HSC Researcher Earns Innovation Fellowship Award



May 6, 2011

Dr. Larry Sklar Prolific in U.S. Patents/Copyrights

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – UNM Pathologist and Regents Professor Dr. Larry Sklar was honored by Science &Technology Corporation (STC.UNM) as its 2011 STC.UNM Innovation Fellow Award recipient. Sklar was recognized for his achievements as one of UNM’s top innovators at the STC.UNM Creative Awards banquet last month.

A prolific researcher at UNM’s Health Sciences Center, Sklar has 19 U.S. patents / copyrights – acquiring three last year alone – in technologies and processes to accelerate molecular discoveries. He disclosed his first technology to STC.UNM in 1995, and since has disclosed more than 50 technologies.

Sklar’s dedication to discovery commands several appointments at the Health Sciences Center (HSC), including director of the University of New Mexico Center for Molecular Discovery; director of Translational Technologies at UNM’s Clinical & Translational Science Center; and associate director of basic research UNM Cancer Center.

STC.UNM’sInnovation Fellow Awardhonors a UNM inventor whose body of work has generated significant commercialization of technologies disclosed, patents received, license and option agreements entered into, new companies started and revenue generated from technologies. “This award also recognizes the social and economic impact of the recipient’s work to the public,” offers STC.UNM CEO Lisa Kuutilla. “Larry Sklar’s entrepreneurial energy draws collaborations and whole teams of New Mexico researchers developing new methods for diagnosing and treating disease.”

One of Sklar’s progenies, Intellicyt Corporation in Albuquerque, distributes Hypercyt systems to pharmaceutical, biotechnology and research labs worldwide. Sklar and the Hypercyt’s co-inventor, UNM’s Dr. Bruce Edwards, opened Intellicyt’s doors in 2006. The company currently employs more than 20 locally and recently opened a European sales office.

“STC has been a strong partner in navigating the commercialization process, and I’m honored by the Award,” Sklar says. “But it’s scientific teams crossing multiple disciplines that create innovative scientific tools to make discoveries about the world around us. Fortunately, STC shares this same principle in organizing specialized experts to translate good ideas into economic development.”

For more information about the STC.UNM Creative Awards, visit http://www.stc.unm.edu/.

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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