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UC Recognizes Entrepreneurs

Published June 2003

UC recognized the winners of two, newly established faculty entrepreneurial awards during the 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet on Friday, May 16 in the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. In addition to the two new awards, George Rieveschl, PhD, vice president and professor emeritus of UC, best known for inventing the antihistamine commonly known as Benadryl, was presented with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship.

The two new awards, Established Entrepreneur Award and Emerging Entrepreneur Award, were created for exceptional faculty achievement in promoting and maximizing the commercial potential and human benefits of university intellectual property and/or research. Both awards were open to faculty in all UC colleges.

UC recognized the winners of two, newly established faculty entrepreneurial awards during the 5th Annual Entrepreneurship Recognition Banquet on Friday, May 16 in the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. In addition to the two new awards, George Rieveschl, PhD, vice president and professor emeritus of UC, best known for inventing the antihistamine commonly known as Benadryl, was presented with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship.

The two new awards, Established Entrepreneur Award and Emerging Entrepreneur Award, were created for exceptional faculty achievement in promoting and maximizing the commercial potential and human benefits of university intellectual property and/or research. Both awards were open to faculty in all UC colleges.

The Established Entrepreneur Award was presented to Jainagesh Sekhar, PhD, professor in the UC College of Engineering. In the past seven years Dr. Sekhar has licensed technologies to five companies, established a manufacturing company which was launched from UC and has become fairly diversified with a worldwide presence, and developed Business Materials courses.

Frank Zemlan, PhD, professor in the UC Department of Psychiatry, was be presented with the Emerging Entrepreneur Award for his development of Cleaved-Tau (C-Tau) Technology. C-Tau can be used to diagnose subarachnoid hemorrhage in patients with normal Computed Tomography (CT) scans. This technology can also be used to predict the clinical outcome of patients with severe traumatic brain injury and determine if drugs of abuse can cause brain damage.

The two newly established entrepreneur awards are sponsored by UC's Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs, Senior Vice President and Provost for Baccalaureate and Graduate Education, Vice President for Research and Advanced Studies and the Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research.

In addition to the new awards, the Center for Entrepreneurship Education and Research presented Donald C. Harrison, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs emeritus, and Jason R. Lemon, PhD, with the Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. This award, established in 1999, recognizes both successful and future entrepreneurs with a connection to UC.

For further information, contact Dorothy Air, PhD, associate senior vice president for entrepreneurial affairs, at (513) 558-6054, or Charles Matthews, PhD, associate professor, UC College of Business Administration, at (513) 556-7123. Information about new award nomination criteria can be found at http://www.uc.edu/eawards.


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