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Office of the VP for Research to host event recognizing inventors

March 8, 2012

Researchers who were awarded a patent or whose technology was licensed during the past fiscal year will be recognized this evening at an event hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research. A total of 134 inventors representing 13 colleges from across the university will be honored. Their efforts generated 65 patents and 74 license agreements in fiscal 2011, including the launch of nine startup companies — the most in the university’s history.

The program will include remarks from Linda Cohen, Board of Regents chair; Eric W. Kaler, president; R. Timothy Mulcahy, vice president for research; and Jay Schrankler, executive director of the Office for Technology Commercialization. The event will take place at the McNamara Alumni Center from 4 to 6 p.m., with the program beginning at 5 p.m.

Over the past five years, inventions by university researchers have brought more than $341 million in revenue into the state and helped fund numerous initiatives across the university, including fellowships for graduate students, critical research infrastructure and major equipment needs, development investments for university technologies, and funding for additional research.

For more information, visit http://www.research.umn.edu/forresearchers/innovations.html#.T1kAE8zO8i1.

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