CLEMSON — Inventors, entrepreneurs and industry representatives gathered Tuesday at the Madren Conference Center for a university and industry networking reception honoring Clemson University’s top inventors and 2012 patent recipients.

Hosted by the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) and the Clemson Inventor’s Club, the event recognized researchers whose contributions in biomedical devices, biotechnology (sustainable environment), semiconductors and health generated 15 U.S. patents in calendar year 2012. They added to the current Clemson patent catalog of 168 active U.S. and foreign patents available for licensing and commercialization.

In addition to the patent recognition, the event featured a presentation by Anthony Boccanfuso, executive director of the National Academies’ University-Industry Demonstration Partnership, titled “A perspective on the University/Industry Collaborative Research Model.”

Formed in November 2012, the Clemson Inventor’s Club recognizes Clemson’s most active inventors and faculty entrepreneurs across colleges and disciplines and provides opportunities for them to connect and share ideas with each other and others in the intellectual property and commercialization sectors and introduce Clemson discoveries to the marketplace.

Discussion topics included entrepreneurship, invention and intellectual property, sponsored research, small business research funding opportunities and pure and simple networking to continue to foster the culture of innovation that already exists at Clemson.

“Feedback from past club events indicate that the faculty are as interested in meeting each other and learning about the innovative research going on in their own backyard as they are in meeting others from the business community,” said Casey Porto, executive director of  the Research Foundation.  “The club structure is really meant to be organic – just bring the innovators together with community business mentors and investors, step back and see what happens.”

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