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UNeMed engages several outreach programs for two key reasons. First, UNeMed takes seriously its part in the University’s overall educational mission and in providing any opportunity for growth and learning. Second, we strongly believe that fostering a culture of innovation at UNMC and UNO will help us succeed in our mission.

Some of UNeMed’s educational programs target everyone at the University of Nebraska with general information regarding tech transfer, innovation and research. But there are also more specific programs tailored to individuals who show interest in transferring technologies to the commercial sector.

Former UNeMed interns and licensing fellows have gone on to excel at organizations that span the full spectrum of the technology transfer realm, including Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, RTI International, Northshore Bio, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Streck, Allergan, LI-COR and Notre Dame University, to name a few. Several have been hired to full-time licensing positions at UNeMed.

Internships | Licensing Fellowship | Boot Camp | Medical Education Track


Internship Program

UNeMed periodically offers summer and semester internship opportunities for students interested in technology transfer and related fields. However, all positions are currently filled, and we are not seeking additional applications at this time.

UNeMed’s paid interns gain hands-on training, mentoring and all the tools needed to launch a successful career in the technology transfer or industry.

All UNeMed interns work closely with experienced UNeMed staff as they help inventions developed at UNMC and UNO move beyond academia and into the marketplace. UNeMed interns will gain valuable, first-hand experience in a wide range of interdisciplinary, technology transfer-related activities, including:

  • Scientific evaluations
  • Patent and copyright law
  • Contract negotiation
  • Startup business formation
  • Marketing to biomedical and other industries.

The ideal candidate will:

  • Have the ability to comprehend complicated scientific and technical information
  • Have excellent research, analytical and writing skills
  • Have strong written and oral communication skills
  • Be an independent thinker who is self-motivated and can take initiative while still contributing to a dynamic, fast-paced team environment
  • Be able to work with the diverse range of personalities often found among elite academic researchers and industry executives
  • Have the ability work on several on-going projects at a time

UNeMed interns will be expected to:

  • Help evaluate new invention submissions
  • Develop technical marketing summaries
  • Generate market analysis research
  • Promote UNMC and UNO innovations to local, regional and national companies
  • Manage technical marketing campaigns
  • Identify potential licensees
  • Develop legal assessments of intellectual property positions
  • Develop communication strategies to promote the licensing of new inventions

UNeMed internships are renewable, six-month appointments that cannot exceed one year. Most interns in previous years have remained on staff for a full year, and several have gone on to full-time, licensing fellow positions, including current members of the permanent staff. Interns are expected to work at least 15 hours per week, with a maximum of 40 hours per week. The hourly pay rate ranges between $12 and $15, depending on the qualifications of the applicant.

Past & Present UNeMed Interns
Tyler Scherr, 2016-2017
Catherine Murari-Kanti, 2016-2017
Amanda Hawley, 2015
Shantanu S. Balkundi, 2014
Brooke Dillon, 2014-2016
Tyler Mueller, 2014-2015
Caronda Moore, 2013
Jeffrey W. Schmidt, 2013
Chase C. Webb, 2013
Dallin B. Call, 2012-2013
Agnes A. Constantino, 2012
Molly A. Miller, 2012-2013
Hiba Ahmad, 2011-2012
Edward W. Arvisais, 2011
Alexandra A. Buga, 2011
Jeffrey Dennis, 2011
William E. Diederich, 2011
Karla K.V. Haack, 2011
Erika LaPuente, 2011-2012
Qian Zhang, 2011-2012
Faisal K. Abou-Nasr, 2010-2012
Suman C. Barua, 2010
Daniel A. Belatti, 2010-2012
Brianna K. Brei, 2010
Anna M. Brynskikh, 2010-2013
Christine M. Gazaille, 2010-2011
Emeka Igbokwe, 2010-2011
Connor D. Mullen, 2010
Peter J. Power, 2010
Lingdong Quan, 2010-2011
James M. Stauch, 2010
Benjamin M. Wiese, 2010-2011
Trent L. Allen, 2009
Matthew B. Boehm, 2009
Christopher M. Connelly, 2009-2010
Benjamin A. Katt, 2009
Kulia Matsuo, 2009
Michael J. Peter, 2009
Thuy Tien T. Nguyen, 2009-2010
William Hadley, 2008-2010
Timothy J. Langdon, 2008
Melissa K. Redding, 2008
Julie R. Thiry, 2008-2010
Glenn Woster, 2008-2009
Russell J. Nelsen, 2007-2010
Zagit Gaymalov, 2007-2010


UNeMed Licensing Fellows Program

UNeMed periodically offers fellowship opportunities for qualified candidates interested in technology transfer. However, all positions are currently filled, and we are not seeking additional applications at this time.

