Researchers bring scientific discoveries to market

Courtesy of Medicine on the Midway

UChicago supports faculty- and student-founded companies to broaden impact of research

Few people get a bigger whiff of the entrepreneurial spirit taking hold among biosciences faculty members than Thelma Tennant. "I walk down the halls of the lab buildings regularly," Tennant said, "and I don't think I've made it to a meeting without having someone come out a door and say, 'Hey, I've been meaning to call you.'"

Tennant, whose doctorate is in cancer biology, is the oncology lead for technology commercialization in the University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. For thepast year, she's also been one of several Polsky staffers embedded in the Duchossois Family Institute: Harnessing the Microbiome and Immunity for Human Health.

The Duchossois Family Institute was founded with a $100 million gift from The Duchossois Group Inc. Chairman and CEO Craig Duchossois; his wife, Janet Duchossois; and the Duchossois Family Foundation to accelerate research and interventions based on how the immune system, microbiome and genetics interact to maintain health. The entrepreneurial infrastructure includes commercialization specialists with a deep understanding of science and the path to market. Embedded within the DFI, they work closely with faculty and students to build strong patent applications and the relationships with investors and industry needed to successfully develop and license these technologies.

To learn more about how UChicago supports these faculty and students, see the full article at UChicago News.

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