Kechun Zhang, of the IPrime research group Biocatalysis & Biotechnology (BB), has won the 2014 Early Innovator Award

Assistant Professor Kechun Zhang won the 2014 Early Innovator Award for his invention of a renewable, sugar-based alternative to petroleum. The inaugural University of Minnesota Innovation Awards sought to recognize the accomplishments of outstanding University innovators who have demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit, are actively engaged in developing new innovations and transitioning those technologies to the commercial market, and who have made an impact on society. The Office for Technology Commercialization, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research, sponsored the awards.

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