UNeMed licensing fellows are full-time employees in renewable one-year appointments, not to exceed three years. They receive University of Nebraska benefits, and compensation is consistent with NIH standards.

Because most UNeMed licensing fellows are drawn from the internship program, they typically perform many of the same duties they learned and practiced as interns. Licensing fellows, however, are afforded far more freedom and independence to evaluate and build their own accounts while developing and implementing their own marketing campaigns. UNeMed’s fellowship program is also unique in that it affords the flexibility for licensing fellows to define their own roles to fit their unique strengths.

Licensing associates since 2008
Amanda Hawley, Ph.D., 2015-2016
Caronda Moore, Ph.D., 2013-2016
Agnes Lenagh, Ph.D., 2012-2015
Qian Zhang, Ph.D., M.B.A., 2011-2014
William Hadley, J.D., 2011-2013
Matt Boehm, Ph.D., 2009-2010
Russell Nelsen, J.D., 2009-2010
Tara Scrogin, J.D., 2008

The minimally qualified licensing fellow candidate will have:

  • Completed a doctoral program
  • Prior experience in technology transfer industry, OR
  • Prior experience in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medical device or other relevant industry
  • Excellent oral and presentation skills
  • Excellent writing skills that can explain complicated information to a non-expert
  • Experience and knowledge about intellectual property rights
  • Experience and knowledge about market research
  • An expert ability to grasp complicated scientific inventions

A successful licensing fellowship candidate might overcome a lack in one of these qualifications if they have expertise in a field that could help UNeMed better fulfill its mission, such as graphic design, videography or web coding and design.

UNeMed Licensing Fellows will be expected to independently:

  • Evaluate new inventions and discoveries
  • Develop technical marketing summaries and market analysis
  • Promote UNMC and UNO innovations to domestic and international companies
  • Manage technical marketing campaigns
  • Develop legal assessments of intellectual property positions
  • Develop strategies to promote the licensing of new inventions



Tech Transfer Boot Camp

In response to increased interest in its internship program, UNeMed has developed an interactive training camp to help prepare participants for a career in technology transfer.

The UNeMed Tech Transfer Boot Camp is a short program that emphasizes technology commercialization in a university environment. The program is designed as a technology transfer short course that introduces participants to the process and tools required to assess the commercialization potential and develop a marketing strategy for university-based innovations.

Admission to the program is based on the strength of the application including: academic accomplishments, career interests, and enthusiasm for technology innovation and commercialization.

UNeMed’s Technology Transfer Boot Camp will be held 8 a.m.-2 p.m. on Aug. 12-16, 2019. Deadline for applications is Monday, July 29, 2019.


Questions regarding the Boot Camp can be directed to UNeMed.

Additional Information
OverviewStructureProgram GoalsContent DescriptionApplicationApply Here
UNeMed has designed an interactive training camp to provide immediately usable instruction across a range of technology transfer relevant areas including: evaluation of invention disclosures, intellectual property law, technology marketing and commercialization, and contract negotiation.

Combining classroom instruction and interactive team-based activities, students will experience the multidisciplinary issues that are part of technology evaluation and commercialization. Students will develop an awareness of the innovation process as it relates to the scientific, legal and business activities needed to commercialize a new technology that resulted from academic research.

Rather than simply sitting through a series of lectures, course participants will explore case studies and experience hands-on practice by evaluating actual inventions, developing and implementing an applicable marketing strategy, and negotiating a mock licensing deal. Participants will complete a series of in-class activities including prior art searches and assembling marketing analyses and campaigns.

The UNeMed Boot Camp will provide participants with a good overview of the technology transfer process and the skills needed to succeed in this career path.

The format of this program will consist of biweekly two-hour lectures that presents the didactic material with experiential learning processes.

