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USC Team Earns Spot at the National Academy of Inventors Student Showcase (March 27, 2018)
A biomedical engineering research team from USC has been selected as one of six student teams nationwide to present at the upcoming National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Student Innovation Showcase in Washington, D.C. Read more…

USC Stevens Appoints Senior Marketing and Communications Manager (March 27, 2018)
John Merritt joined the office on March 5, 2018, and will be responsible for the development, strategic planning, and execution of all USC Stevens marketing and communications initiatives. Read more…

Mark Stevens’ Trojan Success Story (February 1, 2018)
Trojan Family Magazine recently published an article about USC Trustee Mark Stevens who, with his wife, Mary, has donated more than $100 million to grow USC. Read more…

USC Stevens Center for Innovation Appoints Associate Director of Licensing, Life Sciences (December 21, 2017)
Donaldson Santos joined the office on December 4, 2017, and leads the life science licensing team. Read more…

Michelson Hall, New Hub for Groundbreaking Biotech Research, Opens at USC (December 20, 2017)
The new building is the largest at USC’s University Park Campus with 190,000 square feet of laboratory and office space. The $185 million facility houses everything from fabrication and wet labs to conference rooms and research space. Read more…

New Internet of Things (IoT) Consortium Formed at USC (December 20, 2017)
USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and Marshall School of Business, together with the City of Los Angeles and a number of companies and other organizations, have come together to form a new consortium, that will design, develop, test, and deploy an Internet of Things. Read more…

Brain cell study at USC gets $19 million research grant (November 13, 2017)
The USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of USC has received a $19 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to help create a classification system for cells in the brain. Read more…

USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase Awards Over $30K to Student Startups (October 25, 2017)
24 USC student teams pitched their business ideas to vie for a total of $31,600 in prizes. Six teams won awards, which included two prizes worth $10,000. Read more…

USC Student Startup Aqus Expands Across the Globe, Offering Affordable Clean Water Solution to Impacted Communities (October 14, 2017)
When USC student Kevin Kassel won the Global Impact award last year for his business Aqus at the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase, the $5,000 he earned helped with his startup’s early costs, including product testing, marketing, and inventory. Read more…

Catching Up With Athelas, 2015 Winner of the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase (October 11, 2017)
When Deepika Bodapati won the $7,000 Most Innovative award at the 2015 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase, she was just starting to build her medical technology startup, Athelas. Read more…

ZBoard: a USC Startup Story – How USC Stevens Legal Office Hours Helped the Skateboard Company Move Forward (July 12, 2017)
When Ben Forman and Geoff Larson were USC students, they wanted a better way to get around campus, where distances often are too long to walk but too short to drive. Biking to class was an ideal solution but both of them had issues with bicycle theft. Read more…

USC to Lead IARPA Quantum Computing Project (July 11, 2017)
USC will lead a consortium of universities and private companies to build quantum computers that are at least 10,000 times faster than the best state-of-the-art classical computers. Read more…

USC Viterbi Professors Receive $4.2M DARPA Grant to Solve Dispersed Computing (July 10, 2017)
Congratulations to USC professors Salman Avestimehr, Murali Annavaram, and Bhaskar Krishnamachari in the USC Ming Hsieh Department of Electrical Engineering, who were recently awarded a $4.2 million contract from DARPA to solve dispersed computing. Read more…

Alliance for Southern California Innovation Launches to Further Develop Southern California Entrepreneurial Ecosystem (June 22, 2017)
Unprecedented collaboration of leading universities, research institutes, and business leaders to unlock the region’s full potential as a start-up hub. Read more…

RASRx Receives Orphan Drug Designation from FDA (June 15, 2017)
RASRx announced June 15, 2017 that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an Orphan Drug Designation (ODD) for its compound RASRx1902 for the treatment of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Read more…

USC Viterbi Faculty Awarded Multiple MURI Grants (June 6, 2017)
Congratulations to the USC Viterbi School of Engineering research teams led by Drs. Milind Tambe, Ben Reichardt and Priya Vashishta, who have been awarded multiple Department of Defense grants to support their work in cybersecurity, advance quantum computing and improving materials for energy use. Read more…

