Office Locations:

UNM Rainforest Innovations Lobo Rainforest Building
101 Broadway Blvd NE, Suite 1100
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Phone: 505-272-7900
Fax: 505-272-7300



  • Early
  • Seed



  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences & Healthcare



    UNM Rainforest Innovations (formerly known as the STC.UNM and Science & Technology Corporation @ UNM) is a nonprofit corporation formed and owned entirely by the University of New Mexico Board of Regents (UNM). UNM Rainforest Innovations nurtures innovation and economic development for the UNM community. UNM Rainforest Innovations does this by protecting technologies developed at UNM and transferring these technologies to the marketplace, via starting new companies and transferring technologies to established companies. Since 1996, UNM Rainforest Innovations, the University's technology transfer arm, has spun off 57 start-up companies from UNM technologies. In 2009 alone, UNM start-up companies generated an $18 million impact on the local economy, 162 high-paying jobs, $7 million in revenue, $8.5 million in salaries and benefits, and $18 millions in goods, services and spending. UNM start-ups have raised a total of $12.4 million in venture capital since 2004 and is second in the number of start-up companies created among its 16 peer institutions. The Joseph L. Cecchi VentureLab (CVL)'s incubator provides shared office facilities, business services, mentoring, advice, and the location of the specialized facilities and laboratories required to support life sciences-, physical sciences-, and engineering-oriented ventures.

    Investment Firm Key

       VC = Venture Capital
       PE = Private Equity
       A = Angel
       I = Incubator
       MB = Merchant Bank
       VD = Venture Debt
       FI = Family Investment Office
       FOF = Fund of Funds
       ED = Economic Development Office   
       TT = Technology Transfer Office
       CVC = Corporate Venture Capital
       SEC = Secondary Purchaser
       HF = Hedge Fund/Mutual Fund
    Venture Capital
    Seed Stage
    (includes "pre-seed," or
    concept stage)
    No Revenue
    Early StageMinimal
    Growth Stage
    (also called Mid-stage)
    Expansion Stage
    (also called Late-stage)
    $7M and greater
    Private Equity
    Lower Middle Market$10M-$249M
    Middle Market$250M-$499M
    Upper Middle Market$500M-$1B
    Large Cap>$1B

    Investment Team:

    Name   Title
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    Cara Michaliszyn Director of Economic Development
    Elizabeth (Lisa) J. Kuuttila CEO & Chief Economic Development Officer
    Gregg Banninger PhD Innovation Manager, Life Sciences
    Matthew Davis Sr. Intellectual Property Coordinator
    Preston K. Hendrix Controller


    Portfolio companies include:

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