UNeTech Open House is tonight

Comments (0) Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Neb. (October 15, 2019)—Innovation Week continues today when UNeTech, the University’s startup incubator, hosts an open house beginning at 4 p.m.

The Open House will feature local entrepreneurs who will demonstrate early-stage technologies that are the basis for new startup companies in healthcare-related industries. It will be held at UNeTech at 3929 Harney Street.

Sponsored by UNeMed, Innovation Week is an annual celebration that promotes and recognizes innovation and research at UNMC and UNO.

Other events include a seminar about breakthrough HIV treatments from a world-renowned academic researcher; a luncheon panel discussion; and an awards ceremony.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Bio Nebraska will sponsor a luncheon and panel discussion that celebrates Nebraska women in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. It will be held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Empire Room at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. Registrations for that event are now closed.

Dr. Liotta

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at noon, world-renowned researcher and chemist, Dennis Liotta, Ph.D., will lead a one hour seminar. He is the Executive Director for the Emory Institute for Drug Development, and helped transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence into a chronic but manageable infection. It is estimated that about 90 percent of all HIV-infected patients in the United States have taken one of the two drugs he invented. The title of his seminar, which is free and open to all: “Novel Therapeutics for Treating Viral Diseases, Cancers and Inflammatory Disorders.”

The seminar will be held in the DRC auditorium, beginning at noon. Pizza will be provided first-come, first-served.

The week culminates Thursday evening with an awards program that specifically recognizes innovators and their work, conferring awards to those who have disclosed a new invention, were issued a United States patent, or had their technology licensed for further commercial development.

The awards program is invitation only.

Innovation Week began Monday with a Kick-Off event that featured complimentary coffee and other giveaways. There, guests met with UNeMed staff, and learned more about how UNeMed can help inventors develop their innovations.

Learn more about Innovation Week and UNeMed at https://unemed.com/innovation-week.

Read article

UNeMed hosts 2019 Boot Camp

Comments (0) News

by Catherine Murari-Kanti, UNeMed | October 14, 2019

Scott Mulder (left) and Quinn Nelson discuss their project during the 2019 Tech Transfer Boot Camp at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. Boot Camp is hosted by UNeMed, the tech transfer and commercialization office for UNMC and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Medical students, graduate students and research technicians and scientists from UNMC, UNO and UNL filled out UNeMed’s fourth Technology Transfer Boot Camp, held Aug. 12-16, 2019. The Boot Camp provides a comprehensive understanding of technology transfer and research commercialization.

Catherine Murari-Kanti, Ph.D., (right) leads the UNeMed’s Tech Transfer Boot Camp. At left is UNeMed intern A.J. Crawford.

A combination of classroom instruction and interactive team-based activities allowed the students to experience what it would be like to work in a technology transfer office. They evaluated real inventions and performed prior art searches while learning to navigate intellectual property law, technology marketing, contract negotiation and entrepreneurship. They worked as teams to develop marketing strategies, draft confidential and non-confidential invention summaries and participate in mock licensing negotiations. At the end of the Boot Camp, each team presented their findings to the UNeMed team, and the UNeMed team, in turn, quizzed the students about their conclusions.

The UNeMed Boot Camp provides an option for graduate students looking into alternative career options, and helps prepare them for better internship opportunities at university technology transfer offices or business development positions in industry.

The 2019 Boot Camp garnered enough interest from University faculty that UNeMed is considering plans for a faculty-only technology transfer workshops in 2020. If you are interested, please reach out to Catherine Murari-Kanti at catherine.murari@unmc.edu.

Read article

UNeMed releases 2019 annual report

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Nebraska (Oct. 14, 2019)—UNeMed released today its 2019 annual report, which details UNeMed’s key metrics, and highlights notable achievements during the fiscal year ending in 2019.

In an open letter to readers, UNeMed President and CEO Michael Dixon, Ph.D., highlights the addition of new tools available to UNeMed staffers as they help commercialize and transfer University-born innovation into the public sector.

