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Bone and Tissue Consortium

Campus collaboration leads to clinical trials and commercialization 

UMKC_LR.pngMST_LR.pngWith funding from the U.S. Army, what started as the University of Missouri—Kansas City and Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Consortium on Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration has expanded to more than 35 faculty and graduate students, including faculty in the UMKC’s School of Dentistry, Bone Biology Research Program and the Center of Excellence in Mineralized Tissues, as well as Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University.  Research is being conducted on bone biology, designing bioactive glass scaffolds for repairing broken and diseased bone, developing biodegradable sensors for in-vivo use, and utilizing a new family of bioactive borate glasses to heal chronic wounds in animals and humans.

This collaboration played a key role in the establishment of The Center for Bone and Tissue Repair and Regeneration at Missouri S&T, and has produced more than 85 published technical papers on bioactive materials/glass in the last five years and led to UM being granted five U.S. patents (four pending),  several of which have been licensed to companies that are now commercializing this UM technology.

One commercial product for veterinary use, Rediheal™, is already being used to heal traumatic wounds in animals and a second product, Deramfuse™  is being developed for human use.  Other important participants in this collaboration are the Phelps County Regional Medical Center (PCRMC) and MO-SCI Corp in Rolla, Mo.  MO-SCI Corp, a manufacturer of glasses for the health care industry, has provided several bioactive glasses for research purposes, including the borate glass fiber that was used by the PCRMC in a recently completed  pre-clinical trial to treat patients with chronic, non-healing wounds.  The success of this “cotton candy-like” fiber in healing several types of wounds has received international attention.


Research Parks & Incubators

The University of Missouri System’s statewide network of research parks provides a thriving environment for discoveries to move from the laboratory to the marketplace. The atmosphere of innovation and collaboration attracts national and international tenants who create quality employment opportunities for Missouri citizens and millions of dollars of capital investment across the state.

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Office of Intellectual Property Administration

The Office of Intellectual Property Administration (OIPA) supports the economic development mission by encouraging broad practical application of university research for the public benefit; assisting those associated with the technology transfer program with evaluating, protecting, licensing and commercializing university discoveries; and carrying out new economic development initiatives designed to create jobs in Missouri.

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Funding Opportunities

The Office of Research and Economic Development is dedicated to commercializing university technologies - one of the biggest challenges to that mission is funding. To proactively combat the constant obstacle, the office has formulated different funding programs for faculty, students and innovations in all stages of the discovery process.

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Office of Research & Economic Development

The Office of Research and Economic Development was established in 2005 to link research and commercialization from the four University of Missouri System campuses with emerging and existing firms across the state and around the world. Working closely with the chief research officers, chancellors and technology transfer offices from each campus, the office also serves as a conduit to local, state and federal agencies to ensure research results aid the growth of Missouri’s economy.

The Office is dedicated to advancing Missouri through innovation, investment and infrastructure.

Our enthusiasm for these three categories revolves around the development of intellectual property, funding programs and research parks and incubators. Providing support during critical stages in university inventions’ path to the marketplace stimulates Missouri’s economy, jobs and entrepreneurship.

Our vision is to enable and lead Missouri’s transformation toward a knowledge-based economy dependent upon innovation and entrepreneurship.

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Columbia MO, 65211
Phone: 573-882-6726
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