New Startups Built From UC Davis Innovations Drive Solutions in Food, Health and Agriculture

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Ruihong Zhang, a professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering and Minami Ogawa, a graduate student in the Department of Food Science. Their startup company, Optimized Foods, is creating nutritious, sustainable foods, starting with cultured caviar. (Gregory Urquiaga/UC Davis)

New Startups Built From UC Davis Innovations Drive Solutions in Food, Health and Agriculture

During the 2021-22 fiscal year, 13 startup companies executed agreements to access foundational intellectual property and commercialize new technologies developed at the University of California, Davis.

“The bold pursuit of novel solutions through research at UC Davis often results in new technologies and services aligned with a commercial pathway for impact,” said Prasant Mohapatra, vice chancellor for research at UC Davis. “In most cases those innovations are licensed to existing companies, but many also become the foundation for emerging startups. We are thrilled to see the success of this pathway continue at UC Davis.” 

The process for connecting innovations from the university to commercial impact is managed by the Innovation and Technology Commercialization division, which is part of the Office of Research. During the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the division processed 132 new records of invention and executed 48 license agreements.

The division’s Venture Catalyst unit focuses on advancing potential technologies with proof-of-concept funding and facilitating startup formation. Recipients of this year's funding include startups from Professor Ruihong Zhang, Adjunct Professor Zhongli Pan and Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension Alireza Pourreza.

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