Last year, UNeMed built a new conference that sought use the collective power of the region as a way to leverage more interest and engagement from pharmaceutical companies and investor groups. The MidWest Drug Development Conference, was “a resounding success,” Dixon said.

The conference played a large role in grant support from SHARPhub, which uses NIH money to provide entrepreneurial resources to researchers in the Midwest. SHARPhub is short for Sustainable Heartland Accelerator Regional Partnership, and is available in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma.

“SHARPhub will provide the kind of support that UNMC and UNO startups might need to be more competitive for venture or SBIR funding,” Dixon said, “or it might help provide support for additional development of new technology.”

Dixon also highlighted the growth of UNeTech as a biomedical startup accelerator in the region.

“UNeTech can be a place where biomedical entrepreneurs can move past their origin stories to develop products that have a national and global impact on human health,” Dixon said.

The annual report offers more details on the Drug Development Conference, and also highlights the Innovation Overground, a tech transfer podcast UNeMed launched in July 2018. The report also details the 2018 Innovation Awards banquet, and the more recent news about Howard Gendleman, M.D., and his team’s breakthrough with HIV.

Finally, several key technologies currently available for licensing are also included in the report.

The report can be viewed online, and printed copies are also available. Contact UNeMed to receive a free printed copy.

 

2019 UNeMed Annual Report by on Scribd

Read article

Innovation Week kicks off today

Comments (0) Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Neb. (October 14, 2019)—Innovation Week opens today with a Kick-Off event at the Durham Research Center atrium at 9-11a.m.

The Kick-Off will feature complimentary coffee and doughnuts, along with free UNeMed T-shirts and other giveaways. Guests are invited to meet with UNeMed staff, and learn more about how UNeMed can help inventors develop their innovations.

UNeMed’s Innovation Week is an annual celebration that promotes and recognizes innovation and research at UNMC and UNO.

Other events include an open house of local early-stage startup companies; a seminar about breakthrough HIV treatments from a world-renowned academic researcher; and a luncheon panel discussion.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the University’s startup incubator, UNeTech, will host an open house. Beginning at 4 p.m., local entrepreneurs will demonstrate early-stage technologies that are the basis for new startup companies in healthcare-related industries. The open house will be held at UNeTech at 3929 Harney Street.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Bio Nebraska will sponsor a luncheon and panel discussion that celebrates Nebraska women in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. It will be held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Empire Room at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. Registrations for that event are now closed.

Dr. Liotta

On Thursday, Oct. 17, at noon, world-renowned researcher and chemist, Dennis Liotta, Ph.D., will lead a one hour seminar. He is the Executive Director for the Emory Institute for Drug Development, and helped transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence into a chronic but manageable infection. It is estimated that about 90 percent of all HIV-infected patients in the United States have taken one of the two drugs he invented. The title of his seminar, which is free and open to all: “Novel Therapeutics for Treating Viral Diseases, Cancers and Inflammatory Disorders.”

The seminar will be held in the DRC auditorium, beginning at noon. Pizza will be provided first-come, first-served. The event is open and free to everyone.

The week culminates Thursday evening with an awards program that specifically recognizes innovators and their work, conferring awards to those who have disclosed a new invention, were issued a United States patent, or had their technology licensed for further commercial development.

The awards program is invitation only.

Learn more about Innovation Week and UNeMed at https://unemed.com/innovation-week.

 

Read article

Innovation Week 2019 starts Monday

Comments (0) Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Neb. (October 9, 2019)—Innovation Week, an annual celebration that promotes and recognizes innovation and research at UNMC and UNO, begins on Monday.

Events include a kick-off to meet UNeMed staff; an open house of local, early-stage startup companies; a seminar about breakthrough HIV treatments from a world-renowned academic researcher; and a luncheon panel discussion.

Innovation Week opens on Monday, Oct. 14, with a Kick-Off at the Durham Research Center atrium at 9-11a.m. The Kick-Off will feature complimentary coffee and doughnuts, along with free UNeMed T-shirts and other giveaways. Guests are invited to meet with UNeMed staff, and learn more about how UNeMed can help inventors develop their innovations.

