Archive for January, 2012

Poster Competition to Spotlight High-Impact U.Va. Research

Call for PostersThe University of Virginia’s Presidential Research Poster Competition is now soliciting entries for 2012. Designed to “highlight high-impact and innovative growth areas for U.Va. research,” the competition was introduced last year as part of U.Va. President Teresa A. Sullivan’s inauguration festivities.

University undergraduates, graduate students and post-doctoral fellows are invited to submit posters that address the following research areas:

  1. Physical & Environmental Sciences
  2. Engineering, Biosciences & Health
  3. Humanities, Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences
  4. Law, Business, Policy & Education
  5. Translational & Applied Research
  6. Performing Arts, Fine Arts & Architecture

The top undergraduate, graduate and post-doc team in each area will receive a $500 travel award and personal recognition by President Sullivan at the competition, which will be held in the Dome Room of the Rotunda on May 14.

Poster submissions are due by 5 p.m. on March 12. For details and to download the required poster template, click here.

Meet ‘U.Va. Innovation’

Today marks the official roll-out of an exciting new initiative for the University of Virginia: “U.Va. Innovation” is building on many of the University’s leading innovation programs to bring University researchers and partners enhanced services and support in the areas of strategic partnerships, entrepreneurial networks, start-ups and technology commercialization.

“Innovation is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ business, so it was important for U.Va. to broaden its view of the innovation landscape and the roles our faculty, staff and students play in bringing about new knowledge and discoveries,” said W. Mark Crowell, executive director of U.Va. Innovation and associate vice president for research.

“The new model for U.Va. Innovation accelerates successful technology commercialization, giving us the freedom to support projects that may not follow traditional paths and the flexibility to conduct successful partnerships with leading industry and other organizations.”

As part of this new model, the U.Va. Patent Foundation will begin operating as the U.Va. Licensing & Ventures Group. The University has also introduced a new revenue distribution formula (opens Word document), which now features a flat return for U.Va. inventors and for the first time includes distributions to inventors’ departments.

Today also marks the official launch of this blog! We invite you to follow the latest in U.Va. Innovation news here, and while you’re at it, join the U.Va. Innovation networks on Facebook, LinkedIn and on Twitter @UVAInnovation.

Read the full story on U.Va. Today.

U.Va. Ventures Score $1.8M in State Funding to Commercialize Research

Pictured: A 3-D image of the spine -- with spinal bone depth indicated in grayscale -- rendered using Rivanna Medical LLC's proprietary ultrasound technology, developed at U.Va. Image courtesy of Rivanna Medical LLC

Nine U.Va.-affiliated companies have been awarded a total of nearly $1.8 million from the Center for Innovative Technology‘s Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund:

- Alexander BioDiscoveries LLC
- Gencia Corp.
- HemoShear LLC
- HemoSonics LLC
- Indoor Biotechnologies Inc.
- iTi Health Inc.
- Phthisis Diagnostics Inc.
- RetiVue LLC
- Rivanna Medical LLC

The fund, which “advances science- and technology-based research, development and commercialization to drive economic growth in Virginia,” awarded a total of $3.6 million to 22 organizations throughout the commonwealth in the fall 2011 cycle.

Read the full story on U.Va. Today.

See the complete list of the companies and projects receiving funding under the CRCF’s fall cycle here (PDF).