Moderator: Jennifer Caldwell, Group Leader, Technology Commercialization, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Mike Aikens, Director, Center for Rural Innovation, Tennessee Tech University
Dan Berglund, President and CEO of SSTI
Ian McClure, Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC), University of Kentucky Research
Scott Osborne, Vice President, Corporate Engagement Office, Ohio State University
Eric P. Smith, Enterprise Operations Manager, Office of Regional Affairs, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, U.S. Economic Development Agency
The program will present examples of how effective university tech transfer and commercialization programs are organized; describe internal and external challenges for university commercialization; and identify how successful commercialization programs contribute to the regional economies in which the universities are located.
creating a culture of commercialization in academic communities;
how to streamline IP and licensing processes;
how to build effective relations with corporations and investors;
how to leverage global university reputations and networks to create global markets for their regions;
how do research and commercialization help universities and how do they contribute to increased local economic opportunity, shared prosperity, and a more inclusive and equitable local economic growth.