Biomechanics student will pitch at entrepreneur conference

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OMAHA, Neb. (Nov. 19, 2018)—Walker Arce, an electrical engineering student in the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s biomechanics program, was selected as the University of Nebraska’s top choice to deliver his business plan to a regional entrepreneurial conference on Jan. 25, 2019.

The chance to pitch his proposal to a room full of entrepreneurs, startup companies, and investor groups was the top prize of a business plan competition throughout the University of Nebraska system. Judges selected Arce’s plan among four finalists.

Walker Arce

Arce will join two other “Pipeline Spotlight Entrepreneurs” who will pitch their ideas during Pipeline’s annual awards celebration, The Innovators, on Jan. 25, 2019, in Omaha. Other Spotlight Entrepreneurs will represent the University of Kansas and Washington University in St. Louis.

Pipeline is an entrepreneurial mentoring program in the Midwest that offers a handful of highly selective entrepreneurial fellowships each year. Fellows in the Pipeline program received hands-on training from successful entrepreneurs and mentors from around the region and across the nation. The program helps fellows refine their business plans, raise money and dramatically improve their chances for ultimate success.

The three students selected as Pipeline Spotlight Entrepreneurs will receive similar guidance, with regional and national mentors helping the entrepreneurs refine their company pitches. The final test will come during The Innovators. There, the student entrepreneurs will get the rare opportunity to propose their ideas to a room full of potential investors and partners.

Arce, the UNO biomechanics student, will present his startup company, M3 Robotics, which hopes to make robotic design and innovation more accessible to people everywhere. Arce’s plan involves creating a mail-order discovery box subscription service that teaches and inspires youth to build and code robotics.

Customers would initially receive a base package of simple robotics tools and coding instructions. Then, as the subscribers increase their knowledge and skills, the package will increase in corresponding complexity. Eventually the customer will have built some kind of robotic device, hopefully one that solves a real problem that could benefit others.

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Concussion platform returns to the Overground, tech transfer podcast to take holiday breaks

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OMAHA, Neb. (November 19, 2018)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” is taking a one-week hiatus for the holiday, and are re-broadcasting a popular episode relevant for the season: How biomechanics can save football.

In the episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss a new concussion detection platform that began at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s biomechanics program. The crew also talk about how good ideas become great inventions through better collaborations.

The episode featured the startup company Avert.

New episodes will return Monday, Nov. 26. The Overground is also planning a two-week break during the Christmas holiday season, and will re-air previous episodes on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31. New episodes will again resume on Monday, Jan. 7, 2019.

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.

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Networking event planned for medical 3D printing applications

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UNeMed's annual Innovation Week continued Oct. 4 with a panel discussion about the biomedical applications in healthcare. Above, R. Gabe Linke, the 3D printing coordinator at Children's Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, shows guests a 3D-printed model of a newborn's heart. Surgeons used the model to study abnormalities, and planned an eventually successful procedure to correct the problems.

Gabe Linke, the 3D printing coordinator at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, shows guests a 3D-printed model of a newborn’s heart during an event UNeMed hosted back in 2016. Surgeons used the model to study abnormalities, and planned an eventually successful procedure to correct the problems.

OMAHA, Neb. (Nov. 13, 2018)—Leaders in Omaha’s 3D printing scene are planning a special networking event that will bring together printing experts from academia and industry throughout the area.

Open and free to all, the event is called the 3D Printing TekTalk, and will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at DoSpace on the southwest corner of 72nd and Dodge Streets. The event will also include refreshments and a series of demonstrations and seminars that will begin at 1 p.m. until 5 p.m.

The primary focus of the small conference will focus on how 3D printing is currently used to advance medical devices and patient care. Among the featured speakers are Justin Cramer, M.D., an assistant professor at UNMC’s College of Medicine, Gabe Linke, the 3D printing coordinator at Omaha’s Children’s Hospital, and Travis Vanderheyden, a research development engineer at the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s biomechanics department.

To register and learn more, direct your browser to: http://marketing.advancedtek.com/acton/media/17578/3d-printing-tektalk-healthcare-and-commercial-manufacturing.

The event is sponsored by AdvancedTek in collaboration with 3DHeals.

