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

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