Given D.C.’s bevy of academic institutions and growing entrepreneurial scene, it makes sense that tech transfer is taking place in the city. In fact, two D.C.-based companies working to create commercial success around science and technology advances made at academic institutions here recently won national recognition.
When the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) held its first University Startups Demo Day (USDD) on Sept. 20, two D.C. companies were among the “Best University Startups 2016” present — Adipomics, a project of the Children’s National Medical Center near Howard University and Nanochon, a startup born out of George Washington University.
Adipomics, founded in 2015, is working to improve “diagnostics and treatment around childhood obesity.” Nanochon, on the other hand, is developing “new and exciting technologies for improving joint injury repair” — technologies like 3D printing and “tissue engineering.”
Adipomics and Nanochon were selected out of 200 companies from all over the country to be part of this “best of” list. As part of USDD, both spent the day on the Hill on Sept. 20, meeting members of Congress and pitching their concepts.
NCET2, an organization made up of university startup officers that aims to “strengthen the innovation and entrepreneurial network” in the U.S. by bringing universities and entrepreneurs together with Fortune 1,000 companies, VCs, state and federal agencies and more, plans to hold another University Startup Demo Day in April 2017.-30-