University of Arizona startup uPetsia was named as one of five winners of the 2022 annual Pet Care Innovation Prize. Founded by associate professors Eric Lyons and David Baltrus in the UArizona College of Agriculture & Life Sciences School of Plant Sciences and the BIO5 Institute, the startup was launched with the help of the university’s commercialization arm Tech Launch Arizona (TLA) to develop and commercialize a harmless bacteria strain to battle bad dog breath. The company has most recently landed at the UArizona Center for Innovation (UACI) Oro Valley where it is going through a comprehensive incubation program.
“The recognition from Purina’s Pet Care Innovation team is phenomenal,” Lyons said. “It is a long, hard road to translate a research idea into a successful company, and we know that we couldn’t have gone so far without the continued support of the TLA and UACI teams.”