Innovation Week kicks off today with prototyping panel

Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Nebraska (February 7, 2022)—Innovation Week 2021 opens today at noon with a panel discussion on local resources available for 3D modeling and building prototypes.

Members of the panel group will include Brian Maass, the digital technologies librarian at the Leon S. McGoogan Health Science Library; Noah Wester, 3D modeling technician at UNeTech Institute, the University startup incubator; Bethany Lowndes, PhD, an Assistant Professor in Neurological Sciences and a member of the Great Plains IDeA-CTR core facility; and Brian Knarr, an Associate Professor and Director of the Machining and Prototyping Core at UNO Biomechanics.

Like all Innovation Week events, the prototyping panel discussion is free and open to all. It can be viewed at:

Innovation Week continues tomorrow at noon with a second panel group that will discuss what it takes to build a startup company around a new invention. Members of that panel group will include James Hermsen, a local entrepreneur and co-founder of Suh-Hermsen Glasses; Doug Miller, CEO and founder of Impower Health; Abbie Raikes, PhD, CEO and founder of ECD Measure; and Jason Johanning, MD, founder of FutureAssure.

Anyone can log into the startup panel discussion at

A third and final panel discussion is planned for the following day, Wednesday, Feb. 9, at noon. This panel will discuss various resources available to fresh startup companies and aspiring entrepreneurs. This panel will feature Josh Nichol-Caddy, the Technology Commercialization Director at the Nebraska Business Development Center; Jace Gatzemeyer, innovation development strategist at UNeTech; Joy Eakin, Entrepreneurship Program Manager at NUtech Ventures; Matt Foley, Program Director at Invest Nebraska; and Megan Varnum, principal consultant at BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting.

Anyone can log into the final panel discussion at

Sponsored by UNeMed, Innovation Week is a series of events that celebrate and encourage innovation and discovery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska at Omaha. The week culminates with the Innovation Awards, which honors all UNMC and UNO faculty, students and staff who contributed to a new invention, received a U.S. patent or had a technology successfully licensed during the previous fiscal year.

The Innovation Awards and all other Innovation Week events will be hosted via Zoom. The awards ceremony is planned for Thursday, Feb. 10, at noon. The hour-long program will announce the Most Promising New Invention of the Year, the Startup of the Year and the Innovator of the Year.

Anyone can log into the Awards ceremony at

All events are free and open to all. More information, including any potential itinerary changes or updates, can be found at

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