March 20 to 21, 2014
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Washington, DC


Senior Technical Advisor, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP),
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Clara Asmail joined the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as Senior Technical Advisor in July 2010 where she is responsible for developing approaches to provide small R&D and manufacturing businesses with the services and access to resources that can help them grow and improve their productivity. She works closely with federal SBIR programs and their awardees to cultivate partnerships with the MEP network in order to enhance the commercialization of SBIR research results. Prior to this, Clara managed the NIST SBIR Program since 2001. She was also responsible for marketing NIST technologies. In those roles she proposed, designed and implemented an innovative NIST-wide Technology Transfer program facilitating the transfer of federal technology to industry by leveraging the SBIR Program for seed funding along with access to federal research assets. This SBIR TT approach is currently being implemented and/or considered by several other agencies. As a CRADA and Licensing Officer at NIST from 1998 to 2002, Clara executed a dozen licenses, more than 50 CRADAs and conducted more than 30 commercialization assessments on inventions disclosed from the NIST Labs. Previously, Clara was Project Leader for Optical Scatterometry research in the Physics Laboratory in NIST. She published 19 peer reviewed articles and established BRDF metrology competency at NIST. She was actively involved in standards committees work in her area of research, cooperating with Sematech, ASTM, ISO and other federal agencies. Clara patented a measurement methodology which was licensed by NIST to a small company that was later bought by a large corporation – that license holds the record for longevity and royalty revenue at NIST. Clara holds two M.S. degrees, one in Optical Sciences from the University of Arizona and the other in Physics from Tulane University, and a B.S. in Physics from Fordham University.


SBIR Program Analyst, Science and Technology Directorate,
U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Frank joined the DHS/SBIR Program in June 2009 as a Program Analyst. Prior to this, Frank was a General Business Specialist in the Project Management Office of the Technology Innovation Program (TIP) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) at NIST (2002-2009). Before joining the Government, Frank spent 20 years in the private sector doing debt and equity financing with DSL Capital, a spin-off from The American University. Frank worked with 17 public jurisdictions raising capital for private businesses. From 1973 to 1983 Frank was Vice-Provost for Research and Academic Development and Associate Professor of Higher Education at The American University, Washington D.C. He was also Associate Professor and Director of the Higher Education Student Personnel Administration Master’s Program (in conjunction with the Ford Foundation) at Howard University, Washington D.C. (1967-1973). Frank was born in Hong Kong, educated in Hong Kong, Australia and the United States. He received his BA (1960) in Philosophy and Physics from St, Mary’s Academy, Techny, IL; MA in Education; and PhD (1968) in Higher Education Finance and Management with a minor in International Law and Relations from Catholic University, Washington D.C.


Editor, Global University Venturing

Gregg is Editor of Global University Venturing (the sister publication of Global Corporate Venturing), a trade magazine focusing on university-related research, companies, and investments. Gregg comes from a varied journalistic background of science, technology, and finance. When he's not in front of a PC, he can be found on a bike, on a boat, or in another country.


Founding Partner, Osage University Partners

Louis P. Berneman is founding partner of Osage University Partners (OUP), a $100 million venture fund that invests in academic start-ups. Lou is also managing director of Texelerate, LLC, a technology transfer consultancy and an advisor to HealthCare Royalty Partners, a $2+ billion structured finance fund investing in healthcare products. Previously, Lou was managing director of the UPenn CTT. He is a past president of AUTM and former Vice President and Trustee of LES USA & Canada. He has been involved in IP licensing, business development, and entrepreneurial activities for 30+ years and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and Registered Technology Transfer Professional (RTTP). Lou has testified as an expert in federal and state courts and at depositions and arbitrations. Lou has a baccalaureate degree from the Penn State, a teaching credential from UCSB, and masters and doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University.


Founder and CEO, Antera Gestão de Recursos
Founder and former Executive Director, Brazilian Venture Capital Association

Robert E. Binder, US educated Brazilian economist with more than 40 years experience in capital markets, founder and CEO of Antera Gestão de Recursos, founder and previous Executive Director of the Brazilian Venture Capital Association (2000/ 2004), sometime entrepreneur who founded a market making company (BOVESPA) and a hotel management college In joint venture with a Swiss Institute, partner in three brokerage houses and founder of Agora CTVM (1994), CFO for Texaco Brazil (1985/1993), VP Marketing at Chase Manhattan Bank (1974/1980), and CVM (Brazilian SEC) accredited fund manager since 1994. Presently manages the Criatec Fund, the largest seed capital fund in Latin America, coordinates the Seed Capital, Innovation and Entrepreneurism Committee for ABVCAP and is a member of the Best Practices Committee formed between ANBIMA and ABVCAP to introduce self regulation in private equity.


Director of Education and Outreach, University of Pittsburgh

Babs Carryer is a serial entrepreneur, writer and educator. She blogs about entrepreneurship on New Venturist. At the University of Pittsburgh, Babs is director of education and outreach for the new Innovation Institute. At Pitt, she teaches faculty, clinicians, researchers and graduate students the Benchtop to Bedside technology commercialization course. Babs taught entrepreneurship at Carnegie Mellon University for 15 years, where she was also embedded entrepreneur for Project Olympus and innovation advisor for the Institute for Social Innovation. Babs was director of training and faculty development at the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Babs is President of Carryer Consulting and co-founder of LaunchCyte, with a portfolio of companies. Babs has a Masters in Public Management from Heinz College at CMU and a BA from Mills College in CA.


