UMD Recognizes Most Promising Innovations at Invention of the Year Awards
Monday, April 29, 2013
Time-reversal techniques for optimizing broadband communication networks, early diagnosis of Lou Gehrig’s disease, and rapid prototyping of microfluidics devices were the award-winning inventions recognized as the most promising new technologies at the University of Maryland Invention of the Year Awards.
The University of Maryland’s Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) hosted the 26th Annual Invention of the Year Awards on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 from 4:30-6:00 pm at the University of Maryland Golf Course Club House. Each year, the event is held to recognize the most promising innovations developed in the last year on the University of Maryland campus. The event is part of the University of Maryland's 30 Days of EnTERPreneurship, a month-long celebration and exhibition of innovation and entrepreneurship on the College Park campus.
Winners were selected by an independent panel of judges consisting of representatives from on and off campus, who voted for the Invention of the Year in three different categories: Information, Life, and Physical Sciences. The BioHealth Innovation Inc., a Maryland-based innovation intermediary that helps commercialize market-relevant research, offered services to each winning team to help them write a successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposal.
UMD’s innovations help to stimulate the local economy, provide valuable products for public use, and help fuel research and entrepreneurial initiatives through inter and intra-university collaborations. The Invention of the Year Awards reception is hosted by the Office of Technology Commercialization, part of the Division of Research at the University of Maryland. Speakers at the reception included Vice President for Research Dr. Patrick O'Shea and OTC Executive Director Dr. Gayatri Varma.