Instruction may include independent reading assignments, archived presentations, in-class discussions of the assigned material, small group discussions, case studies, writing assignments, worksheets, and other hands-on activities. Participants should bring a laptop, tablet or other internet-enabled device that will be used to complete in-class activities.

A commercialization plan, to be developed in class and due for completion near the end of the program, will emphasize the practical application of technology transfer processes to successfully license a university-based technology.

Program requirements will include the completion of written assignments and a commercialization plan, as well as attendance and class participation.

Completing the program constitutes completing all exercises, assignments and written commercialization plan, as well as attending all classes and contributing to class discussions. Failure to meet these expectations may result in corrective action, including dismissal from the program.

Exceptions will be considered (not necessarily granted) only in unusual circumstances and where participants either warn the program coordinator at least a week ahead of time of their inability to meet the due date, or can document illness. The participant is responsible (if allowed) for arranging to make up any time or assignments missed.

Program Goals – Upon the completion of the program, the participant will be able to:
(i) Discuss the life cycle of the commercialization process;
(ii) Appreciate and understand the steps a technology goes through to move from an idea to the marketplace;
(iii) Determine the practical applications of opportunity assessment, intellectual property law, market assessment, and contract negotiation in relation to the commercialization pathway of technologies;
(iv) Understand and perform an assessment of the scientific merit, intellectual property position and commercial potential of an invention;
(v) Demonstrate command of the knowledge and skills required to successfully license or develop startups from academic innovations according to the demands of university technology transfer; and
(vi) Create an original business strategy for the commercialization of university-based technologies.


DateTopics  
Aug. 6♦ Intro to Boot Camp
♦ Tech Transfer Basics
♦ IP Primer
Aug. 7♦ Anatomy of a Disclosure
♦ Evaluating an Invention
Aug. 8♦ Marketing Strategies & Analysis
♦ Communicating Science to the Non-Expert
Aug. 9♦ Contract Negotiation
♦ Licensing Strategies
Aug. 10♦ Student Presentations & Q/A
♦ Certificate Presentation
Individuals from all colleges across the University of Nebraska are encouraged to apply and participate free of cost. Applications from individuals not affiliated with the University of Nebraska are also welcome. Non-University of Nebraska individuals will be charged $200 upon acceptance to the four-week program.

Interested doctoral candidates should have completed the third year in their Ph.D. programs and passed their comprehensive examination. All graduate students and Postdocs that wish to apply must have a research adviser who is supportive of the time commitment away from the lab and the student’s alternative career interests.

Complete applications will be accepted until July 29, 2019. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received until all spaces are filled.

A complete application includes:
1. An updated CV or resume
2. A letter of support from academic adviser
3. A completed application form

Selected participants will be expected to accept or reject the fellowship within one week of their offer.

All participants should bring a laptop, tablet or other internet-enabled device that will be used to complete in-class activities.

Please submit the completed application form below.


Then send an updated CV or resume and if necessary, a letter of support from academic adviser (postdocs and students) to UNeMed at unemed@unmc.edu.


Medical Education Track

UNeMed is directing a new Innovations in Clinical Care (ICC) Enhanced Medical Education Track (EMET) at UNMC. EMET offers medical students an opportunity to perform in-depth study within an interdisciplinary medical field and enhance their curriculum without extending the time needed to graduate. EMET consist of longitudinal activities in which students work closely with faculty mentors, residents and advanced students.

In UNeMed’s ICC Track, medical students will be exposed to medical innovations while gaining mentorship, knowledge and experience that will support and encourage their interest in technology transfer. Students will initiate a research project to further a medical technology as well as build critical thinking skills that drive the creation of solutions to unmet clinical needs throughout a future medical career.

Additional Information
ICC EMETEducational objectivesCurriculum supplementFaculty interactionInterdisciplinary natureM1 YearM2 & M3 YearsM4 YearBenefitsApplication
Track Director: Michael Dixon, Ph.D.
Track Coordinator: Catherine Murari-Kanti, Ph.D.

What is innovation?
Innovation is the introduction into common use a tangible idea that solves a problem. Medical innovation generates better patient outcomes, improves public health and extends globally the medical impact on patients. Innovation can be intellectually stimulating, remunerative and could even lead to academic promotion.