SeqOnce Biosciences Launches new ProntoSeq! Rapid DNA Library Preparation Kits (May 26, 2017)
SeqOnce Biosciences, Inc. recently announced the launch of its new ProntoSeq!™ DNA Library preparation kits for Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) sample preparation. Read more…

USC Keck Faculty Researcher Awarded $6.9 Million in NIH Funding (May 22, 2017)
Congratulations to Dr. Zea Borok, professor of medicine, chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine and director of the Hastings Center for Pulmonary Research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, who has earned a seven-year, $6.9 million grant to support her research on lung cell regeneration. Read more…

Tocagen Announces Closing of IPO and Exercise of the Underwriters’ Option (May 8, 2017)
USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to share the news of our licensee, Tocagen Inc. (Nasdaq: TOCA), a clinical-stage, cancer-selective gene therapy company, which on April 13th, 2017 announced the pricing of its initial public offering of 8,500,000 shares of common stock at a public offering price of $10.00 per share. Read more…

USC Stevens gives innovation awards at USC Biomedical Engineering event (April 21, 2017)
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation recently sponsored and awarded two innovation prizes at the the 21st Annual Grodins Graduate Research Symposium, hosted by the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Department of Biomedical Engineering. Read more…

USC Stevens gives innovation awards at Ostrow School of Dentistry Research Day (April 6, 2017)
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation sponsored and awarded two innovation prizes at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC’s Annual Research Day on April 5, 2017 at USC’s Galen Center. Read more…

USC Viterbi’s Information Sciences Institute awarded over $30M to design defect-free electronic chips (March 29, 2017)
A research team lead by Information Sciences Institute (ISI) at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has been awarded a $30.9 million federal contract under the Rapid Analysis of Various Emerging Nanoelectronics (RAVEN) program, by the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), to develop tools capable of imaging the smallest of features in modern silicon integrated circuit chips. Read more…

USC Viterbi & USC Annenberg “Crosstown Traffic” project reveals key findings about LA traffic (March 29, 2017)
Which roadways in Los Angeles are the most accident-prone? What is the most hazardous travel time? These questions and more are answered in new data recently released by the “Crosstown Traffic” project…Read more…

Donation by Singer Selena Gomez creates new research fund for lupus research at the Keck School of Medicine of USC (March 21, 2017)
Singer Selena Gomez has donated an undisclosed amount to the Keck School of Medicine of USC to support research of lupus, a chronic inflammatory disease. Read more…

Ostrow-led multi-university research group awarded $12 million to develop tissue regeneration products (March 7, 2017)
A multi-university research team led by the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC has been awarded $12 million in federal research funding to work on developing products that facilitate tissue regeneration. Read more…

Shri Narayanan named first holder of the Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering (February 28, 2017)
Professor Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering was recently formally installed as the holder of USC’s first endowed chair named after the university’s current president and his wife. Read more…

Giant magnet installed at Stevens Hall for breakthrough MRI machine (February 28, 2017)
A 7T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine weighing 22 tons was installed Feb. 2 at Stevens Hall, home to the USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute, on the USC Health Sciences Campus. Read more…

USC Viterbi’s new Center for Advanced Manufacturing opens in downtown L.A. (February 28, 2017)
The USC Viterbi School of Engineering has opened its new Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) this month in downtown Los Angeles. Read more…

Eli and Edythe Broad donate $1 million to further stem cell research (February 28, 2017)
Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad have donated $1 million to support early-stage stem cell research projects at three California universities: USC, UCLA and the University of California, San Francisco. Read more…

USC Viterbi Faculty Led-Research Awarded $1.8 Million in Funding from US Department of Energy SunShot Initiative (February 20, 2017)
A research team at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering has been awarded $1.8 million in research funding by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative to assist with the nation’s efforts to integrate solar energy into the grid. Read more…

New Licensing Associate Joins USC Stevens Team (January 10, 2017)
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Denise McKenzie as Licensing Associate, Physical Sciences at the USC Stevens Center for Innovation. Read more...

