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Eda, Wu receive UTRF’s Wheeley Award for tech transfer excellence

UTRF NewTwo University of Tennessee (UT) researchers from very different disciplines who found a way to collaborate on a technology licensed by the UT Research Foundation (UTRF) have been honored with The B. Otto and Kathleen Wheeley Award.

The technology transfer excellence honor went to Shigetoshi Eda, a Professor in the Center for Wildlife Health within the Department of Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries that is part of the Institute of Agriculture, and Jayne Wu, an Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering in the College of Engineering on the Knoxville campus.

Their collaboration that produced a technology licensed to Meridian Bioscience, Inc. was the subject of a four-part series on teknovation.biz that started posting about a year ago. You can read it again by clicking on these links – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.

The Wheeley Award is presented annually to one or more UT faculty members who excel in the commercialization of university-based research results, specifically recognizing faculty who take a direct and active role in the technology commercialization process.

It is named for Otto Wheeley and his wife. The former was a UT graduate who served as Deputy Chair of Koppers Company and President of Kopvenco, a venture capital subsidiary of Koppers in the early 1980s. Many East Tennessee entrepreneurs frequently cite his influence on them, particularly after the Wheeleys returned to the state and founded Venture First Associations, Inc.

Click here to read the UTRF news release.


Tom Ballard

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer,
Pershing Yoakley & Associates. P.C.

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