Tufts Tech Transfer spring seminar schedule announced

Tuesdays 10:30 am – 11:30 am from February 3rd to April 14, 2015

200 Boston Ave., Suite 2400

Seminars are open to all members of the Tufts community. Pre-registration is required to attend all seminars and early registration is recommended as space is limited.

Please reply to Brandon Milby (brandon.milby@tufts.edu) to register.

If you are unable to attend in person each seminar will also be broadcast via WebEx. Please remember to mute your microphone after joining the webinar to prevent any noise disruption.

A general guide to using WebEx can be found here. If you have any problems contact technical support at (617) 627-3376.

February 3, 2015: “Introduction to Technology Transfer”

Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D, MBASenior Director of the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

Senior Director of the Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC) at Tufts University will be discussing the role of university technology transfer and how TTIC members work with faculty to move technologies and discoveries out of the academic lab and into the marketplace. He will also provide a historical perspective on how technology transfer has changed over the past few decades, starting with the implementation of the Bayh-Dole Act in the 1980s.

Dr. Halvorsen joined Tufts University as senior director of technology transfer and industry collaboration in August of 2014. Before that he was executive director of the Boston Children’s Hospital Technology and Innovation Development Office (2007-2014), where in 2009 he also founded and became managing partner of the Children’s Hospital Technology Development Fund. Erik began his career in the commercial translation of inventions at the University of Virginia Patent Foundation before being recruited to Harvard University in 2002.

February 10, 2015: “How to Protect an Invention Through Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks”

Frank Occhiuti, J.D., M.S., B.S. – Partner at Occhiuti & Rohlicek LLP

A Partner at Occhiuti & Rohlicek LLP will be lecturing on patents, trademarks and copyrights. His talk will include an introduction into the US patent process, criteria for patenting an invention, and patent prosecution strategy. While this lecture is meant to provide an introduction into patent law, it is also recommended for anyone who believes they may have a patentable invention or has already filed a patent application and would like to learn more about the patent process.

Frank has been practicing patent law for over 18 years. His practice emphasizes general client IP counseling, patent strategy, opinions, due diligence, and hands-on patent prosecution in areas including telecommunications, signal processing, semiconductor fabrication processes, electro-optical systems, superconductor applications, power distribution, computer architecture, internet applications, and business methods.

February 17, 2015: “An Introduction to Material Transfer Agreements”

Lee Tien, Ph.DLicensing Associate at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

A Licensing Associate at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC) will provide a lecture on the importance of material transfer agreements and confidentiality agreements. This class will discuss the important components of both types of agreements as well as how the terms of these agreements may change depending on the nature of the relationship and whether it is between Tufts and another academic institution or a company.

Dr. Tien joined the Tufts office for technology transfer and industry collaboration in 2013. Lee holds a B.S.E. in electrical engineering from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Tufts University.

February 24, 2015: “The Invention Disclosure Process”

Colm Lawler, Ph.DAssociate Director at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

An Associate Director at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC) will be discussing how members of the Tufts community can work with the office to potentially protect their scientific discoveries. He will walk through the invention disclosure form and how the TTIC evaluates new inventions to determine patentability. This lecture is recommended for anyone interested in working with the TTIC or anyone who has an interest in learning about how new inventions are assessed by the TTIC for patentability.

Dr. Lawler joined the Tufts office for technology transfer and industry collaboration in May 2008 as an associate director. Prior to joining Tufts, he held positions with increasing levels of responsibility at BioResearch Ireland, Michigan State University, and Massachusetts General Hospital. Colm received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. from University College Dublin, Ireland.

March 3, 2015: “An Introduction to License and Option Agreements”

Martin SonAssociate Director at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

An Associate Director at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC) will provide a lecture on the how TTIC works with commercial partners through license and option agreements to commercialize Tufts’ intellectual property. He will walk through the critical components of any license agreement, how the TTIC staff negotiates specific terms of these agreements, and how we work with our commercial partners after the license agreement to ensure that technologies are being properly developed.

