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University Startups: From Invention to Commercialization

Wednesday April 25, 2018

8:30 am - 11:00 am

Room 17A
Sponsored by the Division for Drug Discovery and Development (DDD)

Chair :

Harshini Neelakantan
University of Texas Medical Branch

Karen Tonsfeldt
University of California, San Diego

Sadiq Umar
University of Minnesota

This symposium will introduce the attendees to a blueprint of how to transform a laboratory scientific discovery in to a viable biotech venture by providing an overview of the guiding concepts underlying technology commercialization, engaging in interactive case studies, and enabling networking opportunities with biotech and business leaders. In the first section of the symposium, a panel of biotech entrepreneurs will present on a broad array of commercialization topics such as market valuation, intellectual property, small business financing, technology commercialization resources, and effective business development. The talks will follow by a case study discussion session focused on the feasibility and commercialization path for a therapeutic technology and concluding in a networking session.


Is Your Technology Viable for Commercialization? – Principles of Technology Commercialization
Tom Parry - Skyline Biopharma LLC

How to Protect Your Technology? - Patents and Innovation
Louis D. Lieto - Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.

Startup Incubators: Key Resources for Success of Early-Stage Companies
Kara Bortone - Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

From Bench-to-Bedside – The Success Story of an Entrepreneur
Hugh Rosen - The Scripps Research Institute

Panel Q&A

Case Study Introduction

Case Study Group Discussion (led by group leaders)

Case Study Presentations by Trainees and Q&A

Thank you to our Annual Meeting partners:

University of Florida
Wake Forest University
Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Wisconsin Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Training Program
UT Health San Antonio
University of Minnesota

Emory University Pharmacology

PR & P
University of Michigan Medical School Pharmacology