Plenary: VC’s Talk Back – The State of Early-Stage Science-based Venture Capital
Tuesday, March 10
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Senior leadership from prominent VC firms will join moderator Orin Herskowitz, from Columbia Tech Ventures, to discuss the complex intersection of venture capital and university tech transfer. This interactive, audience-driven session will cover current investment hypotheses and emerging best practices for forging deeper ties between VCs and universities.
Kevin Bitterman, Atlas Venture
Bill Harrington, Osage University Partners
Deborah Palestrant, 4:59
Cami Samuels, Venrock
Amy Schulman, Polaris Partners
Jeff Tong, Third Rock Ventures
Orin Herskowitz is the Senior VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer for Columbia University, as well as Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV). He is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia teaching IP for Entrepreneurs and has been peer reviewer for NSF and APLU grants. He serves on the Boards of the Center for American Entrepreneurship; the IBM Columbia Blockchain Center; the NYC Media Lab; the NYC AR VR Lab; and other organizations. He is a principal investigator for multiple innovation and entrepreneurship grants, such as PowerBridgeNY and CyberNYC and a former member of the National Advisory Committee on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE) for the Secretary of Commerce.