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MU Economic Development Honors National Small Business Week

Celebrating the work of startups founded on University of Missouri research.

National Small Business Week

Join our celebration of MU innovation and small business by using the hashtag #MizzouStartups.

Friday's Featured #MizzouStartup

Elemental Enzymes, a startup founded on University of Missouri research, is a biotechnology company that focuses on creating enzymes for animal health and agriculture. Watch the video below for more: 

Thursday's Featured #MizzouStartup

Equinosis is a #MizzouStartUp founded by Professor Kevin Keegan that detects lameness in horses early. Watch the video below to learn more:

Wednesday's Featured #MizzouStartup

Nanova Inc. has been recently featured in the news for securing $10 million in new investments and for creating 20 new jobs in Columbia. Founded by two MU Engineering Professors, Nanova performs nanotechnology research to develop medical devices for orthopedics. Check out this story from KOMU-TV 8, and watch the video from The Mizzou Advantage below.

Tuesday's Featured #MizzouStartup

Today's #MizzouStartups are ThermAvant International and ThermAvant Technologies. Founded by Dr. Bill Ma, MU C.W. LaPierre Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, ThermAvant International is keeping our hot drinks warmer, and our cold drinks cooler. Check out the story, previously featured on our website. 

Also founded by Dr. Ma, ThermAvant Technologies conducts research into thermal management and heat transfer to solve real-world problems. Watch the video below for more, or watch it on YouTube here.

Monday's Featured #MizzouStartup

Today, we’re featuring Nanopore Diagnostics, a company founded by Dr. Tom Cohen, on University of Missouri research. Nanopore is developing technology to diagnose bacterial infections quicker -- within 30 minutes -- to help a physician determine whether a patient needs antibiotics. Check out the video below to learn more! 

More than half of Americans own or work for small businesses, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration. In the Show-Me state, there are 507,712 small businesses that account for 97.5 percent of all businesses in the state.

National Small Business Week kicks off today and runs through May 6, and to celebrate, we will be recognizing startups that were founded based on University of Missouri research.

In the past three years, 10 startups have been founded based on Mizzou research. The MU Office of Technology Management and Industry Relations (OTMIR) partners with entrepreneurs, investors and established companies that transform this research into new products, jobs and businesses.

Recently, the Milken Institute ranked the UM System 39th among the 225 top institutions for “Best Universities for Technology Transfer.”

 “Commercializing inventions and research discoveries is central to fulfilling the university’s research and economic development missions,” says OTMIR Director Chris Fender.  “In addition, OTMIR's partnerships advance MU's teaching and service missions by providing experiential learning for students, creating jobs, helping companies succeed and by bringing real-world solutions to our local community and beyond.”

Keep an eye on our social media channels every day this week to catch a video and short description of the startups we will be recognizing, and check back next Monday for a comprehensive list!

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