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KU accepting nominations for Jim Baxendale Commercialization Award

Tue, 03/26/2013

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Joe Monaco
KU Office of Public Affairs
785-864-7100

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas continues to support the commercialization of university research. As part of this effort, the KU Center for Technology Commercialization is now accepting nominations for the inaugural Jim Baxendale Commercialization Award, which recognizes a KU researcher for excellence in commercialization and translational research.

Named after former KU commercialization director Jim Baxendale, the award is designed to recognize a KU faculty member who has excelled in translational research and research commercialization – i.e., translating academic discoveries into commercially viable products that benefit society.

“Research commercialization is a key component of KU’s strategic plan, Bold Aspirations, and is central to our mission of making discoveries that change the world,” said Julie Goonewardene, associate vice chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship and president of the KU Center for Technology Commercialization. “This award will recognize an outstanding faculty member who has excelled in translational research and demonstrated excellence in transferring KU discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace.”

KU faculty and staff are invited to make their nominations online at http://ctc.ku.edu/entrepreneurial_faculty_award.php. Nominators should provide information on how the nominee has demonstrated excellence in commercialization, including:

  • descriptions of innovations/technologies developed by the nominee;
  • descriptions of an unmet need and potential impact of technology, as well as current commercialization status
  • list of disclosures, licensing agreements and patents (if available)
  • external validation of marketplace achievement

The nomination deadline is Tuesday, April 2. The winner will be announced April 30 at the inaugural KUCTC Innovation Fair.

Jim Baxendale worked for nearly 16 years in the field of university technology transfer at KU, most notably as KUCTC executive director from 2008 to 2012. As executive director, Baxendale oversaw the commercialization of faculty and staff inventions from all KU campus and guided the KUCTC in its mission to maximize the impact of university intellectual property for the benefit of the university and society.



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