The University Record, April 30, 1996

74 recognized at annual Technology Transfer luncheon

Mark Meyerhoff, professor of chemistry (left), and Victor Yang, associate professor of pharmaceutics, were two of 74 U-M faculty, research scientists and graduate students who received patents or licensing agreements in 1995. Yang and Meyerhoff's patent is for a heparin-selective polymer membrane now being marketed for research applications by a Colorado firm, Medtronic Blood Management. Medtronic holds licensing rights to future generations of the technology, which are currently being developed in this U-M research laboratory.

Photo by Bob Kalmbach


A record number of researchers were honored at the annual Technology Transfer Recognition Luncheon held April 23 at the Michigan Union Ballroom. In all, the inventors received 31 patents and finalized 36 licensing agreements in 1995. Some did both.

On hand to thank them for their efforts were President James J. Duderstadt, Vice President for Research Homer A. Neal and Executive Vice President Farris W. Womack.

"This is a very important event," Duderstadt said. "Our role is not only to create new knowledge and pass it on to students but also to transfer it to society. By patenting inventions and getting them into the marketplace, you as researchers are helping to fulfill an important part of the University's mission."

The increasing number of patents and licensing agreements are evidence of the progress the University has made since its 1987 adoption of guiding principles to develop policies and procedures regarding technology transfer, Duderstadt said.

Womack, who presented each researcher with an engraved tool kit, thanked the honorees for taking the extra and sometimes difficult steps necessary to move the results of research from laboratories to commercial use.

Noting that the Regents on April 19 unanimously approved a revised policy on intellectual properties and a resolution supporting a strong program of technology transfer and property development, Neal said the revised policy will facilitate technology transfer and provide additional incentives to researchers.

"Without your energy and persistence, our society would be a poorer place," said Neal, who praised the researchers for demonstrating the role the University can play in advancing the applications of pure knowledge.

Robert L. Robb, director of technology management, reminded the researchers that the Technology Management Office is "here to support you. You are our customers. We are your consultants."

Researchers who received awards:

James W. Albers, professor of neurology, "EMGpro"; Gordon L. Amidon, professor of pharmacy, "Bioactive Composition"; David J. Anderson, professor of electrical and computer engineering, "Digital Audio Compression System"; Philip C. Andrews, associate professor of biological chemistry, "Oligonucleotides having Universal Nucleoside Spacers";

Jeffrey Bonadio, associate research scientist, pathology, "Direct Gene Transfer into Skeletal Cell In Vivo," "A Method to Isolate Members of the TGF-B Superfamily of Genes," "Wound-Healing Genes and Their Delivery to Wound-Repair Cells using Bio and Synthetic Matrix Materials"; Johann Borenstein, associate research scientist, mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, "Multi-Degree-Of-Freedom Vehicle"; Allen G. Brady, graduate student research assistant, materials science and engineering, "Co-Extrusion Process for Textured Ceramic Composites"; Richard B. Brown, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science, "Solid State Ion Sensor with Polyimide Membrane," "Chemical-Selective Polyimide-Matrix Membranes";

Thomas E. Carey, research scientist, otorhinolaryngology, "Monoclonal Antibodies to Human Squamous Cell Carcinoma"; Donald B. Chaffin, professor of engineering, "3D Static Strength Prediction Program," "2D Static Strength Prediction Program"; Ramachandran Chandrasekharan, research investigator, "Bioactive Composition"; Michael F. Clarke, associate professor of internal medicine, "Methods, Compositions and Devices for Growing Hematopoietic Cells," "Methods for Human Gene Therapy, Including Methods and Compositions for the Ex Vivo Replication and Stable Genetic Transformation of Human Stem Cells";

Lynn A. Conway, professor of electrical and computer engineering, "Method and Circuit for Remote Teleinteraction"; David C. Dawson, professor of physics, "Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis"; Lorenzo A. DiCarlo, assistant professor of internal medicine, "Interpretation of Paced Electrocardiograms for Analysis of Pacemaker Function"; Vishva Dixit, profes sor of pathology, "A Novel Ring Finger Protein Interacts with the Cytoplasmic Domain of CD40," "FADD, A Novel Death Domain-Containing Protein, Interacts with the Death Domain of Fas and initiates Apoptosis";

