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University of Memphis and Epicenter Collaborate to Strengthen Deep Science Entrepreneurship in Memphis: New fellowships intended to spur creation of more research-based startups around existing University patents

The University of Memphis and Epicenter have partnered to create a program designed to give enterprising PhDs the opportunity to turn research-based intellectual property developed both in Memphis and across the United States into local startup companies.

The Patents2Products: Deep Science Entrepreneur Post-Doc Fellowships (P2P Fellows) Program will support postdoctoral participants for two years, along with funds for initial startup costs and access to the researchers and labs where the University intellectual property was developed. The program is focused on commercializing deep science patents or novel innovations that are the result of academic research and that also have potential for commercial value. The P2P Fellows will also have access to entrepreneurial curricula and resources throughout the regional innovation ecosystem and will be provided office space in either the UMRF Research Park on campus. The program will begin fall 2019.

"We want to help turn new science-based technologies and innovations from our research labs into successful, local companies," said Jasbir Dhaliwal, PhD, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, University of Memphis. "This joint venture will deepen the innovation ecosystem in our region while also expanding our postdoctoral positions to help us meet our goal of achieving Carnegie R1 Research Institution status."

In addition to assisting in the selection of the cohort of entrepreneurial postdoctoral fellows, Epicenter, the regional entrepreneurship hub, will provide connections to mentors, customers and capital to not only grow startup businesses, but also to encourage a long-term stay by the Fellows as founders of local Memphis companies. Both Epicenter and the University of Memphis envision that this program will expand the deep science ecosystem in Memphis for years to come.

"Universities are the creators of a multitude of economic and community development impacts, and attracting more entrepreneurial and scientific talent to Memphis while bringing bleeding-edge technologies to market will have an even greater economic impact," said Leslie Lynn Smith, president and CEO, Epicenter. "Strong representation and engagement from universities within entrepreneurial ecosystems are essential to a thriving economy, and we appreciate that the University's leadership is willing to boldly participate in economic development through innovation."

Prospective candidates interested in learning more information or to apply to the P2P program, contact 901.678.1596, email or visit


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UofM DeYonker Receives 5-year, $742K Research Grant
Awarded Prestigious NSF Early CAREER Award

Assistant professor of Chemistry, Dr. Nate DeYonker, has been awarded a 5-year $742,000 research grant to develop a rules-based enzyme model building toolkit that balances accuracy against computational time requirements. The software, along with a web platform and interface, will automate the preparation of enzyme models and, for the first time, allow for cost-effective, rigorous testing and comparison of simulated findings to experimental observation. According to its website, the NSF Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program "offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization." Please join us in congratulating DeYonker! For more information about DeYonker, visit his webpage.

University of Memphis Mathematician named SIAM Fellow: Third Tennessean to be honored

Dr. Irena Lasiecka, chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, has been named a 2019 SIAM Fellow. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) is an international community of academic, manufacturing, research and development, service and consulting organizations, government, and military organizations. Each year, a select group of individuals are nominated, vetted and selected to receive this career honor for research and development accomplishments significant to the field. Lasiecka was named a fellow for "fundamental contributions to control theory of partial differential equations and their dissemination through numerous invited talks, administration positions in professional societies, and the mentoring of many PhD students and postdoctoral associates." She is the first from the University of Memphis to receive this honor and only the third in the State of Tennessee.

For more information on this award and the Class of 2019 Fellows, view the announcement here. For more information on Lasiecka, visit her departmental webpage