UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering’s commitment to “educate tomorrow’s technology leaders” is shown by being selected as an Innovation Corps site by the National Science Foundation (NSF I-Corps). The NSF I-Corps program is designed to teach scientists how to evaluate the commercial potential of discoveries that stem from their research.
It’s common knowledge that San Diego is one of the nation’s most robust hubs for innovative technologies emerging from the areas of bioengineering and nanotechnology. These areas of study and research are supported by the von Liebig Center’s NSF I-CORPS Program, which selects experienced professionals from the community to teach students, post-doctoral fellows and professors enrolled in the program.
Dr. Brenda Wallach has been asked back for a second session to join the teaching staff at the university. Each session lasts for an eight-week period. For two years prior to her teaching assignment, Dr. Wallach was a mentor in the program.
As a highly experienced Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in molecular biology and a postdoctoral fellowship from the Stanford University School of Medicine, Brenda’s knowledge in patent prosecution in the areas of biotechnology, therapeutics, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and renewable biofuels gives program attendees accurate, insightful pathways to secure intellectual property rights to their inventions.
“I love working with the undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and professors who enter into the program. They are all super smart and really excited about their inventions! They are fun to work with and I find working with them incredibly rewarding!”
About the Center
The von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering is dedicated to mentoring faculty and student inventors through the proof-of-concept process. The Center provides commercialization support to bridge the gap between exciting laboratory discoveries and products that address market needs. The Center’s experienced technology and business mentors and teaching staff, guide faculty and student inventors throughout the technology assessment, proof-of-concept and early stages of the commercialization process.
The von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center was awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support site activities. As an NSF I-Corps site, the Center will incubate 30 projects a year. The Center’s mission is to catalyze the commercialization of university discoveries, train the next generation of entrepreneurial-minded science and technology innovators and bridge the gap between academia and the private sector.
Who was Justus von Liebig? (May 12, 1803 – April 18, 1873)
Justus Freiherr von Liebig was a German chemist whose contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry crowned him the “father of organic chemistry.” As a professor at the University of Giessen in Germany, he devised the modern laboratory-oriented teaching method, and for such innovations, he is regarded one of the greatest chemistry teachers of all time.
More information: von Liebig Entrepreneurism Center Named NSF Innovation Corps Site