Dr. Liotta

The week will be highlighted on Thursday, Oct. 17, at noon with a one-hour seminar from world-renowned researcher and chemist, Dennis Liotta, Ph.D. He is the Executive Director for the Emory Institute for Drug Development, and helped transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence into a chronic but manageable infection. It is estimated that about 90 percent of all HIV-infected patients in the United States have taken one of the two drugs he invented. The title of his seminar, which is free and open to all: “Novel Therapeutics for Treating Viral Diseases, Cancers and Inflammatory Disorders.”

The seminar will be held in the DRC auditorium, beginning at noon. Pizza will be provided first-come, first-served.

On Tuesday, Oct. 15, the University’s startup incubator, UNeTech, will host an open house. Beginning at 4 p.m., local entrepreneurs will demonstrate early-stage technologies that are the basis for new startup companies in healthcare-related industries. The open house will be held at UNeTech at 3929 Harney Street.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Bio Nebraska will sponsor a luncheon and panel discussion that celebrates Nebraska women in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. It will be held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Empire Room at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. To book one of the last few remaining seats, register before the close of business on Friday: https://www.bionebraska.org/women-in-stem.aspx.

The week culminates Thursday evening with an awards program that specifically recognizes innovators and their work, conferring awards to those who have disclosed a new invention, were issued a United States patent, or had their technology licensed for further commercial development.

The awards program is invitation only.

Learn more about Innovation Week and UNeMed at https://unemed.com/innovation-week.

Read article

Drug development conference: Discounted room rate expires Friday

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Neb. (Aug. 27, 2019)—The special, discounted room rate available for early registrants of the second MidWest Drug Development Conference expires this Friday, Aug. 30.

A link to the discounted room rate can be found by clicking the “Venue” tab on the conference website (http://www.mwdrugdevelopment.com/#venue).

Friday also marks the 30-day mark for the conference, which begins on Monday, Sept. 30. The conference concludes the following day, Tuesday, Oct. 1. It will be held at the Capital District Marriott in downtown Omaha.

The event will feature top therapeutic technologies from each participating institution. All told, about 50 therapeutic technologies will be highlighted during 10-minute presentations at the two-day conference. Another key feature of the conference are the one-on-one partnering meetings that build new relationships between academic researchers and industrial partners or venture capital groups.

Included among the participants are such notable medical research institutions as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kansas State University, Mayo Clinic, Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of South Dakota, University of Toledo and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation or WARF.

According to the most recent data available, 2019’s participating institutions collectively spent more than $6.6 billion in research, created 2,764 new inventions, secured 745 new U.S. patents, and launched 117 new startups in 2017 alone, according to the Association of University Technology Managers.

At the inaugural conference last year, 113 people attended the conference, including representatives from 24 companies and investment groups. About 146 one-on-one partnering meetings were scheduled over the two day conference.

Cost is $500 per ticket, but a limited number of registration fees will be waived for those who represent pharmaceutical firms, investment groups or other parties interested in supporting early-stage therapeutics. Contact conference organizers to learn how to receive a waiver code.

Read article

Save the date:
Innovation Week coming in October

Comments (0) Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Neb. (August 21, 2019)—UNeMed plans to host its annual Innovation Week festivities the week of October 14.

Innovation Week is a popular series of events intended to celebrate and promote innovation and research at UNMC and UNO. Events include a kick-off event to meet UNeMed staff; an open house of local early-stage startup companies; an informational seminar; and a luncheon panel discussion.

The week culminates with an awards program that specifically recognizes innovators and their work, conferring awards to those who have disclosed a new invention, were issued a United States patent, or had their technology licensed for further commercial development.

UNeMed is the technology transfer and commercialization office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Innovation Week opens on Monday, Oct. 14, with a Kick-Off at the Durham Research Center atrium at 9-11a.m. The Kick-Off event will feature complimentary coffee and doughnuts, along with free UNeMed T-shirts and other giveaways. Guests are invited to meet with UNeMed staff and learn more about how UNeMed can help inventors develop their innovations.

