News Archive

USC License Completed for Artificial Intelligence in Space Technology (July 26, 2018)
Lucid Circuit is developing microchips for space-based geospatial analytics in small satellites. The company was launched in 2017 by USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Information Sciences Institute researcher Michel Sika, who worked with the USC Stevens Center for Innovation to license a technology that is central to the company’s space applications. Read more…

USC Stevens Announces 2018 Recipients of Technology Advancement Grants (July 9, 2018)
TAG grants help to add value to unlicensed USC-owned technology, thereby increasing the probability of licensing and supporting the commercialization of discoveries created at USC. TAG awards provide funding up to $50,000 for a project duration of no more than one year. Read more…

USC Stevens Awards Two Prizes at 2018 USC Biomedical Engineering Event (May 3, 2018)
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation gave out two awards at the the 22nd Annual Grodins Graduate Research Symposium on April 13, 2018: Best Commercial Potential and Most Innovative. Read more…

USC Stevens Awards Innovation Prizes at 2018 Ostrow School of Dentistry Research Day (May 3, 2018)
The USC Stevens Center for Innovation gave out two awards of $250 each at the USC Ostrow School of Dentistry’s Annual Research Day on April 4, 2018. Read more…

USC Stevens Center for Innovation Recognizes USC Inventors at Annual Reception (April 27, 2018)
The 2nd Annual USC Stevens Center for Innovation Technology Commercialization Awards honored 77 USC researchers and scientists whose technology was licensed for the first time during the preceding year. Read more…

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…