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Ready to Commercialize 2008
Office of Technology Commercialization
The University of Texas at Austin

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Four Seasons Hotel, Austin, TX

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Juan Sanchez, Ph.D., Vice President for Research
The University of Texas at Austin
Neil Iscoe, Ph.D., Associate VP for Research
Office of Technology Commercialization, The University of Texas at Austin
Panel: “Getting technology out: institutional entrepreneur-in-residence programs”
EIR (entrepreneur-in-residence) programs have long been used by VCs to allow prospective CEOs to cycle through opportunities until they find one that matches their interests and skill sets. Both the U.S. Department of Energy and The University of Texas at Austin are using variants of these programs to help commercialize research.
  • Michael Bauer, EIR, Foundation Capital (Oak Ridge National Laboratory)
  • D. Drew Bond, senior advisor, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Tom Brennan, EIR, ARCH Ventures (Sandia Laboratories)
  • David Wells, partner, Kleiner Perkins
The invention speed view sessions (there will be three total throughout the day) will showcase UT Austin inventors who will present compelling presentations in just 100 seconds each. Immediately following, attendees will be invited to visit the inventors’ kiosks to learn more about their inventions face-to-face.
Break/inventor kiosks
In order to give attendees more time to talk to inventors and to drill down into invention details, inventors show their technologies at kiosks.
Panel: “Creating startups and commercialization: faculty that make it work”
Research faculty work in a different reality than most entrepreneurs and VCs. This group of UT faculty will discuss solutions to issues that arise because of the differences between commercial and academic cultures.
  • Joe Beaman, founder, DTM (acquired by 3D)
  • Ananth Dodabalapur, co-founder, Organic ID (acquired by Weyerhauser)
  • Thomas Milner, founder, CardioSpectra (acquired by Volcano); founder, Dermalucent
  • S. V. Sreenivasan, founder and CTO, Molecular Imprints
More 100-second inventor presentations
Inventor kiosks
Inventors are available at kiosks through 1:30pm.
Lunch on the lawn
Lunch speaker
Patrick Ennis, global head of technology, Intellectual Ventures
Intellectual Ventures is built on the belief that combining capitalism and invention will benefit the world with more and better inventions, as well as create financial rewards for investors. Since its beginning, Intellectual Ventures has focused on creating a network of sources and users of inventions and funding. By building infrastructure, making invention investments, and developing a variety of invention investment models, Intellectual Ventures is pursuing the goal of creating a more efficient and dynamic invention economy.
“The future of innovation, technology, and design”
  Danny Hillis, co-founder and CTO, Applied Minds
Panel: “Fundamental changes in the VC world: energy, China, financial crisis - new opportunities”
The venture investment models that helped drive innovation in semiconductors, software, and the Internet have shifted. The current economic meltdown, international markets driven by a billion new middle-class consumers, demand for new sources of energy, and the growing stature of overseas IPO markets are changing the nature of high-tech investing. This panel includes entrepreneurs from the United States and China and two VCs who have seen the evolution of today's system of venture capital.
  • Panel host: Jimmy Treybig, venture partner, New Enterprise Associates
  • John Chang, chairman, VSC Advisors; formerly chairman, Starcite, and CEO, OnVantage
  • Ray Rothrock, managing general partner, Venrock
  • B.J. Stanbery, CEO and founder, Heliovolt
More 100-second inventor presentations
Break/inventor kiosks
Inventors are available at kiosks through 4:30pm.
“Understanding and predicting human behavior in the digital age”
Stephen Baker, senior technology writer, BusinessWeek, and author of The Numerati
Every day, we produce rivers of personal data simply by living our lives—swiping credit cards, making cell phone calls, clicking from one website to another. Journalist Stephen Baker will discuss the world of the Numerati. A global elite of computer scientists and mathematicians has infiltrated every realm of human affairs, and the implications for us are vast.
Click here for a brief video on The Numerati.
Panel: “The mathematical modeling of humanity”
Privacy evaporates. Our bosses can monitor and measure our every move at work. Politicians can manipulate us into feeling appreciated, plunking us into new political groupings with names like "Hearth Keepers" and "Crossing Guards." But the Numerati can also work on our behalf, helping us find our soul mates, upping our consumer power—even transforming health care by diagnosing illnesses like Parkinson's years before symptoms become obvious. The panel will discuss this powerful cultural endeavor, the mathematical modeling of humanity.
  • Stephen Baker, senior technology writer, BusinessWeek
  • Rayid Ghani, researcher, Accenture Technology Labs
  • Dave Morgan, founder, Tacoda
  • Greg Skibiski, CEO, Sense Networks
Networking reception: cocktails on the lawn

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