The following day, Oct. 15, the University’s startup incubator, UNeTech, will host an open house. Beginning at 4 p.m., local entrepreneurs will demonstrate early-stage technologies that are the basis for new startup companies in healthcare-related industries. The open house will be held at UNeTech at 3929 Harney Street.

On Wednesday, Oct. 16, Bio Nebraska will sponsor a luncheon and panel discussion that celebrates Nebraska women in STEM—science, technology, engineering and math. It will be held at 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Empire Room at Midtown Crossing in Omaha. Follow this link for more details and to register.

Innovation Week continues Thursday, Oct. 17, at noon with a one-hour seminar from the world-renowned researcher and chemist, Dennis Liotta, Ph.D. Dr. Liotta is the Executive Director for the Emory Institute for Drug Development, and helped transform HIV/AIDS from a death sentence into a chronic but manageable infection. It is estimated that about 90 percent of all HIV-infected patients in the United States have taken one of the two drugs he invented. The title of his seminar, which is free and open to all: “Novel Therapeutics for Treating Viral Diseases, Cancers and Inflammatory Disorders.”

The seminar will be held in the DRC auditorium, beginning at noon. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Finally, Innovation Week concludes with the annual Awards Ceremony, which will feature a keynote address from Dr. Liotta, along with brief remarks from UNMC and UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold, M.D.

The Awards program is invitation only. Interested parties may reach out to UNeMed to request an invitation.

Read article

Podcast looks at lab-grown meat

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Neb. (Aug. 12, 2019)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” published this morning its latest episode, “Ethical eagle burgers.”

In the latest episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss lab-grown meat and cellular agriculture. The crew also talks about the potential effects on food and hunger with the rise of industrial-scale cell cultures

Innovation Overground was created to help promote academic innovation and the technology transfer and commercialization efforts at the University of Nebraska and beyond. The podcast intends to examine what it takes to advance academic inventions and discoveries beyond the research bench and into people’s lives as “actual things on a shelf.”

New episodes are published on Mondays, and are available on most podcast channels, including Google Play Music, iTunes, iHeartMusic, Podomatic, Spotify and Spreaker.

Use the below links to subscribe, listen to previous episodes and learn more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Listen on Google Play Music
Listen on iHeart Radio
Innovation Overground on Spotify
Listen to this podcast on Spreaker
Player FM
Pocket Cast
Luminary

Read article

UNeMed podcast looks at the cost of medicine, Alzheimer’s

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Neb. (Aug. 5, 2019)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” published this morning its latest episode, “Alzheimer’s billion-dollar life lesson.”

In the latest episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss incredible cost of failure in the world of drug development. The crew also talk about recent discoveries that challenge what we thought we knew about Alzheimer’s disease.

Innovation Overground was created to help promote academic innovation and the technology transfer and commercialization efforts at the University of Nebraska and beyond. The podcast intends to examine what it takes to advance academic inventions and discoveries beyond the research bench and into people’s lives as “actual things on a shelf.”

New episodes are published on Mondays, and are available on most podcast channels, including Google Play Music, iTunes, iHeartMusic, Podomatic, Spotify and Spreaker.

Use the below links to subscribe, listen to previous episodes and learn more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Listen on Google Play Music
Listen on iHeart Radio
Innovation Overground on Spotify
Listen to this podcast on Spreaker
Player FM
Pocket Cast
Luminary

Read article

UNeTech lands $750,000 matching federal grant

Comments (0) News

Project will form university/community partnership to develop medical device pipeline

Dr. Rod Markin (left) and Joe Runge.

OMAHA, Neb. (Aug. 1, 2019)—Omaha Medical Technology Pipeline–a joint effort among the University of Nebraska Medical Center, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the Nebraska Business Development Center, Metropolitan Community College, and the Omaha Chamber of Commerce–was one of 26 organizations chosen to receive a $750,000 matching grant over three years through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s i6 Challenge program for 2019.

The grants were announced July 23 by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross under the 2019 Regional Innovation Strategies (RIS) program competition through the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA).

