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Enterprise Investment Program

In 2012, The Enterprise Investment Program (EIP) awarded an MU startup company—EternoGen, LLC—up to $200,000 in its first round of funding. From this EIP funding, EternoGen has been able at attract an additional $300,000 from the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) and Centennial Investors to develop their technology and grow their business. 

EternoGen is a medical biotech company that incorporates nanotechnology and protein engineering to make materials that stimulate tissue regeneration and create biological implants that last longer than the current products on the market. 

As EternoGen progresses in its development timeline it continues to secure further investments such as $375,000 additional matching funds from MTC towards its 2nd round of investment. This promising technology and its immediate need in the aesthetic and reconstructive soft-tissue filler market has attracted a world-class management team and seasoned board of directors. Recently, EternoGen was selected to present its innovative nano-particle-collagen technology for regenerative medicine at the New England Venture Summit. EternoGen was among an elite 50 companies selected from around the world to present at this premier event. EternoGen’s next milestone, post closing its second investment, will be manufacturing pilot-scale batches and launching into formalized preclinical trials.

The second round of EIP funding is coming to a close, with two finalists and awards expected to total up to $900,000. The recipeients of this funding will be announced in early 2013.  

luis-jimenez.jpg“The investment provided by EIP has provided a business prowess that drives the innovation of EternoGen’s R&D. Not only did EIP funding enable our first investment of three parties, it continues to provide technical validation for further funding. I truly believe these factors make EIP funds match the definition of smart money.”

—Luis Jiminez, CEO

$600,000 awarded in first round

 2 awards in FY12

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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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309 University Hall
Columbia MO, 65211
Phone: 573-882-6726
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