Three seminars planned for I-Week

Innovation Week, News

OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 20, 2017)—Three educational opportunities will be presented during Innovation Week, officials announced today.

Innovation Week is a series of events hosted by UNeMed to celebrate and honor the innovations and discoveries at UNMC each year. UNeMed—the technology transfer and commercialization office for the University of Nebraska’s Omaha campuses—will host the events. All are free and open to everyone.

The events are a two-person panel on the development and protection of a controversial new gene-editing tool called CRISPR; a learning workshop on conducting patent searches; and a four-person panel discussion about alternate science careers away from the research bench.

On Tuesday, Oct. 24, “Owning CRISPR” is expected to focus on 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. That 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.

Also Wednesday in Yanney Conference Center, UNeMed’s Director of Intellectual Property, Jason Nickla, J.D., will lead a hands-on workshop on how to run patent searches. The workshop is planned from 3-5 p.m. A light snack and refreshments will be provided.

Finally, on Friday, Oct. 27, a panel will discuss alternate career options for scientists away from the bench. The panel will also meet in the Yanney Conference Center, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Free lunch will be provided to the first 50 guests.

Other innovation Week events include a Kickoff event, a luncheon celebrating women in STEM fields and an Awards banquet.

The Kick-Off will feature free pens, T-shirts and a chance to mingle with UNeMed staff. Jo-on-the-Go will also be on hand, providing complimentary espressos and smoothies to all attendees. That will be held in the Durham Research Center atrium at 9-11 a.m.

Innovation Week continues Wednesday, Oct. 25, when BioNebraska hosts a luncheon and networking session celebrating “Nebraska Women in science, technology, engineering and math.” The luncheon will be at the Quarry Oaks Golf Club in Ashland, Neb., at noon-2 p.m. Cost per ticket is $25. Contact Phil Kozera at or 308-440-8828 to RSVP.

Innovation Week’s main event is on Thursday, Oct. 26, when UNeMed hosts the Research Innovation Awards Banquet. The ceremony will recognize all those who were issued a new patent, licensed a technology, or developed a new invention over the previous year. UNeMed will also present special awards for the “Most Promising New Invention” of 2017 and the “Emerging Inventor.” The Awards will be at the Michael F. Sorrell Center in the Truhlsen Campus Events Center beginning at 5 p.m. Contact UNeMed to request an invitation.

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