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UNO Biomechanics named Innovator of Year

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Founding chair of the department, Nick Stergiou, Ph.D., accepts the 2018 Innovator of Year award on behalf of UNO’s Biomechanics Department, which was awarded the honor during the 2018 Innovation Awards on Oct. 25, 2018.

OMAHA, Nebraska (Oct. 29, 2018)—The University of Nebraska at Omaha highlighted the 12th installment of the annual Innovation Awards Banquet Thursday night at the Stanley Truhlsen Events Center. In a break from tradition, UNO’s Biomechanics program became the first department to claim the Innovator of Year award.

Sponsored and hosted by UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center and UNO, the awards ceremony also honored a Most Promising New Invention Award and a Startup of the Year. An estimated audience of 183 attended the event.

Each year UNeMed celebrates the discoveries and creations that emanate from UNMC and UNO with an awards ceremony that honors all faculty, students and staff who submit a new invention, secure a United States Patent or sign a licensing agreement with an industrial partner during the previous fiscal year.

This year, UNeTech also presented its first-ever award, the Startup of the Year. UNeTech is the university’s startup accelerator and incubator program, which was established about a year ago to help nurture early stage technologies and fledgling startup companies with university ties.

UNMC and UNO Chancellor Jeffry Gold, M.D., (far left) and UNeMed CEO and President Michael Dixon (far right) are seen here with inventors of the 2018 Most Promising New Invention, Catherine Gebhart, Ph.D., and Varun Kesharwani, Ph.D., during the 2018 Innovation Awards on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, at the Stanley Truhlsen Events Center at UNMC.

Centese, Inc., was named the Startup of the Year. Led and co-founded by Nebraska native Evan Luxon, Centese is poised to bring to market Thoraguard, a medical device that automatically clears chest tube blockages. Centese is awaiting final FDA approval, which could soon put Thoraguard on the market.

Collaborators Catherine Gebhart, Ph.D., and Varun Kesharwani, Ph.D., took home the Most Promising New Invention award. They developed a test that detects four types of human herpes virus. Their approach also minimizes the risk of false negatives.

The test has already attracted outside interest with Omaha’s Streck, a local biotech company specializing in medical testing systems. Streck and UNeMed will soon sign a sponsored research agreement that will help advance the technology.

Each year the Most Promising New Invention is awarded to “an innovation with the highest potential to benefit the public good.”

The top prize was claimed by Nicholas Stergiou, Ph.D., who accepted the Innovator of the Year award on behalf of his Biomechanics Department at UNO.

Evan Luxon (middle) was presented with the first-ever Startup of the Year Award as the co-founder of Centese, Inc.

Dr. Stergiou is the founding chair of the Biomechanics Department, which has produced a remarkable portfolio of innovations that could all have significant impacts in healthcare in the coming years.

Among those innovations is a gait analysis system that can look at the way people walk and determine the risk of falls in the elderly or other frail patients. Another innovation uses the subtle fluctuations as person balances themselves to detect concussion and potentially other traumatic brain injuries. Another program is building low-cost, 3D-printed prosthetic limbs and cybernetics. And yet another program could predict sudden onset of life-threatening symptoms for sufferers of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder or COPD.

Former pharmaceutical executive, Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., delivers an insightful seminar, “Moving into the pharmaceutical industry—can the dark side be bright for you?” during 2018 Innovation Week.

The Innovation Awards is a part of UNeMed’s Innovation Week, which began with a Kick-off event on Monday in the DRC. There UNeMed staffers handed out T-shirts, doughnuts, first aid kits and other freebies. Innovation Week concluded on Friday with a free seminar about alternate science careers in the pharmaceutical industry and the 3D-printing Invent-a-thon.

Learn more about all the awardees and the 2018 Innovation Awards in the official Awards program below.

 

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Science career seminar, Invent-A-Thon presentations are today

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OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 26, 2018)—Innovation Week concludes today with two events, a seminar about alternates careers in science and final presentation for a 3D printing competition.

First, Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., will present a seminar entitled “Moving into the pharmaceutical industry—Can the dark side be bright for you?” A 35-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Fernandes is expected to discuss alternate careers science in a one-hour presentation in the Durham Research Center I auditorium, beginning at 2 p.m.

Finally, Innovation Week concludes later that evening with the Invent-A-Thon at 5 p.m. in room 1005 in the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Invent-A-Thon is a judged competition among teams of local high school students who will be tasked in a week-long event to solve an actual healthcare problem using 3D printing and design. Teams will pitch their ideas and 3D-printed prototypes in final presentations, followed by a short reception.

