Larson named TTO Inventor of the Year

Michael Larson

Michael Larson, El Pomar Chair of Engineering and Innovation at UCCS, recently received Inventor of the Year honors from the CU Office of Technology Transfer.

Larson was recognized during the annual Mountain Lion Research Day event for his work to develop a laser tissue fusion device to make nasal septal surgery easier with shorter healing times and fewer side effects. He has created a startup company, Tissue Fusion, to further develop the idea.

Larson shared processes leading to the new device and thanked the Technology Transfer Office for its support and recognition.

Students, faculty and staff presented 118 research topics at Mountain Lion Research Day, according to Ali LaForce, executive assistant, Office of Sponsored Programs. Of the 118 presentations, 61 were from undergraduate students, 46 from graduate students and 10 from faculty members. One staff member also presented.

The CU Technology Transfer Office pursues, protects, packages, and licenses to business the intellectual property generated from research at CU. The TTO provides assistance to faculty, staff, and students, as well as to businesses looking to license or invest in CU technology.