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USTAR to host Utah Technology Innovation Summit and Governor’s Science Medals in April

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) will host the second annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit on Apr. 1, 2019, at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The event wil...

USTAR SBIR Center provides essential programs to Utah businesses

Funding is often one of the primary challenges faced by deep tech and science startup companies. Compared to consumer products, software and other industries, deep technology emerging out of the ha...

USTAR-supported technologies look to better address Utah’s air quality challenges

Two years ago, Gov. Gary Herbert and the Utah Department of Environmental Quality announced an ambitious goal to reduce annual emissions into Utah’s air by 25 percent by 2026 to address Utah’s air...

Former Utah Governor to Keynote 2nd Annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) announced the Honorable Michael O. Leavitt—who served as the governor of Utah, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servic...

USTAR-supported technologies help pave way for STEM workforce development

Utah’s economy is facing a dichotomy. While the state is leading the nation in job growth, it is also facing a shortage of skilled laborers. The gap between job growth and labor, particular in Sc...

Governor names new USTAR acting executive director

Governor Gary R. Herbert has named Barbara Araneo, Ph.D., to be the new acting executive director for the Utah Science and Technology Research initiative (USTAR). Araneo assumed the role as of J...

Technology team receives national grant to create early literacy tools

(PARK RECORD, by Carolyn Webber Alder) The path that led to Cathy Callow-Heusser receiving a grant from the National Science Foundation started close to three decades ago. She was developing softwa...

USTAR-supported companies bring deep tech jobs to Utah’s rural economy

While Utah’s economy is booming on the Wasatch Front, the lingering effects of the Great Recession and technological changes in heavy industries, like mining, are still posing economic challenges fo...

Traffic signs on S.R. 224 part of in-vehicle traffic app development

(Park Record, by Angelique McNaughton) PARK CITY — Electronic traffic signs along S.R. 224 have been informing commuters of their travel times to Park City and Interstate 80 over the last several...

Diplomatic visit coordinated by WTC Utah highlights Utah’s innovation economy

Last month, as part of a business tour of Utah, World Trade Center Utah (WTC Utah) welcomed diplomats from the United Arab Emirates, Mr. Saud Al Nowais, commercial counselor for the UAE to the United ...

Utah rises to no. 5 in nation for science and technology capabilities

Utah moved up three spots, from no. 8 to no. 5, in the Milken Institute's 2018 State Technology and Science Index, a biannual report that measures states’ science and technology capabilities and com...

Top USTAR moments of 2018

2018 was a busy year for Utah’s deep science and technology sectors, full of new funding rounds, technology commercialization milestones, and other achievements for Utah’s innovation community. ...

Utah plays growing role in biopharmaceutical innovation

According to Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), not only is the United States the global leader of biopharmaceutical innovation, but the state of Utah plays an increasingly ...

National policy makers and experts stress need for technology-based economic development

Last week, business leaders, policy makers and experts from across the country convened in downtown Salt Lake City for the three-day annual SSTI conference discussing the innovation economy. Organi...

Utah legislative committee reviews USTAR and technology-based economic development during the interim session

The future of USTAR has been the topic of discussion in various circles over the past several months. With changes made earlier this year by the Utah Legislature to USTAR statute, USTAR was on the doc...

Utah companies can gain access to the $2.5B federal SBIR program through the USTAR SBIR Center

Small businesses that need funding to research and develop technology should look into the federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. Know...

Nominations open for Governor’s medals for science and technology

Deadline for nominations is Dec. 19 The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is now accepting nominations for the 32nd Annual Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. Est...

Utah one of nation’s leaders in science and engineering workforce growth

Utah is one of the nation’s leaders in long-term science and engineering (S&E) workforce growth, according to a new analysis released by SSTI (the State Science and Technology Institute), a nati...

Unlocking new solutions to global food production challenges

With more than 200 million tons produced globally each year, wheat is an essential, high protein, and nutrient-dense food source. With the recent announcement that scientists have unlocked the whea...

UTAH’S USTAR TOUTED AT INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE AND DIPLOMACY CONFERENCE PANEL

On September 14, USTAR hosted a panel at the prestigious Science Diplomacy 2018 conference in Washington, D.C. The panel, Think Locally to Impact Globally: Science Diplomacy at the State Level—wh...

NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY-BASED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE DEC. 3-5 IN SALT LAKE CITY

USTAR will host the State Science & Technology Institute (SSTI) national conference in Salt Lake City on December 3-5 at the Downtown Marriott at City Creek. The conference, which will spotligh...

USTAR RELEASES 2018 ANNUAL REPORT

USTAR recently released its annual report with highlights of its programs, events and economic impact for fiscal year 2018. “The past year demonstrated USTAR’s critical role in fostering techno...

OxEon Energy poised to send technology developed in Utah to space

In an inconspicuous office park in North Salt Lake, the team at OxEon Energy works in their new office and workshop toward a very ambitious goal: making it possible to live and work on the moon and Ma...

Why Utah Is The Best State For Doing Business

From: Utah Business By: Derek Miller Utah ranks number one in the US for job growth, enjoys consistently low unemployment rates, and a strong workforce. What’s at the hear...

USTAR-supported project hopes to prevent hurricane deaths

Hurricanes can be devastating and costly. With raging winds and storm surges, they can create floods, falling debris, and other weather-related hazards that are often deadly. Florence—which recen...

nView medical, a USTAR supported company, closes $1.2 million funding round

[caption id="attachment_4190" align="alignright" width="300"] Cristian Atria, founder and CEO of nView medical[/caption] nView medical, a Utah surgical imaging company, recently raised $1.2 million...

USTAR to host panel at international science and diplomacy conference

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) is set to host a panel at Science Diplomacy 2018 on Sept. 14, 2018 in Washington, D.C.  The international event is the fourth annual conf...

USTAR’s SBIR Center assists Utah startups in securing critical funding

[caption id="attachment_4177" align="alignright" width="300"] Provided by Turner Innovations[/caption] While Utah is hailed for its successful startup and business climate, one of the key challenge...

Energy and cleantech companies bring new opportunities to rural Utah

As Utah looks to find new ways to sustain its economic prosperity, as well as address economic challenges in its rural counties, Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) supported compa...

Utah aerospace industry on display at Farnborough Airshow

One of the world’s largest aerospace industry events, the Farnborough International Airshow, wrapped up at the end of July with skies full of contrails and impressive aerial displays. Utah compan...