CU Tech Transfer Office presents awards to four who helped commercialize faculty research

By: InnovatioNews Thursday June 5, 2014 0 comments Tags: Aurora, Christopher Yakacki, CU Denver/Anschutz, EndoShape, Rick Silva, Robert Doebele, Steve VanNurden

AURORA - Four awards were presented to University of Colorado researchers, companies and advisors who best represent the spirit of innovation at CU and best practices in commercialization of university technologies.

The awards were presented by the University of Colorado Technology Transfer Office.

Receiving awards were:

  • Robert C. Doebele, Inventor of the Year, CU Denver/Anschutz. An associate professor in the Division of Medical Oncology and the CU School of Medicine, Doebele's research focuses on oncogenic gene fusions in lung cancer using molecular, cellular, genetic and translational approaches to reveal the sensitivity and cellular resistance to oncogene-targeted therapy.

  • Christopher M. Yakacki, New Inventor of the Year, CU Denver/Anschutz. Yakacki is an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at CU's Denver campus, where he runs the Smart Materials and Biomechanics Lab. Yakacki fabricated a medical imaging accessory device to solve an unmet need in interventional radiology.

  • Steve VanNurden, Business Advisor of the Year. President and CEO of the Fitzsimons Redevelopment Authority, VanNurden has lent his experience in new enterprise formation, investing and commercial development to the transfer office and CU faculty.

  • EndoShape, CU Denver/Anschutz Company of the Year. EndoShape's Medusa Vascular Plug will be commercially available this year with the potential to impact 50,000 U.S. patients who receive peripheral vascular embolization procedures each year.


"Year after year, CU faculty continue to impress by bringing clinically relevant innovations in the door and successfully engaging advisors and entrepreneurs to bring those innovations to life," said Rick Silva, senior director of tech transfer for CU Denver/Anschutz.

In the last two decades, inventions by researchers from CU's four campuses have led to the formation of 132 new companies. Companies created on CU technology have attracted more than $6.2 billion in financing, CU said.

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