Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship
The Ohio University Foundation established the Konneker Medal for Commercialization and Entrepreneurship to recognize current and former faculty members or students who have demonstrated excellence in innovation, invention, commercialization and entrepreneurship. Up to three awards will be given each year.
The award is named for Wilfred Konneker, an Ohio University alumnus with a distinguished record in research and entrepreneurship. He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry in 1943 and his master's degree in physics and astronomy in 1947. He received a doctoral degree in nuclear physics from Washington University in 1950.
Konneker founded the Nuclear Consultants Corporation in St. Louis, Missouri, and either founded or co-founded six additional high-tech start-up companies. The alumnus was instrumental in the establishment of Ohio University's small business incubator, the Innovation Center, as well as the university biotechnology spin-off company Diagnostic Hybrids, Inc. He is one of the principle architects of the Cutler Scholars program. The research laboratories housing the Edison Biotechnology Institute at the Ridges were named in his honor to recognize his leadership and service. The Konneker Alumni Center also was named for the alumnus and his wife, Ann Lee. Konneker is a member of the Ohio University Foundation Board of Trustees.
2012 Konneker medal recipient David Scholl discusses innovation in Southeast Ohio at the 2013 Innovation Awards. (Photo credit: Gregory Bodwell)
John Kopchick, left, receives the Konneker Medal from Vice President for Research and Creative Activity Joseph Shields. (Photo credit: Gregory Bodwell)
Wilfred Konneker, center, celebrates the first awarding of the Konneker Medal with 2012 recipients John Kopchick and David Scholl, as well as members of the university's Edison Biotechnology Institute. (Photo credit: Gregory Bodwell)