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7th annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase

November 23, 2021

The 7th annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase was our first major in-person event since early 2020. It was wonderful to reconnect with our community again in the Shapiro Science Center.

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Fall Back Into Innovation Kicks Off with Seth Rosen's Inspiring Talk

October 1, 2021

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur or creative innovator? Is it wealth? Industry connections? Or is it something we can all have? According to successful entrepreneur and venture capitalist Seth Rosen, the key common factor among founders who make it is mindset. Seth spoke at the first session of the Fall Back Into Innovation series, part of Brandeis Innovation’s Spark virtual incubator program. 

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Sprout 2021 Winners Transform Industries

July 1, 2021

The Brandeis University Innovation Center’s Sprout program, one of the university’s longest-running programs to support innovation in the sciences, has just announced the recipients of their 2021 Sprout Grant recipients. 

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Takeaways from the 2021 AUTM Annual Meeting

March 30, 2021

Earlier this month, the Brandeis Office of Technology Licensing team attended the annual meeting of AUTM, the world’s leading organization for university technology transfer. In between meetings with prospective licensees of Brandeis’ groundbreaking technologies, the team enjoyed thought-provoking discussions on issues related to technology transfer. 

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"The Protein Is the Drug" - Professors Dagmar Ringe and Greg Petsko Discuss Their ALS Breakthrough

February 18, 2021

One of the great strengths of research at Brandeis is the collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that characterizes work in the University’s world-leading labs. 

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SparkTank 2021: Student Startups Tackle HealthTech, Consumer Products

February 10, 2021

The annual SparkTank competition held on February 7th was a celebration of some of the best startups developed by Brandeis students from across the globe and across disciplines. This year saw a heavy concentration of startups in the fields of healthtech and sustainable consumer goods, showcasing Brandeis’ strengths in the healthcare business sector, as well as Brandesian’s commitment to sustainability. 

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Spark Finalists to Pitch at Annual SparkTank Startup Competition

January 25, 2021

Spark, the Brandeis Virtual Incubator’s program to support promising non-bench research, announced the finalists for its seventh annual cohort this week. 

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2020 Year in Review

December 22, 2020

It has been an eventful year for Brandeis Innovation. Naturally, we pivoted online, as did the world, due to the COVID crisis, and have been supporting teams through the challenges of the pandemic and economic constraints. However, there were many other reasons why this year stands out as unique for our innovation programs. 

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Brandeis Scientists Discover Potential ALS Treatment

November 10, 2020

Brandeis researchers Gregory Petsko, Dagmar Ringe and Shulin Ju have developed a protein for use in gene therapy for the inherited form of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or ALS. The invention was licensed to a Brandeis startup, BRI-Alzan which was later acquired by MeiraGTX, a New York-based gene therapeutics company for potential development into a life-saving treatment. 

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Light the Way for Brandeis

October 9, 2020

As Brandeis welcomes students, faculty and staff to a semester unlike any other, we do so confident that our commitment to repairing the world and caring for one another will illuminate the path through these unprecedented times.

Though campus may appear different, our mission remains the same: to provide every enrolled student with a world-class Brandeis education and enriching experience. Light the Way for Brandeis invites every member of the Brandeis community to contribute to student success and well-being. Your gifts directly enable the enhanced measures we continue to take to ensure that learning thrives amidst the pandemic. Support Brandeis students by donating here.

Sparking Innovation: Think like an Entrepreneur: Robotics Club Project Becomes a Startup

June 26, 2020

This is the first of several articles featuring startups that came out of the 2019-2020 Spark cohort. Learn more about Embedded Helper, which aims to simplify coding for embedded devices, including robotics applications. 

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The Science Behind SARS-CoV-2 Testing: Learn the Terminology

June 5, 2020

As the United States enters its fourth month of response to the COVID-19 crisis, many are pointing to the testing of people potentially infected with the disease as the key to effective mitigation of the public health threat.

