Two University of Arizona faculty members and the McGuire Center for Entrepreneurship were honored Tuesday at Tech Launch Arizona's fourth annual I-Squared awards ceremony, which honors those whose work directly affects the quality of life for people in Tucson, across Arizona and throughout the world through research, collaboration and technology commercialization.
Tech Launch Arizona is the UA office that creates social and economic impact by bringing the inventions stemming from UA research from the lab to the world. The honorees were:
Inventor of the Year, Physical Sciences
Loy holds a dual appointment as professor of chemistry and biochemistry in the College of Science and professor of materials science and engineering in the College of Engineering. He is a prolific inventor, with 15 inventions to his name, ranging from florescent epoxies to sunscreens to antioxidants. He has participated in the TLA National Science Foundation I-Corps program and is highly engaged with TLA through senior licensing manager Paul Eynott.
Inventor of the Year, Life Sciences
Gokhale is the director of computational chemistry at the Computer Aided Drug Discovery Center at the BIO5 Institute's Drug Discovery Center. As a research-track professional, he has worked with TLA and a number of principal investigators as a co-inventor on multiple projects related to the discovery of small molecule inhibitors for the treatment of pain, cardiovascular disease, cancer and more.
Startup of the Year
MetOxs Solutions is run by Abraham Jalbout, an academic entrepreneur who understands both business and science. MetOxs has licensed a number of technologies from the UA to address environmental and energy issues in mining, with a long view toward making the industry more sustainable. Technologies MetOxs has licensed include molten salt metal extraction methods and systems, heat recovery systems, and the HexoPanel – developed by Moe Momayez, associate professor of mining and geological engineering. MetOxs also licensed corrosion sensors – invented by Jalbout, Hassan Elsentriecy and two UA faculty members: Dominic Gervasio, a research professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and Peiwen "Perry" Li, professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. Along with starting the subsidiary Caltrode for commercializing the sensors, MetOxs recently started subsidiary Acrete based on a novel, fly ash-based substitute for concrete invented by Jinhong Zhang, associate professor of mining and geological engineering. Jalbout continues to be a highly-engaged UA partner, always looking ahead to more discoveries, inventions and opportunities for collaboration.
Read the full story by Paul Tumarkin of Tech Launch Arizona.