Faculty, firms receive CU awards for tech transfer

The University of Colorado’s Technology Transfer Office gave out four awards Wednesday night to faculty members and companies that commercialize technology created at the university.

By Janet Forgrieve, Rocky Mountain News

The first-ever Patten Boggs Technology Transfer Awards honored teams working on cardiovascular treatments and optical technology.

"They’ve done well and worked well with us, so we want to make a general statement that these are very accomplished university inventors and companies," said David Allen, assistant vice president for technology transfer.

The 12 nominees were judged on the potential their technology has to make an impact on commerce or society, and also on a commitment to a robust technology transfer process, Allen said.

Tech transfer, the licensing of university technology by private companies, has undergone a renewed emphasis at CU recently.

One of the winners, Boulder-based CDM Optics Inc., was started by CU researchers Thomas Cathey and Ed Dowski, along with Ball Aerospace co-founder R.C. "Merc" Mercure.

"The awards are a benefit to the university, because it shows the outside world and other faculty people who might not want to get involved (in tech transfer) that this work is of value," Mercure said.,1299,DRMN_49_1544664,00.html

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