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We are here for you

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.

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SparkTank 2020

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. 

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Innovation Showcase Celebrates 5th Year of Celebrating Brandesian Breakthroughs

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. 

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Profile in Innovation: Olga Papaemmanouil

November 17, 2019

Olga Papaemmanouil is revolutionizing data science and cloud computing. Learn about her groundbreaking work. 

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Brandeis Innovation and MakerLab Host 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. 

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Record Attendance at 4th Annual Startup Mixer Pitchfest

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. 

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Combining Fabrication and Chemistry, Grace Han Creates Groundbreaking Sustainable Materials

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.

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GreenChoice: Creating a Platform to "Shop Your Conscience"

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. 

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Brandeis Startups Make Their Regional Debut at Masschallenge Showcase

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. 

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HackMyPhD Returns for Third Successful Year

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.

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Leana Silverberg Finds Success as a STEM Entrepreneur

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.

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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

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.

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For 9 Years and Counting, Sprout Fosters Inventions That Could Become the Next Big Thing

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.

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SparkTank Winners sySTEMic Flow Win at Mass Innovation Nights Event for African-American Founders

May 21, 2019

sySTEMic Flow, a startup focused on helping increase opportunities for women of color in STEM, recently showcased at Mass Innovation Nights' event at Greater Grove Hall, winning an Audience Favorite nod.

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EMet Nanotech Shines at Venture Cafe's BIO Connect Shark Tank

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.

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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.

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5th Annual Sprout Bootcamp Helps Scientists Turn Breakthroughs Into Products

April 2, 2019

This spring, some of the best scientific innovations developed at Brandeis participated in Sprout, Brandeis Innovation's grant program and virtual incubator/accelerator. At the core of the program is training in innovation skills, and this year’s annual bootcamp proved no exception, as industry leaders taught critical entrepreneurship skills to Brandeis teams.

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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.

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Brandeis Innovation Takes the National Stage at AUTM Conference

February 21, 2019

The Brandeis Innovation team visited Austin, Texas, to participate in the AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers) Annual Meeting. The conference welcomed technology transfer professionals and those in related industries such as biotech, law and venture capital, from all around the globe to network and learn from the industry’s experts. It was the first time Brandeis Innovation hosted a booth to showcase the university’s technologies and programs to attendees.

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February 4, 2019

SparkTank is an annual tradition at Brandeis. The startup competition, styled after the popular TV show, showcases the best of Brandeis startups. Students compete on an equal footing with faculty and staff, pitching their startups to compete for a pool of $50,000 in funding. For these Brandesian startups, it’s the culmination of months of work, perfecting their presentations, researching the target markets for their inventions, and, of course, creating innovations that have the power to change the world.

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2018 Year in Review Video

December 30, 2018

Check out the highlights of 2018 in our Year in Review video.

Fourth Annual Innovation Showcase Celebrates Brandeis Startups, Medical Breakthroughs

November 16, 2018

The 4th Annual Brandeis Innovation Showcase took place Nov. 15, bringing the best of startups and inventions born at Brandeis to a broader audience. Over 150 attendees braved the snow to see poster sessions and pitches by Brandeis University’s newest crop of inventors. Winners of the night included a breakthrough in studying ALS, a social enterprise supporting farmers in Africa, and a company making scientific labs across the United States more sustainable.

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Brandeis Innovators Shine at Three Major Entrepreneurship Events in October

October 26, 2018

Brandeis Innovators have been making remarkable breakthroughs across industries from greentech to artificial intelligence, creating startups that promise to create value for global consumers, solve social challenges, and treat critical diseases. The week of Oct.15, Boston’s innovation ecosystem got to see many of these breakthroughs as Brandeis-affiliated companies were featured across the region at three leading startup events.

