Skip to Content

Made in Minnesota: Celebrating University Innovators

Close-up view of lit up fiber optics

Innovation and discovery have always been a proud part of the university’s growing and rich entrepreneurial landscape. During Made in Minnesota: Celebrating University Innovators, which took place Dec. 11 at Northrop, 285 inventors received much-deserved recognition for their efforts to, as President Kaler put it, “confirm that higher education is a profoundly public good.”

Representing 14 colleges across the university system, the honorees earned a total of 141 patents and 316 licenses during fiscal years 2012-2014. The evening included remarks from U of M President Eric Kaler, VP for Research Brian Herman and a keynote from nationally recognized journalist and urbanist Greg Lindsay.

2014 also marked the inaugural presentation of the Innovation Awards—winners were nominated by their peers in three categories for their contributions at various stages in their careers and in the commercialization cycle.


Innovation Awards

Early Innovator: Kechun Zhang, College of Science and Engineering

University of Minnesota Innovator: Kechun Zhang

Entrepreneurial Researcher: Daniel Voytas, College of Biological Sciences

University of Minnesota Innovator: Daniel Voytas

Impact: Robert Vince, Academic Health Center

University of Minnesota Innovator: Robert Vince

Gold block M

Contributing Writer

Latest Blog Posts

Strangely shaped carrots and potatoes

Researchers are exploring the aesthetic factors that make produce acceptable in consumers' eyes—and how to market imperfect-looking, but nutritious, food.

Read More
Microscope lit by sunlight

Some researchers can now return to on-site work as part of a plan meant to allow for more research activity while still limiting the coronavirus's spread.

Read More
Prototype of the COVID-19 testing device

The MagiCoil detects the virus in blood and respiratory material and delivers results in as little as 10 minutes via smartphone.

Read More
Three people wearing protective face masks work on a prototype mechanical device

The design for a low-cost ventilator brought to life by a team of UMN researchers and industry collaborators is now freely available to manufacturers.

Read More