UNHInnovation (UNHI) hosted the eighth annual Innovators’ Dinner on October 4th to celebrate and encourage the commercialization of innovative ideas generated through UNH research. The dinner was held in the Huddleston Ballroom where faculty, staff, students, and industry partners gathered to recognize the UNH community for its hard work, which resulted in a record-breaking over $1,000,000 in commercialization revenue in FY18.
The University of New Hampshire (UNH) has recently licensed two synthetic peptides and an antibody to the reagent company Kerafast. The materials were developed by Dr. Stacia A. Sower, a professor in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture and the director of the Center for Molecular and Comparative Endocrinology (CME). The peptides correspond to Guinea Pig Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GnRH), a key molecule in reproduction regulation, and the antibody is specific for guinea pig GnRH.
The Summer Seed Grant is a unique program that provides $10,500 to three students to work on their early-stage ideas/start-ups over the summer without having to find a summer job. The students work out of the Cubex Coworking Space and receive mentorship from ECenter Director, Ian Grant.
UNH recently entered into a non-exclusive agreement with Gado Images to help facilitate the licensing of some of the image copyrights owned by the university, specifically, the almost 50,000 photographic negatives that were bequeathed to UNH by famed Jewish female photographer Lotte Jacobi. The images are housed in Special Collections at UNH’s Dimond Library.
Parking on the University of New Hampshire’s Durham campus is a limited resource; a limitation that results in frustration among the UNH community of faculty, staff, and students, and has introduced unnecessary operational overhead for the UNH Parking and Transportation department. Thankfully, technological advancements now exist for the widespread adoption of the next generation of smart parking solutions, and the UNH Connectivity Research Center is leading that charge at UNH with our most recent project deployed in our own backyard.
Due to the generosity of Harry Patten (‘58), four UNH Durham students from any college or major can get hands-on experience working at a start-up company (priority given to UNH alumni start-ups). We recognize that not all students have the “a-ha” idea right away and/or they want to learn about and understand the inner workings of a start-up and help in the building process. The Internship Program provides that experiential learning opportunity over a 10-week period. Students receive a stipend of $4,000.
The notion that driverless cars will make us all safer doesn’t stand alone; connected vehicle technology — the communication between cars and their surroundings about such things as traffic accidents and construction delays — is an integral part of that mission.
At UNH, the Connectivity Research Center (CRC) has been working with the New Hampshire Department of Transportation and its traffic consultant, Sebago Technics, Inc., to test networking sensors that allow traffic lights and vehicles to talk to each other.
The new fiscal year brought a change in leadership to the UNH InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL). Erica Johnson, former director, left the university for an opportunity at QA Café, a software testing company in Portsmouth, NH. Erica is widely recognized as an industry leader with her abilities to drive technical innovation. Under her leadership the last decade, the UNH-IOL enjoyed tremendous revenue growth and industry partnership opportunities due to Erica’s business acumen and in-depth understanding of complex networking technology.
In the beginning of June, 25 early-career scientists from across the country converged in Boston to participate in the second annual I-Corps Bio-Entrepreneurship Workshop to learn about commercializing early-stage ideas. The workshop was offered in partnership with The National Science Foundation, University of New Hampshire (UNH) I-Corps, Northeastern University, and VentureWell, and took place in parallel to the BIO International Conference.
As the University of New Hampshire’s innovation and commercialization activity continues to expand, UNHInnovation remains committed to making the intellectual asset management workflow more transparent and efficient. With that goal in mind, our office is investing in new technology that will streamline our processes and procedures.