Meeting Location:
Emerging Enterprise Center at
Foley Hoag the Bay Colony Corporate Center
1000 Winter Street, Suite 4000 (North Entrance)
Waltham, MA 

Meeting Time: 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Meeting Cost:
$25 public, $10 students
and active military;
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Technology Transfer - Nuts and Bolts - How to Get Great Technologies Out of Great Universities That Are Ready to Run and Make A Successful Business Out of Them.


6:30 - 9:30 PM
Location: Emerging Center at Foley Hoag the Bay Colony Corporate Center, Waltham, MA

The process of transferring technologies from Universities and Medical Research Facilities to a successful business can be a complex and at times frustrating process. However, the benefits of having access to a rich source of new developing technologies that can be commercialized into a profitable business far outweigh the difficulties one may encounter.

In the next EntreTech Forum we will explore this process from both sides and answer the questions you may have from accessing the viability of a technology, to negotiating the agreement to commercialize the technology, to funding and forming the company. Our panel of experts will review the keys to success and the potential pitfalls to avoid.

How do startups, inside or outside of research organizations bring developing technologies to market? How do startups and investors value and assess ideas to launch new technologies? What is the process for development teams to engage in launching a venture? What examples of successfully commercialized ventures can early startups look to for ideas and guidance with challenging issues? How do you effectively assess market viability of an idea? What are the process and pitfalls of working with universities, private and governments’ research areas? 

In the next EntreTech Forum we will delve into the process of Technology Transfer to answer these questions and more. Startups from all fields are encouraged to join us. We will discuss innovation in medical technology as a case study to illustrate the transfer process through to commercialization. The forum’s panel will draw from leaders in industry, academic and government fields. The panel’s goal is to help startups better understand, utilize and leverage their experience in commercializing the technology transfer process. Please join us for what will be an informative and interactive discussion.

Panelists Include:

manepaceRebecca Menapace
M.B.A., CLP Director, Research and Licensing,
Partners Healthcare

Rebecca manages the research and licensing team for MGH. In this role she provides leadership for intellectual property, licensing, and start-up development. In addition, she chairs various process improvement projects related to asset building and commercialization strategies. Rebecca has been with RVL since September 2001. Prior to joining Partners Healthcare, she spent over 15 years in product development, corporate development, business strategy, and management within the life science sector. Following several years of laboratory and supervisory experience, including the issuance of two patents as a joint inventor, she went on to develop and manage products for two life sciences companies. She further contributed her business skills toward the negotiation of licensing and acquisitions at a major multinational contract research organization. She holds an M.B.A. with a focus on High Tech from Northeastern University and is a registered patent agent and a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP).

nelsenLita L. Nelsen
Director, Technology Licensing Office, MIT

Lita Nelsen is the Director of the Technology Licensing Office at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she has been since 1986. This office manages over 500 new inventions per year from M.I.T and Lincoln Laboratory. Typically, they negotiate over 100 licenses, and start up over 20 new companies per year

Ms. Nelsen earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from M.I.T. and an M.S. in Management from M.I.T. as a Sloan Fellow.
Prior to joining the M.I.T. Technology Licensing Office, Ms. Nelsen spent 20 years in industry, primarily in the fields of membrane separations, medical devices, and biotechnology

Ms. Nelsen was the 1992 President of the Association of University Technology Managers and serves on the board the Mount Auburn Hospital, and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Foundation. She was a founding board member of the Center for Management of Intellectual Property in Health Research.

Ms. Nelsen is widely published in the field of technology transfer and university/industry collaborations and was a CMI Fellow at the University of Cambridge with the Cambridge MIT Institute studying university/industry/government partnerships in technology transfer and local economic development. She has lectured in and advised universities in at least 20 countries, including several developing-world countries. She is a co-founder of Praxis, the UK University Technology Transfer Training Programme. the UK Government awarded her the honor of “Member of the Order of the British Empire” (MBE) for her work with technology transfer institutions throughout the UK, including the founding of Praxis.

Contact info: Email: lita@mit.edu

Heather Keith - CEO/Founder Strohl Medical Technologies, Inc.

Heather Keith, Founder and CEO of Strohl Medical, has 16 years of medical device marketing and sales experience, as well as several years of manufacturing and regulatory experience.  She developed a National Sales Team for a start-up medical device company and grew sales from zero revenues to $13MM in under 3 years.  Heather has managed product lines, marketing teams and sales teams.  She has worked as a strategy and implementation consultant for numerous product and service-based medical device companies focusing on sales strategies, market development, product extension opportunities and company acquisition decisions.   Heather has double bachelor degrees in Biology and Business Administration with a Chemistry minor and received her MBA from Boston University Metropolitan College. 

Paul Hartung, President and CEO Cognoptix

Paul is a longtime life sciences executive with a proven track record in launching successful startup businesses and leading Fortune 500 organizations. He has extensive experience in the laser and medical device industries, including managing manufacturing for Summit Technology, Inc., a leading developer of the LASIK procedure and other laser eye correction procedures.

Prior to Cognoptix, Paul was Vice President of Operations at Winphoria Networks, a successful mobile communications startup acquired by Motorola. Before that he was Senior Director at 3Com Corporation, where he was involved in a number of mergers and acquisitions, and directed global operations and new product introductions. At Trumpf, he developed high power automated laser systems for industrial applications. As Director of R&D at Laser Fare Ltd., he developed new laser processing techniques for the medical device industry and other applications. Paul started his career as an Advanced Manufacturing Engineer at General Electric Company. He graduated from MIT with an MS Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He received the FW Taylor Award of the CIRP for his research.






Lawrence C. Grumer | Tel: 617-325-9852 | lgrumer@taacorp.com