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UMD Invention of the Year Nominees Push Boundaries in Health, Energy, and Security
The year 2015 has come and gone, and despite "Back to the Future’s" predictions, there are still no flying cars. However, University of Maryland (UMD) researchers have been working to make the world a better place through new innovations focused on health, security, energy efficiency, and other areas that address global challenges.
These new inventions will be honored at a special Celebration of Innovation and Partnerships event on May 9 as part of the University of Maryland’s “30 Days of EnTERPreneurship.” Each year, UMD honors exceptional inventions that have the potential to make an important impact on science, society, and the free market. The Invention of the Year award nominees come from three categories: Physical Sciences, Life Sciences, and Information Sciences. One invention from each category is selected to win the Invention of the Year Award.
"We are proud to honor our campus researchers who continue to make our university a powerful engine for innovation and entrepreneurship," said Vice President and Chief Research Officer Patrick O'Shea. "These inventions and partnerships show how we can expand upon foundational research and scholarship to transform our understanding of new knowledge into products and services that advance society, and demonstrate why the University of Maryland continues to lead the way in establishing the ideal model for the 21st century university."
The nominees are selected from a vast number of innovations produced by UMD’s faculty and students. In 2015, researchers disclosed 167 inventions to the Office of Technology Commercialization within the Division of Research. A total of 23 technologies were licensed, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued 44 patents to UMD inventions.
This year’s nominees in the Physical Sciences category are:
Video Camera of the Future
Optoelectronic Devices Breakthrough
Safer and More Affordable Energy Storage
The nominees in the Life Sciences category are:
A New Vaccine for Leukemia
An Ideal Variety of Wheat
A New Vaccine for Gonorrhea
The nominees in the Information Sciences category are:
New Advancements in Face Detection Technology
A New Portal for Cyber Supply Chain Risk Management
Predicting Successful Cancer Treatment Methods for Individual Patients
To learn more about the University of Maryland’s “30 Days of EnTERPreneurship,” visit: http://www.umd.edu/30Days/.
April 7, 2016