Physician-in-Chief, The Rockefeller University Hospital

On September 1, 2001, Barry S. Coller, M.D. became the David Rockefeller Professor of Medicine; Head, Laboratory of Blood and Vascular Biology; Physician-in-Chief of The Rockefeller University Hospital; and Vice President for Medical Affairs at The Rockefeller University. He also serves as the founding Director of the Rockefeller University Center for Clinical and Translational Science and the Principal Investigator of the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. From 1993 to 2001, Dr. Coller was the Murray M. Rosenberg Professor of Medicine and Chairman of the Samuel Bronfman Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, as well as Chief of the Medical Service of the Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Coller received his B.A. degree, magna cum laude from Columbia College in 1966, and his M.D. from New York University School of Medicine in 1970. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and advanced training in hematology and clinical pathology at the National Institutes of Health. He joined the faculty at Stony Brook in 1976 as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology. During his years at Stony Brook he was the Clinical Director and Head of the Hematology Division, a consulting physician at the Northport VA Medical Center, Clinical Chief of the University Hospital Hematology Laboratory, a Director of the LI High Technology Incubator, a Director of the Stony Brook Foundation, and Associate Director for Biomedical Research of the Biotechnology Center for Advanced Technology. In 1982 Dr. Coller became Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Stony Brook. He was awarded the title of Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Pathology at Stony Brook in 1993.


Lead Program Director
Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Program

Dr. DasGupta joined the National Science Foundation (NSF) in June 2006 as a Program Director in the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships, Small Business Innovation Research Program. Dr. DasGupta is currently the lead program director for the Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program. Before joining NSF, Dr. DasGupta was the chief scientist for CONTECH Division, SPX Corporation. Prior to joining the industry, Dr. DasGupta held various professorships at the Milwaukee School of Engineering, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, and Western Michigan University. Dr. DasGupta has received multiple awards and honors and has published numerous papers, has presented at various international and domestic conferences, and has five patents to his credit. In the summer of 1985, Dr. DasGupta was also invited as a visiting scientist to China Steel Corporation in Kaoshiung, Taiwan.


Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Daniel Lipinski

Jason Day serves as the Senior Policy Advisor for Congressman Daniel Lipinski. Since 2012, he has advised the Congressman in his duties as the Ranking Member of the Research and Technology Subcommittee of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. His legislative work has principally focused on innovation policy, improving technology transfer from universities and national labs, renewable energy, STEM education, and assisting new technology startups. Prior to his role in the Congressman’s office, he served as an energy policy advisor to Senator Al Franken, and as a fellow at the National Science Foundation. He holds a B.S. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.A. and Ph.D. in atomic, molecular, and optical physics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Founder, VP Community and Product Evangelist, SmartThings

Ben is a catalyst to the various tech, design, and entrepreneur communities of which he is a part. He brings those talents and enthusiasm to his role at SmartThings where he heads up community development and product evangelism activities. Prior to founding SmartThings, Ben was a partner at Refactr, a forerunning agile software consultancy specializing in developing custom software for demanding clients. After Refactr’s work with CloudProfile resulted in an acquisition by ReachLocal, Ben and the Refactr team joined ReachLocal as a crucial part of that company’s IPO. Ben started the non-profit, minne✱, to foster technology and startup activity in Minnesota. Since 2006 that community and event series has grown into one of the largest barcamps in the world.


Deputy Director, Licensing and Entrepreneurship, Office of Technology Transfer,
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Steven M. Ferguson currently serves as a Deputy Director and senior licensing professional for the NIH Office of Technology Transfer, the patent & licensing office for technologies arising from the NIH, FDA & CDC intramural research programs. This technology portfolio includes about 1300 active licenses, 400 of which report product sales in aggregate greater than $6B per year. A former chemist at the National Cancer Institute, Mr. Ferguson holds Master's Degrees in Business Administration (George Washington University) and Chemistry (University of Cincinnati) as well as Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry (Case Western Reserve University). A registered Patent Agent and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP), Mr. Ferguson is faculty and Technology Transfer Department Chair at the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH as well as an Executive-in-Residence at the Johns Hopkins University Cary School of Business. Mr. Ferguson is a project or business reviewer for many state & national funding organizations such as the India-U.S. Science & Technology Fund, Maryland Industrial Partnerships, and the Commonwealth Research Commercialization Fund and is faculty for the Biotechnology Industry Organization “Bio Boot Camp”. He has received the AUTM President’s Award, the NIH Director’s Award, the FAES Instruction Award, the Federal Laboratory Consortium STEM Award, two “Deal of Distinction” awards from the Licensing Executive Society and fourteen NIH Merit Awards in recognition of his service and activities in the area of technology transfer.


