From the lab to the real world

Tom Kozel has been studying fungal meningitis for years. It seemed like a rare disease until the Centers for Disease Control did some calculations and found it was killing about 500,000 people a year in Africa.

This prompted Kozel and his team at the University of Nevada, Reno to look at ways to change how the disease is diagnosed — and this research, in addition to saving lots of lives, provided a model that could be used to create jobs in Nevada, and brought royalty money back to the school.

The UNR-DRI Technology Transfer Office has the job of getting that to happen more often. The office’s director, Ryan Heck, says that creating a better relationship between UNR and Desert Research Institute researchers and the local business community is essential. more…

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