Sept 1 – 2
Grand Hyatt Denver
Denver, Colorado

*Tentative schedule, program subject to change

Tuesday, September 1

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.     Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:35 a.m.     Welcome and Introductions    
8:35 – 9:30 a.m.       Apples and Oranges - Academic Tech Transfer vs. Industry Search & Evaluate
Academic technology transfer has come a long way. AUTM's membership is reflective of our expanded scope as well as including more and more of our colleagues on the other side of the negotiating table. As business development and other tech transfer adjacent jobs are increasingly part of the academic TTO skillset, what can we learn from our industry counterparts? Our missions differ, but the way we approach business seems more similar now than ever before. Be a part of The Conversation discussing the similarities, differences, and new ways of doing business on both sides of the partnership.
9:30 - 10:00 a.m.   Networking Break
10:00 - 11:00 a.m.   Best Practices for De-Risking Research Results
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.   Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Non-US Investment
Investment dollars are coming in from all over the world. Considering the IP and national security concerns we will explore in other panels during The Conversation, what does this mean for start-ups, US investors, and tech transfer offices? What additional issues should stakeholders be reviewing for such transactions?
12:15 - 2 p.m. Networking Lunch
2 – 3 p.m.             What Engages Scientists?
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
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. Break
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.     The Challenge Session
Attendees of The Conversation 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 –7:15 p.m.     Welcome Reception 

Mix, mingle and network - continue to analyze a topic from the day, advance an existing discussion or deal, or initiate a brand new collaboration.

Wednesday, September 2

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.     Continental  Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 a.m.         Industry and Academic Collaboration In the Software Space
How are attendees of The Conversation collaborating in the software space? Artificial intelligence, machine learning, precision genomics, all are contributing to our new partnerships. Many factors come into play when hammering out the details of our joint engagement and licenses on these projects and previous models do not always work in these bold new frontiers.
9:30 – 10 a.m. Networking Break
10 - 11 a.m. Data Use Agreements and Data Licensing – How to Do It Well
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 of 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.  Break
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Managing Up
As AUTM broadens its focus to capture all of the different roles our members fill, it is important to gain perspective from new people we have hired with different skillsets, experiences, and opinions. Join in The Conversation with a panel of up-and-coming stars from both the non-profit and for-profit sectors as they candidly discuss their expectations from and suggestions to their bosses.
12:15 – 2 p.m. Networking Lunch
2 – 3 p.m. IP and National Security Concerns
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. Maximizing Diversity and Inclusion in Your Partnerships
Patent gender parity is not expected until 2092. While many studies cite that diverse teams outperform non-diverse teams, start-up 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.
4:30 – 5 p.m.     Closing Out The 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 point out anything you think we did well, or missed!
5 p.m.  Meeting Adjourns