President and CEO, National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)

In September 2013, Bobby Franklin assumed the position of President and CEO of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA). In his role, Franklin leads and oversees the strategic direction of the 400-plus member association on behalf of U.S. venture capitalists and the startup ecosystem. Prior to leading NVCA, Franklin spent ten years at CTIA – The Wireless Association®, a large Washington, DC-based trade association representing the entire wireless industry. While there, Franklin served as the Executive Vice President and second-in-command to the CEO, The Honorable Steve Largent, and was responsible for helping manage the organization’s $58 M budget and 90 employees. Previously, Franklin had served as CTIA’s Vice President of Government Affairs where he led federal and state advocacy initiatives. Under his leadership, his team successfully lobbied for legislation that reclaimed highly valuable radio spectrum which was auctioned off to wireless carriers to meet increased demand. Before joining CTIA, Franklin served as Vice President, Federal Government Affairs and head of ALLTEL’s Washington, D.C. office. In that capacity he was responsible for the company’s legislative and regulatory advocacy in Washington. Franklin originally joined ALLTEL in 1998 as Vice President of Federal Legislative Affairs. Prior to serving at ALLTEL, Franklin spent a year and a half as a consultant representing the nation’s land-grant colleges and universities. Franklin began his professional career with nearly eight years’ experience on Capitol Hill working on various issues in the office of Senator David Pryor (D-AR) and on various Senate Committees including Agriculture, Finance, and Governmental Affairs. Franklin earned his B.S.B.A. in Finance and Banking from the University of Arkansas. He and his wife, Julia, have three children and reside in Arlington, VA.


Assistant Vice President Research and Economic Development
Florida State University

Mr. Fraser is currently Assistant Vice President Research and Economic Development and Executive Director of the Office of IP Development & Commercialization, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida. He was elected the 2006/2007 President of AUTM, the global association of academic technology transfer professionals. Prior to FSU, he co-founded three companies and assisted entrepreneurs launch another twelve technology based firms. Mr. Fraser holds a Masters Degree in Biochemistry from the University of California - Berkeley.


Director at the University of Illinois Research Park and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Economic Development

Laura Frerichs is responsible for managing startup company incubation services at EnterpriseWorks, marketing the Research Park, and supporting the University’s economic development efforts. There are 90 companies located in the Research Park, which is a development including 200 acres on the campus of the University of Illinois. She developed innovative entrepreneur support programs including the Entrepreneur-in-Residence program, I-Start launch program, Student Shared Services, SBIR and Industrial Design assistance. Under her leadership the Research at the University was named AURP Outstanding Research Park of the Year in 2011, by Inc. Magazine as one of the top 3 College Town Incubators in 2013, and by Forbes in 2010 as one of 10 Incubators Changing the World. She is active in numerous organizations including Chairman of the Champaign County Economic Development Corporation, the University of Illinois Alumni Association Campus Alumni Advisory Board, the Board of Directors of the Illinois Technology Association, and the Board of the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition.


Former Chairman, European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA)
Managing General Partner and Founder, Triangle Venture Capital

Uli is one of Triangle’s founders. She focuses on internet and media-related software companies. She has been Chairwoman of the European Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (EVCA) during the period 2010/2011. She was named the most powerful person in private equity for 2010 by REAL DEALS and has been recognised by Dow Jones as one of the 100 most influential women in Europe’s finance industry. She currently serves on the board of fg microtec, iOpener, ontoprise, takwak and xaitment Uli was one of the pioneers in the early internet days, programming BTX (the German internet predecessor) at the start-up “Institut für Bildschirmtext und Telematik” (today part of Amadeus) back in ’88. She graduated at the age of 21 from the University of Applied Sciences, Worms with an MBA. After graduation she soon was appointed CEO of the start-up company DFSR (a student exchange travel operator), which Uli joined while still in college. After preparing the company for sale, Uli joined CareMed (a medical insurance underwriter) as CEO, which she later sold successfully. Uli is an unflinching optimist and an entrepreneur to the core – so it’s best not tell her something “does not work”! In her leisure time Uli enjoys ballroom dancing, hiking and snowboarding.


Chief Commercialization Officer, Office of Commercialization and Innovation
University of Texas San Antonio

Cory Hallam is an Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Technology Management, the Director of the Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship (CITE), and serves as Chief Commercialization Officer of UTSA’s Office of Commercialization and Innovation. He holds a Ph.D. in Technology Management and Policy, an MS in Technology and Policy, and an M.Eng in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has worked as an aerospace and telecommunications engineer, program manager on manned and unmanned aircraft programs, and in lean enterprise transformation with small, medium, and large companies. Current research efforts focus on Lean Enterprise Transformation, Technology Entrepreneurship and Commercialization, and Renewable Energy Technology Policy. Cory Holds the Jacobson Distinguished Professorship in Innovation and Entrepreneurship and is a past recipient of the Richard S. Howe Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award.


Science & Technology Policy Fellow, AAAS

Tim is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow currently advising USAID on the strategies and practices of innovation management. Tim is passionate about connecting technologies with global opportunities to create economic value. As a scientist, Tim previously addressed issues of medical and agricultural significance ranging from cancer, virology, biosensing, and genetic engineering during his research career at the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Yale University, Imperial College London (U.K.), and Academia Sinica (Taiwan), and traveled to China, Germany, and Switzerland to present his discoveries. Tim also managed military platoons in Taiwan, and supported technology commercialization in Connecticut.


