Technology  March 8, 2021

Innosphere to commercialize technologies at Oklahoma State University

FORT COLLINS — Innosphere Ventures, the Fort Collins-based technology incubator, has expanded its University Partner Program to Oklahoma, striking a deal to foster technology transfer at Oklahoma State University.

The relationship will be similar to those established with research universities in Colorado, including Colorado State University, the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Colorado Boulder, as well as universities in other states, including the University of Nebraska (NUTech Ventures) and the University of New Mexico (UNM Rainforest Innovations).

Innosphere will work with OSU’s Technology Development Center to connect inventors with business drivers, commercialize technologies, facilitate introductions to corporate partners, and help founders and CEOs achieve business milestones, according to a press release.

“Innosphere will be a value-added extension of our OSU commercialization process and enhance our technology transfer capabilities,” Zachary Miles, senior vice president for Technology and Economic Development at OSU, said in a prepared statement.

Innosphere will work alongside OSU’s existing business-support programs, including the OSU Research Foundation, which supports Cowboy Technologies and helps researchers develop go-to-market plans, provides sponsored research funding and prepares startups to raise capital.

“Working with Innosphere will enhance our overall impact and metrics – from capital raised, to jobs created, to the number of licenses and startups,” Miles said. “Partnering with Innosphere is a great addition to our technology transfer services because they don’t just stop when a technology is turned into a startup — they continue working to turn those startups into high-growth businesses.”

Innosphere CEO Mike Freeman said formalizing relationships with technology-transfer offices outside of Colorado enables the organization to support university research, innovation and economic development.

“We’re excited to be a part of OSU’s mission to foster innovative technologies,” Freeman said. “This partnership provides our commercialization program with high-quality deal-flow and the opportunity to work with OSU’s outstanding faculty entrepreneurs and licensing managers.”

Innosphere Ventures focuses on science and technology-based startups and emerging growth companies with a commercialization program, specialized office and laboratory facilities, and a seed-stage venture-capital fund.

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