Nearly 100 faculty members, students, entrepreneurs and regional leaders gathered Oct. 11 to celebrate UC Riverside’s success in securing patents over the last year.
The event was organized by the Office of Technology Partnerships to recognize faculty and student inventors for their patents, as well as to celebrate the first anniversary of the Entrepreneurial Proof of Concept and Innovation Center (EPIC), which was formed last year to provide resources for training, mentors, and connections to investors and partners.
“We’re recognizing innovation … commercialization and entrepreneurship,” said Brian Suh, director of technology commercialization within the Office of Technology Partnerships, addressing the crowd assembled at the Riverside County Administration building.
Suh was talking about the “impact” the university has on society, when research is taken from this level and applied to the commercial world. “It’s not just research for research’s sake,” he said.
According to Suh, UCR has seen a 50 percent surge in terms of the number of patents awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the last fiscal year. Twenty-seven patents were issued in fiscal year 2017.
Tina Nova, president and CEO of San Diego-based Molecular Stethoscope, presented the keynote address at the ceremony. Nova, who earned her doctorate from UCR, encouraged members of the audience to find an untapped niche in the marketplace.
“We have the opportunity at this level to really make a difference in the world,” Nova said. “That’s really powerful.”