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Countdown to 2021 WARF Innovation Awards

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Two $10,000 prizes to be revealed mid-December

Jeanan Yasiri Moe, Director of Strategic Communications
[email protected] | (608) 960-9892

MADISON, Wis. – The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) has nominated six outstanding UW-Madison technologies for its top prize in innovation, with the two winning teams set to be announced mid-month.

Sign up for the WARF holiday greeting email list to be among the first to see the winning teams.

“As UW-Madison’s partner in innovation for nearly a century, WARF receives hundreds of world-class invention disclosures each year,” said Erik Iverson, CEO of WARF. “Our Innovation Awards recognize some of the most exciting early-stage solutions to real-world problems. From human health to a renewable future, these technologies could produce broad benefits for humankind.”

The winning teams are selected by an external group of judges and receive $10,000 awards, split among UW inventors.

Learn more and meet the 2021 WARF Innovation Award finalists:

Terahertz Imaging System for Global Security | Watch Video

  • Jiamian Hu (Materials Science & Engineering)
  • Shihao Zhuang (Materials Science & Engineering)

 Making Spectroscopy Accessible to All | Watch Video

  • Mikhail Kats (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Yuzhe Xiao (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Chenghao Wan (Electrical & Computer Engineering)
  • Jad Salman (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

Green Synthesis of Bio-Based Polyurethanes and Polyesters | Watch Video

  • George Huber (Chemical & Biological Engineering)
  • Hochan Chang (Chemical & Biological Engineering)
  • James Dumesic (Chemical & Biological Engineering)

Enhanced Probiotic Delivery to Treat Intestinal Disorder | Watch Video

  • Quanyin Hu (School of Pharmacy)
  • Jun Liu (School of Pharmacy)

Indoor Sound Shaping Based on Broadband Metamaterial Reflector | Watch Video

  • Chu Ma (Electrical & Computer Engineering)

 Nanoparticle to Render Tumors More Susceptible to Treatment | Watch Video

  • Shaoqin Gong (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Zachary Morris (Human Oncology)
  • Ying Zhang (Biomedical Engineering)
  • Raghava Sriramaneni (Human Oncology)


About WARF                                                                                                                         

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 1925 as an independent, nonprofit foundation, WARF manages more than 2,000 patents and an investment portfolio as it funds university research, obtains patents for campus discoveries and licenses inventions to industry. For more information, visit warf.org.