Two congressmen who know a lot about innovation were wowed by last week’s tour of the Qualcomm Institute, where they heard about UC San Diego’s new Office of Innovation and Commercialization and met student entrepreneurs at QI’s prototyping facility.
A new proof-of-concept funding competition will pit UC San Diego undergraduate research teams against each other to develop projects or products with commercial potential. It’s part of a renewed campus focus on innovation, entrepreneurism, and moving university problem-solving ideas into the marketplace.
The recently formed Office of Innovation & Commercialization (OIC), a division of the Office of Research Affairs, is announcing the Open-Flow Innovation program, a new business-friendly approach to rapidly license technologies to new start-up companies.
“Innovation can be defined as bringing together people with ideas that meet a need in society or the marketplace,” says Paul Roben, associate vice chancellor for research at UC San Diego and head of the newly created Office of Innovation and Commercialization (OIC).
Those who attended this year’s recent Postdoc Research Symposium and Postdoc Appreciation Lunch and Awards Ceremony sampled research projects from 25 different departments, and desert at the crowded Appreciation Lunch took the form of well-deserved awards.
UC San Diego’s Office of Research Affairs has launched an aggressive push to boost innovation across all areas of campus and to speed university discoveries and technology to the nation’s marketplaces.
The Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla, California, and the Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (Takeda) have agreed to establish a $10-million, five-year Innovation Alliance that would advance each organization’s research missions.
UC San Diego faculty members will report on the first “Transformational Projects” completed with the help of the year-old Integrated Digital Infrastructure (IDI) program in three showcase events on May 6 and 7, and the campus community is invited to attend.
Miroslav Krstic, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and associate vice chancellor for research at UC San Diego, received an impressive gift on his 50th birthday.
One hundred undergraduates, 80 Ph.D. students, and 20 postdoctoral scholars all received a big boost to their careers – and UC San Diego made a big investment in the future of interdisciplinary research – through recent competitive awards by the Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program.