The B. Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Awards for Excellence In Technology Transfer

The B. Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Award is given to a University of Tennessee faculty member(s) who excel in the commercialization of university-based research results.

The B. Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Foundation provides the award stipend, through an endowment fund which was established in 1989. The award is specifically intended to recognize faculty who take a direct and active role in the commercialization process. Criteria for the award include:

• The technological and/or scientific significance of the invention or creative work being commercialized;

• The market success of the product or process;

• The degree of active involvement of the faculty member in the commercialization process; and

• The faculty member’s overall contribution to the University’s missions of teaching, research and service.

 

Otto Wheeley, a University of Tennessee graduate, was deputy chair of the Koppers Company and President of Kopvenco, a venture capital subsidiary of Koppers in the early 1980s. Eager to promote technological entrepreneurs in Tennessee, he returned to the state and founded Venture First Associations, Inc., and formed a close alliance with his alma mater to promote the commercialization of university-developed research.

There will be two (2) awards given in 2012 of $5,000 each. The deadline for submission is: Friday, June 29, 2012.

Nominations should be sent to:

Dick R. Gourley, PharmD UT Research Foundation 600 Henley Street, Suite 211 UT Conference Center Knoxville, TN 37996-4122 Phone: 865-974-1882 Fax: 865-974-2803

 

Nominations must include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a 2 page description of their technology transfer achievements. The technology transfer description must include: the company (or companies) that have licensed the technology; information on the market to which the product is directed and its success in the market place; the innovative/unique qualities of the product or process and its benefits to society; and, the nominee’s active and direct involvement in commercialization process. The award will be made during September 2012.

The B. Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Awards for Excellence In Technology Transfer For Graduate Students, Medical and/or Pharmacy Residents, or Post-doctoral Fellows

The University of Tennessee is committed to the development of new intellectual property through its faculty, students, and post-docs. This will be the first time that the B. Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer will be given to a graduate student, medical and/or pharmacy resident or post-doc. The award is being given to stimulate the development of commercialization of products, concepts and ideas by graduate students and post-docs.

Criteria for the award include:

1. The technological and/or scientific significance of the invention or creative work being commercialized or developed;

2. The potential market success of the product or process;

3. The degree of active involvement of the graduate student, medical and/or pharmacy resident or post-doc in the development of the disclosure, patent and/or the commercialization process; and

4. The graduate student, medical and/or pharmacy resident or post-doc’s contributions to the University’s missions of teaching, research, and service.

There will be two (2) awards given in 2012 of $1,500 each. The deadline for submission is: Friday, June 29, 2012.

Nominations should be sent to:

Dick R. Gourley, PharmD UT Research Foundation 600 Henley Street, Suite 211 UT Conference Center Knoxville, TN 37996-4122 Phone: 865-974-1882 Fax: 865-974-2803

Nominations must include the nominee’s curriculum vitae and a 2 page description of their technology transfer achievements to-date. The technology transfer description must include: any companies that have licensed the technology; information on the market to which the product is directed and its potential success in the market place; the innovative/unique qualities of the product or process and its potential benefits to society; and the nominee’s active and direct involvement in the process. A letter from the nominee’s major professor and/or mentor must be included with the letter of nomination. The award will be made during September 2012.