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Source: Tresa Landis, 785-532-3917,

Friday, April 3, 2008


MANHATTAN -- As a part of Kansas State University's Celebration of Entrepreneurship in April, the K-State Commercialization Leadership Council will be awarding its first ever Emerging Entrepreneur Awards. The council also will host an Entrepreneurship Workshop Friday, April 10.

The Commercialization Leadership Council was formed in 2007 to facilitate commercialization activities involving university intellectual property, university infrastructure, university personnel, and/or other university resources. Since its inception, the council has been active in assisting a number of university ventures overcome obstacles in business development and in commercialization of their products and services.

The council will recognize these individuals and ventures at the annual K-State Spotlight on Intellectual Property luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 10 in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. In addition, the council will honor two individuals from K-State as Emerging Entrepreneurs. The winners, who each will receive a $500 cash prize, will be announced Friday, April 24, at the Celebration of Entrepreneurship Awards banquet hosted by K-State's Center for the Advancement of Entrepreneurship.

Nominees for the Emerging Entrepreneur Awards are:

* Fred B. Newton, professor and director of K-State counseling services, for K-State Comprehensive Assessment Tools Inc., Counseling Services Division.

* Michael D. Apley, K-State associate professor of production medicine and clinical pharmacology, for PharmCATS, Bioanalytical Services.

* Gary A. Anderson, director, K-State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories.

* Will G. Baldwin, associate director for information technology, Biosecurity Research Institute, for the Plant Diagnostics Information System.

* Ruth Welti, professor of biology, for Global Lipidomics LLC.

* Ashley E. Rhodes, research compliance monitor and mediated training coordinator, for Video Training Vignettes.

* Bret E. Lanz, marketing and development manager at K-State's Advanced Manufacturing Institute, for CUBE LLC.

* Michael C. Holen, professor and dean of K-State's College of Education, for K-State Comprehensive Assessment Tools Inc., Teaching Language and Culture Division.

* Walter McNeil, K-State doctoral student in nuclear engineering from Manhattan, for DetSpec – Detector Specialists.

The Commercialization Leadership Council's Entrepreneurship Workshop will be from 8:30-11:15 a.m. April 10 in the K-State Alumni Center Ballroom. Registration is not required and the workshop is free and open to the public.

The first session, "Nuts and Bolts," will cover managing intellectual property at K-State from discovery through commercialization. Marcia Molina with the Kansas State University Research Foundation and Robert Reader with the National Institute for Strategic Technology Acquisition and Commercialization will be among the presenters.

The second session will feature a panel of successful K-State faculty entrepreneurs who will discuss how to be entrepreneurial in your environment. Speakers will include Apley; Kirby Chapman, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering and director of the National Gas Machinery Laboratory; Jana Fallin, professor and chair of the music education division; Wayne Goins, associate professor and director of jazz studies; and Bill Pallett, the IDEA Center.

Reservations are required for the luncheon only and can be made by contacting the Kansas State University Research Foundation at 785-532-5720.