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PTW13 Lunchtime Series: The Future of Tech Transfer

This lunchtime series will feature a panel discussion on some interesting examples of Tech Transfer success stories. We'll take a look at companies that took regional academic research to build their businesses as well as how the various universities focus their programs. Panelists include John Swartley, Deputy Executive Director of the Center for Technology Transfer at the University of PennsylvaniaTodd Johnson, MD, MBA, President of CytoVas, LLC, an early-stage, in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) company; and Robert McGrath, Ph.D. Associate Vice Provost for Technology Commercialization at Drexel. The discussion will be moderated by Christopher Laing, MRCVS, Ph.D., Vice President of Science and Technology at University City Science Center.

Topics we'll be exploring:

  • Tech transfer programs aren't new, but the focus on entrepreneurial spin-outs have grown in recent years. Why the greater trend?
  • Is this a faculty-only story, or are students getting involved?
  • Where does Philadelphia fit in the national or global tech transfer conversation? 
  • What are a few practical efforts that would grow the tech transfer community here?

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  • John C.

    Great Panel Chris! I wanted to ask this question of John and Bob ..... are they concerned with the lack of early stage tech funding in the region? Or is it more so that there are enough out-of-town-investors who need and will seek out the best technology?

    April 27, 2013

  • Ron S.

    Wish I was there - I was actually up in Philly for TechBreakfast, but we had a gaggle of folks up from Baltimore who wanted to grab lunch. Tried to pull them all here, but some were heading back on an early train. No worries - I'll be back and I'll bring 'em back with me!

    April 26, 2013

  • David Dylan T.

    Great. Interesting topic. Good speakers.

    April 25, 2013

  • John R.

    independent insurance broker helping startup tech companies when they raise capital(directors&officers liability), lease offices(general liability), sign contracts with customers(product liability, E&O, network & privacy liability insurance)

    April 25, 2013

  • Ron S.

    Right after TechBreakfast! Looking forward to it. Http://

    April 23, 2013

  • Andrea G.

    Andrea Garcia
    DAni Ciambotti
    MEghan Nairn
    HOlly Saultman

    April 22, 2013

  • Caroline H.

    Brining technologies to the commercial space - the area I love. Looking forward to hearing different ideas on how to improve this process.

    April 22, 2013

  • Mike C.

    Looking forward to it!

    April 15, 2013

  • Mike H.

    Busy but fun week.

    April 12, 2013

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