The ASCEND (Accelerating Solutions for Commercialization and Entrepreneurial Development) 2.0 Program serves the seven Mountain West IDeA States: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and Wyoming.

To increase entrepreneurship and commercialization of basic medical science in the mountain west states, the ASCEND solution provides

● Awareness on how technologies are brought to market
● Access to sufficient technology development
● Resources for early-stage technology development
● Entrepreneurial expertise and culture
● Exposure to commercialization education, training, and funding programs

This National Institutes of Health Small Business Technology Transfer (SSTR) award is led by New Mexico Start-Up Factory and academic co-leads: University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center and University of Montana.