Innovation Week

Innovation Week
Every fall, UNeMed sponsors Innovation Week, a popular series of events intended to celebrate and promote innovation and research at UNMC and UNO.

In previous years, events often include an open house to meet UNeMed staff, informational or entertaining seminars, educational workshops and a technology demonstration day. The week culminates with an awards program that specifically recognizes innovators and their work, conferring awards to those who during the previous year have disclosed a new invention, secured a United States patent, or signed a licensing deal. A select few have also received special recognition for extraordinary work, which have included "The Most Promising New Invention," "Innovator of the Year," "Emerging Inventor," a “Startup of the Year,” and the "Lifetime Achievement" awards.

This year, Innovation Week returns for its 16th year as an in-person series of events, beginning with Kick-Off on October 10, 2022. The week will continue with several seminars and panel groups, eventually culminating with the Innovation Awards at Hilton Omaha.

All events listed below are subject to change. Check back regularly for any updates or modifications.

Innovation Week 2022 Schedule

Monday, Oct. 10

■ Kick-Off | DRC1 Atrium, 9-11 a.m. | An open house to meet and mingle with UNeMed staff, grab a free T-shirt and other goodies

■ Panel: Tech Transfer 101 | DRC1 1004, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Discussion aimed toward researchers and investigators who are unfamiliar or wish to learn more about technology transfer and commercialization. Empaneled UNeMed staffers will help future inventors, and guide them through the process, ushering them through potential roadblocks. Co-sponsor IDeA-CTR will provide a complimentary lunch to the first 30 guests. Open and free to all.

Tuesday, Oct. 11

■ Seminar: Academic Drug Discovery Support | Zoom, Noon-1 p.m. | Maaike Everts, PhD, Exective Director at the Critical Path Institute’s Translational Therapeutics Accelerator, will discuss the rigors of drug discovery research and highlight the road to more funding opportunities. Free and open to all. Zoom link coming soon!

■ Idea Pub: Innovations & Libations | Rathskeller Bier Haus, 4-6 p.m. | Networking event highlighted with free beverages and a chance for University innovators and researchers to meet each other and potential investors, collaborators and allies from the surrounding community.

Wednesday, Oct. 12

■ Faculty Entrepreneurship Mixer | Wigton Heritage Center Atrium (UNMC), 9-10 a.m. | Current UNMC and UNO inventor-entrepreneurs will deliver brief, 5-minute presentations about their journeys, then meet and mingle with guests. Co-sponsor IDeA-CTR will provide complimentary coffee and doughnuts. Free and open to all.

■ Panel: Software IP & Commercialization | Maverick Landing (UNO-Scott Campus), Noon-1 p.m. | Expert panel will discuss intellectual property protection options and funding opportunities for software innovations. Complimentary lunch will be provided to the first 30 guests. Free and open to all.

Thursday, Oct. 13

■ Panel: SBIR/STTR Funding Panel | Weitz Community Engagement Center (UNO-main campus), Noon-1 p.m. | Expert panel will discuss funding opportunities for researchers, inventors and entrepreneurs available through the federal government's Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer grant programs. Free and open to all.

■ Research Innovation Awards Banquet | Hilton Omaha, 5-8 p.m. | A celebration of the innovation and research developed at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. All faculty, students and staff who contributed to a new invention disclosure, received a U.S. patent or had a technology licensed during the fiscal year will be honored. Special awards for Emerging Inventor, Startup of the Year and the Most Promising New Invention of 2022 will also be presented. Contact UNeMed to request an invitation.


Awards Demo Day Past Events

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