John C. Drach, professor of dentistry, "1-Substituted Benzimidazoles as Antiviral Agents"; San Duanmu, assistant professor of linguistics, "Phonetic Training Tools"; Wesley Dunnick, professor of microbiology and immunology, "A Recombinant DNA Clone of the BALB/c Gammal Gene"; Jianming Fang, research fellow, pathology, "Wound-Healing Genes and Their Delivery to Wound-Repair Cells using Bio and Synthetic Matrix Materials";

Ward D. Getty, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, "Microwave Plasma Coupling Device"; David L. Gildersleeve, health science research associate, internal medicine, "Radiotracer(s) for Mapping Cholinergic Nerves;" John L. Gland, professor of chemistry, "Solid State Chemical Micro-Reservoirs"; Steven A. Goldstein, professor of surgery, "Wound-Healing Genes and Their Delivery to Wound-Repair Cells using Bio and Synthetic Matrix Materia ls";

John W. Halloran, professor of materials science and engineering, "Co-Extrusion Process for Textured Ceramic composites"; Louise M. Herlocher, assistant research scientist, epidemiology, "Cold-Adapted Influenza Virus Vaccin"; T homas Hinklin, graduate student, materials science and engineering, "Syntheses of Ionic and Neutral Glycolato Silicates, Aluminates and Aluminosilicates from SiO2, Aluminum Oxide and Hydroxide"; David H. Humes, professor of nephrology, "Process to Purify and Grow Renal Tubule Stem Cells";

Shari L. Jackson, graduate student research assistant, electrical engineering and computer science, "Model-It"; Lincoln A. Jaros, senior computer systems specialist, "EMGpro"; Janice M. Jenkins, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, "Interpretation of Paced Electrocardiograms for Analysis of Pacemaker Function"; Ravindra R. Joshi, r e search investigator. pediatrics and communicable diseases, "Calcification-Resistant Synthetic Biomaterials";

Jong-Woon Jung, research investigator, internal medicine, "Radiotracer(s) for Mapping Cholinergic Nerves"; Masato Koreeda, professor of chemistry, "Synthesis of C-Glycosylated Compounds with the Use of a Mild, Iodine-Catalyzed Reaction"; Steven L. Kunkel, professor of pathology, "Labeled Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein Material and Medical Uses Thereof"; Vinod Labhasetwar, assistant research scientist, pediatrics and communicable diseases, College of Pharmacy, "Wound-Healing Genes and Their Delivery to Wound-Repair Cells Using Bio and Synthetic Matrix Materials," "Surface Modified Biodegradable Nanoparticles for Intravascular Targeting of Local Therapy and Other Applications";

Richard M. Laine, associate professor of materials science and engineering, "Synthesis of Ionic and Neutral Glycolato Silicates, Aluminates and Aluminosilicates from SiO2 , Aluminum Oxide and Hydroxide"; Simon P. Levine, associate professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation, "EMGpro"; Robert J. Levy, professor of pediatrics and communicable diseases, "System for Controlled Release of Antiarrhythmic Agents," "Calcification-Resistant Synthetic Biomaterials," "Wound-Healing Genes and Their Delivery to Wound-Repair Cells using Bio and Synthetic Matrix Materials" and "Sur face Modified Biodegradable Nanoparticles for Intravascular Targeting of Local Therapy and Other Applications"; John B. Lowe, professor of medicine, "Galactosyltransferase Knockout Mouse";

Hunein F. Maassab, professor of epidemiology, "Cold-Adapted Influenza Virus Vaccine"; David C. Martin, assistant professor of materials science and engineering, "Cyclobutabenzene Monomers and Methods of Making and Using Same"; Roberto D. Merlin, professor of physics, "Data Storage Using Pulsed Optical Domain Reversal"; Mark E. Meyerhoff, professor of chemistry, "Heparin-Selective Polymer Membrane";

