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Cracking the Code for Software Commercialization

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The phone started ringing long before the press releases went out. When universities across the country got word of what was happening at the University of Utah with Summit Venture Studio, it didn’t take long to generate excitement. What was all the buzz about? Experienced software entrepreneurs, in collaboration with PIVOT Center at the University […]

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A Technology Lifeline

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Vicki and Denny Farrar run companies. Quite prolifically, in fact. Between the two of them, they’ve co-founded and led 15 of them. These range from Myriad Genetics, which Denny co-founded, to Light Line Medical, which has Vicki at the helm, plus a head-turning roster of successful life sciences companies that have developed everything from the […]

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Idaho Technology / BioFire

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BioFire started out as Idaho Technology in 1990, as close friends Kirk Ririe, Dr. Carl Wittwer, Dr. Randy Rasmussen and Richard Andrew came together to build biotechnology machines that were conceptualized by Dr. Wittwer, Kirk’s former university professor.  Through a university/industry partnership, Idaho Technology (IT) developed the first instruments engineered to match the speed of […]

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Myriad: Pioneering Predictive Medicine

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As one of the first genomic companies with the vision of elucidating the role of genes play in human disease, Myriad used this critical information to improve patient healthcare by developing novel molecular diagnostic products.  Myriad was founded in 1991 by Mark Skolnick (Professor Emeritus Department of Medical Informatics at the U), Walter Gilbert (1980 […]

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The Jarvik Heart

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The First Artificial Heart was transplanted at the University of Utah in 1982. On December 2, 1982 cardiothoracic surgeon William DeVries, MD at the University of Utah removed Dr. Barney Clark’s ravaged heart.  It was replaced with the world’s first permanent artificial heart, known as the Jarvik-7, named after former U of U physician and […]

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