Executive Director, Boston Biomedical Innovation Center
Managing Partner, Partners Innovation Fund

Roger Kitterman is the Executive Director of the Boston Biomedical Innovation Center and the Managing Partner of the Partners Innovation Fund. The Partners Innovation Fund, established in 2007, was launched with a total commitment of $35 million from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. It addresses Partners HealthCare’s unmet need for funding of its early-stage technologies to drive improved medical care for patients. Roger is an experienced venture capital investor with 20 years in the industry and has guided multiple venture-backed companies through the earliest stages of development. He has also been the startup CEO for three venture-backed companies and is a founder of Mass Medical Angels, the only life-science focused angel investment group in Boston. Previously, he was a general partner at Mi3 Venture Partners, an early-stage bioengineering-focused fund. Prior to joining Mi3, he was a managing director at Lee Munder Venture Partners, the venture capital arm of Lee Munder Capital Group. He joined Lee Munder from Boston University’s venture fund, where he made venture capital investments in the life sciences and developed and managed spinouts from the university and Boston Medical Center. Roger began his venture capital career in Eastern Europe with the Bulgarian-American Enterprise Fund, a $55 million venture capital fund.


Director, Office of Technology Transfer
The George Washington University

Steve is a serial entrepreneur, corporate executive and university technology commercialization executive. He started his career in research and then moved to research management and general management for Union Carbide, Akzo Coatings, GE and Alcoa. During his 8 years with GE, as General Manager of GE Electromaterials, he commercialized a revolutionary circuit board material for the emerging computer and telecommunications industries and as General Manager of R&D and Engineering of the $500M GE Silicones Division instituted systems to double new product sales. As an entrepreneur, Steve was CEO of a revolutionary composite manufacturing venture and a medical device venture, in addition to serving on boards of a number of early stage ventures. Steve’s passion for commercializing early technologies and growing entrepreneurial communities led him to university technology commercialization operations. For over 7 years, he served as Vice President of Utah State University’s Office of Technology Commercialization and Senior Director of Ventures and the Medical Device/Software/Engineering Portfolio Group at The Johns Hopkins University. During his 4 year tenure at Utah State, Steve tripled licensing revenue and moved the institution into the top five in the nation for start-ups per research dollar. During his 3 year tenure at Hopkins, the institution increased start-ups from a historical annual level of 4 to 12 in 2008, with $76M venture capital raised. Steve has an A.B. in chemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Harvard University.


Project Manager for the UA Research Foundation
Assistant Vice President of University Innovation Ventures

Andrew Maas is a Project Manager for the UA Research Foundation, Assistant Vice President of University Innovation Ventures, and the Interim Director of the University of Akron Innovation Practice Center Proof-of-Concept Initiative. Mr. Maas assists early stage technologies through early stage valuations, market assessment, entity creation, start-up, and launch. Mr. Maas directs the efforts of the UA NSF I-Corps Sites Program. Mr. Maas is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and a licensed attorney in the state of Ohio. Mr. Maas has published articles on cementitious materials, intellectual property, and technology commercialization. Mr. Maas has degrees from Brigham Young University (B.S.) The University of Texas at Austin (M.S.E.) and the UA (J.D., LL.M. – Intellectual Property). He is active in the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Cleveland Intellectual Property Law Association.


Open Innovation Leads Manager, BASF

George works at BASF’s North America Headquarters in Florham Park, NJ. He has been working for BASF since 2009 when he joined the company’s Professional Development Program. Since then, he has held numerous positions in the company, including project engineer, quality manager, marketing analyst, and open innovation manager. He has also worked in various BASF business units, including Polyurethanes, Oxo-alcohols, Automotive Refinish, Care Chemicals and Mobile Emission Catalysts. George received his B.S in Chemical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame. In his current role as Open Innovation Manager, he identifies technologies from external ecosystems with high potential impact to BASF.


Director, Office of Technology Management (OTM)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Lesley Millar has served as the Director of the Office of Technology Management (OTM) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 2006; she originally joined the Office in 2002 as an Engineering Technology Manager. As Director, Ms. Millar leads a team of more than 20 professionals responsible for engaging with faculty, staff, corporations, and venture groups to commercialize the intellectual property arising from the more than $500 million in research conducted on campus. She also works with a wide range of campus, corporate, and community partners, furthering the office's mission to encourage innovation, enhance research and facilitate economic development. Prior to joining the OTM, Ms. Millar had an extensive career in government in England where she worked in consulting, contract and small business management, strategic planning, and policy development. Ms. Millar is a frequent speaker at technology transfer seminars and professional meetings. She is on the Board of Governors of Certified Licensing Professionals Inc.(http://www.licensingcertification.org/), a member of the LES IP100 Advisory Board, on the Editorial Advisory Board of Intellectual Property Marketing Advisor Publication, a member of the Board of Managers of Illinois Ventures LLC (http://www.illinoisventures.com/) and is a regular contributor to articles and webinars for Technology Transfer Tactics. She is a member of both the Licensing Executive Society and Association of University Technology Managers. A native of Scotland, Ms. Millar has a B.Ed. an M.Ed and an MBA. She is also a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).


