Santa Fe, N.M. – Three high-tech New Mexico companies will receive New Mexico Small Business Innovation Research (NMSBIR) Grants to help their businesses thrive, announced New Mexico Economic Development Department (EDD) Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes.
The three companies receiving awards for this round of the grant are UbiQD in Los Alamos, BennuBio in Albuquerque, and Mesa Photonics in Santa Fe. Each of these companies is developing technology that will greatly benefit mankind and are contributing to New Mexico’s status as a leader in the fields of science and technology.
“These companies have proven that innovation thrives in New Mexico. The products they have developed will disrupt markets,” Cabinet Secretary Keyes said. “The state assistance is helping these businesses grow faster and create the higher-paying jobs we need to diversify the economy.”
The NMSBIR Grant Program provides recipients with additional resources to commercialize the technology developed using Federal SBIR funding. NMSBIR is designed to support local science and technology companies in achieving these goals. The grant program is overseen by EDD’s Office of Science and Technology.
“The three awarded companies are prime examples of innovations, born right here in New Mexico, that started from a patent, developed a product, and are well on their way to commercializing their technology,” Director of the Office of Science and Technology Myrriah Tomar said.
The Technology Research Collaborative (TRC) Board, who reviews applicants for this competitive grant, is made up of 11 university, science, and business experts. The initial seven applications were reviewed by the TRC Board before the final three were funded.
UbiQD is an advanced materials company powering product innovations in agriculture, clean energy, and security. Their novel quantum dots enable industry leaders to harness the power of light. Developed during phase I of the grant, their first product, UbiGro®, is a layer of light that uses fluorescence to create a more optimal greenhouse spectrum for crops. In other words, it’s a glowing film that sits above plants and enables them to get more out of the sun. NASA is interested in using this technology to enhance crop production on long-duration space missions or on a mars or lunar base.
This SBIR matching project will be leveraged to support critical to commercialization but not covered by the main NASA grant. The company has 34 active patents in its portfolio and funds will be used to support portfolio costs and new filings.
UbiQD also received a Phase I NMSBIR Matching Grant in November 2018 for $25,000.
UbiQD is headquartered in Los Alamos, NM and they license technology developed at leading research institutions, including Los Alamos National Laboratory and MIT.