USC Keck researcher receives $2.5M CIRM grant (January 9, 2017)
Congratulations to Denis Evseenko, M.D., Ph.D, of the Keck School of Medicine of USC on being awarded a $2.5 million CIRM translational award to develop a stem cell therapy for osteoarthritis. Read more…

USC’s Mark Thompson Awarded IEEE Medal (January 9, 2017)
USC Professor Mark E. Thompson, Ph.D., is the co-recipient of the 2017 IEEE Jun-ichi Nishizawa Medal for his innovative work leading to organic light-emitting diode displays (OLED), technology that can be found in everything from smartphones to flat-screen TVs. Read more…

USC’s Mark Humayun, Shri Narayanan elected fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (January 9, 2017)
USC faculty members Mark Humayun, M.D., Ph.D. and Shrikanth “Shri” Narayanan, Ph.D. were recently named fellows to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic inventors. Read more…

New Associate Director, Corporate Collaborations Joins USC Stevens Team (January 3, 2017)
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mina Zion, J.D. as Associate Director, Corporate Collaborations. Read more…

Acucela Secures Option to Exclusively Acquire Novel USC Retinal Technology (December 14, 2016)
USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to share news about an exclusive license newly executed for the rights to a novel retinal technology developed by researchers at USC. Read more…

USC Stevens Center for Innovation Launches Start-Up Investment Program (November 22, 2016)
USC researchers and inventors have a new university resource, as the USC Stevens Center for Innovation has launched a new program to support the translation of research through USC startups. Read more…

USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase Awards Over $30K to Student Startups (October 18, 2016)
Recently, the 10th Annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase was held on October 7, 2016 during Trojan Family Weekend. Read more…

Where are they now? OptDx: Global Impact award winner at the 2015 USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase (October 4, 2016)
Before USC students Ja-Yoon Choe and Ayush Jaiswal entered the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase last year, they had a great concept for medical software but no previous business experience for how to make their idea a reality. Read more…

USC to show how wearable technology can improve cancer treatment (September 29, 2016)
Researchers at USC will demonstrate how using wearable technology and smartphones can improve cancer treatment at a White House event on Oct. 3. Read more…

Special Guest Mark Stevens to give keynote speech at 10th Annual USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase (August 12, 2016)
Are you a USC student with a startup idea or invention? Enter the USC Stevens Student Innovator Showcase business competition to win funding to take your concept further. Read more…

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center to Collaborate with Trovagene to Standardize the Use of Trovera™ ctDNA Liquid Biopsy Tests in Patient Care (July 12, 2016)
The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has entered into a new collaboration agreement with Trovagene, Inc., a San Diego-based developer of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) molecular diagnostics for cancer monitoring. Read more…

USC Stevens announces recipients of Technology Advancement Grants (July 6, 2016)
USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce the first round of recipients of the Technology Advancement Grant (TAG) Program. Read more…

USC’s Vice President of Research elected as Board Chair for leading university-industry organization (June 21, 2016)
Randolph Hall, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at USC, has been elected to be the incoming Board Chair for the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), a project-oriented, membership organization whose mission is to improve industry-university collaborations. Read more…

USC startups featured at upcoming venture showcase (June 16, 2016)
USC Stevens will be participating as one of the sponsors at the next Los Angeles Venture Association (LAVA) First Look LA event. This event is a unique invitation-only sneak peek at some of the most promising research and emerging start-up opportunities from the LA Region’s premier research institutions. Read more…

USC honors Mark and Mary Stevens at 2016 Commencement ceremonies (May 20, 2016)
Mark and Mary Stevens, long-time donors and supporters of USC, received honorary degrees from USC at the university commencement ceremony on May 13, 2016. Read more…

President Obama honors USC Eye Institute’s Dr. Mark Humayun in White House ceremony (May 20, 2016)
USC’s Dr. Mark Humayun received the nation’s highest honor for achievement in advancing the fields of science and technology from President Barack Obama in a televised ceremony at the White House on May 19, 2016. Read more…

Keck professor earns $7M research grant (May 9, 2016)
Distinguished professor Jae Jung, Ph.D. (pictured), recently received the Outstanding Investigator Award by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), a prestigious honor that comes with a $7 million research grant to investigate the development and prevention of Kaposi’s sarcoma. Read more…

