UTSA hosts technology panel discussion Jan. 16

(Jan. 14, 2008)--UTSA will host a panel presentation, "Effective Technology Transfer," from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 16 in the Buena Vista Street Building Assembly Room (1.338) at the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Free and open to the public, the discussion will be geared to inventors, entrepreneurs, researchers and anyone interested in high-technology commercialization in San Antonio. For planning purposes, register by e-mailing Hot hors d'oeuvres will be available at the event.

A panel of four technology-transfer experts will discuss issues, challenges and solutions to help universities transform academic discoveries into commercial products and position universities as economic development engines. The presentation will outline strategies for overcoming differences in the academic and business cultures regarding technology transfer.

Presented by UTSA and South Texas Technology Management (STTM), the regional technology transfer office for UTSA; UT Health Science Center at San Antonio; UT-Pan American and UT-Brownsville, the event is sponsored by Fulbright & Jaworski LLP.

The panelists will discuss factors that can hinder technology transfer such as university constraints, risk tolerance, management for start-up companies and factors that accelerate technology transfer including gap funding for advanced research and start-ups, improved technology transfer infrastructure, faculty incentives, training and support of entrepreneurs.

Panelists include:

  • Robert Sutherland, vice president for commercialization, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research
  • Keith McDowell, vice chancellor for research and technlogy transfer, UT System
  • Robert Gracy, vice president for research, UTSA
  • Brian Herman, vice president for research, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • Kenneth Porter (moderator), assistant vice president for technology transfer, UTSA and UTHSCSA, and STTM director

For more information, call Jan Barnett, UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research, at (210) 458-6859.

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