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UNM Team to Compete in TVC Equity Capital Symposium

March 30, 2010

Congratulations are in order for the winner of last year’s Michael Gallegos Prize for Entrepreneurship in the UNM Technology Business Plan Competition: Microtection LLC has been selected to compete in the 2010 Technology Ventures Equity Capital Symposium!

The TVC Equity Capital Symposium will be held May 19th and 20th at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Albuquerque. For the past sixteen years the symposium has served as a vehicle to connect growing or expanding technology companies with investment opportunities.

TVC has helped form 102 new business, created over 12,470 jobs, and has facilitated over $1.043 billion in funding for its client companies. Please see attachment for more information.

Microtection is a company commercializing vapor trace detection solutions aimed initially at security and contraband markets. The technology platform comprises a handheld device that detects trace amounts of chemical vapor in a non-intrusive manner. The intellectual property portfolio surrounding this technology can be leveraged to address extended market needs in chemical trace detection.
Rob Virden, J.B. Tuttle, and Ryan Olcott, all MBA students during last year’s UNM Technology Business Plan Competition, are moving Microtection forward. Visit their website at


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