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Posted by: Jacoba Mendelkow on Apr 26, 2012

What’s the BIG idea?—Finding Commercial Opportunities in Academic Endeavors

The office of Commercialization and Regional Development at Utah State University will visit the Regional Campus of Vernal and Roosevelt on May 2 and 3, 2012 (respectively) to engage faculty, students, staff and entrepreneurs on commercialization opportunities at USU.

“Our intent is to streamline the commercialization process by working with the talented faculty and staff of our Vernal and Roosevelt campuses to capitalize on research and teaching endeavors resulting in intellectual property,” said Robert T. Behunin, VP for Commercialization and Regional Development at Utah State University. “I know that exciting and innovative technologies are being developed in the Uintah Basin.”
The Uintah Basin visits are the second stops on the commercialization tour at Utah State University. Plans are being put in place at each of the regional campus offices to emphasize the impact faculty and community members have on local and state economies.
On May 2 at 3 pm, Joe Christison, a representative from the Commercial Enterprises team at Utah State University, will deliver one seminar aimed at increasing the awareness of opportunities for USU Vernal faculty, students and community members. The workshop will be held at the Vernal BEERC building, room 133, 320 North Aggie Blvd, Vernal.
On May 3 at 9 am, Christison will meet with faculty, students and community members at the Roosevelt USU classroom building, room 119, 987 East Lagoon Street, Roosevelt.
“The purpose of these workshops, and our plan to ‘take Commercial Enterprises on the road,’ is to engage with members of the USU community that work and live in the regional campus areas,” said Christison. “Faculty, students and members of the USU community may have valuable intellectual property that they aren’t sure what they should do with. Our job is to help them identify the next steps.”
“We are excited to introduce our USU Commercial Enterprises team to faculty, students, staff and community members of the Basin and continue to expand the land-grant research mission of our university,” said Behunin.
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Commercial Enterprises at Utah State University works closely with academic and industry partners to take university technologies into the marketplace. Commercial Enterprises protects Utah State University intellectual property and develops industry partnerships to leverage intellectual, financial and creative assets of Utah State University. For more information on Commercial Enterprises at USU, visit or call 435-797-9603. For up to the minute news, follow on Twitter at
Commercial Enterprises at Utah State University has moved and is now located at 1780 N. Research Park Way, Suite 108, North Logan UT. Business hours remain 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. 
Contact: Joe Christison, 435-797-9614,
Writer: Jacoba Poppleton, 435-797-9608,