The University of Utah hosted its first Innovation Awards on Monday where we celebrated U researchers who are going above and beyond to translate their research into solutions to today’s problems.
The highlight of the program was recognizing the recipients of the eight Innovation Awards, but we also recognized those contributing to the U’s innovation culture in fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022-June 30, 2023) by patenting technologies, receiving commercialization specific grants (the Ascender Grant and SBIR/STTR), learning how to form companies in the I-Corps program and forming a National Academy of Inventors chapter.
Patents issued in FY23
U research community members were issued 40 patents in the fiscal year. The patents represent numerous collaborations between departments on campus and institutions around the world. In addition to U professors, students and staff, researchers from as far as China and Italy were named on patents issued to the University of Utah Research Foundation, which represents the university’s global reach and impact.
Each person named on a patent received a U patent mug that was personalized with the patent they were issued, and first-time patent recipients took home a special travel mug to celebrate their landmark first patent.
Ascender Grant recipients
One of our favorite resources at PIVOT Center is the Ascender Grant. The grant helps U researchers bridge the gap between the academic lab and potential commercialization. On Monday, we recognized 7 PI’s who completed their Ascender Grant milestones in the fiscal year:
The University of Utah is proud to be part of I-Corps Hub West and support our teams of faculty and students as they progress through the program and learn more about entrepreneurship. The following teams successfully completed the first and second phases of the I-Corps program and are working toward Nationals.
Electronic Grip Gauge (EGG)
The SBIR and STTR—Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer, respectively—awards are distributed by departments in the federal government to support the translation of academic research to small businesses. These grants are perfect next steps for I-Corps participants.
The following PIs received SBIR/STTR funding in FY23:
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)
Fluorescence-Solid Phase Extraction (F-SPE) Platform for Rapid, On-site Detection of PFAS – NIH, Phase 1
Direct Production of Coal Tar Pitch – DOD, Phase 1
Car Henrik Axel Odeen
Selectivity and Efficacy of CD90-targeted Phase Shift Microbubbles for HIFU-mediated Non-Thermal Ablation of Brain Tumors – NIH, Phase 1
IoT-Enabled Intelligent Data Replication for Secure Redundant Monitoring – NSF, Phase 1
Dual-Tracer PET Tumor Imaging – NIH, Phase 2
William Daniel Jackson
A novel, low-cost, noninvasive device to detect and characterize the presence or absence of a bolus in the upper esophagus – NSF, Phase 2
Olera-Online Platform to Increase Access to Personalized Educational and Professional Assistance for AD/ADRD Caregivers – NIH, Phase 2
Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)
Development of a Diagnostic Test for Eosinophilic Chronic Rhinosinusitis – NIH, Phase 1
Seungbeom (Moses) Noh
Development of a computation model for unmanned and real-time localization of weed/herbivore stressors in biofuel sorghum fields by minimizing the number of distributed near-zero-power sensors – DOE, Phase 1
National Academy of Inventors chapter founders
The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) recognizes and celebrates academic inventors across the U.S. As a member institution, the U formed its first NAI chapter this year. The chapter’s founders were recognized this Monday:
Look out for more information on the NAI chapter in coming months!