Omaha Medical Technology Pipeline is a start-up project being developed by UNeTech, an institute designed to identify promising start-up companies and help them become successful.

“We greatly appreciate the recognition given by the EDA to the innovative programs established by the state of Nebraska, UNO, UNMC and the Omaha entrepreneurial community,” said Rod Markin, M.D., Ph.D., executive director of UNeTech. “Omaha is so fortunate to have great resources in place to advance innovative concepts into outstanding products, and the UNeTech Institute is excited to get to work with the EDA. This support will allow us to transition from a research environment to a product development and business opportunity.”

Dr. Markin said the project will harness the impressive resources throughout the community to invent, build and commercialize new medical devices.

“Nationally recognized hospitals in Omaha employ some of the most innovative and respected clinicians,” Dr. Markin said. “Omaha has also recently added critical resources to shepherd innovative medical technologies from concept to commercialization.”

Dr. Markin praised Joe Runge, associate director of UNeTech, for his relentless efforts in landing the grant. “This was the third time we had applied for this grant, and we were not selected the previous two times,” he said. “Joe was convinced we should keep trying. I really appreciate his tenacity. He got the job done.”

Runge, who also serves as UNeMed’s business development manager, said the grant could be a difference maker for Omaha’s entrepreneurial community.

“While Omaha has a growing stable of promising medical technology concepts, the city has lacked the programmatic oversight to both align and oversee the commercialization process,” Runge said. “With the Omaha Medical Technology Pipeline project, Omaha now has world-class resources to match the expertise of its physicians to prototype, validate and embody medical technology in lifesaving entrepreneurial opportunities.”

At the end of this project, Runge said UNeTech expects to process 60 new medical technology inventions, file 60 patents or copyrights and launch or expand 25 companies.

“We hope to create meaningful, real-world work experiences for more than 60 undergraduate and graduate students in 3D design, rapid prototyping, market analysis and marketing, create or retain more than 100 jobs, and engage more than 200 participants in the medical technology pipeline,” he said.

The proposal had more than 30 letters of support from community organizations and business leaders, Dr. Markin said. These included Nebraska Medicine, Children’s Hospital & Medical Center, Nebraska Department of Economic Development, Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Community College, Nebraska Business Development Center, UNO Department of Biomechanics, as well as several clinicians.

Tyler Scherr, Ph.D., a licensing associate at UNeMed added: “The bottom line is, we believe Omaha is home to some of the world’s best and brightest clinicians and faculty–world renowned surgeons and researchers. Pound for pound, we’d put our faculty, staff, students and entrepreneurs up against those from anywhere else in the world. This proposal represents UNeTech placing a $750,000 bet on our faculty–and we do not expect them to disappoint.”

About the EDA: As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the EDA plays a critical role in facilitating regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Guided by the basic principle that sustainable economic development should be locally-driven, EDA works directly with communities and regions to help them build the capacity for economic development based on local business conditions and needs. EDA’s grant investments in planning, technical assistance, and infrastructure construction are designed to leverage existing regional assets to support the implementation of economic development strategies that make it easier for businesses to start and grow.

Read article

Innovation Overground looks at drones

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Neb. (July 29, 2019)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” published this morning its latest episode, “Full frontal drones.”

In the latest episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss drone technologies that improve traffic management, crop husbandry and renewable energy infrastructure.

Innovation Overground was created to help promote academic innovation and the technology transfer and commercialization efforts at the University of Nebraska and beyond. The podcast intends to examine what it takes to advance academic inventions and discoveries beyond the research bench and into people’s lives as “actual things on a shelf.”

New episodes are published on Mondays, and are available on most podcast channels, including Google Play Music, iTunes, iHeartMusic, Podomatic, Spotify and Spreaker.

Use the below links to subscribe, listen to previous episodes and learn more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Listen on Google Play Music
Listen on iHeart Radio
Innovation Overground on Spotify
Listen to this podcast on Spreaker
Player FM
Pocket Cast
Luminary
 

Read article

Drug Development conference discounts available for industry, investors

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Neb. (July 29, 2019)—Due to an unexpected level of interest, a handful of waivers remain for the 2019 MidWest Drug Development Conference.

