Panel will discuss the CRISPR gene editing tool

Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Neb. (Oct.24, 2017)—Innovation Week continues today with a panel discussion about the biomedical applications and implications of the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing tool.

Panelists will include UNMC researcher Channabasavaiah Gurumurthy, Ph.D., and patent attorney Bill Adolfsen, Ph.D. They are expected to discuss potential intellectual property issues related to discoveries and innovations resulting from the CRISPR technology.

The CRISPR event is set to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the Yanney Conference Center located on the ground floor of the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

Dr. Gurumurthy

Dr. Adolfsen

Dr. Gurumurthy is the Director of the UNMC Mouse Genome Engineering Core Facility, and also carries an Executive MBA degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Most recently, he is a co-inventor of Easi-CRISPR, a new technology that complements CRISPR’s ground-breaking ability to snip DNA. Easi-CRISPR is a proprietary protocol that allow for the easy insertion of new material into the genetic code.

Dr. Adolfsen is a registered patent attorney and associate at Andrus Intellectual Property Law.  He focuses his practice on domestic and international patent prosecution, strategic patent portfolio development, post-grant proceedings, and enforcement.  He also provides counseling related to patentability, freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, and patent validity. He received his doctorate in molecular biology from MIT in 2005, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2013.

The panel discussion is part of Innovation Week, a series of events hosted by UNeMed Corporation as a celebration of the innovation and discovery that happens every year at UNMC.

Also today, UNeMed will host a Patent Searching Workshop at 3-5 p.m. in the Yanney Conference Room.

On Thursday, UNeMed will host the 2017 Research Innovation Awards Banquet in the Truhslen Campus Events Center in the Michael F. Sorrell Center at 5 p.m. Contact UNeMed to request an invitation.

Innovation Week wraps up on Friday, Oct. 27, with another panel discussion, this one about alternate career options for scientists.

Learn more about all Innovation Week events at

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