Innovation Week is a series of events hosted by UNeMed to celebrate and honor the innovations and discoveries at UNMC and UNO each year.

Previous events this week included a Kick-Off event on Monday, and the 12th annual Research Innovation Awards Banquet yesterday.

At the Awards ceremony, UNeMed recognized UNO’s entire Biomechanics department as the 2018 Innovator of the Year, and presented co-inventors Catherine Gebhart, Ph.D., and Varun Kesherwani, Ph.D., with the Most Promising New Invention of 2018 award. Also, UNeTech, the University’s accelerator and incubator program recognized Centese, Inc. as its first-ever Startup of the Year.

Learn more about all Innovation Week events, including the award winners, at https://www.unemed.com/innovation-week.

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Innovation Awards are tonight

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OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 25, 2018)—Innovation Week continues tonight with the 12th Annual Research Innovation Awards Banquet at 5 p.m. in Michael F. Sorrell Center.

The event is invitation-only.

The awards honor all UNMC and UNO students, faculty and staff who disclosed a new invention, received a U.S. patent or were a contributor on a licensed technology. UNeMed will also announce the 2018 Innovator of the Year and the Most Promising New Invention of 2018.

UNeTech, the university’s incubator and accelerator program will also announce its first-ever “Startup of the Year.”

On Monday, UNeMed hosted a Kick-Off event, and two more Innovation Week events still remain. Both are free and open to all.

First, Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., will present a seminar entitled “Moving into the pharmaceutical industry—Can the dark side be bright for you?” A 35-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Fernandes is expected to discuss alternate careers science in a one-hour presentation in the Durham Research Center I auditorium, beginning at 2 p.m.

Finally, Innovation Week concludes later that evening with the Invent-A-Thon at 5 p.m. in room 1005 in the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Invent-A-Thon is a judged competition among teams of local high school students who will be tasked in a week-long event to solve an actual healthcare problem using 3D printing and design. Teams will pitch their ideas and 3D-printed prototypes in final presentations, followed by a short reception.

Innovation Week is a series of events hosted by UNeMed to celebrate and honor the innovations and discoveries at UNMC and UNO each year.

Learn more about all Innovation Week events at https://www.unemed.com/innovation-week.

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Innovation Week 2018 launches with successful Kickoff

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UNeMed’s annual Innovation Week opened Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, with its “Kickoff” event in the atrium of UNMC’s Durham Research Center. UNeMed staffers greeted guests and handed out free goodies, including T-shirts, doughnuts and first-aid kits.

OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 22, 2018)—Innovation Week officially began this morning with UNeMed’s Kickoff event in the Durham Research Center atrium at UNMC.

UNeMed staff unloaded free T-shirts, coffee, doughnuts, first aid kits and copies of the 2018 annual report, while meeting and mingling with guests.

Jason Nickla, UNeMed’s Director of Intellectual Property, hands out free T-shirts during Monday’s Kickoff.

Innovation Week is a series of events hosted by UNeMed to celebrate and honor the innovations and discoveries at UNMC and UNO each year.

Innovation Week continues Thursday, Oct. 25, with the 12th annual Research Innovation Awards Banquet, at 5 p.m. in the Stanley Truhlsen Events Center of the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Awards ceremony is an invitation-only event where an Innovator of the Year and the 2018 Most Promising New Invention will be named.

Innovation Week 2018 concludes on Friday, Oct. 26, with two free and open events.

First, Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., will present a seminar entitled “Moving into the pharmaceutical industry—Can the dark side be bright for you?” A 35-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Fernandes is expected to discuss alternate careers science in a one-hour presentation in the Durham Research Center I auditorium, beginning at 2 p.m.

Finally, Innovation Concludes later that evening with the Invent-A-Thon at 5 p.m. in room 1005 in the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Invent-A-Thon is a judged competition among teams of local high school students who will be tasked in a week-long event to solve an actual healthcare problem using 3D printing and design. Teams will pitch their ideas and 3D-printed prototypes in final presentations, followed by a short reception.

Learn more about all Innovation Week events at https://www.unemed.com/innovation-week.

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UNeMed releases 2018 annual report

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Nebraska (Oct. 22, 2018)—UNeMed released today its 2018 annual report.

