Save the date: Virtual Innovation Awards planned for Oct. 29

Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Neb. (September 29, 2020)—UNeMed’s annual celebration of innovation and discovery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha will be entirely virtual this year, including the Innovation Awards ceremony.

Innovation Week is sponsored by UNeMed, the technology transfer and commercialization office for UNMC and UNO.

Innovation Week will enter its 14th year when the first virtual event kicks off at noon on Monday, Oct. 26. The event will feature a panel of experts that will discuss tips, tricks and lessons learned in applying for federal grant funding through the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, or SBIR/STTR for short. The discussion is free and open to all. The event will be held via Zoom.

Links to Innovation Week events will be announced in the coming weeks, and will also be posted at

Two events are planned for the following day, Tuesday, Oct. 27. The first event, beginning at 10:30 a.m., is a seminar focused on women in the science, technology engineering and mathematical fields. Primarily sponsored by Nebraska BIO, UNO’s Catherine Cutucache will present “Leadership and Mentorship in STEM: The Critical Need and Action Plan.” Attendance is $25 per person (free for students) and registration is required:

The second event on Tuesday begins at noon when an expert panel discusses programming services, web development and app development, and how those resources can help propel innovative projects. This Zoom event is also free and open to all.

Innovation Week will continue on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at noon with its third and final panel discussion, this one exploring local resources for prototyping and manufacturing services. That event will also be held via Zoom.

Innovation Week concludes on Thursday, Oct. 29, at noon with the Innovation Awards ceremony. The awards program will recognize all faculty, students and staff who submitted new inventions, had a technology licensed or were inventors on an issued United States patent during the 2020 fiscal year. UNeMed will also present two special awards for the year’s Most Promising New Invention and the Innovator of the Year.

The awards ceremony is expected to run about an hour, and will feature remarks from Chancellor Jeffrey Gold, MD.

Additional details about Innovation Week events, including links to the Zoom events, will be available at

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