Schedule-at-a-Glance

Meeting Agenda

 

Monday, August 29

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast on your own
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. The Expanding Role of Tech Transfer
  Moderators
Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners
Speakers
Rich Chylla, University of Virginia
Richard Huebsch, University of Minnesota
Alice Li, Cornell University
Brynmor Rees, University of Colorado Boulder
Fiona Wills, University of Washington

The roles of what was once known as the "tech transfer office" have expanded far beyond the bounds of the patenting and licensing transaction offices of the past. New ventures programs, startup education, and PoC and gap funds are just a few of the areas many former "tech transfer offices" now have significant activities. The Conversation kicks off with this discussion on how the offices are adjusting and receiving university support for these v2.0 endeavors.
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10 - 11 a.m. Best Practices for Derisking Research Results
  Moderator
Doug Hockstad, University of Arizona
Speakers
Paula Bates, KYNETIC
​Jacob Johnson, Innovosource
Keith Marmer, University of Utah
Tari Suprapto, Novo Nordisk

As the "R" in industry "R&D" becomes more and more scarce, what are academic institutions doing to derisk their research and what is the industry perspective on those approaches? The panel will explore proof-of-concept funds, embedded venture funds, partnerships with foundations and industry, and other innovative approaches. This session brings together leaders in the field to explain how they are working on these areas at home.
11 - 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
11:15 - 12:15 p.m. Physical Sciences: Models for Engaging Outside of the Life Sciences
  Moderators
Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners
Katharine Ku, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Speakers
Walt Copan, Colorado School of Mines
Ben DeGreen, Georgia Tech
Eric Payne, NREL

This area of licensing sometimes takes a backseat in university technology transfer and commercialization efforts. What are some ways offices and industry have tackled this area to make it more visible? Accessible? And attractive? Special programming, accelerators, or concerted efforts? We want to hear from panelists who have moved the area of physical sciences licensing to the “front row” (or at least the middle) of their office/ entities’ efforts.
12:15 - 2 p.m. Lunch
2 - 3 p.m. Engaging Scientists in Innovation
  Moderators
Doug Hockstad, University of Arizona
Speakers
Emily Klein, University of Colorado Boulder
Keith Marmer, University of Utah
Camila Uzcategui, Vitro3D

What motivates - and even excites - our scientists to engage with all of the players present at the Conversation? Is there more we could do for them to help achieve their goals? This panel brings together scientists from the non-profit and for-profit sectors to determine the commonalities and differences in their scientific perspectives on our interactions.
3 – 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Metrics v2.0
  Moderators
Allyson Best, University of Mississippi
Speaker
Almesha Campbell, Jackson State University
Taunya Phillips, University of Kentucky

As we learned in our first session, the profession is changing. With all of these expanded responsibilities, what does success look like and how can we measure it? What do our external stakeholders think about our measurements? What would they like to see change? Join leaders in the field that ponder these questions and crunch the numbers on a daily basis. Be a part of the Conversation that might expand the ways in which our success is measured.
4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Networking Break
4:45 - 5:45 p.m. The Challenge Session
  Moderators
Doug Hockstad, University of Arizona
Clifford Michaels, Georgia State University

You will have the opportunity to pose questions and/or challenges to the entire room. Attendees will limit the framing of their questions to one minute, and each topic will receive no more than 10 minutes of discussion (at the moderators' discretion) before they make a call for a new topic.
5:45 - 7 p.m. Networking Reception
  Casually mix, mingle and network. Continue to analyze a topic from the afternoon, advance an existing discussion or deal, or initiate a brand new collaboration. The possibilities are endless.

 

 

Tuesday, August 30

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Group Breakfast
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. The Wide World of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Metrics, Hiring, Statements, and Programs
  Moderators
Doug Hockstad, University of Arizona
Clifford Michaels, Georgia State University
Speakers
Karen Maples, MYUTIQ
Nicole Mercier, Washington University St. Louis
James Zanewicz, Tulane University

Patent gender parity is not expected until 2092. While many studies cite that diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams, startup funding still lags for these more inclusive collaborations. This discussion on practices, programs, and partnerships to maximize diverse and inclusive prospects for success will cover current and future models.
9:30 - 10 a.m. Networking Break
10 - 11 a.m. Data Use Agreements, Data Licensing, Data Policies
  Moderators
Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners
Katharine Ku, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Speakers
Alan Bentley, Vanderbilt University
Angela Kujak, UCLA Technology Group
Holly Meadows, Walding LLC
Sunita Rajdev, Stanford University

Universities, companies, hospitals, foundations, and government entities are all swimming in data. Unfortunately, these entities typically do not have well-established practices on handling, securing/de-identifying, and licensing all this data. The panelists will discuss current best practices and possibilities for the future and call on attendees at the Conversation for their insight.
11 - 11:15 a.m. Networking Break
11:15 a.m - 12:15 p.m. Hyrbrid Work Environment
  Moderators
Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners
Katharine Ku, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Speakers
Almesha Campbell, Jackson State University
Karin Immergluck, Stanford University
Ian McClure, University of Kentucky
Marc Sedam, New York University

At the start of the pandemic, we all became remote workers overnight. No preparation, no brainstorming, no plan. We all worked it out as we went. In the wake of our success in managing the remote work, many offices will be going back with a hybrid schedule. What are your plans regarding hybrid work? Is the situation different between operations staff and outward facing staff? Are you considering totally remote positions? Why/why not? Let’s discuss what has worked, what hasn’t and thoughts for going forward in this Zoom-centric work world.
12:15 - 2 p.m. Networking Lunch
2 - 3 p.m. IP and National Security Concerns
  Moderators
Katharine Ku, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Speakers
Amy Beuschlein, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fort Collins
Joshua Gruenspecht, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Eric Lowe, University of Colorado Boulder

With the growing concerns about the nation's security and theft of intellectual property, what are institutions encountering and changing regarding their dissemination of knowledge and IP? How is this affecting their interaction with industry? What has industry put into practice when dealing with academic institutions? What are attendees of the Conversation doing to stay on top of the government policies, regulations, and proposed regulations?
3 - 3:30 p.m. Networking Break
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Challenge Session #2
  Moderators
Kirsten Leute, Osage University Partners
Katharine Ku, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

You will have another opportunity to pose questions and/or challenges to the entire room. Attendees will limit the framing of their questions to one minute, and each topic will receive no more than 10 minutes of discussion (at the moderators' discretion) before they make a call for a new topic.
4:30 - 5 p.m. Closing Out the New Conversation: Report Out and Feedback
  To close out The Conversation, your moderators will recap themes and highlights from our expert panels, attendees and challenge session -- and you'll have the opportunity to share your experiences.

Platinum Sponsors

Lathrop

Gold Sponsors

TreMonti
Innovaito

Bronze Sponsors

WilsonSonsini