GlycoSurf Makes the News as a Model of Tech Transfer Success

GlycoSurf, a start-up chemical company founded in 2013 by three University of Arizona (UA) researchers in partnership with Tech Launch Arizona, was recently featured in the local and national news. UA Superfund Research Program (SRP) Director Dr. Raina Maier developed the company with UA collaborators Cliff Coss and Dr. Jeanne Pemberton to cheaply produce synthetic versions of microbially-produced surfactants (biosurfactants) for use in a variety of commercial products. The company has been featured in Arizona news as an example of a successful venture supported by Tech Launch Arizona, which provides a mechanism for turning UA research into intellectual property, inventions, and technology. GlycoSurf was also featured by the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) as an example of turning basic research into products that impact public health.

Maier’s early SRP research on biosurfactant-metal interactions was funded by NIEHS. This research was focused on microbial glycolipids and the results were foundational for current GlycoSurf endeavors.

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Watch and read about GlycoSurf as an example of Tech Launch Arizona success on Fox News’ “From the lab to the boardroom: Tech Launch lifts startups.”

Read about GlycoSurf in the NIEHS Environmental Factor, June 2014 Issue.

Read about GlycoSurf in the BizTucson Summer 2014 issue, Special Report 2014, “Tech Parks Arizona” (page 108).