This series will feature venture funds that are run by universities that invest in university startups. Each webinar will feature universities and they will talk about their experiences of managing an in-house fund to foster better understanding of this timely topic as it helps bring about commercialization and entrepreneurship.
ABOUT THIS WEBINAR:
This webinar will describe Carolina KickStart, a program developed as part of UNC's Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). Carolina KickStart brings together a number of activities to support the building and launching of biomedical and healthcare-related startups. We provide education for faculty and students around commercialization and launching company, mentoring to help them develop their ideas, connections with the outside community to bring on advisors, management, consultants, and service providers, incubation to allow them to grow in a low-cost facility, and funding. Funding takes on several forms. Our CTSA provides pilot grants to faculty to do translational research. This research moves novel discoveries from bench closer to the bedside. KickStart provides commercialization awards to startups who have licensed UNC technology and have a skeletal management team in place. These awards help to de-risk the technology on either the science or the business side. On the science side, the award can be used for conducting proof of concept experiments or building prototypes. On the business side, the award can be used to explore the patent landscape, hire a consultant to develop a regulatory plan, or do market research.
ABOUT THE PRESENTERS:
Don Rose Director Carolina KickStart, NC TraCS Institute University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Don Rose is Director of UNC’s Carolina KickStart Program a life science and biomedical commercialization program within the UNC TraCS Institute. Prior to that, he held senior leadership roles at a number of life science startups: Metabolon (metabolomics, RTP), Deerac Fluidics (nanoliter dispensing, Dublin), and DataCentric Automation (high-throughput crystallography, Nashville). Before that, he was a general partner with Catalysta Partners (now Hatteras Venture Partners), a seed stage venture fund specializing in information technology and biotechnology start-ups. During this time, Don was co-founder and CEO of Phase Bioscience, a biomaterials start-up, spun out of Duke University. Prior to Catalysta, he was co-founder and VP of Research and Development for Cartesian Technologies, a leader in instrumentation for DNA microarrays and nanoliter dispensing. Prior to Cartesian, Dr. Rose was a research scientist at Glaxo Wellcome (now GSK) where he developed and promoted a number of technologies in bioanalytical chemistry, combinatorial chemistry and high-throughput screening. Prior to GW, Dr. Rose developed various aspects of capillary electrophoreses instrumentation at Hewlett-Packard Laboratories. Dr. Rose received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry and BS in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina. He has published eight papers, two book chapters, and holds six US patents.
June 25 – Michigan Universities Commercialization Initiative July 2 - Maryland Mtech Ventures July 16 – Florida State University August 6 – MIT Deshpande Center September 17 - University of California, San Diego October 1 – Indiana University October 15 – University of Missouri November 19 – University of California, San Francisco
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ATTENDEES:
WEBINAR DURATION: Each session is a 60-minute webinar with 40 minutes of presentation and 20 minutes of Q&A.
COST:Free, but registration required by clicking on register the Register button above. Your registration is valid for all webinars in this series
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?: This webinar is online. You need a computer with web access for the visual/audio. You may also dial-in using the audio-only telephone number. The call in details and instructions on how to join the webinar will be sent to you via email after you register. Once registered to the webinar you will receive a reminder email 24 hours before the start of the webinar with instructions on how to join.
QUESTIONS TO SPEAKERS: Q&A is conducted by a chat box to the speakers.
WHO SHOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE WEBINAR?:University officials, researchers looking to commercialize research, federal and state government officials, venture capitalists, angel investors, Global 1000 companies, industry representatives, entrepreneurs and individual investors.
SLIDES AND VIDEO: The slide presentations and video recording will be available on this page. If you are unable to join the live webinar, you may view the recorded video that will be posted within 24 hours after the scheduled webinar ends.