Dr. Louise Hecker among 3 Research Panelists at Tech Launch Arizona ‘Eureka’ Luncheon

Image of flyer for Tech Launch Arizona event on that "Eureka!" moment for UA researchersThe University of Arizona Department of Medicine’s Louise Hecker, PhD, will be among the panelists for a Tech Launch Arizona-hosted event, “Eureka! Recognizing when Research Gives Rise to Invention,” that will be held March 7, noon-1 p.m., at the UA BIO5 Institute, Room 103. Click the image at right to download, post and share the flyer. RSVP below.

Joining the UA faculty in 2014, Dr. Hecker is an associate professor of medicine in the UA Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, a research investigator with the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System and a member of the UA BIO5 Institute where the Hecker Lab is housed.

She has won about $6 million in federal funding for her research on innovative therapies to treat fibrotic diseases such as idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) over the past two years, including a $4.4 million U.S. Department of Defense grant and awards from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the National Institute on Aging, a unit of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Hecker also was a contestant in last week’s Shark Tank competition during Research Day 2019, hosted by the UA College of Medicine – Tucson at the new Health Sciences Innovation Building.

That ‘Eureka!’ Moment
As a University of Arizona faculty member, researcher or graduate student, investigators in Tucson develop new ways of solving problems every day. But how do you know when your idea or research could give rise to an invention? It’s not as obvious as one might think.

At this one-hour panel discussion and lunch, Tech Launch Arizona — the UA’s commercialization arm, helping transform UA innovations and discoveries into intellectual property, inventions and technology through licensing agreements with private industry — will talk with three accomplished UA researchers/inventors/entrepreneurs. It is working with these investigators to protect and commercialize inventions stemming from their research:

  • Roberta Diaz Brinton, PhD | director, UA Center for Innovation in Brain Science
  • Mohab Ibrahim, PhD, MD | program director, Pain Medicine Fellowship; director, Chronic Pain Management Clinic; associate professor, anesthesiology and pharmacology
  • Louise Hecker, PhD | associate professor, medicine; research investigator, Southern Arizona VA Health Care System
  • Moderator: Lisa Lin, PhD | Tech Launch Arizona licensing manager for the College of Medicine – Tucson

Topics to be discussed include how to develop the mindset of an inventor, and how such a mindset can expand the impact of your research. Participants also will learn about services TLA provides FOR FREE, including assistance with invention reports (as required by many research contracts), management of intellectual property protection, asset development funding to prepare early-stage inventions for licensing, and more.

Join us to learn how to develop your inventor mindset and get your questions answered.


To add this event to your personal schedule (via iCal, MSOutlook, Google or Yahoo! calendar), click here.

This event is primarily for faculty, researchers, graduate students and staff.

A light lunch will be provided, so please RSVP on the TLA website by Tuesday, March 5 so we have an accurate count.

Questions? Contact Ellen Ogley, elleno@tla.arizona.edu, 520-621-7262

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Release Date: 
02/19/2019 - 12:15pm