Assistant Director, UPstart Program
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Mitchell is Assistant Director of the UPstart Program at the University of Pennsylvania, whichworks closely with its faculty and staff to commercialize intellectual property developed at Penn through the creation of new companies. Dora is intimately involved with the company formation process, day-to-day operations of the startup businesses, commercial strategies and fundraising. Dora’s experience focuses on life sciences companies from idea to clinical stage including therapeutics, diagnostics and biotechnology. Prior to joining UPstart, Dora was a member of the Health and Life Sciences team at Battelle Ventures, LP. Dora has a broad background in the biological sciences having worked both in research and technology transfer after earning her B.A. in biology from Reed College in Portland, OR and a PhD in molecular biology from Princeton University in Princeton, NJ.


Vice President, Strategic Research Partnerships,
External R&D Innovation Worldwide Research & Development, Pfizer, Inc.

Dr. Ron Newbold is Vice President of External R&D Innovation (ERDI) and Global Scouting at Pfizer. Ron and his group identify new and support established Worldwide Research & Development (WRD) alliances with numerous universities and biotechnology companies. The mission of the External R&D organization is to strengthen Pfizer’s access to cutting edge science at institutions in the US and Europe in alignment with the needs of Pfizer’s Research Units. Ron also has responsibility for Pfizer’s global scouting activities, and he supports Pfizer’s investments into early-stage technologies and enabling scientific opportunities in alignment with Pfizer’s research interests. Ron brings to Pfizer significant experience in external partnering in the Life Sciences field from his previous activities in large Pharma as well as entrepreneurial start-up experience with 3 early-stage biotech companies. After receiving his PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester and a postdoctoral fellowship with Nobel Laureate E.J. Corey at Harvard University, he joined Merck where he founded and led their Strategic Research Initiatives licensing team from 1996-2004. Ron earned an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2003. Following 14 years with Merck, Ron led business development for Sentigen Biosciences (founded by 2004 Nobel Laureate Richard Axel of Columbia University), Celldex Therapeutics, and Auspex Pharmaceuticals, where he served as Chief Business Officer, prior to joining Pfizer in 2010.


Managing Director, Office of Technology Development
Boston University

Vinit Nijhawan is Managing Director, Office of Technology Development, and Executive-in-Residence at ITEC (Institute of Technology, Entrepreneurship & Commercialization) at Boston University. Vinit also teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU. Vinit has over 30 years experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired. Vinit was Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners and over two years sourced over 200 deals and made one investment that was acquired for $430M. Vinit is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. Vinit has participated in over 150 panel discuss


Director, SBIR/STTR Programs Office, Department of Energy (DOE)

Manny Oliver has been serving as the Director of the SBIR/STTR Programs Office within the Department of Energy since 2010. Prior to joining DOE, Manny spent 16 years leading applied R&D and technology commercialization efforts at Motorola. He performed R&D in Li ion polymer batteries, biochips, haptics, wearable user interfaces and mobile surveillance and received 16 patents. He previously held positions as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and as a Member of Technical Staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories. He received both his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Materials Science from MIT.


Director, UC BRAID CAI

Mike Palazzolo was the Director of the Human Genome Center at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory and one of the co-founders of the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project. He moved to Amgen and was the Senior Director of Biosystems and responsible for the research technology platforms. For the past few years he has been working with academics developing small molecules for oncology. He has recently joined the faculty at UCLA where he is the Director of the UC BRAID CAI, the associate director of the UCLA CTSI, and the Director of the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine Accelerator.


Director of the DC I-Corps Program
University of Maryland

Edmund Pendleton is the Director of the DC I-Corps program, which is an NSF-sponsored collaboration between Virginia Tech, George Washington University, and the University of Maryland. He also serves as the Director of the VentureAccelerator in the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland. He is a certified NSF I-Corps instructor and serves on both national and regional teaching teams. Edmund is also a technology entrepreneur, angel investor, and startup mentor. He is an Adjunct Professor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University, and serves as a Board Member of the Investment Advisory Board at the Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia. He earned an S.M. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at MIT, and an S.M. in Civil Engineering from MIT. He also holds a B.S. in Physics & Mathematics from the College of William and Mary, and served as a Rotary Foundation Scholar in New Zealand.


Special Advisor to the Associate Administrator in the Office of Investment and Innovation
US Small Business Administration

Kim Peyser is Special Advisor to the Associate Administrator in the Office of Investment and Innovation, at the SBA. She works on special projects and outreach for the department. She has been leading the SBA’s efforts to launch a series of crowdfunding webinars which have had very high participation levels. Prior to this role, she worked for Karen Mills, the SBA Administrator, for two years and got a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown University. She also spent a year on President Obama’s campaign in various parts of the country, and worked education policy. She got her BA from Colgate University in Hamilton, NY.


Senior Associate Administrator, Venture Center
University of Minnesota

Justin Porter has numerous years of experience in a variety of technology and business roles. His current position is working in an environment where he is responsible for launching high technology-based start-up companies. He previously worked with a variety of business consulting clients in a professional services role. Mr. Porter has experience across many technology sectors including life sciences, physical and engineering sciences, software and information technology, and agriculture. Mr. Porter holds a BSB in Management Information Systems from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and an MBA from the University of Minnesota – Carlson School of Management.


SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator and Director, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Dr. Matthew Portnoy is the NIH SBIR/STTR Program Coordinator and Director, Division of Special Programs, Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research, Office of the Director, NIH. In this role, he manages the SBIR/STTR programs at NIH and coordinates the 24 NIH Institutes/Centers that receive funding for the programs. Additionally, as the Director, Division of Special Programs, Dr. Portnoy and his staff provide scientific program management and oversight of the Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) Program, and support for conferences and scientific meetings (R13/U13), ensures that NIH extramural staff are trained to meet the ever-changing demands of their job, and communicates funding opportunities and critical information concerning NIH's programs, policies, and procedures to the biomedical research and training community through the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts. Dr. Portnoy received his B.S. in molecular and cell biology from Penn State University. He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. Matt then joined the Intramural Program of NIH National Human Genome Research Institute as a post-doctoral fellow. Dr. Portnoy made the leap to the extramural side of NIH in 2005 and joined the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) as a program director. Over his time at NIGMS, he managed R01 grant portfolios in DNA repair, recombination and replication, SBIR/STTR grants, F32 post-doctoral fellowships, cooperative agreements, and R25 education grants. Dr. Portnoy also served as SBIR/STTR program lead for NIGMS for 6 years prior to his current post.


Policy Advisor & Entrepreneur in Residence, Office of Investment and Innovation
US Small Business Administration (SBA)

G. Nagesh Rao is currently a Policy Advisor & Entrepreneur in Residence with the US Small Business Administration’s Office of Investment and Innovation. Before his appointment he most recently worked with the Stiefel Family Foundation, as well consulted with acclaimed cutting edge startups (Publicbeat, Planet Labs, Ecovative Design, etc…) and prior to his entrepreneurial adventures, for the US Department of Commerce’s Patent and Trademark Office and Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. He has endeavored on projects centered around The White House’s mandate on sustainable global economic growth through the foci of startups, intellectual property law, technology development, and applied innovation for the developed and developing world. Programmatic career highlights of his have included co-creation of i6 Green, First Look West (FLoW), and Patents for Humanity, as well being part of the Startup America and Impact Investing federal inter-agency teams. He is a former Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow with The National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM, & NRC), and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Alumni Association. In his spare time Nagesh likes to compose intellectually humorous and uber-nerdy Op-Eds on the intersection of applied science, business, and law, which have been featured in NPR, Triple Pundit, The Scientist, and TechCrunch. He splits his time between the San Francisco, Washington DC, and New York metro areas.


Executive Director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute

Frank Rimalovski is executive director of the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute, and is the managing director of the NYU Innovation Venture Fund, a seed-stage venture fund formed to invest exclusively in startups founded NYU students, faculty and researchers. Frank has more than 20 years of experience in early-stage venture capital, spinouts and technology commercialization. He was a founding partner of corporate spinout specialist New Venture Partners, and before that a director in Lucent’s New Ventures Group. Previously, he held positions in marketing and product management in at Sun Microsystems, Apple and NeXT. Earlier in his career, he was an M&A banker at Bear Stearns and Rodman & Renshaw. Frank is an Instructor for the NSF’s I-Corps program, and sits on the advisory boards for Harlem Biospace and Tufts University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. Frank holds a BA from Tufts University and a MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.


Associate Administrator, Office of Investment and Innovation (OII)
US Small Business Administration (SBA)

Javier is the SBA's Associate Administrator for the Office of Investment and Innovation (OII) and is part of the SBA's senior leadership team. He leads the agency's Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) program and its Early Stage Investing and Impact Investing initiatives, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program. He joins the SBA with 20 years of global general management, principal investing, strategic consulting and entrepreneurial experience. Most recently he was an Advisor to a California-based impact investing and advisory firm, Pacific Community Ventures, and an Advisor to a Colorado-based $1.3 billion family office, Aspen Grove Capital. Concurrently to these, he was a Partner at Brand Maestro LLC, a New York City-based brand strategy firm. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director of The GEM Group, a principal investment firm focused on making private equity, venture capital and structured investments in emerging markets around the world. Before GEM, Javier was a Partner at Pollen Design, an industrial design firm and a co-founder of Atenergy, a company in the solar energy space. He also held positions at Bridgewater Associates, a $130 billion macro hedge fund, and Paradigm Ventures LP, a Chicago-based venture capital firm. While at Paradigm, he co-founded, invested and was one of the first top operational executives of a national media & entertainment company. Javier's foundational career years were spent at McKinsey & Company, Booz Allen & Hamilton and Abbott Laboratories. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Operations and Technology from Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Management with a concentration in Manufacturing / Industrial Engineering from Purdue University.


