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Kenan Institute's Ashley Brown named 2016 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award winner


February 23, 2016 – Technology Commercialization Carolina (TCC), of the UNC Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, is pleased to announce that Ashley Brown, Research Analyst, has been named the winner of the 2016 Brian Stockdale Memorial Award. This award is from the International Society for Patent Information Professionals (PIUG, Inc.) and includes membership in PIUG for the current year, conference and workshop registration, and standard travel expenses up to an amount not exceeding $2000, assisting the award recipient in attendance to the PIUG Annual Conference, an International Conference for Patent Information Professionals. This award is supported by Thomson Reuters, Technology & Patent Research International, Magister Ltd and PIUG.

Ashley Brown is a member of the TCC team, specifically the Patent, Market, and Funding Opportunity Research Service. Ms. Brown joined the team nearly two years ago and provides research and analysis of patent searching and landscaping, as well as grant/funding opportunities. In her application for the award, she said "I believe strongly that the work I do positively promotes innovation and business growth in my state. This key belief is what drives my professional goals.  I have Master's degrees in both Library Science and Public Administration [from UNC-Chapel Hill]. Through my library science background, I understand the integral nature good information plays in decision-making, especially for entrepreneurs. Through my public administration background, I have seen that innovators are the ones who drive positive economic development in communities both big and small. It is my intention to use my patent searching skills to support North Carolina's entrepreneurs and researchers to spur innovation, and create a positive impact on our communities."

"We are very proud of Ashley and the work she is doing," says Cindy Reifsnider, Director of the Patent, Market, and Funding Opportunity Research Service. "Her can-do attitude, love of learning, and interest in supporting our inventor and entrepreneur clients make her an asset to the team and to TCC."

This award is given in memory of Dr. Brian Stockdale, a patent searcher whose career included positions with Derwent, SmithKline Beecham, and Technology and Patent Research International. Dr. Stockdale also traveled extensively to share his knowledge of patent searching with others.

TCC is supported by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) (an i6 Challenge grant) to the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School. This grant along with matching funds from the Kenan Institute funds Technology Commercialization Carolina (TCC), a $1.1 million initiative. TCC is designed to support North Carolina's innovators and inventors through commercialization and entrepreneurship training, early stage venture launch support and funding. See for more information.