Inventor Recognition Program

The UC Santa Cruz Office of Research has created the Inventor Recognition Program (IRP) to acknowledge researchers on a quarterly basis for their U.S. patent awards and to showcase the groundbreaking research that is conducted on the UCSC campus every day. Launched in December 2016, the IRP is meant to recogonize the hard work of UCSC faculty, students, and staff and to help them realize the value of their inventions by commercializing their inventions and discoveries.

The UC Santa Cruz Office of Research has created the Inventor Recognition Program (IRP) to acknowledge researchers on a quarterly basis for their U.S. patent awards and to showcase the groundbreaking research that is conducted on the UCSC campus every day. Launched in December 2016, the IRP is meant to recogonize the hard work of UCSC faculty, students, and staff and to help them realize the value of their inventions by commercializing their inventions and discoveries.


October to December 2016 IRP Award Winners

Compositions, Devices, Systems, And Methods For Using A Nanopore

Photo of Mark AkesonName: Mark Akeson

Title: Professor

Department: Biomolecular Science & Engineering

The invention is one of a series of patents from the biomolecular engineering department concerning sequencing of DNA using a nanoscale hole or 'nanopore'. When a voltage is applied across the nanopore, DNA is pulled through the hole in single file order. The bases that make up the DNA are read as they transit the pore. In this particular patent, the inventors combined voltage feedback control with an enzyme to precisely regulate movement of the DNA. This results in improved DNA sequencing accuracy.


See all IRP award winners

The IRP is managed by Assistant Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research’s Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization (IATC), Dr. Mohamed Abousalem. 

For more information about the IRP, the honorees, their patents, other campus inventions and discoveries, or IP portfolio management services, please contact the IATC.

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