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two u of s researchers nominated for innovation award







Two University of Saskatchewan researchers, one from biomedical engineering and the other from plant sciences, have been nominated for the 2016 Innovation Place–Industry Liaison Office Award of Innovation. The announcement was made today, April 17, at the State of the City Address luncheon in Saskatoon.

The winner and recipient of the $5,000 award will be announced on May 19th at the Celebrate Success! Awards Gala at Saskatoon Prairieland Park. 

The nominees are Dr. Bob Bors and Dr. Khan Wahid. Dr. Bors, assistant professor in the Plant Sciences Department and head of the Fruit Breeding Program, has built the USask fruit breeding program and has become a leading expert on the development and commercialization of the haskap berry, a fruit recognized for many health and marketing benefits. 

Dr. Wahid is affiliated with the Digital Systems Research Group and the Division of Biomedical Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.  He has developed an advanced image compression algorithm for the wireless endoscopy capsule (a pill-shaped capsule containing a camera and battery), used in the diagnosis of gastro-intestinal tract diseases.

The Award of Innovation honours USask researchers who have brought new and commercially viable technology to the ILO for development into marketable products, and is open to USask employees and students. Selection criteria include the novelty of the innovation and its potential commercial impact. The selection committee includes representatives from Innovation Place and the University of Saskatchewan. 

In addition to the cash prize, the winners will be recognized with a photo on the “Award of Innovation” wall at the Industry Liaison Office and a personal trophy.

Innovation Place is one of North America's most successful university-related research parks. The Industry Liaison Office is a division of the University of Saskatchewan which specializes in facilitating the commercialization of university research and knowledge, to effectively and efficiently transfer it to the public. The ILO also works to establish a foundation for entrepreneurial culture throughout the university.  

For more information, contact:

Johannes Dyring
Managing Director 
Industry Liaison Office
(306) 966-7829
johannes.dyring@usask.ca
www.usask.ca/research/ilo

Van Isman
President and CEO
Innovation Place 
(306) 933-6258 (Saskatoon)
(306) 787-8554 (Regina)
visman@innovationplace.com
www.innovationplace.com

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Visit the Award of Innovation on the Innovation Place website.




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