From Orlando to Toronto: Two Weeks in the ORPC Vortex of Activity

From Orlando to Toronto: Two Weeks in the ORPC Vortex of Activity

Oct 23, 2012

Admittedly, the title is a little “cheese ball” but the past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity in the Office for Research Partnerships and Commercialization (ORPC) as staff members have been involved in numerous events that promote the visibility and mission of our office. 

The office hosted the second annual Inventors’ Dinner on October 11th in the Huddleston Ballroom.  The evening, orchestrated by Paige Smith (ORPC Senior Program Support Assistant), was a great success recognizing numerous UNH faculty members, researchers and students for their intellectual property contributions during fiscal year 2012.  Included in the audience of approximately 100 attendees were first-time disclosers on a copyright, creative work, innovation, software or trademark; lead principal investigators to one of the aforementioned categories; innovators of recently licensed technology; and licensees of a UNH-developed technology. UNH professor of mathematics, Kevin Short, was presented with the evening’s Innovator of the Year Award in honor of his discovery of chaotic compression technology and its applications in signal processing.

In the days following the Dinner, Timothy Willis (ORPC Licensing Manager – Creative Works), flew to Toronto to take part in the annual Licensing Executives Society (LES) Meeting held October 14 – 17th.  During the course of the meeting, Tim partook in a survey course on intellectual property and licensing that focuses on both the business and legal perspectives involved in licensing. In addition, he attended a number of workshops on emerging licensing and technology concepts, such as mobile app development and 360 packaged licensing, as well as workshops on branding and creating models for public private partnerships between industry, university and the government.  Joining Tim for a portion of the LES Annual Meeting was Executive Director Marc Sedam.  Marc was a featured speaker at the October 16th workshop entitled “The AIA's Post-Grant Proceedings as Effective Valuation and Negotiation Tools”.  The workshop addressed key provisions to come out of the 2011 U.S. America Invents Act, which will switch U.S. rights to a patent from the present "first-to-invent" system to a "first inventor-to-file" system for patent applications filed on or after March 16, 2013.  Additional information about the America Invents Act was discussed in a previous blog post written by Christopher Baxter (ORPC Licensing Intern) and can be found at here.

Back in the States, the “New Technology for Radiological Hazards and Threats in New Hampshire – A Symposium on the Detection of Radioactive and Fissile Materials for First Responders” was co-hosted by the UNH Police Department, Division of Emergency Management and the NH National Guard Civil Support Team and held at the NH National Guard Armory. The October 18th event, organized by Maria Emanuel (ORPC Senior Licensing Manager), introduced UNH’s NSPECT technology which was developed by Dr. James Ryan of UNH’s Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) under a subcontract to Michigan Aerospace Corporation funded by a DTRA SBIR contract.  The Symposium highlighted the technology’s features and capabilities and included a video demonstration of the instrument in a scenario involving the UNH Police Department, Durham Fire Department, and the NH National Guard Civil Support Team.

Elsewhere in New Hampshire, NH Innovation Research Center (NHIRC) Program Manager Gretchen Smith co-hosted the NH Inspires Innovation workshop held October 16 – 17th at Dartmouth College with Heidi Edwards Dunn of the NH Small Business Development Center. “How to Write an SBIR/STTR Proposal to the National Institutes of Health” was the third in a series of agency-specific workshops sponsored by the NHIRC and delivered by Lisa Kurek of BBC Entrepreneurial Training and Consulting.  SBIR/STTR’s awards are non-dilutive capital that fund feasibility and commercial potential of revolutionary innovations for small companies.  Of the attendees, four were Dartmouth faculty who are developing spin-off companies, two represented companies and their academic partners who had received NHIRC awards and intend to leverage those state funds with federal SBIR dollars, and a representative with commercialization expertise was on hand from Vermont’s SBDC.  All NH Inspires Innovation workshops are on videotape, available to past attendees. 1:1 consulting and future workshops are available to any NHIRC awardee or NH faculty at no cost, thanks to the sponsorship of the NHIRC whose goal is to use research to increase revenues and jobs in NH companies.

Representing ORPC from the Sunshine State, Tristan Carrier (ORPC Licensing Manager) is currently attending the American Biological Safety Association’s 55th Annual Biological Safety Conference being held October 19 – 24th in Orlando, FL on behalf of ORPC and the Research and Computing Instrumentation Center.  Tristan is managing an exhibit that promotes UNHCEMS®, a barcode-based software system which records and manages information about the quantity, location and properties of chemicals, biological agents, radioactive materials, and hazardous wastes throughout campus. UNHCEMS® has been endorsed by the federal Environmental Protection Agency as a ‘Best Management Practice’ and is currently licensed by UNH to nearly 20 different higher education institutions across the United States.

Please check back in the coming weeks for more detailed information on the above summarized events.  In the meantime, join us this week as we host October’s Innovation Catalyst Seminar featuring Brian Coffenberry, Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning & Business Development for Albany Engineered Composites, who will speak on Innovations in Materials Science. The event begins at 4pm in the UNH Elliott Alumni Center – 1925 Room and is FREE and open to the public.  Please stay for beer and networking immediately following the event.


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