Why Innovations in Clinical Care?
Physicians can become frustrated when they notice a problem that needs correction that nobody else sees or tries to resolve. Innovators connect the dots and find a solutions where others either failed to see the dots in the first place. Students who complete the ICC track will be ahead of their peers in their ability to see those details and connect the dots.

William Pollard once said, “Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow.”

The ICC track will expose the student to medical innovations and provide mentorship, knowledge and experience that will support and encourage interest in technology transfer and entrepreneurship.
1. Explore research commercialization through projects currently under development in UNeMed’s technology portfolio.
2. Develop an awareness of the innovation process as it relates to the scientific, legal and business activities needed to commercialize a new technology that resulted from academic research.
3. Gain insight into the life cycle of biomedical technology transfer process, including evaluating an invention disclosure, seeking intellectual property protection, performing market analysis, developing the technology, assessing the regulatory pathway and eventual commercialization.
4. Initiate a research project to further a medical technology and develop a deeper understanding of the research process.
5. Build critical thinking skills that drive the creation of solutions to unmet clinical needs throughout a future medical career.

Assessment of student achievement of the track objectives:
Faculty mentor, the director and other faculty involved in the program will perform yearly evaluations to review the student’s progress in the educational objectives. Each student must also complete a yearly self-evaluation on his/her progress.

Current medical school curriculum lacks any training in technology transfer, business development or research commercialization. This track should provide the student with an understanding of academic medicine and research pertaining to technology development.

It is anticipated that the student will be exposed to skill development and mentoring in technology development, market analysis, marketing, prototype development, study implementation, data collection and analysis, report generation and administrative issues.

The track aims to connect the student into networks of real world resources: interdisciplinary advisers, faculty inventors, entrepreneurs, industry mentors and professional investors. The student will have the opportunity to network with these resources at national and international events.

As a member of an inventor’s research team, the student will have access to the faculty, researchers, personnel and collaborators within the mentor’s department and other associated disciplines.

The student will have the opportunity to attend seminars, interest group discussions and other related meetings.

The student will have many opportunities to interact with faculty inventors on campus through UNeMed. It is anticipated that the student will attend meetings with faculty and UNeMed staff to discuss technologies.

Once the student selects a project, the faculty mentor will be available to meet as their schedule permits throughout the day. Interactions will become more common as the student spends more time pursuing a research project as part of the mentor’s research group.

Most faculty also have dual appointments as clinicians, and the student will be able to “shadow” the faculty mentor to become more familiar with the field of study and the problems being solved.

As the technology transfer entity for UNMC, UNeMed interacts with all departments on campus and across all discipline fields.

We anticipate the student to develop a working relation with a faculty mentor that submitted an invention with a clinical application. These faculty inventors come from different departments including, but not limited to, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery. In order to fulfill research pertaining to the development of a technology, the student will be involved in discussions between researchers, technologists, engineers, clinicians and other healthcare providers.

Additional meetings will be held with UNeMed’s personnel regarding the business development, licensing and intellectual property aspects of the technology. It is anticipated that the student will also be involved with the local industrial and entrepreneurship community in and around Nebraska. UNeMed is part of BioNebraska, a life science association dedicated to the development and growth of Nebraska’s bioscience industry through supporting basic research in the life sciences, aiding in the development of a highly educated work force, and providing a welcoming environment for attracting new and expanding businesses.

UNeMed is also a member of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), consistently participating in events and courses geared toward education in the technology transfer area. Interaction with professionals in other institutions and in industry should occur through this channel.

The student will be exposed to all the different types of innovative technologies being developed on campus with the anticipation that they will choose an area for further studies during the later years.

Summer boot camp and research component: The student will also be enrolled in the Technology Transfer Boot Camp, an introductory summer short course presenting the entire life cycle of the bioscience technology commercialization process, beginning with invention disclosure and culminating with technology licensing. Since the student is able to work during holidays and throughout the summer between the first and second medical school years, we foresee the student will be able to spend a significant amount of time working on a research project with their faculty mentor (~40 hours/week for 10 weeks in summer = 400 hours).

