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Commercializing University Research:  The Role of SBIR and STTR


5 February 2014



Lecture Room

National Academy of Sciences

2100 C Street NW

Washington, DC





9:00 AM          Welcome

                               Charles Wessner, The National Academies
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9:15 AM          Introduction

                        Jacques Gansler, University of Maryland
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9:30 AM          Opening Remarks

                        Javier Saade, Small Business Administration


9:45 AM          Panel I:  Government-University Cooperation: Agency Perspectives

Moderator: Heidi Jacobus, Cybernet Systems


SBIR/STTR at the Department of Defense

Chris Rinaldi, Department of Defense
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The DOD STTR Perspective

Bradley Guay, U.S. Army Research Office
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Richard Leshner, NASA


10:45 AM        Coffee Break


11:15 AM        Panel II:  Government-University Cooperation: Agency Perspectives

                        Moderator: John Walsh, Georgia Institute of Technology


                        SBIR/STTR at the Department of Energy

                        Manny Oliver, Department of Energy
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                        SBIR/STTR at the National Science Foundation

                        Grace Wang, National Science Foundation
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                        SBIR/STTR at the National Institutes of Health

                        Matthew Portnoy, National Institutes of Health
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12:15 PM         Lunch


1:15 PM           Panel III: Government-University Cooperation: University Perspectives

                        Moderator: Michael Borrus, X/Seed Capital


                        Bringing Technologies to Market

Jane Muir, University of Florida and AUTM


The Akron Model

Barry Rosenbaum, University of Akron Research Foundation
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Perspectives from the Dakotas

                        Daniel Engebretson, University of South Dakota


Generating University Start-ups

Gil Blankenship, University of Maryland        


2:45 PM           Coffee Break


3:00 PM           Panel IV: Transitioning Research to Market:  Progress and Challenges

                        Moderator: Charles Kolb, Aerodyne Research


START: The MassVentures SBIR Commercialization Program

Jerry Bird, MassVentures
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Creating Winning Ventures from University Research
Lenore Blum, Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Carnegie Mellon University


The Promise of the I-Corps Program

Edmund Pendleton, I-Corps
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4:00 PM           Closing Roundtable:  What Can Be Improved?

            Moderator: Pat Windham, Windham Consulting


                        Robert Brooke, Center for Innovative Technology

Diane Palmintera, Innovation Associates       

                        Kevin Wheeler, Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship

                        Pravina Raghavan, Small Business Administration    

                        Jere Glover, Small  Business Technology Council


4:50 PM           Closing Remarks

            Jacques Gansler, University of Maryland


5:00 PM           Adjourn to Reception