The report details UNeMed’s key metrics, and highlights notable achievements during the fiscal year ending in 2018.

In an open letter to readers, UNeMed President and CEO Michael Dixon, Ph.D., notes the addition of innovation and discoveries from the University of Nebraska at Omaha as the most important change during the year. UNeMed has been the technology transfer and commercialization office for the University of Nebraska Medical Center since 1991. During that time, UNeMed had occasionally worked with UNO inventors, but a new services agreement in December 2017 made UNeMed the official tech transfer office for all UNO inventions and discoveries.

That change had a dramatic impact on UNeMed’s key metrics, as Dixon pointed out in the annual report:

“In a little more than six months, UNO’s innovative faculty, students and staff submitted 27 new inventions. Remarkable,” he said.

Michael DixonDixon also highlighted the collaborative work that UNO and UNMC researchers are developing, including work on healthcare related software, vaccines and biomechanical applications.

“It’s clear to me that bringing UNeMed and UNO together was one great leap toward helping two campuses scale barriers to greater summits and more fruitful collaborations in the near and distant future,” he said.

The letter also reports UNeMed’s recent successes with licensing patented technologies. Dixon placed particular emphasis on securing license agreements for 15 of 21 technologies that were awarded U.S. patents in 2018.

“That is significant,” he said. “It means that more than 70 percent of those protected technologies have intense market interest…In a broader context, I’m proud to report that our overall patent portfolio is 67 percent licensed to industrial partners.”

The annual report also highlights UNeMed’s educational activities, including its annual Tech Transfer Boot Camp program and the 2017 Innovation Week festivities. The report also details all of UNeMed’s important metrics, and covered UNO’s Capstone program, a story that was featured on UNeMed.com earlier this summer.

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.

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Innovation Week kicks off today

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OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 22, 2018)—Innovation Week officially begins this morning when UNeMed staffers host a kick-off event in the Durham Research Center atrium from 9-11 a.m.

The Innovation Week Kick-Off will feature free goodies, T-shirts and a chance to mingle with UNeMed staff. Complimentary coffee and a free doughnut will also be provided all attendees, as long as supplies last.

UNeMed opened 2017 Innovation Week with its annual Kick-Off event on Monday, Oct. 23, giving away free T-shirts, esspressos, first-aid kits and other goodies. UNeMed is planning a repeat for today

Innovation Week is a series of events hosted by UNeMed to celebrate and honor the innovations and discoveries at UNMC and UNO each year.

Innovation Week continues Thursday, Oct. 25, with the 12th annual Research Innovation Awards Banquet, at 5 p.m. in the Stanley Truhlsen Events Center of the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Awards ceremony is an invitation-only event where an Innovator of the Year and the 2018 Most Promising New Invention will be named.

Innovation Week 2018 concludes on Friday, Oct. 26, with two free and open events.

First, Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., will present a seminar entitled “Moving into the pharmaceutical industry—Can the dark side be bright for you?” A 35-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Fernandes is expected to discuss alternate careers science in a one-hour presentation in the Durham Research Center I auditorium, beginning at 2 p.m.

Finally, Innovation Concludes later that evening with the Invent-A-Thon at 5 p.m. in room 1005 in the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Invent-A-Thon is a judged competition among teams of local high school students who will be tasked in a week-long event to solve an actual healthcare problem using 3D printing and design. Teams will pitch their ideas and 3D-printed prototypes in final presentations, followed by a short reception.

Learn more about all Innovation Week events at https://www.unemed.com/innovation-week.

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Former pharma exec will lead Innovation Week seminar

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OMAHA, Neb. (October 18, 2018)—A former heavyweight in the pharmaceutical industry will highlight UNeMed’s events next week. Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., is expected to cover alternate careers in science with particular attention to the pharmaceutical industry.

Her talk is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 26, in the Durham Research Center I auditorium, beginning at 2 p.m. The title of her one-hour presentation is “Moving into the pharmaceutical industry—Can the dark side be bright for you?”

The seminar is part of UNeMed’s Innovation Week, a celebration of the innovative research and discoveries at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. UNeMed is the technology transfer and commercialization office for UNMC and UNO.

Dr. Fernandes has more than 35 years of experience in pharmaceutical discovery, development and management. She held executive leadership positions with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, and at Drug Discovery, Abbott Laboratories as the leader of Anti-Infective Discovery.

