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News and resources for COVID-19

Written by Debra Bouchegnies / April 22, 2020

CoMotion supports and highlights University of Washington researchers, entrepreneurs and startups through blogs, webinars, news and licensing guidelines – please bookmark this page for continuous updates.

COVID-19 licensing guidelines

CoMotion is a signatory to these COVID-19 licensing guidelines to enable rapid access to university innovations addressing the current pandemic. The guidelines are endorsed by the AUTM Board of Directors and consistent with the association’s long-standing support for humanitarian licensing.

Tips/Training & other resources

  • Fundamentals For Startups video: “Negotiating Startup Life through a Crisis” (full video with CoMotion’s Ken Myer moderating discussion with entrepreneur Xiao Wang and investor Dan Rosen)
  • “Leading a startup through the crisis” podcast on GeekWire – CoMotion’s Ken Myer moderates discussion with entrepreneur Xiao Wang and investor Dan Rosen
  • Webinar video: “What startups need to know about the Paycheck Protection Program“, presented by Michael Avent and Ben Straughan, partners at Perkins Coie law firm (
  • Read about tips from CoMotion Labs startups on working remotely
  • Also, you can find this list of COVID-19 resources for small businesses and nonprofits created by the Entrepreneurial Law Clinic at the UW School of Law.
  • The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) is urgently soliciting proposals and can provide up to $500M across multiple projects to rapidly produce innovative SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic tests that will assist the public’s safe return to normal activities. See this website for more information.

UW Researcher COVID-19 innovations news and stories

photo of Dr. Fuller in her lab at UW Medicine (photo credit Sarah Hoffman/Crosscut)

T4M team (photo credit: GeekWire, James Thorne)

Dr. Tom Lendvay, Associate Professor of Urology, UW

  • Read this message from CoMotion Director and Vice Provost for Innovation, François Baneyx – “UW innovation accelerates in the face of adversity”
  • CoMotion announces new Director’s Award for UW innovations that address a pressing societal need – inaugural award goes to team of UW researchers assessing the persistence of potentially infectious aerosols in medical facilities
  • Read about Dr. Deborah Fuller and team racing toward a COVID-19 vaccine
  • UW News covers UW researchers who need your digital coughs; Go directly to the Ubicomplab cough collection study to participate
  • UW Urology’s Dr. Tom Lendvay leads COVID-19 research with Amazon grant
  • Read about TransformativeMed’s Core COVID-19 tracking tool and app in the Puget Sound Business Journal (subscription required) or see the dedicated page about the app on their website
  • Read about UW researchers working with CoMotion to accelerate their innovations addressing COVID-19
  • GeekWire covers mental health tech UW spinoff Lyssn and the launching of its telehealth platform, week of May 18, 2020
  • VR Ulysses launch beta version of their VR data visualization software with COVID-19 data from John Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, and the  COVID Tracking Project. See image below
  • A-Alpha Bio receives $800K from the Gates Foundation for COVID-19 treatment research. Read more in GeekWire
  • Membrion say it’s spray treatment could make cloth masks more effective against COVID-19. Read more in The Seattle Times.
  • Icosavax turns VLP Tech to COVID-19 Vaccine, with $16.5 Million in new financing. Read more on the BioSpace website.

An outlier in the COVID Tracking Project data for New Hospitalized in New Jersey on May 23rd identified in Ulysses as a clear anomaly.