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2008.12.08 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNeMed and UNO Announce Collaborative Grant Program

Omaha - UNeMed Corporation, the technology licensing arm for the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) College of Information Science and Technology (IS & T) have established a joint grant program for researchers, students and staff.

The Innovation Grant Program formed by UNeMed's CEO and president, James Linder, M.D. and IS&T Dean Hesham Ali, Ph.D., is intended to encourage innovative collaborations between the two institutions. Up to $25,000 is available.

"Software is a fundamental component of many tools for biomedical research and clinical care," Linder said. "We believe that encouraging collaboration between faculty at UNMC and UNO's College of Information Science and Technology will lead to fantastic opportunities.

"We are pleased to invest proceeds from earlier UNeMed licensing activity into programs that may develop future intellectual property."

Collaborations that support innovative and novel applications, utilizing both IS & T and biomedical applications, are encouraged to apply. Applications must include investigators from both UNMC and the UNO College of IS&T and be completed by Jan. 30.

Collaborations that lead to new extramural research funding, and/or new intellectual property with commercial potential will be evaluated for the grant by a joint committee of the two partners.

"We are very excited about our partnership with UNeMed," Ali said. "The integration of information technology into biomedical research is quickly emerging to be one of the most important areas of applied research in our time.

"Opportunities for innovation in this interdisciplinary field are exciting and diverse. This partnership would give us the opportunity to provide our researchers seed grants to further develop their research activities and move faster towards attracting external funding and developing innovative products."

Winners will be announced in February. For more information or to download an application log onto www.unemed.com. Applicants may also e-mail UNeMed at unemed@unmc.edu.

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UNO is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The celebration recognizes the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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