At the Squibb Institute for Medical Research she conducted key research on the first monobactam antibiotic, aztreonam. At Abbott, she was directly involved in the development of clarithromycin, which achieved more than $1 billion in sales.

Before retiring in 2016, she led Cempra to a successful Initial Public Offering, and has helped raise more than $500 million for the company.

Dr. Fernandes has served on the U.S. Congressional Panel for Assessment of Impact of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria. In July she was named Chairperson of the National Biodefense Science Board for the U.S. government.

Innovation Week begins Monday, Oct. 22, at 9 a.m. during the Kick-Off event, an open house where guests can grab a free T-shirt, coffee and other goodies in the DRC I atrium.

Innovation Week’s major event is the Research Innovation Awards Banquet on Thursday, Oct. 25, beginning at 5 p.m. The awards honor all the UNMC and UNO faculty, students and staff who disclosed a new invention, received a U.S. patent or were inventors on a licensed technology during the previous fiscal year. This year, UNeMed will announce the 2018 Innovator of the Year, and name the Most Promising New Invention of 2018.

The Innovation Awards is an invitation-only event.

Finally, UNeMed is also co-sponsoring the Invent-A-Thon, a judged competition among teams of local high school students. Teams will be tasked in a week-long event to solve an actual healthcare problem using 3D printing and design. The winning team will receive an award and prize.

Teams will pitch their ideas and 3D-printed prototypes in final presentations on Friday, Oct. 26 at 5 p.m. in room 1005 of the Michael F. Sorrell Center at UNMC. That event is also free and open to all, and will be followed by a short reception.

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Innovation Awards is Oct. 25, Gold to deliver keynote

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Correction (Oct. 18, 2018): Text amended to reflect programming change. Due to unforeseen circumstances, University of President Hank Bounds is unable to attend. UNMC/UNO Chancellor Jeffrey Gold, M.D., is now scheduled to deliver the keynote.

OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 27, 2017)—The 12th annual Innovation Week kicks off Monday, Oct. 22, to celebrate and recognize world-class research and discovery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

All events are free and open to the public, but the Awards Banquet is an invitation-only event. Further details can be found on the Innovation Week page.

Hosted by UNMC’s and UNO’s technology transfer and commercialization office, UNeMed, Innovation Week begins with the Kick-Off at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 22, in the Durham Research Center atrium. The Kick-Off is an open house where guests can meet and mingle with UNeMed staff and get a free UNeMed T-shirt, coffee and other goodies.

Other Innovation Week events include the Innovation Awards, an Invent-A-Thon and an expert seminar about moving from academia to the industrial workplace.

Dr. Gold

Innovation Week’s main event is on Thursday, Oct. 25, when UNeMed hosts the Research Innovation Awards Banquet. Following a keynote address from Jeffrey Gold, M.D., Chancellor of the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska at Omaha, the ceremony will recognize UNMC and UNO inventors who were issued a new patent, licensed a technology, or developed a new invention over the previous year. UNeMed will also present special awards for the “Most Promising New Invention” of 2018 and the “Innovator of the Year.”

The Awards will be at the Michael F. Sorrell Center in the Truhlsen Campus Events Center beginning at 5 p.m. Contact UNeMed to request an invitation.

Dr. Fernandes

Innovation Week concludes Friday, Oct. 26, with two events, beginning with the seminar, “Moving into the Pharmaceutical Industry—Can the dark side be bright for you?” It will be presented by Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., who will discuss the path that led her through an impressive 35-year career in pharmaceutical discovery and development—which included leadership roles at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Abbott Laboratories.

Her talk will begin at 2 p.m. in the Durham Research Center auditorium.

Innovation Week wraps up later that evening when the 3D Invent-A-Thon concludes with its final presentations. Sponsored by the McGoogan Library of Medicine, the 3D Invent-A-Thon is a week-long competition among teams of area high school students who will attempt to solve a real-world healthcare problem using the latest in 3D printing and design. The teams will present their solutions to a panel of judges on Friday, Oct. 26, at 5 p.m. in the Linder Reading Room at the Michael F. Sorrell Center. Prizes will be awarded the winners, and a short reception will follow.

 

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Innovation Overground examines the value of relationships in tech transfer

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OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 17, 2018)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” published this morning its latest episode, “Match-Making.”

