• Shaping A More Inclusive Intellectual Property World With Derrick Brent

    Creating positive change in the world of emerging technology requires more than just innovative ideas. It demands a commitment to fostering an environment where everyone, regardless of their background, has the opportunity to contribute and thrive. 

    This means implementing intentional practices, programs, and initiatives aimed at promoting inclusive innovation. By ensuring access for women, people of color, indigenous peoples, individuals with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and other underrepresented groups, we can pave the way for a more successful and inclusive innovation strategy.

    I'm thrilled today to welcome Derrick Brent, the Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In his role, Derrick acts as a key advisor to Kathi Vidal, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. 

    He is tasked with managing a broad range of programs and operations at one of the world's most significant intellectual property offices, which boasts over 13,000 employees and operates with an annual budget exceeding $4 billion.

    Derrick's role is broad and multifaceted. He works closely with Director Vidal to guide the USPTO. Together, they work to improve IP policies and procedures for the national good. They also work to expand the USPTO's outreach as they boost innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the country.


    In This Episode:

    [02:59] Derrick shares some specific initiatives led by the USPTO to promote diversity and inclusion in tech transfer offices.

    [03:23] Tech transfer presents the opportunity for entrepreneurial gains in startups and a chance for innovation to reach the marketplace.

    [04:07] Education and reaching out early to present tech transfer as an opportunity for research and employment. They've also engaged in outreach with HBCUs and MSIs in an effort to expand activity in the system.

    [05:35] The USPTO has been engaging on a high level and trying to reach more people to bring into the tech transfer system.

    [06:01] How the USPTO collaborates with ERIs to drive diversity and inclusion in innovation. Tech transfer round tables with staff from HBCUs and MSIs. They had subject matter experts and text transfer people.

    [08:11] They are using outreach to educate the administrators about tech transfer. They're winning minds and hearts to commit to the expansion.

    [09:07] We need to do a better job of coordinating our resources.

    [10:17]  Effective strategies that the USPTO uses to help ensure equitable access to resources and opportunities for underrepresented groups. Kathi Vidal has been passionate about bringing more into the system. 

    [11:02] The pro bono program offers free patent legal assistance. The Pathways Program educates entrepreneurs and brings the marketplace into play.

    [12:10] Enhanced outreach has also developed geographic diversity. The first time filer program also brings more people into the system.

    [15:08] The success in their approaches comes from being intentional in making maximum impact.

    [17:41] The USPTO is an agency with a big heart and they want to do more. One of the challenges they face is scaling their programs and coordinating resources. 

    [23:56] Partners working to help include AUTM, National Academy of Inventors, Federal Labs Consortium, UNCF and more. The universities themselves get right out into the field.

    [26:45] Derrick talks about how to measure the effectiveness of these initiatives.

    [30:05] One of their core principles is driving inclusive innovation.

    [34:39] How the USPTO addresses unconscious bias in the patent office to ensure fair treatment for all innovators regardless of their background.

    [37:03] Derrick talks about the role of the PTO shaping the future of diversity and inclusion in tech transfer. They are going to continue to provide IP education wherever there are entrepreneurial efforts. Tech transfer needs a connector.

    [39:11] To drive diversity and inclusion in innovation they are going to continue to lead by example and make sure they have robust inclusive teams. 


    Resources: 

    USPTO Derrick Brent

    Derrick Brent LinkedIn

    USPTO America’s Innovation Agency LinkedIn

    USPTO Kathi Vidal

    Kentucky Commercial Ventures

    Patent Pro Bono Program

    Patent Pro Bono Program: Pathways to inclusive innovation

    USPTO Molly Kocialski

    National Science Foundation: NSF

    National Academy of Inventors

    Federal Labs Consortium

    UNCF


    42m | Feb 28, 2024
  • Celebrating Black Entrepreneurial Excellence: A Glimpse into Spelman's Center for Entrepreneurship with Dr. Grant Warner

    The entrepreneurial landscape in the United States is rich with talent and innovation, evidenced by the nearly 3.6 million Black-owned businesses, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. These enterprises, which employ around 1.3 million individuals across 4% of these businesses, are a vibrant testament to the resilience, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial drive within Black communities nationwide.

    Yet, despite their notable impact, Black entrepreneurs face persistent challenges, including limited access to capital, educational resources, networking, and mentorship. These barriers have historically hindered the full realization of their entrepreneurial ambitions.

    In today's discussion, we're delighted to have Dr. Grant Warner, who serves as the Bank of America Endowed Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Center for Black Entrepreneurship at Spelman College. 

