Tech Advancement

Blumhagen to Bring Engineering Inventions to Market

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Adam Blumhagen, Licensing and Business Development Associate

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COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri's Technology Advancement Office (TAO) welcomes Adam Blumhagen, a new licensing and business development associate responsible for protecting engineering and physical science innovations and facilitating pathways for their transformation into new products and businesses.

Blumhagen, who joined TAO in January, is responsible for evaluating inventions, negotiating intellectual property agreements, filing patents and arranging legal and business development assistance for Mizzou inventors.

“Professionals in our office partner with faculty, companies, entrepreneurs and investors to leverage the commercial potential of MU research innovations,” said Lisa Lorenzen, assistant vice chancellor for technology advancement. “Adam’s experience as an engineer in manufacturing and design at two Fortune 500 companies definitely benefits our tech transfer efforts. We are excited to have him on our team.”

After Blumhagen earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering at MU, he worked as a process engineer for six years at Intel Corporation in Hillsboro, Oregon, where he focused on logic technology development. Blumhagen also gained experience as a quality and process engineer in Columbia at Square D-Schneider Electric.

“In TAO, we work with faculty who are experts in many areas of science,” said Brett Maland, senior licensing and business development associate who specializes in software and copyright areas of tech transfer. “Adam is a great fit for our office because he’s conducted engineering research, is highly creative, has an innate curiosity about how things work and is a hobbyist inventor in his own right.”

Blumhagen was published during graduate school in the American Journal of Dentistry for his work with atmospheric plasmas in dental applications. His inventions include a 3D foam cutter and a vertical axis wind turbine. Blumhagen earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with math and physics minors from MU.

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Blumhagen and his wife, Jennifer, an elementary school teacher and graduate of Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, in a family portrait with three-year-old daughter, Embry.


“It’s great to be back home at Mizzou,” Blumhagen said. “This position is an exciting opportunity for me to combine my experience in technology development and scientific research with my passion for business development and my love of learning. I hope to bring creative solutions to support technology advancement.”

Examples of market successes from MU engineering faculty include Foresite Healthcare, which sells a suite of wireless monitoring technologies to detect early signs of illness and functional decline in older adults; ImpeDx Diagnostics, a rapid bacteria detection technology that reduces the mortality rate of septic patients; and ThermAvant, a company that provides thermal solutions for everything from satellites to temperature-regulating tumblers.

Faculty and staff who think they have commercially viable innovations should contact Blumhagen early in the discovery process: 222 Engineering Building North, 573-882-8963 or


Last Updated: February 21, 2020