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TRIBE: Revolutionizing RNA Target Research

September 12, 2018

An immunochemistry staining photo of Drosophila Melanogaster brain. A small subset of circadian neurons are labelled with EGFP antibody staining against DN3 split-Gal4>gt;UAS-EGFP (artificially colored as magenta). TRIBE method has been shown effective in sparse circadian neurons (16 neurons out of a 100,000-neuron brain), namely the pigment dispersing factor (PDF) expressing neurons. This picture was generously contributed by Madelen Diaz from the Rosbash lab.

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HackMyPhD Returns for Second Year, Helping PhD Students Learn to Be Entrepreneurial

July 18, 2018

HackMyPhD, Brandeis Innovation's signature conference on career-building for STEAM doctoral students, returned for a successful second year. Speakers from industry, the public sector, and nonprofits shared their experiences building satisfying careers both inside and outside academia. In addition, the event served as a showcase for Brandeis' inaugural cohort of I-Corps Fellows. Fellows shared their projects, ranging from greentech to edtech, demonstrating the diversity of Brandeis innovators' contributions. The conference, which aims to help doctoral students plan their post-graduation career trajectories, was well-received, with attendees calling the day "inspirational" and "eye-opening."

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Associate Provost for Innovation Rebecca Menapace featured on NewTV's Innovation Showcase

June 11, 2018

Associate Provost for Innovation and Executive Director of the Office of Technology Licensing and the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center Rebecca Menapace was featured on NewTV's Innovation Showcase program. Rebecca discussed the many breakthroughs and programs coming out of Brandeis Innovation Center, as well our initiatives to promote diversity in STEM entrepreneurship.

A hedge fund fully managed by artificial intelligence, with Brandeis roots

June 4, 2018

A.I. Capital Management, a Brandeis University startup seeking to build one of the world’s first hedge funds fully managed by artificial intelligence, has been invited to participate in the 2018 MassChallenge Boston accelerator program.

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Here's how Brandeis students are innovating thanks to the 2018 Sprout Grants

May 29, 2018

The Brandeis Innovation Center announced winners of its 2018 Sprout Awards. The annual awards, which total over $90,000 in grants, support early-stage bench research that has strong commercial or social potential for projects centered on public health and the environment.

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Innovation Teams Showcase at Venture Cafe

May 1, 2018

Brandeis Innovation teams made a big impression on the Boston innovation community this April, showcasing at two major Venture Cafe events. A.W.E.S., a sustainability startup bringing renewable energy to Africa along with economic empowerment to the region's women entrepreneurs, showcased their biofuel technology at Earth Night on April 19. The following week, two Brandeis teams spoke at BIOConnect, a biotech conference. Prof. Isaac Krauss discussed his breakthroughs in developing vaccines for HIV and cancer, while PhD candidate Ingrid Marko demoed her 3D-printed scoliosis device.

Associate Provost for Innovation Rebecca Menapace Leads NewCo Boston Panel on STEAM Diversity

April 11, 2018

On April 11, Brandeis University opened its doors to the Boston innovation community as part of NewCo Boston, a region-wide festival of tech innovation, sponsored by the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council. Our panel addressed how to increase representation and diversity in STEAM.

Mass Innovation Nights Features All-Brandeis Lineup of Products

March 14, 2018

On March 14, Brandeis University hosted Mass Innovation Nights 108 on what was also the ninth anniversary of its inception. The event hosted eleven teams, ranging from gently vibrating mats to calm crying babies to a sensor that can detect anomalies and leaks in water pipes. Every month, Mass Innovation Nights brings together about ten companies at various venues throughout metro Boston. This was the first time Brandeis University hosted the event.

SparkTank 2018 Shows Diversity of Brandeis Startups

February 4, 2018

On Feb. 4, a record crowd gathered to see Brandeis students, faculty, and staff compete for $50,000 in funding to seed their ventures. SparkTank is one of the only university startup competitions in the US in which students, faculty, and staff compete as equals. In this, it’s a unique reflection of Brandeis’ collaborative spirit. The all-day event saw a spirited pitch fest with a wide range of Brandeis startups in artificial intelligence, sustainable energy, food, consumer apps, and more.

