapy, a protein for opening tight membranes, a drug for muscular dystrophy and a natural compound that generates collagen in the skin to reduce wrinkles.

The biggest BYU bio-related discovery to date came from the Dan Simmons Laboratory over 20 years ago when Dan discovered how COX 2 (Cyclooxygenase 2) could be used as a target for a selective NSAID for the treatment of inflammation and pain in the body. This discovery led to the famous drug called Celebrex that has become one of the most widely used drugs to treat arthritis and other sources of pain and inflammation.


With discovery and innovation continuing to thrive at Utah State University, USU's Technology Transfer Services (TTS) office works with faculty, staff and students to protect and commercialize university discoveries and intellectual property.

When a new technology is discovered, TTS assesses its commercial viability and social impact and, after careful analysis, develops an intellectual property protection and commercialization strategy. This can include marketing...

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