/ Modified dec 15, 2017 11:50 a.m.

Tech Launch Arizona Reports More Companies Licensing UA Inventions

Organization helps license research to companies, generated $32 million in revenue since '13.

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In the past four years, Tech Launch Arizona has worked with 55 companies to license University of Arizona knowledge, inventions and technology. Of those companies 53 are still licensed with intellectual property from the University's research.

SinfoníaRx is a healthcare company established in 2006 by the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Joann MacMaster, director of business development for Tech Launch, said SinfoníaRx is one example of how Tech Launch can innovate the University's creations.

"We pulled in some business partnerships with the inventors, formed the company called SinfoníaRx and they moved it out into the community," MacMaster said.

Tech Launch serves as the middle ground for making the research and inventions usable by commercial entities.

MacMaster said it's the tail end of creating impact from research and comes with economic and social benefits.

"They represent 780 jobs, last year they generated $32 million in revenue," she said.

Paul Tumarkin is the senior marketing communication manager for Tech Launch. He said the organization has kept its promise to tax payers.

"By law there is this obligation for universities to make sure that research gets out into the world to benefit the public, so this is the end game of that."

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