Nonprofit Alliances

The ACTRI established alliances with non-profit organizations to facilitate technology transfer and development of novel therapies. These non-profit organizations will serve as a resource for ACTRI investigators seeking to commercialize inventions and enhance clinical trial infrastructure.


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CONNECT, founded in 1985 by UC San Diego, is an independent entity serving all academic institutions in San Diego. It links academic researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and business service providers to develop new companies and translate scientific knowledge into biomedical or technology products.


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BIOCOM is the nation's foremost life science industry association, representing more than 450 member companies in San Diego and Southern California. The association focuses on public initiatives that positively influence the growth of the life science industry, including capital formation, public policy, workforce development, and scientific discovery.

Von Liebig Center

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Jacobs School of Engineering, UCSD

The von Liebig Center's mission is to inspire entrepreneurism and catalyze commercialization of UC San Diego inventions through grants, education and business mentoring.

Senior Leaders from both BIOCOM and CONNECT participate in the industry advisory council

California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology - CAL IT2

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One of four institutes launched in December 2000 through the California Institutes for Science and Innovation initiative. Cal-IT2 conducts research on telecommunications and information technology, including applications in biomedical research.

Its goals include:

  1. creating research teams consisting of members from multiple academic departments often across multiple campuses
  2. extending involvement beyond faculty to students, industry, government, and community partners
  3. providing technical professionals as the bridge between academia and industry

Dr. R. Paturi in Cal-IT2 will coordinate the integration of communication technology with the ACTRI.

San Diego Supercomputer Center

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One of three federally funded national supercomputer centers. It has been designated as the Center for Data Storage, Management and Analysis. SDSC partners with the UC San Diego campus on large-scale research projects in life sciences, engineering and the environment. It is also the home of key life science data resources: the Protein Data Bank, the Signaling Gateway, the LIPID MAPS Gateway, and a number of specialized biomolecular data and computer resources. SDSC and Health Sciences have initiated a partnership this year to assist handling large-scale data generated by high throughput technologies like the Solexa and Solid sequencers. Dr. Michael Norman, interim director of the SDSC will provide high-performance data storage systems.

Institute of Engineering in Medicine

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The School of Engineering and UC San Diego Health Sciences formed the Institute for Engineering in Medicine in 2008 for the integration of engineering principles and novel technologies with biomedical and translational research. Key technology areas include imaging, genotyping-phenotyping, systems biology, medical devices, and nanotechnology. One example is a subcutaneous microdevice that provides continuous glucose monitoring in diabetes and automatically adjusts insulin dosage. The ACTRI formally partnered with the new Institute and will serve as its translational research center.