    Dr. Warner is at the forefront of a transformative movement with the Center, championing innovative solutions to empower Black entrepreneurs. Under his guidance, the Center is breaking new ground by equipping aspiring Black business leaders with the essential tools, resources, and support network needed to excel in the ever-competitive business arena.


    In This Episode:

    [02:03] The Center for Black Entrepreneurship is a partnership between Spelman, Morehouse, and The Black Economic Alliance with a mission to unlock Black entrepreneurial talent. 

    [02:43] Support will provide benefits for aspiring entrepreneurs and practicing entrepreneurs. There will be scholarships, support, and funding opportunities.

    [04:14] There will also be mentorships that supply access to founders along with ecosystem development including engaging with university fellows from all over the world. They are also bringing VCs to campus. The goal is to introduce students and stakeholders to the larger ecosystem.

    [05:54] Another pillar is education. They want to share their experience and knowledge at the intersection of race and entrepreneurship.

    [06:30] On the pathway side, it's about deepening relationships with startups and funders. This includes the Entrepreneur Leadership Consulting program.

    [08:07] The Center was established on Morehouse and Spelman which already had a dynamic entrepreneurship environment.

    [09:25] There is a rich diversity within the HBCU experience. The strength of an HBCU is the idea of a safe space. It's an environment for people to explore their interests without feeling judged.

    [11:48] Bridging the gap between black entrepreneurship and investors. 

    [15:06] There was an increase in entrepreneurship during the pandemic that correlated with stimulus money. There's a lot of entrepreneurial potential that gets unlocked when there's access to capital.

    [16:02] How the Center for Black Entrepreneurship instills intangible qualities necessary for entrepreneurial success. There's a mindset course that speaks to resilience, adaptability, and problem solving. They also ground in the knowledge of how black people have faced adversity.

    [17:14] They also focus on the core frameworks that are popular in entrepreneurship.

    [18:42] Dr Warner talks about how programs like the European Innovation Academy broadens perspectives and contributes to the holistic development of these entrepreneurial ecosystems.

    [21:14] Luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and the more people you know, the better chance you have.

    [22:03] Dr Warner talks about a certificate program that is targeted at adult learners and people looking to explore entrepreneurship.

    [23:43] Success stories include the changes that are made with individual students as they prepare for their careers. The CBE has opened up interest and passion about entrepreneurship. 

    [27:08] Future hopes of the impact of the CBE include an example of how HCBUs can help transform the community around them and inspire economic change without gentrification.


    Resources: 

    CBE Center for Black Entrepreneurship

    Grant Warner, Ph.D. Named Inaugural Director of the Center for Black Entrepreneurship

    Center for Black Entrepreneurship Spelman

    Dr. Grant Warner LinkedIn

    Dr. Tiffany Rogers Bussey LinkedIn


    32m | Feb 21, 2024
  • Immortalizing The Untold Stories of Black Inventors with James Howard of BIHOF

    As February unfolds, we're thrilled to kick off a special series in celebration of Black History Month, a time to honor the significant contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. Today, we're excited to chat with James Howard, the Executive Director of the Black Inventors Hall of Fame (BIHOF).

    James Howard wears many hats: he is a college professor, design historian, entrepreneur, industrial designer, inventor, and restaurateur. He brings more than 25 years of teaching experience in design and has created a course on Design Thinking and Design History, examining how design influences society.

    An inventor in his own right, James has 20 patents under his belt. His most recent project involves launching Entrepreneurial U, the first Design Thinking school in Morris County.

    We take a fascinating look at vital contributions by African Americans that were frequently overlooked or not publicized. James' passion for science, patents, inventions, and immortalizing these achievements and contributions is contagious in this enlightening and informative episode.


    In This Episode:

    [01:52] James shares his initial inspiration for the Black Inventors Hall of Fame. 

    [03:19] He noticed a 2016 issue of Time Magazine that featured America's top 100 inventors. There wasn't a single black inventor mentioned until the very end. 

    [05:09] Four years later he opened the Black Inventors Hall of Fame.

    [05:59] He's designing a building to immortalize the contribution of black inventors over the last 400 years.

    [07:10]  African-American, Charles Frederick Page patented the first airship before the Wright Brothers. Charles Henry Turner was one of the earliest pioneers in this country studying the cognitive quality of animals.

    [11:00] James highlights inductees including Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, Dr. Charles Drew, Dr. Patricia Bath and Lonnie Johnson who invented the Super Soaker and more amazing inventors. 

    [16:09] James gives us more details about the museum including who the different halls are named after and the stories they will tell.