USC to Lead Public-Private Partnership Launched by the FNIH to Evaluate Liquid Biopsies as Biomarkers in Colorectal Cancer Patients (May 4, 2016)
The Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) Biomarkers Consortium is launching a research partnership to determine whether liquid biopsies can be used instead of traditional solid tumor biopsies for diagnosing and monitoring metastatic colorectal cancer. Read more…

USC researchers honored at National Academy of Inventors induction ceremony (April 29, 2016)
USC professors P. Daniel Dapkus, Scott Fraser and Andreas Molisch were inducted as fellows into the National Academy of Inventors in a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on April 15, 2016. Read more…

USC Viterbi professor awarded research grant of over $11.2 million (April 22, 2016)
The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded USC Viterbi professor Maryam Shanechi with an $11.25 million research grant to lead an interdisciplinary team developing brain-machine interfaces to enhance human decision making. Read more…

Innovative Startup Ideas Sought for Next Student Innovator Showcase (April 18, 2016)
USC student entrepreneurs have an opportunity to compete for thousands of dollars to fund their startup ideas, as the USC Stevens Center for Innovation is launching its call for applications this April for the 10th Annual Student Innovator Showcase. Read more…

USC Stevens awards innovation at USC Biomedical Engineering event (April 18, 2016)
USC Stevens recently awarded $500 in prizes to USC biomedical engineering students at the 20th Annual Fred S. Grodins Graduate Research Symposium. Read more…

New research partnership aims to accelerate new drug for fatal childhood muscle disease (April 6, 2016)
A prominent disease research foundation has invested in RASRx, a startup company formed by USC researchers working to develop a novel therapy for Duchenne, a rare and deadly form of muscular dystrophy. Read more…

Funding Opportunity: USC Stevens announces TAG program (March 21, 2016)
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation is pleased to announce a new competitive grant program to support early stage technologies invented at USC through validation or proof-of-concept development. Read more…

The Legacy of Alfred E. Mann, 90 (March 31, 2016)
Alfred Mann, the namesake behind USC’s Alfred E. Mann Institute for Biomedical Engineering, has died at the age of 90. Read more…

USC professor Alan Willner elected to National Academy of Engineering (March 31, 2016)
USC Viterbi professor Alan E. Willner, Ph.D. recently was elected to be a member to the National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional honors for engineers. Read more…

USC Stevens gives Most Innovative Award at Ostrow School of Dentistry Research Day (March 21, 2016)
Members of the USC Stevens team judged competition entries for the $500 USC Stevens Most Innovative Award at the Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC’s Annual Research Day on March 9, 2016 at the Galen Center. Read more…

USC faculty named to Thomson Reuters “Highly Cited Researchers” list (March 17, 2016)
Eleven USC faculty members across several fields of study were recently named to the annual Thomson Reuters list of highly cited researchers, recognizing them as among the leading researchers in the world. Read more…

USC Stevens Licensing Associate earns national scholarship award (March 8, 2016)
At the recent AUTM conference in San Diego, USC Stevens Licensing Associate Dana Hutchison was awarded the 2016 AUTM Howard Bremer Scholarship, an educational awarded given to those who are committed to the vision of technology transfer and are novices in the field. Read more…

USC researchers elected to national academy of inventors (March 8, 2016)
Three prolific USC researchers were recently inducted as fellows into the National Academy of Inventors, an honor that recognizes the top innovators in the nation affiliated with universities and academic organizations. Read more…

Michael Arciero Appointed to Director of Licensing (March 8, 2016)
As part of the strategic adjustment and growth of USC Stevens, Michael Arciero, J.D., has been promoted to Director of Technology Licensing and New Ventures, where he leads technology commercialization. Read more…

USC Alzheimer’s researcher named ADDF Scientist of the Year (February 26, 2016)
USC School of Pharmacy researcher Dr. Roberta Diaz Brinton was recently named Scientist of the Year by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF). Read more…

Argus II technology helps restore sight in blind patient (February 26, 2016)
A USC Eye Institute patient with a genetic condition that causes vision loss was the first person in the world to receive retinal implants in both eyes. Read more…

USC professors premiere VR games at Sundance (February 26, 2016)
Two USC professors premiered their gaming projects at the 10th annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah in January. Read more…