September 12, 2012
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, has initiated the launch of an Investment Showcase featuring the latest discoveries and newest companies using Texas A&M System technology and research. The inaugural showcase will be held Thursday, Sept. 13 at Miramont Country Club in Bryan, Texas, and will focus on bringing Texas A&M System companies together with potential investors and partners for commercialization.
“I am very excited to host this event and create the potential for life-changing ideas to become a reality,” said Sharp. “The state’s largest research university should take a leadership role in bettering the lives of people all over this planet.
“Texans see and use products based on Texas A&M research every day. Products ranging from improved cotton in the clothes we wear, to traffic guardrails that save thousands of lives, to improved wheat varieties that improve the profitability of Texas farmers. The Innovation Showcase is a glimpse into the future – a future driven by Texas A&M research and commercialization,” Sharp said.
The Investment Showcase will highlight how research across the Texas A&M System is impacting the lives of not only Texans but people across the globe. Companies at the Investment Showcase are commercializing important discoveries as diverse as treatments for age-related macular degeneration and a game-changing tuberculosis testing kit that could revolutionize the way tuberculosis is managed in the developing world.
“Every company presenting has already raised outside funding, and the total raised to date is over $29 million,” said Brett Cornwell, associate vice chancellor for commercialization. “The companies are commercializing innovations ranging from cancer treatments, to innovative diagnostics for infectious diseases, to energy saving motors. More than 60 companies have been formed to commercialize technologies invented across the Texas A&M System. The companies presenting at the Investment Showcase are translating great science into tomorrow’s life saving and life changing products.”
More than 110 registered guests and investors will be in attendance Thursday.
About the A&M System
The A&M System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $3.5 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities, seven state agencies and a comprehensive health science center, the A&M System educates more than 120,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. Externally funded research expenditures exceed $780 million and help drive the state’s economy.
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