Innovation Week kicks off today


OMAHA, Neb. (Oct. 22, 2018)—Innovation Week officially begins this morning when UNeMed staffers host a kick-off event in the Durham Research Center atrium from 9-11 a.m.

The Innovation Week Kick-Off will feature free goodies, T-shirts and a chance to mingle with UNeMed staff. Complimentary coffee and a free doughnut will also be provided all attendees, as long as supplies last.

UNeMed opened 2017 Innovation Week with its annual Kick-Off event on Monday, Oct. 23, giving away free T-shirts, esspressos, first-aid kits and other goodies. UNeMed is planning a repeat for today

Innovation Week is a series of events hosted by UNeMed to celebrate and honor the innovations and discoveries at UNMC and UNO each year.

Innovation Week continues Thursday, Oct. 25, with the 12th annual Research Innovation Awards Banquet, at 5 p.m. in the Stanley Truhlsen Events Center of the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Awards ceremony is an invitation-only event where an Innovator of the Year and the 2018 Most Promising New Invention will be named.

Innovation Week 2018 concludes on Friday, Oct. 26, with two free and open events.

First, Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D., will present a seminar entitled “Moving into the pharmaceutical industry—Can the dark side be bright for you?” A 35-year veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Dr. Fernandes is expected to discuss alternate careers science in a one-hour presentation in the Durham Research Center I auditorium, beginning at 2 p.m.

Finally, Innovation Concludes later that evening with the Invent-A-Thon at 5 p.m. in room 1005 in the Michael F. Sorrell Center. The Invent-A-Thon is a judged competition among teams of local high school students who will be tasked in a week-long event to solve an actual healthcare problem using 3D printing and design. Teams will pitch their ideas and 3D-printed prototypes in final presentations, followed by a short reception.