Publication Highlights UC Merced Researchers' Invention

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.

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 Merced's Office of Technology Transfer, which is within the campus' Office of Research. 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 Natural Sciencesand School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Artsare 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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