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UA Awards Top Innovators

Posted on: May 4, 2016 | By: Merry Lake Merrell


The University of Arizona’s Tech Launch Arizona has awarded I-Squared Awards for Innovation and Impact to honor those whose work directly affects the quality of life for people in Tucson, the state and the world through research, collaboration and innovation.

The awards and their recipients included:

  • Agriculture and Life Sciences – Bibiana Law, associate research professor, School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She co-founded Anivax, a UA startup formulated to commercialize the Campylobacter vaccine for chickens.
  • Biomedicine – Laurence Hurley, professor, department of pharmacology and toxicology in the College of Pharmacy. He is the scientific founder and CEO of UA startup TetraGene, a biotech company that focuses on targeting secondary DNA structures to modulate expression of undruggable targets. 
  • Chemistry and Physical Sciences – Jeffrey Pyun, professor, department of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Science. He collaborates closely with TLA on identifying, protecting and licensing inventions stemming from his research.
  • Engineering – Dominic Gervasio, professor, department of chemical and environmental engineering in the College of Engineering. Most recently, he has worked with TLA on startups MetOxs and Caltrode.
  • Industry and Corporate Partnership – Manny Teran, president of Aztera, a product development and automated test company focused on mechanical, electrical, software optical and biosystems engineering.
  • Information Technology – Joseph Valacich, MIS professor, Eller College of Management. He has worked with TLA to start Neuro-ID to commercialize a technology that helps clients better manage risk by identifying potential deception in online forms and questionnaires.