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Publication Highlights UC Merced Researchers' Invention

January 13, 2010

More than 40 market-ready technologies created in engineering,
natural sciences

Hepatitis C Virus in Liver Tissue
A less expensive therapy that
could suppress the ability of the hepatitis C virus to replicate is
among the 40 market-ready inventions that has come out of UC

MERCED, CA— The University of California,
Merced has published a report that highlights more than 40
market-ready inventions created by campus researchers.

The report, ”

Inventions of the Research Enterprise
,” was compiled by UC

Office of Technology Transfer
, which is within the campus’
Office of
. The 50-page document catalogues inventions created at
the university from January 2007 to June 2009. The technologies
listed in the report have the potential to transform the fields of
natural sciences, engineering and beyond.

“This report illustrates that UC Merced is on track to fulfill
its mission to become a premiere research institution,” said Samuel
J. Traina,

vice chancellor for research
. “Our talented researchers have
used the campus’ laboratories and classrooms to produce
technologies that have the potential to change lives, benefit
industries and help improve communities throughout California, the
nation and the world.”

The report includes background information on the problem each
invention was created to address, a description of how the device
or process works and its potential applications. Other pertinent
information listed includes the invention’s creators, its patent
and licensing status and the advantages new technology. Faculty
from UC Merced’s School of
Engineering, School of
and School of
Social Sciences, Humanities
& Arts
are represented in the report.

Examples of inventions listed include:

  • A less expensive therapy that could suppress the ability of the
    hepatitis C virus to replicate.
  • A low-cost method to concentrate the efficiency of photovoltaic
    cells, which in turn can help make using solar energy less expensive.
  • A faster, more efficient method to identify the purity of
    drugs, pharmaceuticals and agricultural compounds.
  • A new technique that increases the power of lasers without
    reducing their wavelength agility.

Rich Miller, associate vice chancellor for research, also noted
that the number of inventions created in a two and a half year
period at UC Merced is comparable to larger more established
campuses, an admirable accomplishment given that a large proportion
of faculty are assistant professors who are early in their careers.

“The entrepreneurial and pioneering spirit of UC Merced’s
predominantly young faculty is reflected in the rate of invention
disclosures made over the past two years,” said William Tucker,
executive director of the
Office of Innovation
Alliances and Services
(formerly known as the Office of
Technology Transfer) at the University of California Office of the President.

“These disclosures show a commitment by the faculty to the
University of California’s core mission of creating public benefit
through transferring university-created innovations to the private
sector where further investment can create products and services
that enhance lives and strengthen our technology-centric economy,”
Tucker said.

“Inventions of the Research Enterprise,” demonstrates UC
Merced’s goal to become a world-class institution dedicated to
innovative research, teaching and public service. Part of that
public service mission is ensuring that discoveries made through
research make a responsible transition into products or services
that benefit the community.

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Donna Birch Trahan