Myron and Elaine Jacobson Innovation Fund

Former University of Kentucky faculty members and successful entrepreneurs Elaine and Myron “Mike” Jacobson created a very successful business using the research findings from their work at UK. With their success as inspiration, the College of Health Sciences created a program to promote entrepreneurship among faculty and staff. The program includes a grant and an educational series.

Myron and Elaine Jacobson Innovation Award

The award focuses on new, independent ventures in the seed, start-up or early growth stages. Technologies, products and processes resulting from work in the College’s research labs are encouraged assuming there has been no previous commercialization of the idea. Faculty, administration and professional staff from the UK College of Health Sciences are encouraged to develop ideas into potential startup ventures and apply. Follow-up submissions are welcome as there are two phases of the award to support ventures as they progress.

The Phase 1 award is intended to generate and accelerate interest in entrepreneurial efforts.

The Phase 2 award is intended to prepare entrepreneurial efforts for next steps in business planning and connecting with the business community.

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Recipients to Date

2019 Development of a device with real-time wireless feedback to assist clinicians and researchers in applying appropriate doses of massage

Tim Butterfield, PhD, ATC

Esther Dupont-Versteegden, PhD

Development of a Work Related Communication (WORC) app to target social communication deficits in persons with TBI.

Peter Meulenbroek, PhD, MSCI, CCC-SLP

2018 MyoAnalytics – The Ultimate Analytical Platform for Muscle Research

Charlotte A. Peterson, Ph.D., Joseph Hamburg Endowed Professor

And Yuan Wen, MD, Ph.D.

Development and Testing of a Smart Phone App to Enhance Voice Therapy Adherence

Vrushali Angadi, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Lunch and Learn

November 21 

Doors open at 11:30; presentation starts at noon

Learn from entrepreneurs who are in the early stages of creating a business. They’ll talk, for example, about creating a viable business idea, evaluating the target audience, and setting up a business. Kate Van Pelt is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Synaptek, a complete concussion management and data visualization platform for athletic departments. Chris Greene is the founder of Ostome Pouch Protection.