President, National Academy of Inventors

Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., is founder and president of the National Academy of Inventors, and Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, Distinguished University Professor, and Executive Director of the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida. He trained at York University, the University of British Columbia, the Australian National University and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, among others. He has held academic positions at Ohio University, the University of Cincinnati, and Brown University. He is an inventor on 30 licensed health-related U.S. patents and 70 foreign patents. His work has been instrumental in translating new pharmaceutical and cellular therapeutics to clinical trials and commercialization for Tourette syndrome, stroke, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s disease and has significant biotech and pharmaceutical industry experience in these areas. He has approximately 600 publications, is a Charter Fellow of the NAI, and serves on the evaluation committee of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.


Program Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Ben Schrag is a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF). He joined the NSF's Small Business Innovation Research program in 2009 and currently leads the Advanced Materials and Instrumentation portfolio for this program. Prior to joining NSF, he worked as Director of Research and Development at Micro Magnetics, where he led a development effort to commercialize a new family of high-performance magnetic microsensor products for demanding consumer and military applications. During this time, he also served as a visiting scientist at Brown University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Reed College, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University.


Managing Partner, New Venture Partners

Stephen Socolof is a Managing Partner of New Venture Partners LLC (“NVP”). With over $700 million under management and offices in the US and Europe, NVP is the leading global venture capital firm specializing in corporate spinout venturing. NVP works closely with corporations to commercialize and scale up new innovations as standalone ventures. NVP itself was spun out of Lucent Technologies, where it had been an incubator for spinout opportunities from Bell Labs. NVP focuses on communications and information technologies as well as energy and materials. In addition to Steve’s firm management responsibilities, he leads deals in semiconductors, software, storage, and wireless technologies. He is currently a director of Alverix, CrossFiber, EverSpin Technologies, GainSpan Corporation, Own Products, and a board observer of Intelleflex. He was recently a director of Sychip, Inc. (sold to Murata) and an observer of Flarion Technologies, Inc. (sold to Qualcomm), and Silicon Hive (sold to Intel).


Founding Director of the Viterbi Startup Garage

Ashish is the Founding Director of the Viterbi Startup Garage, the Viterbi Students Institute for Innovation(VSi2), Executive Director of Digital Innovation, and a faculty member at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. He crafted the vision and roadmap and is leading the launch of the newly formed VSI^2 which is the hub for innovation and engineering entrepreneurship and helps engineering students transform their ideas into successful business ventures. He teaches courses related to high tech entrepreneurship, user experience design and innovation and recently launched one of the nation’s first educational programs in Digital Entrepreneurship in collaboration with the business school at USC. Mr. Soni is actively involved in the technology industry, consulting with startups, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies and has served on the advisory boards of early stage technology and media companies including Slingshot Labs, Brighter and myblife. He also sits on the executive committee of the Caltech MIT Enterprise Forum.


Business Development Leader, DuPont Biologicals Venture

Param works as Business Development Leader at DuPont Biologicals Venture, a recently launched cross-business initiative at DuPont. He previously worked at DuPont Ventures, the corporate venture arm of DuPont focusing on investment opportunities in industrial biosciences, agriculture, and food & nutrition. He has worked across DuPont in end-to-end business development and M&A transactions, strategy development, financial analysis & valuations, and business plan screening. Prior to DuPont, he spent 5 years in the automotive and engineering software industries. Param has an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and has bachelors and master’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering.


Executive Director, National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)

Tony Stanco, Esq. is the executive director of the Angel Investors of Greater Washington, executive director of the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer. Previously he was the director of the Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer and Commercialization (CET2C) of The George Washington University. Mr. Stanco was a senior attorney at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he worked on more than two hundred IPOs. He also has worked on innovation policy, including start-up creation and funding by angel investors and VCs. At School of Engineering and Applied Science at The George Washington University, Mr. Stanco works with universities and governments around the world on innovation policy, start-up finance policy, software policy, Open Source, cyber-security, and e-Government issues. Mr. Stanco has appeared before the US Congress, various US defense and civilian agencies, the World Bank, the European Commission, United Nations, Inter-American Development Bank, Organization of American States, World Summit on Information Society, LinuxWorld, Advanced Computer and Internet Law Institute, and International Computer Law Association. Mr. Stanco teaches the Lab to IPO course dealing with start-up formation and funding. He has an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in securities regulation and is licensed as a lawyer in New York state.


Lecturer, Strategy and Innovation Department
Boston University

For 15 years, he led Boston University’s Office of Technology Transfer. He then became Special Assistant to the Vice President for Research for two years before retiring from full time employment at BU. He remains a Lecturer in the Strategy and Innovation Department in Boston University’s School of Management, where he teaches two graduate-level, inter-disciplinary courses on Technology Commercialization. Before joining Boston University he was Director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School. During his tenure at Boston University, the Office of Technology Development spun out over 50 companies based on the University’s research, a number of which have raised substantial amounts of capital, and the University’s licensing income climbed steadily. Dr. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University. He is a Certified Licensing Professional and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.


Vice President, Technology Commercialization
Georgetown University

Dr. Claudia Stewart is Vice President of Technology Commercialization at Georgetown University. She oversees intellectual property protection and commercialization activities for the University. In her prior position she served as Director of the Office of Corporate Alliances at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where she also held a position in the Office of Technology Transfer. Dr. Stewart served as the Vice Chairperson of the High Tech Business Council of the City of Rochester’s BioCluster. Prior to her work in Rochester she was Vice President for Research and Operations at Redox Pharmaceutical Corporation in Greenvale, N.Y. Dr. Stewart holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Rochester.


