Technology and entrepreneurship reach new levels for UC Davis’ startups

UC-technology-companiesIn a record for UC Davis entrepreneurship, the university said Wednesday it launched 14 technology companies based on campus inventions in the just-ended fiscal year.

They were the most businesses spun out of the research labs at UC Davis in a single year. By comparison, the university said it was responsible for eight startups the year before.

Developing more startup companies based on UC Davis inventions has been a goal of Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi since she took over at Davis in 2009.

“The leadership is really trying to go in that direction,” said David Earp, a Bay Area entrepreneur who is chairman of one of the startups, a medical technology company called Reprovantage. “They’re really trying to accelerate the rate of formation of companies.”

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