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CATS Seminars – Academic Entrepreneurship Seminar

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The Academic Entrepreneurship Seminar is an occasional series of talks on methods, opportunities, and resources for researchers seeking to commercialize technology. The series is co-sponsored by the Center for Automation Technologies and Systems, the Center for Future Energy Systems, and the Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship.

Technology Commercialization and Venturing Workshop
Co-sponsored with the Center for Future Energy Systems and the Lally School of Management and Technology

September 13, 2006
8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (sign-in starts at 8:00)
Russell Sage Dining Hall, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Register by September 6, 2006

This informative day-long session is for university-based researchers who are interested in commercializing technology, or becoming involved with a technology-based venture.

The Workshop will focus on models and strategies for bringing a technology out of the academic laboratory into a new venture, and the various roles a university researcher might play in the process. Topics will include intellectual property strategy and valuation; making the decision to start a business; different models for funding and growing a business; government programs for funding and technical assistance; venture capital financing and other resources. Entrepreneurs who have started companies based on Rensselaer technology will share their experiences and perspectives.

The RPI community and other university researchers are invited to join us. There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required.

Technology Insourcing and Venture Investments - An Innovation Strategy for Highly Competitive Markets
John P. Spoonhower
, Ph.D., Director, Kodak External Alliances, Eastman Kodak Company

January 12, 2006, CII Room 3051, 9:30 a.m.
Refreshments served

To speed new products and services to the market, Eastman Kodak Companyhas recently adopted a strategy that features reliance on external sources of technology as a critical element. Venture-stage companies,as well as university laboratories and government research capabilities are included as sources for technology. The organization of the research efforts within the Kodak Research Laboratories and Business Units, as well as the philosophy and design of the organization supporting this strategy will be overviewed with reference to Kodak's venture-stage investment strategy.

John P. Spoonhower is Director, Kodak External Alliances, of the Eastman Kodak Company. The Kodak External Alliances group creates and manages external technical alliances with the goal of technology acquisition for the Company. Alliance partners include University, Small Company, and Government Institutions.To speed new products and services to the market, Eastman Kodak Company has recently adopted a strategy that features reliance on external sources of technology as a critical element.


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