News ItemIn the Know – September 2017

November 30, 2017 – 

Drum Role, Please . . .

We’re delighted to report that James C. Greenwood, the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s (BIO) long-time and distinguished leader, will be a keynote speaker at the October 18 Knowledge Fair — With Jim, a former Pennsylvania Congressman and LRRI’s Robert Rubin onboard as our two keynote speakers, we’re anticipating a strong turnout  of attendees from the life science, health care and tech communities. 

During his time in Congress (1993-2005), Jim was a senior member of the Energy and Commerce Committee and widely viewed as a leader on health care and the environment. He crafted legislation to reform the Food and Drug Administration, and he led the fight in Congress to allow stem-cell research to be conducted by U.S. scientists to treat disease.

We’re also making excellent progress in adding a score or two of other top flight speakers to the program. We’ve also enticed Albuquerque Business First to be a media sponsor for the event. In addition to recruiting many of BIO Business Solutions (BBS) preferred providers to exhibit at the event, we’ll start an outreach program to our business community for sponsorship support next week.  A sponsorship of $1,000 or more by a non-NMBio member firm, will include a year’s free membership in the association. Please take the time to reach out to individuals and firms that you do business with. Encourage them to attend. If you do this, we’ll have a truly successful event. 

At the tail end of our monthly newsletter, we’ll begin posting special or one-time discount offerings from both BBS as well as our  our own preferred  providers. Your support of these firms is essential to the association’s long term growth as well as to your bottom line so . . . Buy, Buy, Buy! 

Application for NM SBIR Award Matching Grants Are Now Open

The New Mexico Economic Development Department is offering a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Award matching grant of up to $100,000 to accelerate commercialization of technologies developed with the aid of the federal SBIR awards. This is a competitive grant for New Mexican companies. To be eligible, companies must have an active Phase I or Phase II SBIR award or a letter of award. Award funds must be used for business development. Here is a link to the application:

The deadline for submittal is September 30

Last Call: Rocky Mountain Life Science Investor & Partnering Conference (RMLIPC)

The final countdown for the Rocky Mountain Investor Conference, October 2-3, has begun.  There has been a discount code created for NMBio and other regional partner’s companies to attend.  Membership registration for life science companies is discounted to $400 with the promo code MEM200.  This code can be entered at check out. All event details can be found on the website:

Note this code is only for life science companies, service provider rates are $1,500 regardless of membership.

Innovate New Mexico Technology Showcase: October 17

Discounted early bird registrations are still being accepted for this special collaborative event, sponsored by PhRMA, which highlights research and technology opportunities, start-up companies, and economic development resources from the leading research institutions in the state of New Mexico. Representatives and researchers/investigators from six research institutions in New Mexico, including the University of New Mexico, the Air Force Research Lab, Los Alamos National Lab, Sandia National Labs, New Mexico Tech and New Mexico State University will be in attendance. Showcase will be held at the Sandia Golf Club in Albuquerque. 

Register to Attend »

Sandia Labs Pitch Event

Looking for some start-up cash? If yes, attend the Sandia Labs Pitch Competition hosted by Sandia Labs’ Entrepreneur Exploration Program and ABQid! Scientists and Engineers will get to pitch their best and brightest innovations to a panel of esteemed judges and members of the entrepreneurial community. The winner will represent Sandia Labs at the national level and get the chance at $50,000 and inclusion in the DOE Energy I-Corps Program.  The competition will be September 14, 6-8pm at Gravitate 1121 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102.


Help Us Connect Talent to Opportunities!

Did you know NMBio’s Career Center now leads our website in monthly clicks? If we all use the NMBio Career Center to post career opportunities, we will begin to build a body of evidence that New Mexico  is a high quality jobs creator.  You can help by sharing job opportunities on our website with candidates. 

Welcome NMBio’s Newest Member — Fab Lab Hub

Founder and CEO Sarah Boisvert has been splitting her time between MIT/Cambridge and Santa Fe for many, many years. She’s now ensconced full time at the Santa Fe Business Incubator (SFBI), a real plus for NM entrepreneurs interested in exploring digital fabrication technologies such as 3D Printing, laser cutting, CNC machining, and generative design. Fab Lab Hub has partnered with SFBI to expand the Archimedes makerspace into a Fab Lab in the Fab Lab Network. Sarah, who has more than 75K Twitter followers, is focused on workforce development, digital fabrication certifications, startup creation, entrepreneurship and STEAM education. In response to requests from Fab Labs, Makerspaces and startups in the United States, Canada and Mexico for support and collaboration, Fab Lab Hub formed the North American Digital Fabrication Alliance. Fab Lab Hub works with America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, to foster New Collar Job training for Industry 4.0. For more information, go to

Likarda Receives $4 Million Series A Funding from Werth Family Investment Associates

NMBio preferred provider and cutting-edge biotech research laboratory, Likarda, has received $4,000,000 in Series A funding from Werth Family Investment Associates, bringing the promise of future diabetes treatment options to dogs and cats. Likarda is the leading regenerative medicine company for companion animals. They have discovered—and are commercializing—a better way to manage diabetes in dogs and cats. Their insulin-producing cell clusters, called the Kanslet™, can be infused into animals with diabetes. The process allows veterinarians to offer a minimally invasive, cost-effective answer to pet owners battling the burden of diabetes in dogs and cats.
With an estimated 1 in 100 dogs and cats contracting diabetes in their lifetime, nearly 1.5 million pets will suffer from diabetes at some point. Currently, the only option for treatment is twice daily insulin injections, placing enormous stress on pets and their owners. Through years of development and working with various partners, Likarda is in the process of bringing islet transplants to dogs. The microencapsulated islets (the insulin-producing cells of the body) are transplanted via injection into the belly of a diabetic dog, removing the need for twice daily insulin injections. The additional resources provided by the investment allow Likarda to scale the project from hundreds of animals to thousands in the treatment of diabetic pets. The clinical research program is being finalized and is expected to launch by the end of 2017.
In addition to pioneering work in the animal health arena, Likarda — — is a world-class contract research organization (CRO), supporting start-up companies and science entrepreneurs through large pharmaceutical and nutraceutical companies. Likarda uses a proprietary cell culture system to create three-dimensional cell clusters, or miniaturized organs. This system has applications in markets ranging from drug discovery and development to cell-based transplantation and regenerative medicine. The technology and its ability to scale gives pharmaceutical companies a way to test new drug compounds on human 3D cell clusters, providing a better prediction of how the drugs will work in the body. Please note, Likarda offers NMBio members a 5 percent discount on all its services.


Save at Airgas

BIO Business Solutions® BIO’s cost-savings program has a partnership with Airgas Healthcare, an Air Liquide company, to offer preferred pricing on a broad range of industrial, specialty and medical gases in all modes of supply; dry ice; cryogenic storage; and gas handling equipment and supplies. The program also provides 10-25% preferred discounts on equipment and supplies to NMBio members. See the full program benefits at Albuquerque-based Michael Chandler is Area Vice President for NM and the Southwest Region —


Post-Labor Day Sale at American Laboratory Trading

ALT’s Labor Day Sales Event is coming to a close. Thousands of items from across the firm’s inventory are discounted up to 50% off! If you’re in the market for any new additions to your lab, please feel free to call, request a quote online, or simply respond to this email. Hurry!


Best wishes,
Greg Byrnes

Executive Director

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