    [16:38] He also explains a program called A Moment In Time which will give holographic images of the inventors as they tell their story.

    [19:39] There's also going to be a STEM Learning Center which focuses on teaching technology to underserved individuals and kids. Tuition free. 

    [19:57] There's also going to be a Maker Station and an incubator for entrepreneurs. There will also be a theater to tell the stories through film.

    [22:40] James talks about the Future Black Innovators Initiative.

    [26:35] The vision will be shared over three distinct eras including the early innovators, the golden era of innovation, and the modern era of innovation.

    [31:44] We learn about the vision of the learning center from whiteboards to 3D printers to the encouragement of open thinking.

    [34:03] Reach out to James if you are interested in helping with the museum. Reach out if you're interested in researching, finding artifacts, or sharing information about an inventor whose story needs to be told.


    Resources: 

    Black Inventors Hall of Fame

    James Howard Black Inventors Leadership Team

    James Howard LinkedIn

    Entrepreneurial U, Morris County’s First School Of Design Thinking

    Charles Frederick Page

    Charles Henry Turner


    38m | Feb 14, 2024
  • Behind the Numbers- Insights from U.S. Patenting on Diagnosing COVID-19

    We have some interesting insights to share from "Diagnosing COVID-19: A Perspective from U.S. Patenting Activity," a report by the US Patent and Trademark Office's Chief Economist, Andrew Toole, and Senior Research Economist, Nicholas A. Pairolero.

    Dr. Andrew Toole is the Chief Economist at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and also serves as a Research Associate at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). He has experience spanning the private sector, academia, and government.

    Nicholas A. Pairolero is a Senior Research Economist at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). His work focuses on evidence-based policy and decision-making, with a particular interest in the economics of innovation.

    This episode uncovers how universities and small companies have emerged as leaders in patenting COVID-19 diagnostics innovations. It highlights the critical role of government funding in driving innovation, alongside intriguing statistics about women patent applicants. We talk about the future of innovation and more in this in-depth exploration of the landscape of COVID-19 diagnostics patents.


    In This Episode:

    [01:33] The World Trade Organization adopted a waiver of COVID-19 related vaccine patents in June of 2022. The waiver was expanded to therapeutics and diagnostics which opened up an information vacuum.

    [03:07] With the report Andy and Nick discovered that universities and small companies emerged as leaders in patenting COVID-19 diagnostics.

    [03:47] They started on the report around April of 2023. They had Nick and patent examiners and really knowledgeable people on board. There were economists on the data side. Nick was able to organize the group within the PTO and collaborate with the International Trade Commission.

    [04:51] Nick shares examples of small companies and universities that were top patent applicants for COVID-19 diagnostics. 

    [05:50] He also shares some of the companies that had emergency use authorization for diagnostics and the path to commercialization. 

    [07:27] Nick talks about the contributions of smaller organizations and the adaptability and diversity of the COVID-19 diagnostic innovation landscape.

    [08:59] In the initial part of the pandemic, companies were responsive right away in April, May, and June of 2020. The response was extremely fast. 

    [10:16] The university system was well poised to respond to the pandemic. There were also a number of different government programs and support for research. Academic institutions have the ability to be very flexible.

    [11:52] Support from the NIH played a crucial role. Under the Bayh-Dole Act universities are allowed to get exclusive rights to inventions that are partially funded by the government.

    [13:45] About 11% of all of the patenting found related to COVID-19 diagnostics was supported in part by government funding.

    [15:09] Nick is doing work with AI to identify patents and group them and create studies such as patent landscapes.

    [16:03] Nick talks about taking a broader approach and a more specific approach when studying patent applications.

    [19:34] Discovering that universities and small firms were such a big part of the equation was an "aha" moment.

    [21:08] 71% of the public filings that they found were small companies and universities. 

    [22:41] It's very difficult to link the packaged test back to the original patents.

    [23:31] Government support is one of the most important sources fueling innovation in the healthcare industry. The NIH is the largest . funding agency for healthcare research in the world.

    [25:18] Obstacles for smaller groups include fewer experienced attorneys, slightly lower allowance rates, and more changes in the process.

    [26:20] The quality of the attorney matters when getting through the complicated legal process of patent examination.

    [27:20] Small and micro entities are a category they label, because they pay discounted fees for their filing and have to meet certain criteria. They are also looking at the inventors and even women versus men. 

    [28:07] Women inventors are arriving at the PTO in a greater proportion through small and micro entities as opposed to the large companies.

    [29:14] They are also pursuing a study on how uncertainty is affecting the choices of applicants.

