NUtech Ventures hosted its Innovator Celebration on Nov. 1. Held as part of Nebraska Research Days, the annual event featured this year’s Innovator Awards.
The awards recognize university personnel and companies who are developing and commercializing cutting-edge research.
Brad Roth, NUtech executive director, opened the awards ceremony, followed by comments from Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green.
Green acknowledged the importance of university commercialization, especially as it relates to the N2025 strategic plan. The strategic plan includes goals to increase the number of patents, copyrights, company licenses and research-based startup companies at Nebraska. During the past fiscal year, NUtech continued to complete a significant number of license agreements.
“These awards reflect our university’s commitment to advancing innovation and making it available for broader impact, both here in Nebraska and around the world,” said Green. “Research commercialization is only possible through many partnerships, both on and off campus, all working together to advance new technology into widespread use.”
As the university’s technology commercialization affiliate, NUtech Ventures protects, markets and licenses the university’s intellectual property to improve quality of life and promote economic development. The organization also promotes entrepreneurship through programming and sponsored events.