Innovation Awards are tonight

Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Nebraska (November 2, 2023)—Innovation Week, UNeMed Corporation’s annual celebration of the world-class research and discovery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and concludes tonight with the Innovation Awards at Hilton Omaha, located near 10th and Cass Streets in downtown Omaha.

An invitation-only event, the Awards will honor all UNMC and UNO inventors who disclosed a new invention, received a U.S. patent, or had their technology licensed during the previous fiscal year. UNeMed will also present special awards recognizing an Emerging Inventor, the Most Promising New Invention of the Year, and a Startup of the Year.

Innovation Week began Monday, Oct. 30, with the “Kickoff,” an open house that featured mingling opportunities with UNeMed staff, free T-shirts, coffee, doughnuts and other goodies.

Innovation Week continued on Tuesday, Oct. 31, with an hour-long virtual seminar, “Regulatory Insights” by Margaret Kober, a project manager with the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

On Wednesday, Innovation Week featured two events, beginning with a panel discussion featuring women inventors, and concluding with a showcase of recent startups built on University innovations.

The panel discussion, “Women Innovators,” featured three successful University of Nebraska inventors who shared their experiences with creating, developing and commercializing an innovation: Elizabeth Bream, PhD, associate professor in the College of Nursing; Rebekah Gundry, PhD, Chair of UNMC’s Department of Cellular & Integrative Physiology; and Breanna Hetland, PhD, an assistant professor in UNMC’s College of Nursing.

“Idea Pub: Startup Pitch Showcase” highlighted a handful of recent and successful startup companies that were all founded on innovations developed by University inventors.

Further details can be found on UNeMed’s Innovation Week page.

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