Founder, True Global Ventures

A "citizen of the world" born in Sweden and worked for more than 20 years within Business Development, primarily in E-payments/E-Commerce and financial services. Half of the time at GE Capital and Monabanq.com and the rest with own ventures/investments. Dusan set up True Global Ventures investing exclusively in serial entrepreneurs. He has a strong international network in Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, New York, the SF Bay Area, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Has learnt 6 languages and as many cultures/working habits. His experience and network has helped the companies in his portfolio of 14 direct investments with: gaining new customers and partners, internationalizem financing the company including introduction of Business Angels, VC, Loans and IPOs., M&A Support and Recruiting key individuals especially engineers. Dusan was awarded the prize Business Angel of the Year in Europe in 2013 by EBAN.


Assistant Director of Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC), College of Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jed Taylor is the Assistant Director of Technology Entrepreneur Center (TEC) in the College of Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition to his work at the TEC he also works with startup companies as an entrepreneur-in-residence at EnterpriseWorks, the university incubator, at the U of I. Before joining the TEC, Jed was the first employee and the Director of Sales at Pattern Insight -- a startup out of the Computer Science Department. Jed has a Bachelors degree in Computer Science from Utah State and Masters in Computer Science and MBA from the University of Illinois.


Chair, Biomedical Engineering (BME)
Cleveland Clinic

D. Geoffrey Vince, PhD, chairs Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Cleveland Clinic. In BME (Postdoctoral Research Fellow 1992 to Associate Staff 2003), he led invention of a new method for imaging/characterizing plaque within coronary arteries using intravascular ultrasound. After 10 years’ research, his “Virtual Histology (VH)™” was patented and licensed to Volcano Corp., whose Cleveland office he joined as Director of Research (2005), becoming Vice-President of Clinical and Advanced R&D at Volcano headquarters in San Diego (2006). VH now has 5500 units in use worldwide. In 2011, Dr. Vince returned as BME Chair. In his career, he has been awarded NIH, American Heart Association, and corporate funding. He has been a member of the Commercialization Council, Cleveland Clinic/NASA Glenn Partnership Governance Council, Cleveland Clinic Innovations/Parker Hannifin Joint Research & Development Committee and, since September 2013, a Co-Principal Investigator on the Cleveland Clinic-led consortium under the NIH Centers for Accelerated Innovations program


Division Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division, National Science Foundation (NSF)

Grace Wang has been the Division Director of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships Division at the National Science Foundation (NSF) since February of 2012. Grace joined NSF in June 2009 as a Program Director for the SBIR/STTR Program. She also served as the Cluster Leader for the Nanotechnology, Advanced Materials and Manufacturing (NM) Cluster in SBIR/STTR Program. Before joining NSF, Grace was a Senior Development Scientist at Hitachi. Grace started her career as an Advisory Development Scientist at IBM. Grace is the recipient of many leadership and technical achievement awards. Grace holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University.


Director, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
U.S. National Academies

Dr. Charles Wessner is a National Academies scholar and a powerful advocate of effective innovation policies. As the founder and Director of the National Academy of Sciences Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program, he is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise on innovation policy, including public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, early-stage financing for new firms, and the special needs and benefits of high-technology industry. As an outgrowth of his work with the U.S. government, he advises technology agencies, government ministries, and the Prime Ministers of countries in Europe and Asia. In addition, he cooperates closely with international organizations and lectures at major universities in the U.S. and abroad. The overarching goal of his work is to develop a better understanding of how we can bring new technologies forward to address global challenges in health, climate, energy, water, infrastructure, and security. Reflecting his commitment to international cooperation, he was recently nominated as an Officer of the Order of Merit by President of the Republic of France.


Senior Advisor, Office of the President
Johns Hopkins University

Christy Wyskiel is currently serving as a Senior Advisor to the President of Johns Hopkins University on matters of innovation, commercialization, and entrepreneurship. Christy is a seasoned entrepreneur and investor with 19 years of experience primarily focused on the life sciences and healthcare industries. Prior to her career as an entrepreneur, Christy was a Managing Director at Maverick Capital, a long-short equity hedge fund with over $12 billion under management, where she had a long track record of successful healthcare investing in both public and private companies. Prior to that, she was a healthcare and medical technology stock analyst at T. Rowe Price. Since 2010, Christy has co-founded two Baltimore based start-ups and has served as a formal and informal advisor to many others. In 2013, GrayBug, a Johns Hopkins University ophthalmology start up which Christy co-founded, won a statewide business plan competition with over 60 life sciences company applicants. Christy graduated from Williams College (BA, Economics and German) and the Stern School of Business at New York University (MBA, Accounting and Finance). Christy currently serves as vice chairman for the board of Teach for America – Baltimore and co-chairs Baltimore’s Next Generation Investing Event, an event she co-founded which has raised over $300,000 for three K-8 education initiatives in Baltimore City. She was also appointed by Gov. Martin O’Malley to the board of the Maryland State Retirement Plan (MSRP), which oversees $3 billion in defined contribution assets of state employees.


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