In the latest episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss what happens when you lock the right people in a windowless room for a few hours. The crew also talks about what happens when curated relationships help open doors to new collaborations and previously unknown opportunities.

The episode also featured an invention or two, including MedLens and a new blood test for coronary artery 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.

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UNeMed podcasters look at the ‘long game’

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OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 10, 2018)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” published this morning its latest episode, “The Long Game.”

In the latest episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss Joe’s favorite thing: the long game of commercializing university inventions. Joe then recounts the story of the Intuitool, an innovative articulating laparoscopic surgical tool.

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.

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Innovation Overground solves* concussion problem

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OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 3, 2018)—UNeMed’s tech transfer podcast, “Innovation Overground,” published this morning its latest episode, “Biomechanics can save football.”

In the latest episode, Overground hosts Joe Runge, Tyler Scherr and Charlie Litton, discuss how good inventions become great through better collaboration. Joe tells the story of Avert, a startup that simplifies biomechanics to better detect and manage concussions.

The episode featured a UNMC startup company, Avert.

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.

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UNeMed wraps up 2018 Boot Camp

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OMAHA, Neb. (August 27, 2018)—UNeMed recently completed its fourth annual Technology Transfer Boot Camp, drilling nine students on technology transfer basics, invention disclosure evaluations, intellectual property law, technology marketing, contract negotiation and entrepreneurship.

As part of their project work, the students engaged in interactive team-based activities evaluating real inventions, developing a marketing strategy, drafting confidential and non-confidential invention summaries and participating in mock licensing deal negotiations.

The boot camp provides an avenue for students who are unable to intern at UNeMed, to learn about the commercialization process and equips them with skills that would allow them to seek out alternative careers after graduation.

“This is part of our overall educational mission, and fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship at the University,” said Boot Camp director, Catherine Murari-Kanti, Ph.D. “We hope these skills will prepare these scientists of tomorrow to remain on the cutting edge of innovative research.”

Each year, UNeMed recruits about 10 students for the boot camp, which is open to all University of Nebraska students. Boot Camp in 2018 was held Aug. 6-10.

From left are (front) Sruti Prathivadhi-Bhay, Jhonnette Shockley, Freshta Baher, Qin-Yin-Shi (Diana), Ph.D.; (back) Arash Gonabadi, Ph.D., Devin DeLuna, Mitchell Milanuk, Nicholas Wojtynek, Deep Bhattacharya

 

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Venture capital forum returns to UNO

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OMAHA, Nebraska (August 27, 2018)—The University of Nebraska and Pipeline Entrepreneurs, a regional entrepreneurial organization, are again offering the public a rare opportunity to peek inside the mind of venture capitalists next month.

James Linder, M.D., delivered the keynote address at UNeMed’s 11th annual Research Innovation Awards Banquet on Oct. 26, 2017. Dr. Linder is CEO at Nebraska Medicine, the former President and CEO of UNeMed, and served as Interim President of the University in 2014.

Set for Tuesday, Sept. 11, “Confessions of a Venture Capitalist” will feature a moderated and open conversation that should reveal all that seasoned investors seek in small businesses and startups.

The event will be in the Mammel Hall Auditorium at the University of Nebraska at Omaha at 6 p.m. Refreshments and light snacks will be provided.

James Linder, M.D., Nebraska Medicine CEO and former interim President of the University of Nebraska, will moderate the discussion.

“I am extraordinarily pleased that we can again host this program through the partnership of NU with Pipeline,” Linder said. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for Nebraska students and local entrepreneurs to get insights into the securing of angel and venture funding. We are grateful that Tom is sharing experience that may ultimately help grow our local economy.”

The event will feature Pipeline mentor Tom Parkinson. Pipeline is an entrepreneurial fellowship that focuses on nurturing Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Parkinson is Senior Director of IllinoisVENTURES, and has been investing in, mentoring and advising technology-based startup companies for more than 30 years. He was a partner with Woodland Venture Management in Chicago where he helped raise and manage two venture capital funds. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of a successful seed capital fund affiliated with Northwestern University and the CFO of an award-winning technology business incubator.

“Confessions of a Venture Capitalist” is sponsored by UNO’s Center for Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Franchising and UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office for UNMC and UNO.

The event is free and open to all. To RSVP, go to VCConfessions.eventbrite.com.

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