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Research team creates dental and orthopedic products

High-tech team

By Kelsey Allen

When Hao Li walked into the Missouri Small Business & Technology Development Centers in 2005, he had a specific goal in mind. Li, an associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at MU’s College of Engineering, wanted to take the fruits of his lab research to the marketplace.

Working closely with Jim Gann, technology business specialist at the center, Li in 2007 incorporated Nanova, a research firm of orthopedic and dental devices. In early 2013, Nanova secured a $7 million investment from the Chinese venture capital firm SummitView Capital. 

Li’s achievement of launching a company is happening at MU more often, Gann said. Recently MU faculty have been involved in launching the companies Beyond Meat and Nanocine. 

“We’ll be seeing more and more of this, which is consistent with the university’s strategies in economic development and commercialization of its own technology,” Gann said. 

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