Month: August 2016

Library Drives Entrepreneurship with New 3D Printing Studio

 

The UConn Library is an enthusiastic partner in the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Consortium’s efforts to foster innovation and economic development by providing a cornerstone of expertise, resources, and spaces to help you transform your ideas.

Our specialized online research tools, which number in the hundreds, are available for each step of the entrepreneurial process – from initial research and development, to gathering data to inform business plans and investor pitches.  Access to thousands of specialized trade journals and databases in numerous fields like computer science, engineering, and medicine are at your fingertips.

An important piece of this immersive experience is UConn’s first publicly accessible 3D Printing Studio in the Homer Babbidge Library. The start to a true MakerSpace, this location will be a focal point in the core of the academic community for developing and prototyping product ideas. You can find more information at http://lib.uconn.edu/services/uconns-3d-printing-studio/

The Learning Commons' iStudios are group study rooms equipped with a large screen computer workstation, a whiteboard, and seating for up to five individuals. JPG

Also, to help you navigate the wealth of resources, we are excited to be conducting a national search for an Entrepreneurship & Innovation Librarian. This person will be a key member of UConn’s immersive entrepreneurial experience through their engagement with students in the Innovation House Learning Communities and all other innovators and inventors on campus. An expert in business research, they will work closely with you to get the most out of tools and resources available.

A great place to start on your journey is our Entrepreneurship Research Guide at http://classguides.lib.uconn.edu/entrepreneurship. There you will find tips to navigate our databases to conduct research on consumer and technology trends and competitors, and develop market intelligence to understand how and whether a new innovation would have a competitive advantage.

Nursing and Engineering Students Collaborate on Healthcare Innovation Projects

 

Undergraduate students from the School of Nursing and the School of Engineering/MEM Program (Management and Engineering for Manufacturing) have collaborated on several Healthcare Innovation projects which were presented during the SON’s annual Shark Tank competition. The MEM program is a joint collaboration between the School of Business and the School of Engineering. Both the SON , SOB and the SOE are members of the UConn Entrepreneurship and Innovation Consortium. Students collaborated over both the Fall and Spring semesters to prove initial feasibility and a working prototype.

For the past three years, the SON Healthcare Innovation Program has challenged our undergraduate nurses to identify a healthcare problem and a creative solution.  Ideas address a wide variety of healthcare issues such as global spread of disease (ex zika virus) and many improvements to the delivery of hospital based healthcare. In addition to working with the SOE/MEM program, the SON will also collaborate with the Biomedical Engineering Department this year on select projects.

Two of the collaborative teams are shown below.

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Hydralizer Bracelet

Noninvasive monitoring of total body fluid including dehydration and fluid overload in real time

 

                                                                                   

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Novel Dispensing Unit eliminating millions of dollars in wasted gloves

IP Law Clinic Helps Deliver Breakthrough Patent

 

August 1, 2016

The UConn School of Law Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic (“IP Law Clinic”) is pleased to announce the issuance of US Patent No. 9357912 to Dr. Yan Zhang, of Vernon, Connecticut.  Dr. Zhang has been a client of the IP Law Clinic for several years.  During this time period, UConn law students working under the supervision of IP Law Clinic Faculty, assisted Dr. Zhang in preparing, filing and prosecuting his patent application before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”). 

The patent deals with a noninvasive apparatus and method for evaluating certain biomechanical properties of eye tissue.

“I was very pleased with the cooperation, effort and attention to detail provided by the students and faculty at the IP Law Clinic.  An issued patent can open many doors for a new business endeavor” said Dr. Zhang.

The IP Law Clinic provides patent, trademark and copyright services to Connecticut’s innovators and entrepreneurs as part of an instructional and experiential learning program.  Services are provided by UConn law students under the supervision of experienced intellectual property attorneys who are faculty members.  For more information, contact iplawclinic@uconn.edu.