James R. Moyne, assistant resident sci, electrical engineering and computer science, "Generic Cell Controlling Method and Apparatus for Computer Integrated Manufacturing System"; John Nees, assistant research scientist, electrical engineering and computer science, "Scanning Probe with Icosecond Temporal Resolution and Nanometer Spatial Resolution"; David L. Neuhoff, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, "Digital Audio Compression System"; Jun Ni, associate professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, "Multi-Degree-Of-Freedom Geometric Error Measurement Syst em (M-Gems)";

Ruthann Nichols, assistant professor of biological chemistry, "Oligonucleotides Having Universal Nucleoside Spacers"; Karen O'Rourke, health science research associate, pathology, "FADD, A Novel Death Domain-Containing Protein, Inte racts with the Death Domain of Fas and Initiates Apoptosis;" Rosa R. Peters, director of Unit Data Systems, School of Dentristy, "Central Sterilization Instrument Tracking System"; Janet K. Robertson, graduate student research assistant, electrical engineering and computer science, "integrated Microvalve Structures for A Monolithic Microflow Controller";

Blake J. Roessler, assistant professor of internal medicine, "Wound-Healing Genes and Their Delivery to Wound-Re pair Cells using Bio and Synthetic Matrix Materials"; Brian D. Ross, assistant professor of radiology, "Isotope and As say for Glycolysis and the Pentose Phosphate Pathway"; Michael W. Sayers, associate research scientist, UMTRI, "AU TOSIM;" "TruckSim"; Johannes W. Schwank, professor of chemical engineering, "Solid State Chemical Micro-Reservoirs";

Kang Shin, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, "FDDI-M: A Scheme to Double FDDI's Ability of Supporting Synchronous Traffic"; Elliot Soloway, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, "Web-It," "Model-It," "RiverBank" and "Viz-It"; Cunxian Song, research fellow, pediatrics and communicable diseases, "Wound -Healing Genes and Their Delivery to Wound-Repair Cells Using Bio and Synthetic Matrix Materials" and "Surface Modified Biodegradable Nanoparticles for Intravascular Targeting of Local Therapy and Other Applications"; Jeff Spitulnik, graduate student research assistant, electrical engineering and computer science, "Web-It";

Edward L. Steinman, programmer analyst II, school of dentistry, "Central Sterilization Instrument Tracking System"; Robert M. Strieter, associate professor of internal medicine, "Labeled Monocyte Chemoattractant Protein Material and Medical Uses Thereof"; Toby J. Teorey, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, "NetMod"; Aron D. Thall, research fellow, pathology, "(1,3) Galactosyltranerase knockout Mouse";

Leroy B. Townsend, professor of medicinal chemistry, "1-Substituted Benzimidazoles as Antiviral Agents"; Marcian E. Vandort, assistant research scientist, internal medicine, "Radiotracer(s) for mapping Cholinergic Nerves"; Henry Y. Wang, professor of chemical engineering, "Hybrid Membrane Bead and Process for Encapsulating Material in Semi-Permeable Hybrid Membranes"; Allen C. Ward, assistant professor of mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, "Revolute Motion Milling Machine Tool";

Donald M. Wieland, professor of internal medicine, "Radiotracer(s) for Mapping Cholinergic Nerves"; William J. Williams, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, "Reduced Interference Time Frequency Distribution" and "Discrete Time Frequency Laboratory"; Kensall D. Wise, professor of electrical engineering and computer scien ce, "Self-Testing Capacitive Pressure Transducer and Microflowmeter," "Integrated Microvalve Structures for a Monolithic Microflow Controller" and "Solid State Chemical Micro-Reservoirs"; Charles B. Woolley, engineering re search associate, industrial operations engineering, "Energy Expenditure Prediction Program";

Victor Yang, associate professor of pharmacy, "Heparin-Selective Polymer Membrane"; Wushan Yin, research fellow, pathology, "Wound-Healing Genes and Their Delivery to Wound-Repair Cells Using Bio and Synthetic Matrix Materials."