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Building Human Capital to Drive New York's Innovation Economy
April 15, 2013
New York City

Transforming laboratory research into commercial products and services is vital to New York's future economic growth. Human capital is integral to this commercialization process and includes not only scientists and engineers, but also other professionals, such as business managers, marketing specialists, financial analysts, and intellectual property and corporate transaction attorneys. This conference will examine unique programs in New York State universities which are building the professional infrastructure needed to support NY’s innovation economy, examine the needs of companies commercializing new technology and explore potential future public partnerships to accelerate human capital development.

Business Model Innovtion in 3 Critical Industries 

Three distinguished alumni of the Syracuse University College of Law speak about business model Innovation in the information technology, medical device and law practice/print media markets. The speakers discuss the evolution of new business models in their pioneering organizations and the challenges their organizations face in the future. The speakers and their organizations are: Robert A. Hallenbeck L’82 of BD Biosciences, Tiffany Townsend, L’96 of IBM and Kurt A. Wimmer, of the Covington & Burling Law Firm.

Lab to Market Conference: The Task Force Report: Building an Innovation Ecosystem 
in  New York State
June, 2010 
Skaneateles, New York

The NYS STLC-hosted conference reviewed the major findings of the Task Force on Diversifying the New York State Economy through Industry-Higher Education Partnerships and discussed efforts to implement the recommendations and formulate alternative means for universities, industry, venture investors, business service providers and NYS govermnemt to collaborate in building an innovation ecosystem in New York State.  

The Conference was the first statewide meeting to consider the Task Force Report, which many believe is the most thoughtful and comprehensive report yet prepared on the nexus between research, innovation and economic growth in New York. The goals of the conference were threefold: first, to review the Task Force Report’s major findings; second, to consider current and future efforts to implement the Task Force Report’s recommendations; and third, to explore alternative ways in which universities, industry, venture investors, business service providers and the State can collaborate in building an innovation ecosystem in New York.

Conference Speakers and Videos:
Welcome and Introduction
: Ted Hagelin, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law, Kauffman Professor of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Syracuse University College of Law; Director of the New York State Science & Technology Law Center and the Technology Commercialization Law Clinic Network  video

Review of Task Force Report: 
Daniel Doktori, Executive Director, Task Force; New York State Director of Higher Education. video

New York State in the Innovation Ecosystem: 
Edward Reinfurt, Member, Task Force; Executive Director of NYSTAR  video

Sponsored Research in the Innovation Ecosystem: 
William Destler, President, Rochester Institute of Technology  video

University Entrepreneurship in the Innovation Ecosystem: 
Robert Palazzo, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs   Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute  video

Industry in the Innovation Ecosystem:
Julie Shimer, Member, Task Force; Former President & CEO, Welch Allyn, Inc.  video

Venture Investors in the Innovation Ecosystem:
Theresa Mazzullo, CEO, Excell Partners  video

Lab to Market Conference: Innovation and Enterpreneurship in the Information Industry October  2009 
New York Law School, New York, NY

A conference bringing together entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, information managers and university technology transfer officers for a day long exploration of the Information Industry today. 

Panel discussions included:
• Launching Information Technology Startups: What are the challenges and opportunities?
• Financing Information Technology Startups: Where does the money come from?
• Future Directions in the Information Industry: What are the information needs of tomorrow?
• Research in Information Sciences: What is in the information research pipeline?

KEYNOTE ADDRESS: The (Non)Economic Production of Social Production
Clay Shirkey, Professor, NYU Interactive Telecommunications Program. 
Welcome and Introduction: Ted Hagelin, Crandall Melvin Professor of Law; Director, NYS Science & Technology Law Center, Syracuse University College of Law

Launching IT Startups
Lee McKnight, Founder, CTO, Board of Directors, Wireless Grids Corp.
Sam Lessin, CEO, drop.io 
Calvin Chu, Columbia Technology Ventures
Richard Newman, Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College of Law, moderator

Financing IT Startups
Owen Davis, Managing Director, NYC Seed
Marcene Sonneborn, President., Innovation Management Consulting; SBIR Specialist
Jim Kollegger, Chairman, CEO, Genesys Partners
Jerrold Spiegel, Frankfurt Kumit Klein & Selz PC, moderator

Industry IT Needs of Tomorrow
Daniel Schutzer, President, Financial Services Technology Consortium
Steven Neiman, Executive Director, VP, High Performance Computing, JPMorgan Chase 
G. Randall Green, MD, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center
David Lysack, President, C Speed
Houman Shadab, Professor of Law, New York Law School, moderator

Current State of IT/R&D 
Daniel Shutzer, President, Financial Services Technology Consortium
Vincent Tomaselli, Deputy Director, Columbia Center for Advanced Information Management
Dan Hunter, Professor of Law, New York Law School, moderator and conference wrap up

