Commercialization Speaker Series Engages Faculty 

In Fall 2022, the Penn Center for Innovation and Penn Medicine presented three monthly speaker sessions with experts in the field of Life Sciences investing, university startups, and intellectual property. In Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, the Penn Center for Innovation also presented three monthly sessions in collaboration with Penn Engineering, featuring expert speakers who discussed funding, pitching, and open source software for commercialization.

The sessions included:

  • Penn Medicine: Rick Jones, M.D., M.B.A., Partner at BioAdvance, discussed the latest trends in Life Sciences investing.
  • Penn Medicine: Nabil Ullah, Investment analyst, and Matt Cohen, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Life Sciences, at Osage University Partners spoke on understanding founder’s equity for university startups.
  • Penn Medicine: Kathryn Doyle, Esq., Partner at Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, discussed the latest trends in Life Sciences intellectual property (IP).
  • Penn Engineering: Manny Stockman, Ph.D., Partner at Osage University Partners discussed getting your startup from an idea to funding. 
  • Penn Engineering: Steve Weiner, Esq., Senior Director of Innovation & Technology at PCI and Terry Bray, Ph.D. Executive Director of Licensing, Physical Sciences and Engineering at PCI covered “Pitching 101” for academic entrepreneurs. 
  • Penn Engineering: Ajay Rayasam, M.S, Associate, Technology at Osage University Partners presented the benefits of open source software for commercialization. 
  • Penn Engineering: Aaron Rabinowitz, Esq., Partner, Baker Hostetler discussed Latest IP trends for Engineers.  
  • Penn Engineering: Terry Bray, PhD, Executive Director of Licensing, Physical Sciences and Engineering at PCI, covered when to disclose an idea for academic entrepreneurs.
  • Penn Engineering: Andrei Georgescu, PhD, CEO of Vivodyne, spoke on how the had to shift from talking about science to talking about a business opportunity when working with investors and partners

These events had excellent attendance and fostered community and networking for innovators in the medical and engineering spaces at Penn. 

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