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VOL. 2, NO. 5, FEBRUARY 2014 | techventures.columbia.edu
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Launching into 2014: CES, XIRs, & Exciting Events

 

Dear Colleagues,

It has been an exciting first month of 2014! Teresa, Jay, and Margy from Columbia Tech Ventures just returned from promoting five Columbia start-up teams at CES 2014 - the world's largest consumer electronic tradeshow - in Las Vegas for the second year in a row. The start-up teams - NimbleDroid, FLiCC, Aquazap and Algolux - got great press coverage (in Xconomy, Discovery, and Tech Cocktail NYC, to name a few), valuable industry contacts, and even funding offers on the spot! We’re proud to be associated with such great emerging entrepreneurs.



We would also like to welcome our two newest Executives-in-Residence (XIRs): Adam Siegel and Rana Gupta. Adam Siegel is a serial entrepreneur and former researcher at Google [X] on the Google Glass and other mobile display platforms; he is currently working on a consumer health device company that participated in the Rock Health accelerator in San Francisco last summer. Rana Gupta is a serial entrepreneur who sold his last company HistoRx (diagnostics technology out of Yale) to Novartis, a former VC with Navigator Technology Ventures, and lectures on entrepreneurial finance at Boston University. Adam and Rana join our current XIRs: Brian Phillips, Kathy Timko, Bob Colao, and Bruce Conway. For more information or to schedule an appointment with our XIRs, please click here.

Finally, we have a number of exciting events coming up, including conversations with entrepreneur and roboticist Joe Jones (co-inventor of the Roomba and co-founder of materials handling start-up Harvest Automation); Dennis Purcell (Senior Managing Partner, Aisling Capital, a NYC-based life science venture capital firm with $1.7B under management); and Micah Rosenbloom (serial entrepreneur and Venture Partner, Founder Collective). And I will be doing my periodic Introduction to Tech Transfer talk this Monday, February 3. 

We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Sincerely,

Orin Herskowitz
Executive Director, CTV
VP for Intellectual Property & Technology Transfer

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Intro to Technology Transfer

FEBRUARY 3 | 5:00-6:00PM | MORNINGSIDE CAMPUS
CTV Executive Director Orin Herskowitz will cover the process by which university research turns into commercial products on the market; how licenses get negotiated; how start-ups get formed; and the success rates across universities around the U.S.
USPTO Office Hours

FEBRUARY 10 | 3:00-5:00PM | MORNINGSIDE CAMPUS
Schedule a time to meet with Dr. Mindy Bickel, the USPTO’s Innovation and Outreach Coordinator, to discuss your patenting questions.
Venture Investing in Life Science Start-ups: Dennis Purcell, Aisling Capital

FEBRUARY 25 | 2:00-3:30PM | MORNINGSIDE CAMPUS
Dennis Purcell, Senior Managing Partner at Aisling Capital, and Orin Herskowitz, CTV's Executive Director will discuss "lessons from the trenches" in venture investing in life science start-ups.
The Tech Transfer Story: Joe Jones, iRobot, Harvest Automation

FEBRUARY 28 | 11:30AM-1:00PM | MORNINGSIDE CAMPUS
Join us for a lively discussion as CTV TLO Teresa Fazio and Dr. Jones discuss his technology transfer story: from a lab at MIT, to the startup iRobot and commercialization of the Roomba, to his new role as CTO of Harvest Automation.
Patents 101

MARCH 6 | 5:00-6:00PM | MORNINGSIDE CAMPUS
As part of the Columbia Technology Ventures Educational Event Series, Dr. Jeff Sears, Columbia's Chief Patent Counsel, will be addressing members of the Columbia community.
Building Venture-Scale Businesses: Micah Rosenbloom, Founder Collective

APRIL 1 | 1:30-3:30PM | MORNINGSIDE CAMPUS
As part of the Columbia Technology Ventures Educational Event Series, Micah Rosenbloom and Orin Herskowitz will have an open discussion on launching early stage ventures.
See All Upcoming Events & Deadlines

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