Nanotechnology and Life Sciences, September 2011

4th UTEN Workshop 2011 – Nanotechnology and Life Sciences
Increasing Commercialization Outcomes for University Nanotechnology Laboratories
Universidade Nova de Lisboa – 26 September 2011
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Introducing UTEN S&T Commercialization Workshops

The ecosystems of innovation are undergoing a profound change both at regional level, where universities play key roles as economic development engines, and at industry level, with the open innovation paradigm.

As universities are becoming key sources of discovery and are playing an ever increasing role in how industry innovates, people and networks are the foundations on which to effectively connect academic institutions with the business community.

Global competition, rising R&D costs and thus the need to get more products to the market sooner are some factors forcing companies to reach out to research universities for new ideas and capability. Licensing, corporate sponsored research, consulting engagements, venture capital investment, gifts, and recruitment of graduate students are just some of the ways used to build strategic relationships between industry and universities, and are becoming a regular part of the developing open innovation environment.

Training Focus: Present-best practices models for showcasing how university nanotechnology facilities can be tied early on to commercialization outcomes through the leveraged use of industrial inputs, correct focus of research and the attraction of key staff.

US Keynote Speaker

Bruce E. Gnade, Ph.D, Vice-President of Research, University of Texas at Dallas.

Bruce Gnade received his BA in Chemistry from St. Louis University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Nuclear Chemistry from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1982. He is currently the Vice President for Research and the Distinguished Chair in Microelectronics at the University of Texas at Dallas.

He managed several research and technology groups during his 14 years at Texas Instruments. From 1996-1999 he was on a temporary assignment at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as a program manager.

His current research interests focus on flexible electronics, and nanostructured devices and materials for electronic applications, with applications ranging from radiation sensors to microelectrode arrays for cellular recording. He has authored/co-authored approximately 145 refereed journal papers, 71 U.S. patents and 55 foreign patents. More information.

Local Host

Elvira Fortunato, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Materials Science at CENIMAT/I3N, Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon. More information.