The Bridge Between Research and Business

Supporting the commercialization of University of Nevada, Reno research discoveries and student entrepreneurs.

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Even Better Together

NVRIC’s mission is to foster a healthy entrepreneurial ecosystem that brings innovative ideas—and the research behind them to life. By collaborating with the University of Nevada, Reno, business leaders and entrepreneurs we:

 

  • Create partnerships that turn discoveries into beneficial products
  • Protect intellectual property, enabling commercialization of innovations produced by NVRIC partners
  • Promote regional economic development through strategic private/public partnerships
  • Provide business management mentoring
UNR Microscope emitting blue light into the sample - at the CABNR Facility.

World-Class Research

The University of Nevada, Reno research faculty and staff bring a breadth of expertise in areas such as environmental research and conservation, nanotechnology, molecular bioscience and biotechnology, health science, psychology, neuroscience, computer science, agricultural science, engineering, seismic engineering, mining engineering, high energy density, chemistry, physics, arts and humanities.

We are excited to protect these innovations and help them find a good home.

The Nevada Research and Innovation Corporation provides a significant step to not only assess and validate market potential, but also to provide the necessary support to reach prototyping, scale-up and seed-funding stages. It will spur a stronger interest in the commercialization of developed technologies and IP among faculty and students.”

 

—Steve Hill, former director of the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development

 

Mission

The Nevada Research & Innovation Corporation (NVRIC) was created to promote research, discovery, innovation and technology transfer at the University of Nevada, Reno (the University). NVRIC will expedite movement of University research discoveries and intellectual property to the private sector in a manner that will encourage development of products and services that benefit the public consistent with the University’s public mission.

NVRIC’s activities will promote entrepreneurial activities among university faculty and students as well as throughout the community and region. NVRIC’s technology transfer activities will also facilitate economic development in northern Nevada and beyond by creating and supporting startup and newly formed companies. NVRIC will be a source of mentoring and work space and act as a gateway to university faculty and facilities.

    Leadership Team

    President
    Mridul Gautam, Ph.D
    mgautam@nvric.org

    Vice President & Secretary
    Ellen Purpus, Ph.D
    epurpus@nvric.org

    Treasurer
    Steve Williams

    IP Coordinator
    Kim Sampo

    Board of Directors

    NVRIC serves as the bridge for movement of research discoveries and intellectual property from the University and industry. The Board of Directors provides guidance and expertise to enable NVRIC to accomplish its mission. Chaired by Sara LaFrance, co-founded and served as president of Century Analysis, Inc., the Board is made up of regional entrepreneurs, University advisors and faculty members.

    Sara LaFrance

    David AuCoin

    James Behnke

    Robert Goldberg

    Mick Hitchcock

    Manos Maragakis

    Jacqueline Snow

    Stephen Williams

    Robert Wolf

    Board of Directors

    NVRIC serves as the bridge for movement of research discoveries and intellectual property from the University and industry. The Board of Directors provides guidance and expertise to enable NVRIC to accomplish its mission. Chaired by Sara LaFrance, co-founded and served as president of Century Analysis, Inc., the Board is made up of regional entrepreneurs, University advisors and faculty members.

    Mick Hitchcock

    David AuCoin

    James Behnke

    Robert Goldberg

    Sara LaFrance

    Jeffrey Thompson

    Jacqueline Snow

    Steve Williams

    Robert Wolf