GSK scientist to speak at Innovation Week event

Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Neb. (Sept. 27, 2013)—Brian Johns, Ph.D., GlaxoSmithKline‘s director of HIV medicinal chemistry, will deliver a one-hour presentation about Tivicay, a reportedly more effective and less expensive HIV treatment recently approved last month by the FDA.

Brian Johns, Ph.D

Brian Johns, Ph.D.

The title of the seminar is “Making a difference: The discovery and development Tivicay.” The presentation will be held in the Durham Research Center I auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Sponsored by UNeMed Corporation, the seminar is a part of Innovation Week, a series of events celebrating the innovation and research at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Innovation Week begins Monday, Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. in the DRC-I atrium with an open house where visitors can register for a chance at a free iPad, and pick up a free UNeMed T-shirt and other goodies. UNeMed will also offer free beverages from Jo-On-The-Go.

Later the same day, beginning at 2:30 p.m., UNeMed will host the first-ever UNMC Startup Company Demonstration Day in the DRC-I auditorium. Demonstration Day is a free and open event that will feature at least eight new companies formed on the basis of technology developed at UNMC. Each company will deliver a short, 10-minute presentation, followed by a brief question and answer forum. UNeMed will then host a reception in the atrium with complimentary snacks and refreshments.

Space is limited, so reserve a seat for UNMC Startup Company Demonstration Day at

Innovation Week culminates on Thursday, Oct. 10 with the UNMC Research Innovation Awards Ceremony and Reception beginning at 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will recognize the new inventions, patents and licensed technologies at UNMC over the previous year, and UNeMed will also present two special awards honoring an “Innovator of the Year” and the “Most Promising New Invention.”

The free iPad winner will also be announced during the ceremony, but the entrant must be present to win.

The event is free, but space is limited, so reserve a seat for the Innovation Awards at

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