The inaugural EPIC Innovation Awards were held on October 30, 2019. These awards are given to UofL innovators who had recently been awarded a patent or whose technology had been licensed to a company for commercialization. Dr. Valdes was recognized for two major feats:
1) U.S. Patent #9,435,814 Methods and Kits for Diagnosing Obstructive Sleep Apnea; with priority filing date: March 6, 2015. Inventors: D Gozal, SA Jortani, R Valdes, and L Kheirandish-Gozal. Issued September 6, 2016.
Note of two inventors from our Department, Dr. Valdes and Dr. Jortani.
Dr. Valdes received a plaque with the Patent details.
2) Having the US Patent licensed by a laboratory spin-out from UofL that received a NIH grant to develop the Patent-findings.