Prior to joining Tufts in 2000, Mr. Son was a licensing associate at Harvard University’s technology transfer office. He holds a degree from Harvard University in physics and East Asian studies. He has been an active member of the Association of University Technology Managers since 1996 and the Licensing Executives Society since 2002. Martin became a Certified Licensing Professional in 2008.

March 10, 2015: “How to Start a Company Based on a University Technology”

Mr. Paul Hartung – CEO of Cognoptix, Inc.

An entrepreneur will provide expertise on how to start a new company based on university technology. There will be a discussion on how to build an effective management team, raise financing, and structure a company’s R&D efforts once a license agreement is in place with the university. This lecture is a great opportunity for anyone in the Tufts community who is interested in learning about the startup process, how to work with university technology transfer offices, and what resources are available in the greater Boston area for new early-stage life sciences companies.

March 17, 2015: “Negotiation Techniques”

Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D, MBA Senior Director of the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

Senior Director Erik Halvorsen will provide a crash course on various negotiating techniques companies will use during license negotiations and how seasoned licensing staff can combat these arguments and use them to their advantage. This interactive course is ideal for anyone interested in a career path in technology transfer or business development or just wants to negotiate a better deal on a new car they are buying.

 March 24, 2015: “Effective Marketing Strategies”

Jenn Tsai, MBA “How Changes to US Patent Law Impact Technology Transfer” – Associate Director for Commercialization of the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

Effective marketing and relationship management are two critical elements for any technology transfer office. Associate Director for Commercialization at the Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC) at Tufts will discuss strategies the office uses to connect scientists with industry partners and source new deals for the university. She will provide a basic introduction to marketing, and discuss strategies for passive and active outreach. This course is well-suited for anyone interested in a career in business development, sales, or marketing in the biotechnology sector.

Ms. Tsai joined the Tufts office for technology transfer and industry collaboration in 2011. Prior to joining Tufts, she was a product manager at Athena Diagnostics, a clinical diagnostics testing laboratory. She received her M.B.A. from the MIT Sloan School of Management and her B.A. in molecular biology and biochemistry from Middlebury College.

March 31, 2015: “The Role of Technology Development for Advancing Academic Discoveries”

John Cosmopoulos, M.Sc., MBASenior Associate Director at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

Mr. Cosmopoulos will provide an overview of the challenges facing early stage discoveries and inventions.  There will be a discussion on the evolving role of technology development to overcome these challenges and case studies within Tufts TTIC involving technology development.  Mr. Cosmopoulos will also provide examples of technology development from other institutions.

Mr. Cosmopoulos is the Senior Associate Director in the TTIC, where he is primarily responsible for inventions from the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine. In this capacity he manages all aspects of the technology transfer process from faculty outreach to evaluation of new invention disclosures, marketing, negotiations, patent management, and agreements. He has concluded a wide range of licenses, sponsored research and collaboration agreements; actively facilitated formation of numerous start-up companies; and managed relationships with licensees and industry partners. John started his career in technology transfer at the University of Ottawa, as its first full-time technology transfer professional, and has worked in a start-up company. John has an undergraduate degree in biology, an M.Sc. in molecular biology, and an M.B.A. from Queen’s University in Canada. John has earned the Certified Licensing Professional designation.

April 7, 2015: “Business Communication: How to Lose Your Job in 30 days”

Erik Halvorsen, Ph.D, MBASenior Director of the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

Senior Director Erik Halvorsen will discuss how to successfully market yourself while still being a productive member of a team.  He will provide an overview of proper email and meeting etiquette in the corporate world.  He will also share practical advice on what not to do and common business communication pitfalls to avoid.

April 14, 2015: “How Changes to US Patent Law Impact Technology Transfer”

Erika Bechtold, Ph.DLicensing Associate at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration

The field of technology transfer is highly dependent on patent law. A Licensing Associate at the Tufts Office for Technology Transfer and Industry Collaboration (TTIC) will discuss how public policy and changes made to the US patent system effect scientific patent trends. She will pull examples from recent Supreme Court rulings which affect the way genes and diagnostic technologies are patented. This course will also discuss the future of the patent system in America, and the future for the biotech industry.

Dr. Bechtold joined the Tufts office for technology transfer and industry collaboration in 2012. She holds a B.S. in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Wake Forest University.