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UH Moment: UH Hosts Technology Innovation Showcase for Groundbreaking Inventions and Discoveries

“Our goal is to make a difference in society with our technology and innovation”

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The University of Houston's Office of Technology Transfer and Innovation hosted the inaugural "Innovation Amplified", a cutting-edge showcase of innovation leadership in materials technology, on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023.

"We have a lot of cool inventions and discoveries by UH faculty and students, but the path to commercialization can be tough," said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, vice president of energy and innovation at UH. "By showcasing everything at the same time, in one place, entrepreneurs and technical leaders from industry can see all of these great breakthroughs for themselves, engage with the inventors and hopefully get them to market faster."

UH ranks in the top 100 universities in the U.S. for utility patents, which give inventors exclusive rights to producing and utilizing their technologies. UH had 32 patents granted last year, and more than 200 granted since 2015. UH also boasts more than 30 faculty members in the National Academy of Inventors.

The showcase is another step in the evolution of helping the university's inventors commercialize their discoveries and innovations. The Wolff Center for Entrepreneurship in the C.T. Bauer College of Business was just named the top undergraduate entrepreneurship program in the U.S. for the fifth straight year. And the UH Technology Bridge announced a new partnership with the Texas Gulf Coast Small Business Development Center to support start-ups in the region.

"Our goal is to make a difference in society with our technology and innovation," Krishnamoorti said. "This is an opportunity to showcase what we're doing here to the rest of the world."

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