Technology Commercialization Clinics Launch

January,  2009 
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York

Syracuse University College of Law’s New Technology Law Center (SUNTEC) announced the launch of three new Technology Commercialization Clinics (TCCs) across the state. The development of the new TCCs is the direct result of two $125,000 grants obtained by Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D-120). On Jan. 28, 2009, leaders from the three new centers; Niagara University, Rochester Institute of Technology, and SUNY Stony Brook were scheduled to gather at the SU College of Law for a ceremony and conference. The TCCs will function to transform research and inventions into viable commercial entities in their areas.   See Video

Lab-to-Market Conference: Commercializing University Inventions: Case Studies
November, 2008 
Skaneateles, New York

The Commerializing University Inventions: Case Studies Conference focused on the challenge of transforming university inventions into commercially viable products. The Conference highlighted successful early-stage, New York companies, and how they manage the multiple technical, market, financial, and legal challenges inherent in bringing science to market.

The conference opened with welcoming remarks by Ted Hagelin, Director, NYSSTLC and Professor of Law at Syracuse University, and Ed Reinfurt, Executive Director of NYSTAR. The keynote address was given by Professor Duncan Moore, Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship at the University of Rochester and a renowned authority on the commercialization of new technologies. The early-stage CEOs and companies profiled were: Allen Barnett, CEO, Kinex Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Patrick Govang, President, e2e Materials, LLC; John Hart, President, Lumetrics, Inc.; Richard Richmond, CEO, SiMPore Inc. and Brad Treat, CEO, Mezmeriz, Inc. The CEOs described commercialization challenges their companies have faced and how they have addressed the challenges including the role of university technology transfer managers, research scientists and engineers, marketing and sales personnel, financial advisors and investors, and intellectual property and transactional lawyers. 

Video of the event presentations may be viewed at:

New York State Intellectual Property Policy Forum
December 10-11, 2007

Albany, New York

A New York State Intellectual Property Policy Forum was held at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center in Albany, NY on December 10-11, 2007. NYSTAR sponsored the conference, which was organized by the New York State Science and Technology Law Center ("NYS STLC"). Professor Ted Hagelin, Executive Director of NYS STLC outlined the goal of the forum, namely to explore the ramifications of various elements of proposed intellectual policy with members of New York State’s business, academic and governmental community. New York's legislative proposals follow the requirements of the 1996 Bayh-Dole Act governing federally funded research, and California’s intellectual property policy implemented following its 2004 authorization of three billion dollars for stem cell research. The forum explored whether there were areas of consensus among business, academic and government interests about what New York's intellectual property (“IP”) policy should be.

Neither NYSTAR nor the NYS STLC made recommendations for New York State IP policy. The purpose of the forum was to outline IP policy components and gather input from the participants about their impact.

Four main policy areas were discussed; reporting, reserved rights, licensing and revenue. The reporting issue explored the implications of government sponsored research requiring grantee organizations to require researchers to promptly report inventions and/or annually report intellectual property information. Both Bayh-Dole and California require grantee organizations to make some sort of disclosures within a reasonable or designated time.

The reserved rights discussion explored whether government funded research should entitle the government to certain rights to subsequent IP. Potential retained rights include: a) a royalty-free, non-exclusive licenses to practice patented inventions for education and research, b) license to make patented inventions available to other State non-profit organizations for education and research purposes, c) reserved right to retake title to patented inventions when it is necessary to alleviate health or safety needs not being satisfied by the grantee organization or licensee, and d) reserved right to retake title to patented inventions when the grantee organization or licensee has not taken effective steps to commercialize the invention.

Government rights to meet government needs and protect against non-use of government-funded IP are addressed in the Bayh Dole Act and by California in the provisions reserving “march in” rights.

Licensing mandates such as requiring government funded grantee organizations to include commercial development plans, milestones and benchmarks in all exclusive licenses, and requiring grantee organizations to give licensing preferences to NYS companies unless it is not technically or economically practical were the third discussion topic.

Finally, whether government funded grantee organizations should be required to reinvest licensing revenue above administrative costs in research and education, and share a percentage of licensing revenue above a threshold amount with NYS or the funding agency were discussed.

Three bills have been introduced in the NYS Assembly relating to New York's IP policy: NYS Assembly Bill 3017 introduced on January 22, 2007, NYS Assembly Bill 8676 introduced on May 23, 2007, and NYS Assembly Bill 8787 introduced on May 30, 2007.

Lab-to-Market Conference: University / Industry Sponsored Research - Opportunities and Obstacles
June 2006
Skaneateles, New York

Lab-to-Market Conference: Business Side of Patents
October 2005
New York City, New York

Lab-to-Market Conference: Building Sound Patent Practices
May 2005
Buffalo, New York