Tech Launch Arizona, the office of the University of Arizona that commercializes inventions stemming from research, hosted its eighth annual I-Squared Awards and Expo on Sept. 28. 2021. The awards honored the university's top inventors and entrepreneurs.
The Campus Collaboration Award honors a person or entity within UA whose contributions to commercialization have demonstrated great impact over the last year. Since joining the university in 2020, associate dean for research in the College of Engineering Mark Van Dyke has proactively partnered with TLA to expand innovation and entrepreneurship among faculty, researchers and staff not only at his home college, but also across campus.
Additionally, the BME professor is an inventor and entrepreneur who is listed as inventor or co-inventor on 34 issued U.S. patents in the biomedical space and has cofounded three startups.
"[As engineers], we like to work on things that actually improve the quality of life, and there's a limit to what we can do in our laboratories on campus," he said. "So to get connected to Tech Launch Arizona and the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem – to build those ties and those strengths and those relationships – that's really important for us as problem solvers, because at the end of the day, that's how we have impact."