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    Winners of the 6th annual SPARKTank competition, held this February, include social enterprises, robotics and health tech startups

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    Attendees at the 2019 Innovation Showcase learned about the many inventions born at Brandeis

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    Mass Innovation Nights returned to campus on Pi Day to celebrate Brandeis startups for the second year in a row.

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    The 5th Annual SPARKTank pitch competition saw a diverse range of startups, from educational incubator lab to water transporting device, competing for prizes

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    Brandeis University is one of only four National Science Foundation I-Corps sites in Massachusetts, accelerating the economic and societal benefits of basic research.


March 15, 2020

We are going through a challenging time and it’s clear we are all adapting to a “new normal” with an unknown end date. We are reminded every day of our community’s resilience, creativity, and ingenuity Read more.

February 2, 2020

February 2, 2020--an eventful date in the US. It was SuperBowl Sunday, a day when some of the best teams face off to win recognition on the playing field. It was also Groundhog Day, which might mean learning how long winter lasts, or it might mean a day that keeps repeating, if you’re a movie fan Read more.
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December 3, 2019

The fifth annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase was one for the record books in more ways than one. Not only was it a milestone anniversary in the history of the Brandeis Innovation Center, but it also marked a transition for the program Read more.
Profile in Innovation: Olga Papaemmanouil
Profile in Innovation: Olga Papaemmanouil

November 17, 2019

Olga Papaemmanouil is revolutionizing data science and cloud computing. Learn about her groundbreaking work Read more.
 2nd Annual NewCo Boston Open House

October 17, 2019

On Thursday, October 17, Brandesians across the arts and sciences gathered in Epstein to celebrate their interdisciplinary innovations, sharing their latest projects in 3D printing, robotics, social innovation, and more. The event was part of the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s NewCo Boston Festival, a daylong series of open houses designed to showcase the many innovative activities taking place in the Boston tech community Read more.
Audience in meeting hall listening to startup pitch

September 12, 2019

A record number of Brandeis students, faculty, and staff turned out for the 4th annual Brandeis Innovation Startup Mixer, taking place September 12 in Rapaporte Treasure Hall in the Goldfarb Library. From Heller graduate students to International Business School undergraduates, from Rabb School of Continuing Studies faculty to Arts and Sciences students, the attendees were all there with common goals: to see what new startups were emerging from the dorms, classrooms, and labs of Brandeis, and to learn about support available to Brandesians with impactful ideas that they want to explore further Read more.
Grace lab

August 15, 2019

When it comes to creative solutions to many of the world’s practical challenges, Assistant Professor of Chemistry Grace Han loves running a lab that looks for novel ways to uncover just the right, often unexpected, technology. It’s a skill that was seen in full force at this year’s SPROUT Awards, when teams from Grace’s lab took home two prestigious SPROUT grants. Read more

July 24, 2019

When he first came up with the idea of creating a better way to find sustainable, healthy food, Galen Karlan-Mason had no intention of becoming a social entrepreneur. He had just earned his Bachelor’s at Brandeis and was completing his Master’s at Brandeis International Business School. He did, however, intend to transform his interest in sustainability into a career. Where he imagined that career was in real estate, an industry undergoing a green transformation in response to climate change and other global challenges Read more.

July 21, 2019

Two Brandeis startups were recently selected to participate in one of the most prestigious startup accelerators in the world, Masschallenge. The Masschallenge program hosted its annual Showcase event on July 16 at the organization’s dynamic headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District Read more.

July 18, 2019

The 3rd annual HackMyPhD returned to Brandeis this July 18, offering advice, connections, and support to Brandeis University graduate students as they contemplated career paths. The aim of the NSF-funded program, the brainchild of the team at the Office of Technology Licensing and the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center, is to help graduate students learn about the entrepreneurial path and expand their career horizons. The event was generously funded by the Hassenfeld Family Foundation Read more.
Leana Silverberg

July 14, 2019

Leana Silverberg, BS ‘18/MS ‘19, came to the Office of Technology Licensing’s (OTL) SPROUT program her freshman year wanting to work on a startup idea. Now, she's a rising tech innovator at MassChallenge Read more
Brandeis Office of Technology Licensing wins Golden Stopwatch Award

June 15, 2019

The Brandeis Office of Technology Licensing won a Golden Stopwatch award for the speed and efficiency with which they approve materials transfer agreements (MTAs). A critical part of technology transfer between universities and private industry, MTAs are contracts for the transfer of research materials between organizations. They allow researchers at different universities to collaborate as well as getting university-developed breakthroughs into the commercial production pipeline. Brandeis OTL won the Golden Stopwatch, sponsored by MTA organization AddGene, for their efficient facilitation of MTAs between Brandeis University researchers and other universities and private industry.
African Innovators Drive Global Impact
African Innovators Drive Global Impact

June 6, 2019

Last year, three teams from the Heller School with roots in Africa won at SPARKTank, our annual startup competition. See how they're driving global change Read more.

May 22, 2019

Once again, scientists from across Brandeis gathered in the Faculty Club on a bright if breezy Spring morning, hoping to launch the next breakthrough invention. It’s part of a decade-strong program from the Brandeis Office of Technology Licensing, the SPROUT program. This year’s SPROUT grant winners were the most varied to date in terms of the industries they address Read more.
Ms. Silverberg speaking to judges

May 1, 2019

EMet Nanotech, a Brandeis NSF I-Corps team, was the most recent startup born at Brandeis to pitch at a regional startup competition to great acclaim.  On April 25, they pitched at Venture Cafe's BIO Connect: the region's premier annual mini-conference for the latest business, technology and regulatory development in drugs and therapeutics to great acclaim. Read more.
Brandeis OTL Featured in Tech Transfer News

April 3, 2019

We were recently featured in the industry publication Technology Transfer Tactics as a leader among tech transfer offices Read more
group of winners accepting prizes at Mass Innovation Nights
Mass Innovation Nights Returns to Brandeis

March 20, 2019

Mass Innovation Nights, Boston's leading forum for launching new startups, returned to Brandeis University for the second year in row on March 14, 2019. Celebrating Pi Day with this innovation showcase is rapidly becoming a tradition for both Mass Innovation Nights and Brandeis. Read more about Mass Innovation Nights at Brandeis.