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Innovate NM will showcase tech from around the state

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Cutting-edge innovation from across New Mexico will be on display at the first Innovate New Mexico Technology Showcase Tuesday at the Albuquerque International Balloon Museum.

The all-day event, which is free and open to the public, will include presentations by scientists and innovators from the state’s three research universities and the national laboratories about new technologies that those institutions are working to commercialize. Technology transfer professionals from all the organizations will also participate in a panel discussion about joint efforts to make New Mexico known nationally and beyond as the go-to “State of Innovation.”

The event marks the inauguration of Innovate New Mexico, which the institutions began organizing last fall to build on the momentum created by Innovate ABQ and the emerging Innovation District in Downtown Albuquerque, said Lisa Kuuttila, the University of New Mexico’s chief economic development officer and head of the Science and Technology Corp., UNM’s tech-transfer office.

“We have such rich science and technology assets in New Mexico and presenting them in a united way offers a much stronger tool to attract investors and entrepreneurs,” Kuuttila said. “This way, corporate representatives and investors can come for one day to New Mexico to meet with all the principal institutional representatives. That’s a much more valuable, efficient use of their time than spending two weeks here.”

Innovate New Mexico, which will be located at Innovate ABQ when it opens Downtown, will launch a new website during the showcase, offering visitors  information about new technologies and licensing opportunities at all the participating institutions, with cross links to related innovations and access to scientists, innovators and tech-transfer professionals statewide.

The site will categorize state technologies by industry sector, offering a one-stop-shop to view groups of inventions from all the major research entities in things like water, energy or biotechnology, said Terry Lombard, director of property and technology transfer at New Mexico State University.

“If someone is looking to create a business, they can come see technologies available for licensing at NMSU while also connecting to all the others,” Lombard said.

A startup pitch competition for students from UNM, NMSU and the New Mexico Institute for Mining and Technology will take place Monday night. Participants will compete for at least $7,500 in cash prizes at the event, which runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Bow & Arrow Brewing Co. at 602 McKnight Ave. NW.

The state Economic Development Department and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership are sponsoring the showcase event, which runs from 8 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.InnovateNM.eventbrite.com.

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