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Horizons-Magazine-2013-Summer-Fall

Horizons-Magazine-2013-Summer-Fall

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Horizons is a magazine of the UT System Office of Technology Commercialization. Combined with the launch of the UT System Horizon Fund, establishment of the Chancellor’s Technology Commercialization Advisory Cabinet and technology commercialization agenda of the Framework Action Plan, the UT System is committing more resources and sharpening focus on elevating UT System's commercialization efforts. Included in that effort is the UT Horizon Fund, the strategic venture fund of the UT System.
Horizons is a magazine of the UT System Office of Technology Commercialization. Combined with the launch of the UT System Horizon Fund, establishment of the Chancellor’s Technology Commercialization Advisory Cabinet and technology commercialization agenda of the Framework Action Plan, the UT System is committing more resources and sharpening focus on elevating UT System's commercialization efforts. Included in that effort is the UT Horizon Fund, the strategic venture fund of the UT System.

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The newsletter o The University o Texas System Oice o Technology Commercialization
Summer & Fall 2013
 Just A Little Is Enough
A new approach to surgery is making a mark on the industrybut not on the patients
UTweet
15 UT System Institutions,16 twitter eeds to ollow
Up and Coming
New technologies coming out o UT Systeminstitutions
Student Startup
Horizon Student InvestmentCompetition winner on road to success
 
A message from the Vice Chancellor
 Welcome to Horizons, a publication o The University o Texas System Oce o Technology Commercialization (OTC) that celebrates the discovery accomplishmentso our 15 universities and academic health centers.Every day at UT brings a new story o accomplishment. Through our lens you will bedelighted by the truly remarkable research ranging om engineering, health care,physical and biological sciences, inormatics and nanotechnology. Planting researchseeds and growing them into commercial products that benet the public is easily themost challenging aspect o the discovery lie cycle. That’s why Horizons is essentialreading i you wish to understand how drugs are born, energy is greening up, big datais moving and much, much more.This issue also highlights the strong accomplishments o the UT System OTC. TheUT Horizon Fund was reauthorized or an additional $12.5 million by the UT SystemBoard o Regents in February. To better understand campus needs in advancing technology commercialization, OTC conducted a systemwide appraisal and also aback-testing model to quantiy potential return on investments or UT startups.Results have been incorporated into new Horizon Fund directions. The 2013 studentinvestment competition was a huge success, where 16 student teams om acrossUT System institutions competed or up to $100,000 in unds.It is also my great pleasure to bring OTC into central ocus as the oce takes on a new direct reporting relationship to me as vice chancellor o research and innovation. Allo these events open new avenues that promote technology commercialization andspotlight the UT System’s commitment to this vital and innovative enterprise. – Patricia Hurn, Ph.D.
On The Horizon
1
In Brie 
2
Just a Little is Enough
4
New Clean Water Filtering Method 
6
Technology Showcase 
8
UT System on Twitter 
10
PATRICIA HURN, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor or Research and Innovation
FRANCISCO G. CIGARROA, M.D.
Chancellor, UT System
BRYAN ALLINSON
Executive Director Ofce o Technology Commercialization
ABOUT HORIZONS 
Horizons 
is published bythe Ofce o TechnologyCommercialization (OTC) atThe University o Texas System.
Horizons 
is dedicated toshowcasing the newestdevelopments in technologycommercialization at theUT System, as well as detailingnew ventures coming romwithin the OTC. For additionalinormation about
Horizons 
orits contents, contact us viaemail at otc@utsystem.edu.
CONTENTS
 
1
In addition to underscoring the “everything ibigger in Texas” motto, the Texas Advanced Computing Center’s (TACC) recently unveiled the Stampede supercomputer. It is the most powerul in the U.S, dedicated to academic research and is the 7th astest supercom- puter in the world.
Comprised o Dell and Intel parts, over 75miles o ber optic cables and spanningnearly 200 cabinets in the Austin-basedTACC acility, Stampede is water cooledthrough reservoirs under the acility foor. Inaddition to 272 terabytes o total memory,Stampede delivers 10 petafops o peror-mance (A petafop is a measure o theoperations a computer can process in asingle second. For example, 2+2 is oneoperation. Stampede can process 10quadrillion such operations per second).Coming in at $27.5 million, the cost oStampede is a small price to pay when youconsider the impact it already has onresearchers who solve scientic problemsthat would otherwise be impossible, suchas predicting tumor growth, earthquakesand severe weather occurrences.In act, 90 percent o Stampede’s system isdedicated to the Extreme Science andEngineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE).The most powerul collection o digitalresources in the world, XSEDE is a singlevirtual system that scientists can use toshare computing resources, collaborate dataand transmit ideas. XSEDE is composedprimarily o higher learning institutions thathave contributed their resources toward thispartnership, and XSEDE projects ocus ongaining knowledge that cannot be learnedthrough conventional means. The capabili-ties resulting rom assembling so manypowerul computing systems ar exceed thesum o their parts.While the vast majority o Stampede will bededicated toward XSEDE, its remainingpower will be available or researchersacross UT System and members o TACC’sScience & Technology Aliates or Re-search (STAR) Program to use.Additionally, some studentswill be able to interact withStampede directly in selectclasses, allowing them to loginto the computer and conductresearch. And, with this trainingunder their belts, anything ispossible.
Jeet Vijay directs the investment activities atUniversity o Texas Horizon Fund. He managesall aspects o investment process includingdeal origination, analysis, structuring andportolio monitoring. He is also responsible ordeveloping and managing relations with theventure capital community.Most recently, Jeet worked as an investmentdirector or a U.S-based emerging markets,ocused private equity und where he wasresponsible or developing and managing theSouth Asia, Middle East and Greece portolio.Jeet also has corporate experience in thedomains o strategic planning, nancial analysisand international expansion acquired whileworking or, or consulting with, companies inretailing and the energy sector.His academic background includes aBachelor’s in Business Administration rom TheUniversity o Texas at Austin, a Master’s inEnergy Resource Management rom UT Austinand an MBA rom Rice University. When theopportunity to work or his alma materpresented itsel, Jeet jumped at the chance.Working in the emerging and complex spaceo the university-backed venture industry issomething that he is passionate about and“living in Austin, the best city in the country,”made the decision a no-brainer. He is also alevel-2 Chartered Alternative InvestmentAnalyst (CAIA) candidate and he holds Series7, 79 and Series 66 (equivalent o 63 & 65)Securities Licenses.Jeet hopes to help the OTC ulll its missionby creating economic and social value bycommercializing and monetizing UT Systemsintellectual properties.“Working in a start-up environment, one inwhich we collaborate extensively, is a majorreason why I love coming into work,” Jeet says.
Horizon Fund team welcomes Jeet Vijay
Stampede supercomputermakes solving the impossible,possible
Stampede uses Dell’s Scorpion chassis to store the supercomputer’s processors, enabling indvidual components to be removed and maintained without the entire system needing to be shut down.
Jeet Vijay, the newestaddition to the UT SystemOTC, brings with himexperience and knowledgeto open up new doors orthe Horizon Fund.

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