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Celebrate Invention 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Photography by Peter Smith

Over 400 gathered at the Michigan League Ballroom this evening to recognize the achievements of U-M researchers involved in the technology transfer process. Among those being honored at the event, known as Celebrate Invention, were University researchers who had, during FY 2011, either disclosed a new invention, had a patent issued, or been involved with a technology that had been licensed to industry. In FY 2011, the University of Michigan broke an all time record, completing 101 technology licenses with corporate partners. During that same period, the University also launched 11 new companies.

kioskIn addition to honoring the inventors of 2011, special recognition was given to U-M Ross School of Business professor Tom Kinnear, who was presented with the Ted Doan Award for Outstanding Leadership in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. The award, which was initially proposed in 2005 by U-M President Mary Sue Coleman in honor of the late Dow Chemical CEO Ted Doan, was first presented in 2007 to Michigan entrepreneur Herb Amster. Kinnear is the second recipient. kioskThe award this evening was presented to Kinnear by Ann Arbor entrepreneur Jeff Williams, the former CEO of HandyLab and Accuri and present CEO of Tangent Medical and Life Magnetics. Kinnear, said Williams, was instrumental over the course of the past several decades in transforming southeast Michigan's start-up environment, having personally assisted in the launches of dozens of high-tech companies. A letter from U-M President Mary Sue Coleman, who couldn't be at the event, was read to the audience. In it, she praise Kinnear for his, "energy, vision and passion for new ideas and inventions," and credited him with having "enhanced the quality of life of the entire state of Michigan."

kiosk As in years past, Celebrate Invention primarily revolved around several kiosk areas, where groups of U-M researchers discussed their discoveries that were poised to move into the market, either through start-up or existing companies. Following are the eight groups that were present. View video of the event here.

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