Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 50.14
Liaison Jarrett Smith
Submission Date Dec. 5, 2012
Executive Letter Download

STARS v1.1

University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
IN-1: Innovation 1

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 William Robinson
Professor and Doctor, School of Medicine
School of Medicine Medical Oncology Division
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A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome :

A University of Colorado Cancer Center pilot study conducted by Professor William Robinson, MD, PhD, Medical Oncology has shown that the quality of dehydrated RNA and DNA from human cancer biospecimens compares favorably to that stored in ultra-low-temperature (minus-80 centigrade) freezers. By eliminating freezers, energy costs for the university can be reduced as well as the greenhouse gases they produce. Research shows that a single ultra-low-temperature freezer is, in a year's time, on par with the energy consumption and exhaust production of six vehicles. There are as many as 200 research freezers on this campus alone, many of which could be eliminated with this technique.

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise:
The website URL where information about the innovation is available :

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