Panel Discussion: The Commercialization Highway - How to Navigate your Discovery to the Marketplace

Timeslot: Friday, April 29, 2022 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Room: Waterview Ballroom, Ground


Not all great ideas are generated, or excellent research is conducted at top universities and institutes. When it happens elsewhere, the researchers involved are often less able to acquire capital or the means to commercialize their innovations due to their institutional affiliation. Smaller, less-established universities face numerous challenges attracting venture capital investment for their researchers' spin-off and student-led startups. The panel will focus on the issues facing small and mid-sized colleges, as well as equity, diversity and inclusion issues facing researchers who are not well-represented in academic spin-off activities. Panelists will include speakers from states that were once left behind in their biosciences sector but have made significant improvements in developing their bioscience and biomaterial commercialization successes and have strategically positioned themselves in niche areas. Other impediments posed by regulatory requirements and potential issues with ethics, scientific integrity, and inclusion during biomaterials research, development, and commercialization will be addressed.


Abstracts will be available for download on April 27, 2022.

  • David Mills, PhD, Louisiana Tech University

  • Marian Ackun-Farmmer, PhD, University of Maryland

  • Navigating the Valley of Death, Brent Upshaw, Grind Capital

  • John L. Ricci, NYU College of Dentistry