Cost of the two-day event is $500 per ticket, but a limited number of registration fees will be waived entirely for those who represent pharmaceutical and biotech companies and investment groups.

Contact conference organizers to learn how to receive one of the few remaining waiver codes.

The event will feature new therapeutics under development at each of the 16 participating institutions. Participants from 12 states will highlight about 50 therapeutics during short, 10-minute presentations. Another key feature of the conference are the opportunities for one-on-one partnering meetings.

The conference begins on Monday, Sept. 30, and concludes the following day, Tuesday, Oct. 1. The Capital District Marriott in downtown Omaha will host with a special, discounted room rate for guests who register before Aug. 30. A link to the discounted room rate can be found on the conference website.

Included among the participants are such notable medical research institutions as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kansas State University, Mayo Clinic, the Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of South Dakota, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation or WARF.

According to the most recent data available, 2019’s participating institutions collectively spent more than $6.6 billion in research, created 2,764 new inventions, secured 745 new U.S. patents, and launched 117 new startups in 2017 alone, according to the Association of University Technology Managers.

At the inaugural conference last year, 113 people attended the conference, including representatives from 24 companies and investment groups. Attendees also scheduled about 146 one-on-one partnering meetings over the two-day conference.

UNeMed and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are the primary sponsors of the event.

Learn more and register at the MidWest Drug Development conference website: http://www.mwdrugdevelopmet.com.

Read article

Election security lands in the Overground

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Neb. (July 22, 2019)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” published this morning its latest episode, “Securing our elections from Bond villians.”

In the latest episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss how pubic-private partnerships combine University innovations with corporate efficiency to secure future elections.

Innovation Overground was created to help promote academic innovation and the technology transfer and commercialization efforts at the University of Nebraska and beyond. The podcast intends to examine what it takes to advance academic inventions and discoveries beyond the research bench and into people’s lives as “actual things on a shelf.”

New episodes are published on Mondays, and are available on most podcast channels, including Google Play Music, iTunes, iHeartMusic, Podomatic, Spotify and Spreaker.

Use the below links to subscribe, listen to previous episodes and learn more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Listen on Google Play Music
Listen on iHeart Radio
Innovation Overground on Spotify
Listen to this podcast on Spreaker
Player FM
Pocket Cast
Luminary

Read article

Special room rate available for early birds

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Neb. (July 15, 2019)—A special, discounted room rate is available for early registrants of the second MidWest Drug Development Conference.

The conference begins on Monday, Sept. 30, and concludes the following day, Tuesday, Oct. 1. The Capital District Marriott in downtown Omaha will host the event. The discounted room rate is available to guests who register before Aug. 30. Find the link to the discounted room rate on the conference website at http://www.mwdrugdevelopment.com.

The event will feature new therapeutics under development at each of the participating institutions. All told, the two-day conference will highlight about 50 therapeutics during 10-minute presentations. Another key feature of the conference are the one-on-one partnering meetings.

UNeMed and the University of Nebraska Medical Center are the primary sponsors of the event.

Included among the participants are such notable medical research institutions as Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, Kansas State University, Mayo Clinic, the Ohio State University, Purdue University, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Iowa, University of Kansas, University of Kentucky, University of Missouri, University of Missouri-Kansas City, University of Nebraska Medical Center, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma, University of South Dakota, and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation or WARF.

According to the most recent data available, 2019’s participating institutions collectively spent more than $6.6 billion in research, created 2,764 new inventions, secured 745 new U.S. patents, and launched 117 new startups in 2017 alone, according to the Association of University Technology Managers.

At the inaugural conference last year, 113 people attended the conference, including representatives from 24 companies and investment groups. Attendees also scheduled about 146 one-on-one partnering meetings over the two day conference.

Cost is $500 per ticket, but a limited number of registration fees will be waived for those who represent pharmaceutical and biotech companies and investment groups. Contact conference organizers to learn how to receive a waiver code.

