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The university strives to build an entrepreneurial climate where business-minded faculty and students have the resources to establlish and grow companies based on their innovations. Start-up companies represent future jobs and financial growth within the community, state and the nation.



Viator Technologies, Inc.
has discovered a system to
detect circulating melanoma tumor cells.


Spogen Biotech, Inc. 
(newly named Elemental Enzymes) has created a unique enzyme production to address personal and industrial contamination problems. 

Effexus Pharmaceuticals, LLC. has invented a product to combat Barrett's esophagus-a condition that can lead to esophageal cancer.


Eternogen, LLC.
has developed a nanotechnology for dermal fillers and biomedical applications.


NanoElectromagnetics, LLC. customizes the development
and production of high voltage
 capacitators and compact
antennas incorporating high dielectric constant composite materials.

HLB Horizons, LLC. manufactures polyhedral boranes. 



EyeVerify, LLC. enables users to authorize transactions and access
information in a manner
that is secure, scalable and convenient. 


Q3D Visual Diagnostics, LLC. has created a non-invasive opthamology
device for the full spectral digital measurement of amblyopia (lazy eye).

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
Email: email