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I am pleased to share with all of you that our own Jeffrey Sears, Columbia's Chief Patent Counsel has been elected to the Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The Committee plays a crucial role in keeping USPTO operations and services current and effective. Jeff will be one of only nine members nationally of the PPAC chosen to represent the interests of users of the USPTO; advise the USPTO Director on the policies, goals, performance, budget, and user fees of the USPTO; and prepare an annual report of USPTO patent operations for the President, the Secretary of Commerce, and Congress. Congratulations Jeff! We look forward to following your progress and supporting your efforts.

As we move along in the Spring Semester at Columbia, I wanted to bring to your attention a few excellent opportunities and events taking place around New York in the months ahead for early-stage entrepreneurs and researchers, per the list below. 
Monday, 02/13, 12PM - Lightspeed Venture Partners at Columbia - Lightspeed partner Krish Parikh will be visiting Columbia to host a session for students interested in learning about VC/startups/entrepreneurship. Krish will give insight into what trends VCs are seeing in the tech ecosystem and Lightspeed’s investment philosophy. Register here

Thursday, 02/16, 9:30PM - Engineering in Medicine Symposium - Join us for a day of talks, networking, and poster presentations exploring the link between engineering and medicine - the path from experiment to implementation. Register here.
Wednesday, 02/22, 6:00PM
- Entrepreneurship and Investing in Biotechnology - Entrepreneurship and Investing in Biotechnology conversation with Dr. David Sable, Portfolio Manager for the Special Situations Life Science Fund and Adjunct Professor in the Columbia University department of biology. Register here.

Friday, 02/24, 9:00AM - Columbia Business School Healthcare Conference: Defining Value Along the Continuum of Care - Showcasing the dynamic changes affecting how value is defined within healthcare, the conference will provide attendees an insider’s look to the broad trends in healthcare and how opinion leaders are driving key industry developments. Register here.

Thursday, 03/02, 12:00pm - Best Practices for Negotiating Commercial Licensing Contracts: Lunch and Learn with Mintz Levin - Julie Korostoff, Co-Chair of Mintz Levin’s IT Transactions & Outsourcing Practice, will discuss strategies for early stage companies negotiating commercial licensing deals with large strategic partners. Register here.

Thursday, 03/02, 8:30AM Pittsburgh, PA - Women's Entrepreneurship Symposium - Hosted by the United States Patent Trademark Office (USPTO), the Symposium will focus on women inventors, entrepreneurs and the importance of intellectual property. Register here.

Thursday, 03/23, Indianapolis, IN - Working with Patents and Trademarks - Hosted by USPTO, this free program will include discussion about the gender gap in patents, followed by an educational training session to learn the basics, and an opportunity to meet with USPTO staff. Register here.
Wednesday, 03/1 Deadline! - Application for the Tamer Fund for Social Ventures open now - The Fund provides seed grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, for-profit, and hybrid early-stage social ventures. Ventures must be led by Columbia students or alumni, or be advised and have significant involvement by Columbia faculty or researchers. Click here for information on selection criteria can be found. Apply here

May 2017 - Affordable, full-service startup science lab and office space available - Alexandria LaunchLabs will be opening its doors in May 2017 to a new roster of life science startups. Located at the Alexandria Center for Life Science, Alexandria LaunchLabs is New York City’s first-in-class, affordable, full-service startup laboratory/office space designed to help young companies thrive and recruit top talent. Learn more!

Summer 2017 - Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA) is now accepting applications for Summer 2017 - The companies selected to participate in the four-month program will receive a $100,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund. Learn more!
Scientists and Entrepreneurs: From Here to There - Two leading members of the early-stage biotech community: Nina Tandon, CEO and co-founder of EpiBone, and Hemai Parthasarathy, Scientific Director of Breakout Labs and the Thiel Foundation (and investor in Epibone) discuss the current state of biotech investing, their lessons on life science entrepreneurship, and offer advice for those looking to launch their own companies in this space. Watch here!
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