Alaska's First World Intellectual Property Day
UAA hosted the first World Intellectual Property Day in Alaska on May 3, 2016. This event was organized by the Office of Research and Graduate Studies in partnership wit hthe Anchroage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The theme was "Beyond Commoditites: Transformation through Innovation."
John Cabeca, Director of the West Coast U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Tony Stanco, Executive Director of the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tehc Transfer; Jon Bittner, Vice President of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation; Andrew Mitton, Attorney and Founder of Vellum LLC; and Steve Socolof, Founder and Managing Partner of New Venture Partners, were among the 20 speakers and panelists respresenting venture capital firms, investors, entrepreneurs and corporate leaders. Sponsors included AEDC, Ballard Spahr, Zip, UAA Colleges of Business and Public Policy, Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and the Business Enterprise Institute.
Dr. Helena Wisniewski, Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, Chancellor Tom Case, and Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz opened the event. Lieutenant Governer Byron Mallot spoke during the evening session. Awards for the winning entries in the Innovate Idea competition were also presented to five projects:
- Most Beneficial Globally: ERIC BORTZ (Biological Sciences), Interferon Bioassay for Immunotherapy against Cancer.
- Most Transformative: MAX KULLBERG (WWAMI School of Medical Education), Targeted Programming of Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells in Cancer.
- Most Likely to Succeed: KENRICK MOCK (Computer Sciences) and JOEY YANG (Civil Engineering), Thermal Insulation Material Grown from Fungi Mycelium and Forestry Byproducts.
- Most Market Best for Alaska: DANIEL PERPICH (Vertical Harvest Hydroponics), for Vertical Harvest Hydroponics.
Established in 2000 by the World Intellectual Property Organization, World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually with a variety of events around the world to raise awareness of the importance of intellectual property and the contributions of creators and inventors.