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3rd Annual Innovation Showcase Spotlights Biotech, Other Innovations

December 4, 2017

On Nov. 30, Brandeis Innovation hosted its 3rd Annual Innovation Showcase, an event in which eighteen different presenters exhibited their projects to peers, as well as possible mentors and investors. This year, over 150 individuals attended the showcase, which aims to celebrate the creative endeavors of entrepreneurial individuals from the university community.

July 31, 2017

HackMyPhD was the first successful program in what is hoped to be a movement to bring entrepreneurial thinking to graduate careers. From the opening remarks of provost, Lisa M. Lynch and visiting scholar, Jessica K. Liebowitz to the closing remarks of associate provost for innovation, Rebecca Menapace — the crowd was attentive and filled with drive.

May 23, 2017

Workaround, one of the 2016-17 innovation teams, won a spot in the 2017 MassChallenge cohort. The largest startup accelerator in the world, MassChallenge accepts only 8% of applicants to their yearly accelerator.

May 2, 2017

Brandeis University today announced it has been awarded a $237,050 five-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. The grant will provide funding for innovative startups and technologies developed by Brandeis students, faculty and staff.

April 30, 2017

Brandeis Innovation has recently announced the winners of its 7th Annual Sprout Program. Designed to encourage academic and entrepreneurial success, Sprout allows candidates to submit their research projects for funding to a panel of judges. This year’s panel chose eight projects from different fields, including genetics, medicine and microscopy.

April 30, 2017

Brandeis Innovation Day was a powerful day of of learning, connecting, and building the innovations that our teams have created. Participants had the opportunity to work closely with industry professionals, making important contacts and learning how to drive early business success.

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Lean Startup Champion WeiWei Jiang to Speak at Zhongshan China-Boston Venture Investment Conference

April 17, 2017

A leading Chinese local government group comes to Boston on Friday, April 26, to identify investment opportunities and connect with local talent. The program's goal is to introduce these ventures and talents to a new entrepreneurial zone that the Chinese government is building to grow the innovation ecosystem in China. WeiWei Jiang, one of our Champions, will be a featured speaker.

November 30, 2016

2016 marked the second annual Innovation Showcase was a celebration of multidisciplinary innovations from across our entire campus. Flip through some photos of the night or watch how the team, Sclervey, is working to impact the treatment of complex corneal diseases.

Could carrots revolutionize the food industry? 2016 Sprout funding recipient, KC Hayes and his team think so. The Brandeis innovators and OTL's executive director Rebecca Menapace recently spoke with WCVB Channel 5 Boston about how carrot pomace can change the fiber game and even impact Type 2 diabetes.

Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center was selected to join Microsoft BizSpark program. The program works with selected incubators to provide infrastructure support, networking, and Microsoft products to qualified startups.

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Brandeis Innovation gets national attention! Today Show anchors sampled pancakes made from coffee flour invented right here by a Brandeis researcher. The coffee flour was also featured in the Boston Globe.

How is Brandeis changing the world? Brandeis’ first Innovation Showcase featured poster presentations by the recipients of Brandeis’ Spark and Sprout awards on Nov. 3. Find out more about the the projects displayed for Sprout and Spark.

See interviews featured on Venture Cafe with Alan Hassenfeld; Sue Windham-Bannister; Spark awardees Grady Ward and Dr. Laurence Simon; Sprout awardee Deirdra Evers-McGregor; and our own Rebecca Menapace.

Sponsored by the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center, a partnership of the Office of Technology Licensing and the Brandeis International Business School.

In 2014, Brandeis received a $2.5 million gift to establish the Hassenfeld Family Innovation Center to build upon the university’s reputation as one of the nation’s leading research institutions by supporting faculty research while catalyzing innovation on campus.