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Baxendale Innovation Award Nominations

KU Center for Technology Commercialization is now accepting nominations for the Baxendale Innovation Award, which recognizes a faculty member or group of faculty members who have developed a new research method, technology or innovative service that has had significant commercial impact.

Nomination Criteria
The goal of the award is to recognize those who are successfully translating their KU research to the marketplace while also making a difference on both a local and global scale.
The work of the researcher(s) should exemplify the process of accelerating ideas, insights and technologies from the University of Kansas research enterprise out of the university setting via industry partnerships, start-up companies, or other commercial routes.
Examples of such innovations might include technologies that have achieved major milestones through partnerships with industry, those that have resulted in successful start-up companies, or technologies that are on the path to successful licenses with existing companies.
Previous Winners
  • 2016: Daniel J. Aires, M.D., J.D.; and Laird Forrest, Ph.D.
  • 2015: Brian Blagg, Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry; and Rick Dobrowsky, Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • 2014: Cory Berkland, Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry - Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
  • 2013: Lisa Stehno-Bittel, Professor, Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science

Nominators should provide detail on how the nominee has demonstrated excellence in commercialization, including:

  • Descriptions of innovations/technologies developed by the nominee(s);
  • Impact of the technology, from the research and product perspectives;
  • List of disclosures, patents, licenses (invented and assigned to KU); and
  • Examples of major milestones toward external validation and marketplace achievement.


The nomination deadline is Sept. 26.

The recipient will be announced Oct. 10 at a special reception following the Startup Showcase.

Join us at the presentation ceremony October 10th, 2017

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Baxendale Award Nomination Form

Please fill out the information below to nominate someone for the award.

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