The U-M Office of Technology Transfer’s Celebrate Invention 2014 was held on Tuesday, October 28, to recognize the work of the U-M inventor community over the past year. In FY 2014, researchers reported 439 new inventions, breaking the current Tech Transfer performance record. U-M President Mark Schlissel, university deans and officers, U-M inventors, and commercialization partners from the business community were amongst those that gathered to celebrate these achievements.
The MCIRCC kiosk was one of eight showcasing discoveries and inventions at the Michigan League Ballroom. People from across the university and community visited the kiosks to learn more about each invention and engage in hands-on demonstrations.
MCIRCC’s kiosk showcased a portfolio of innovations comprised of therapeutics, diagnostics, devices and digital health solutions from its six Grand Challenge Sepsis Teams. The “invention station” allowed MCIRCC to share the complex sepsis story and, through these six inventions, highlight the importance of transforming the way we diagnose, treat, and monitor sepsis to improve patience care and outcomes and reduce healthcare costs. The reception also provided the ideal platform for introductions to potential industry partners, to expand MCIRCC’s membership base, and to demonstrate the value of the MCIRCC Grand Challenge and Accelerant Cycle funding mechanisms.
All in all, Celebrate Invention highlighted the diverse research being conducted across the university. From tools that seek to improve literacy in African American communities, to a device that measures simple and recognition reaction times, to black ice detection technology, these inventions have the potential for real impact on the world. It was an honor for the MCIRCC Grand Challenge teams to participate in this annual Technology Transfer event. MCIRCC’s participation further highlights the significance of its work in integrated team science to change the face of critical care medicine.
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