The Medical Consequences Interest Group meets once a month to discuss innovative research being conducted on campus and available resources that may help along the way. The assigned faculty mentor will spend an additional hour to discuss meeting content with the student (2 hours and 10 times per year = 20 hours/year)

UNMC regularly plays hosts to a myriad of speakers who present their basic or clinical research. The student is invited to attend any seminars of interest as long as it does not interfere with Medical School classes. The faculty adviser will sometimes meet with the invited speaker and the student may be asked to attend the meeting if it is deemed appropriate (10 hours/year anticipated availability).

It is anticipated that the student will be allowed to “shadow” clinicians in the faculty adviser’s department whenever the Medical School curriculum permits (10 hours/year anticipated).

UNeMed Corporation has a Strategic Technology Advisory Committee meeting every week to discuss outcomes of invention evaluations and other issues associated with university technologies. These confidential meetings will most likely conflict with the student’s Medical School curriculum, but the student should be able to attend at various times throughout the year (attend two per semester).

Every year, UNeMed Corporation hosts Innovation Week, a week-long series of events that celebrate innovation on campus and culminates with the Innovation Awards Ceremony. The student will be invited to participate, attend and help organize Innovation Week events (20 hours/year anticipated).

It is anticipated that the faculty adviser’s group will meet regularly for research presentations, lectures, journal club presentations, and Fellows and Resident presentations. The student will be invited to attend these meetings, and although they might conflict with the Medical School curriculum, it is anticipated that the student should be able to attend at various times during the year (20 hours/year anticipated).

It is anticipated that the student will spend at least 120 hours on their research, and should at least be able to complete 40 hours of optional activities over the year.

The student will generate data related to the project identified during the first summer. The collected data will be used in a presentation at a National or International Meeting sometime during the M3 or M4 year. The student may work on the project during the summer, holidays or other free time. We foresee the student will be able to spend about 120 hours each year in this area to complete this requirement in (~40 hours for about 3 weeks).

The student is encouraged to attend the Medical Consequences Interest Group meetings once a month and spend an additional time with the faculty mentor for a follow up discussion (2 hours and 10 times per year = 20 hours/year).

The student is invited to attend any seminars of interest and attend any individual meetings between the faculty adviser and the invited speaker if deemed appropriate (10 hours/year).

It is anticipated that the student will be allowed to “shadow” clinicians in the faculty adviser’s department whenever the Medical School curriculum permits (10 hours/year anticipated).

The student should attend at least two Strategic Technology Advisory Committee meetings at UNeMed throughout the year (two per semester).

The student will be invited to participate, attend and help organize the events during UNeMed’s annual Innovation Week (20 hours/year anticipated).

It is anticipated that the faculty adviser’s group will meet regularly for research presentations, lectures, journal club presentations, and Fellows and Resident presentations. The student will be invited to attend these meetings and although they might conflict with the Medical School curriculum, it is anticipated that the student should be able to attend at various times during the year (20 hours/year anticipated).

All the optional activities offered during the M2 and M3 years are available.
It is expected that the student will prepare an abstract and a presentation for a National or International meeting or a manuscript on their research.

The student will most likely attend such meeting sometime during the end of the program and during their M4 year. Meetings typically run at least eight hours for four days (32 hours/year).

Students that complete the ICC Track will receive the following benefits and recognition:

1. Certificate of recognition from UNeMed Corporation and a certificate of completion at graduation
2. Recognition on their Medical Student Performance Evaluation
3. Acknowledgement of the program completion on their transcripts
4. Honor thesis associated with the research they have completed
5. Students may complete the program with a published abstract or manuscript. In addition to giving a presentation at a National or International meeting. These will be added to the student’s CV and could provide strong, personal letters of recommendations from their faculty advisers.

Interested students must apply to the Track during the second semester of their M1 year.

Students will asked to submit a one-page statement describing their interest and rationale for wanting to participate in this track. Students are selected based on their interest, willingness to make the expected time commitment, and maintenance of good academic standing.

This track will accept two students per year, maximum total of eight at a time.

Please visit the UNMC EMET website for more information and to download the application form. Completed applications must be sent as an attachment to Gary Beck by 9 p.m. on January 5, 2016.

For more information about the ICC Track, please contact Catherine Murari-Kanti, Ph.D., at catherine.murari@unmc.edu or (402) 559-3265.


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