Women's Enrichment Grant Offers Seminar Series on "Taking Technology to Market"


Deb Covey, Associate Director for Sponsored Research Administration,
(515) 294-1048
Cynthia Jenks, Assistant Director for Scientific Planning,
(515) 294-8486
Kerry Gibson, Public Affairs, (515) 294-1405


AMES, IA -- A series of seminars entitled "Taking Technology to Market" is being offered through an Iowa State University 2009/2010 Women's Enrichment Grant. The series is aimed at giving students, young scientists and engineers, potential entrepreneurs and other interested parties insight into the process of taking innovation to market and encouraging students and staff to participate in this process.

According to series organizers, Deb Covey, Ames Laboratory's Associate Director for Sponsored Research Administration, and Cynthia Jenks, Ames Lab Assistant for Director Scientific Planning, the seminar series will feature outside and local speakers from the following fields and in process order:

  1. Inventor: Incorporating an environment of inventorship into your research/thought process
  2. Patent Attorney: The patent process; what you should keep in mind to protect your inventions.
  3. Licensing Manager: Types of license agreements; the inventor as an entrepreneur and other issues.
  4. Entrepreneur/Start-up Business Owner: What you should know when considering spinning off your technology.

The first seminar, scheduled for Monday, February 1, will be on inventorship and how to incorporate that into your research/thought process. The seminar, to be held from Noon to 1 p.m. in Spedding Auditorium (301B, Spedding Hall), will feature Ames Laboratory and ISU researchers Iver E. Anderson, Surya K. Mallapragada, and Victor Lin.

Anderson was named the 2006 Iowa Inventor of the Year. He is an inventor on 32 patents. His lead free solder technology is licensed to over 50 companies worldwide and has contributed in making ISU and Ames Laboratory a "licensing powerhouse."

Surya Mallapragada is the chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. MIT's Technology Review named her one of the World's Top 100 Innovators and she was recognized with the Big 12 "Rising Star" Award from the Big 12 Center for Economic Development, Innovation and Commercialization. She holds six patents.

Victor Lin, director of Ames Lab’s Chemical and Biological Sciences program and an ISU chemistry professor, holds three patents. He has taken his bio-fuel catalyst and spun it off into Catilin, Inc., a technology based company that is revolutionizing biofuel production.

The second seminar of the series on the patent process is scheduled for March 2, 2010. Additional seminar days and times will be announced at a later date.

Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science laboratory operated for the DOE by Iowa State University.  Ames Laboratory creates innovative materials, technologies and energy solutions. We use our expertise, unique capabilities and interdisciplinary collaborations to solve global challenges.


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