Read article

Innovation Overground dives into nanotubes

Comments (0) News

OMAHA, Neb. (July 15, 2019)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” published this morning its latest episode, “Deus ex nanotech!”

In the latest episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss potential applications for nanotube and the impressive life and career of Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle.

Innovation Overground was created to help promote academic innovation and the technology transfer and commercialization efforts at the University of Nebraska and beyond. The podcast intends to examine what it takes to advance academic inventions and discoveries beyond the research bench and into people’s lives as “actual things on a shelf.”

New episodes are published on Mondays, and are available on most podcast channels, including Google Play Music, iTunes, iHeartMusic, Podomatic, Spotify and Spreaker.

Use the below links to subscribe, listen to previous episodes and learn more.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Listen on Google Play Music
Listen on iHeart Radio
Innovation Overground on Spotify
Listen to this podcast on Spreaker
Player FM
Pocket Cast
Luminary
 

Read article

Nebraska again ranked among world’s top 100 in U.S. patents

Comments (0) News

LINCOLN, Neb. (July 9, 2019)—For the second consecutive year, the University of Nebraska has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world in earning U.S. patents to protect the innovative research and discoveries of its faculty.

The ranking is part of a newly released report from the National Academy of Inventors and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. In the report, the University of Nebraska ranks No. 79 globally for the number of patents awarded to NU’s technology transfer offices – Nutech Ventures at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and UNeMed Corp. at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

Earning patents allows NUtech Ventures and UNeMed to work with NU faculty, staff and students to bring their research in areas like agriculture, healthcare, engineering and many others to the marketplace. The result is new startup companies, jobs and university-licensed products that grow the economy and improve quality of life in Nebraska and beyond.

“To be in the company of the world’s leading research universities is another sign that the University of Nebraska is a force for growth and change for the people of our state,” said President Hank Bounds. “While it’s an honor to be recognized, what truly matters is what this ranking signifies: That the University of Nebraska is home to some of the most talented, creative and visionary faculty in the world. I could not be more proud of the life-changing impact of their work.”

The new report’s rankings are based on 2018 patent data from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. After securing a patent, the university brings research to market by licensing technology to existing companies or university startup companies. Most university technology is considered early-stage and requires additional research and development.

“This is a reflection of the kind of talent we see every day walking up and down hallways throughout the university system. This doesn’t happen without a culture of innovation,” UNeMed President and CEO Michael Dixon said of NU’s top-100 ranking. “That starts with the administration, right through all the creative and curious faculty, staff and students developing the next generation of innovations that can improve our world.”

Brad Roth, executive director of NUtech Ventures, said: “The ability to protect new innovations from our university’s research is an important first step for commercialization and eventual impact on society.”

The University of Nebraska’s 31 patents in 2018 include, for example, University of Nebraska-Lincoln research to develop a vaccine that could help producers across the globe fight a devastating swine virus. Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) is a viral pathogen that causes abortion in pregnant sows and pneumonia in young pigs. The virus can also suppress a pig’s immune system, leading to enhanced susceptibility to other infectious diseases. PRRSV costs the U.S. swine industry more than $640 million per year. A team led by Fernando Osorio and Hiep Vu at the Nebraska Center for Virology is working on a vaccine that could protect against some or all of the variants of the virus, which would significantly benefit swine health as well as producers in Nebraska and around the world.

An early working prototype of the hemodialysis catheter currently under license with Chrysalis Medical.

Another patent is for a new catheter tube that will help patients undergoing hemodialysis to treat kidney failure. Conventional catheters often need to be replaced in expensive surgical procedures after they are blocked by thick tissue that builds up over time. A new catheter tube created by Marius Florescu, M.D., an associate professor in the UNMC Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Nephrology, is designed with a small balloon that can expand to remove the buildup. Dr. Florescu’s design would significantly reduce the cost of removing the blockage by eliminating the need for additional procedures. The device is licensed to California-based Chrysalis Medical, who is preparing an application for FDA clearance.

UNeMed presented Dr. Florescu with the 2014 Emerging Inventor Award during the annual Innovation Awards ceremony.

Read article