Research Area: Business & Technology

A State-wide Infrastructure to Support Entrepreneurial Success

What happens when you have a round-table discussion among entrepreneurs and early stage companies in Durham’s incubator Idea Greenhouse, led by the Seacoast regional manager of the Small Business Development Center, with experts who know how to write a winning SBIR proposal, know how to reduce the roadblocks related to intellectual property and have state funding to seed research/business partnerships?  You have all the ingredients of a collaborative program that offers a pathway from innovation to commercialization and job creation for NH.

Innovations in…Mobile Apps

The ORPC Innovation Catalyst Seminar Series is hosted monthly during the academic year. The Series allows for the discussion of issues and case studies, led by experienced speakers, that are of common interest and relevant to technology innovation and commercialization. In February, ORPC hosted a lively discussion on Innovations in Mobile Apps.

Our speakers presented different experiences and driving forces behind their own app development activities to a packed house of faculty, staff, students, and budding app developers from around New Hampshire.   

March 16, 2013: End of an Era

Since President Obama signed the America Invents Act (AIA) in September 2011, people with even a passing interest or remote connection to the patent system have had March 16, 2013 circled on their calendar.  The United States Patent System has been turned on its head, with some proclaiming victory. Common sentiments are that the law brings U.S.

In Praise of a True Entrepreneur

By Marc Sedam, Executive Director, Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization, and New Hampshire Innovation Research Center at the University of New Hampshire

INNOVATION in New Hampshire

New legislators were sworn in recently in Concord, NH and the NHIRC is ramping up to inform them about the program and its impact on the state’s jobs and economic development. NHIRC Day will be held on February 5th at noon in St. Paul’s Church where legislators are being invited to meet representatives from some of New Hampshire’s most innovative companies to learn how translational research funding helps companies innovate, stay and grow in New Hampshire, and how the NHIRC is a proven job creator for NH with 20:1 leverage on dollars spent.

Low-Tech Solutions in a High-Tech World

On November 27, 2012, I attended the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester, New Hampshire to showcase Dr. Therese Willkomm’s assistive technologies. I have the pleasure of working with one of UNH’s most creative and inventive faculty members, who is regularly referred to as the MacGyver of Assistive Technology (AT). Dr. Willkomm literally travels the world lecturing on rehabilitative technologies and constructing extraordinary tools on site to help those with disabilities.

Publish and Patent? You CAN Do Both

I review many of the published research or research-focused press releases and news articles coming from UNH. As a publicly funded state institution, I recognize that publishing research and disseminating information is not only the faculty’s highest concerns, but also UNH’s top priority. However, commercializing UNH’s innovations is an integral part of the University’s long-term mission. 

Imaging Radiation in Space, Imaging Radiation in our Backyards

Medical imaging isotopes transported on the highway. Improperly disposed radioactive research materials. Industrial site monitoring. Dirty bombs. Detecting radioactive materials at ports and border crossings before they enter the US.

If we can image radiation in the galaxy, what about imaging radiation in our backyards?

Answer: NSPECT – A Portable Imaging Neutron and Gamma-Ray Spectrometer

How it all came about:

RESEARCH PROFILE: Karen Conway: Using Economics to Study Real Life Issues

UNH Professor of Economics Karen Conway has been studying tax policy and its effects on relocation and employment of older citizens.  Her research on tax breaks for the elderly is especially important at a time when many state legislatures are contending with severe budget shortfalls.  Read what she's found out in this Research Profile: Karen Conway: Using Economics to Study Real Life Issues.

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