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UNC Eshelman Institute for Innovation

Pioneering University Innovation Fund

The UNC Eshelman Institute for Innovation is a model university innovation program. Seeded by Dr. Fred Eshelman, the program supports applied science, entrepreneurship, and technological advancements at the United States' top-ranked school of pharmacy. Rockridge® proudly supports the Institute's goals to identify promising science at UNC, mentor faculty, and develop research towards its fullest commercialization or startup potential. Rockridge specifically assists with proposal review, patent assessment, and competitive landscape analysis. Rockridge's team of entrepreneur-attorneys and Ph.D. patent agents have professional backgrounds in startups, tech transfer, and SBIR/STTR consulting, and is perfectly suited to help a global leader like the Eshelman Institute for Innovation further its mission of positively impacting lives the world over.

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The Eshelman Institute for Innovation serves as the innovation engine for the School and helps innovators to take the NEXT STEP in Advancing Medicine for Life


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Historic James Building
735 Broad Street, STE 1001
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Nashville Entrepreneur Center
41 Peabody St.
Nashville, TN 37210
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The Yale Club
50 Vanderbilt Ave.
New York, NY 10017
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