    [30:07] Patent thickets are areas with a lot of patents that would be difficult to negotiate licensing over multiple holders. 

    [32:09] They looked at the overlap of invention claims or the description of what the invention does. They see increasing overlap over time.

    [35:34] Having a study which shows what works and what doesn't work will help with future collaborative roles for small organizations and universities and government support in future health crises.

    [37:45] Resilience and Ingenuity: Global Innovation Responses to Covid-19, shows the importance of collaboration that has to happen between government and organizations.


    Resources: 

    Andrew Toole

    Andrew Toole LinkedIn

    Nicholas Pairolero

    Nicholas Pairolero LinkedIn

    Diagnosing COVID-19: A perspective from U.S. patenting activity.

    Derwent Innovation

    NIH RADx

    The Impact of Public Basic Research on Industrial Innovation: Evidence from the Pharmaceutical Industry

    Resilience and Ingenuity: Global Innovation Responses to Covid-19


    40m | Feb 7, 2024
  • Inclusive Innovation: Bridging the Inventor Gap with Insights from Colleen Chien and Lisa Larrimore Ouellette

    Have you ever wondered why some voices are less heard in the world of innovation? In this episode, we're diving into a critical topic within the realm of U.S. innovation – the existing inequity in patent inventorship. This issue has led to a significant "innovator-inventor" gap, marked by the underrepresentation of women among patent inventors and the obstacles encountered by inventors from low-income backgrounds. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to shed light on this important subject and am joined by two specialists in the field.

    Colleen Chien is a distinguished scholar at the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and a faculty member at Berkeley Law School, where she co-directs the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology. Known for her expertise in patent law and policy, she has testified before Congress and worked as a Senior Counselor at the Department of Commerce. Professor Chien also founded the Paper Prisons Initiative and the Diversity Pilots Initiative, focusing on second-chance eligibility and inclusion in innovation, respectively.

    Lisa Larrimore Ouellette, the Deane F. Johnson Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, specializes in intellectual property and innovation law. Her work, grounded in her physics background, focuses on patent policies, scientific input in patent examination, and the intersection of IP with broader innovation strategies. An award-winning educator, she co-authored a patent law casebook and received the John Bingham Hurlbut Award for Excellence in Teaching. Her expertise also covers trademark law, online survey evidentiary value, and the implications of differing legal review standards.


    In This Episode:

    [03:27] Lisa shares how non-diverse invention and entrepreneurship is in the U.S. There are vast inequalities by gender, race, income, and geography.

    [04:32] The “innovator-inventor” gap is the gap between those who innovate and those who actually become inventors. Only 13% of patentees are women. There is a gap between those who are in the workforce and those who are actually inventing and getting credit for it.

    [07:11] Why is equitable inventor attribution important? There are clear benefits for those who receive patents and they should be equitably distributed.

    [08:18] All-female inventor teams are more likely to focus on women’s health

    [08:54] There are some studies that point to unconscious bias in the patent process. Women not only have lower allowance rates on patents but those with more feminine names did even worse.

    [10:48] The standards for authorship and patent inventorship are different. Paper authors are governed by scientific norms. Patent law has long favored coming up with the idea over doing any of the work implemented in practice.

    [12:39] Contributorship helps explain the rules of those involved in the paper. They looked at data sets to find people who were credited with conceptualization and/or investigation. Women were credited with conceptualization 38% of the time.

    [15:05] What universities and corporations can do to help reduce this disparity in patenting. These are the ones closest to the innovators, and they can best understand what's prohibiting women from starting the process. Surveys can be used to help understand what's preventing them from getting through the process.

    [18:42] The USPTO can help users understand the process, so they claim the patents that they're entitled to. 

    [23:03] Conducting careful assessments when working on a patent application can help give credit to all of the authors and inventors. 

    [24:25] Other steps that can be taken include making sure that bias isn't part of the role and listing people who've contributed in other ways.

    [26:15] Professor Chien talks about her paper, Redefining Progress.

    [28:32] Diversity Pilots Initiative is working with companies and doing surveys to really find effective practices. 

    [32:13] It's important for everyone to be able to see themselves as potential innovators. If you have an idea that you think is worthy for a patent, reach out to the patent office.


    Resources: 

    Colleen Chien

    Colleen Chien LinkedIn

    Lisa Larrimore Ouellette

    Lisa Larrimore Ouellette LinkedIn

    Kathi Vidal

    Redefining Progress: the Case for Diversity in Innovation and Inventing

    Innovator Diversity Pilots Initiative

    Innovator Diversity Pilots Conference


    34m | Jan 31, 2024
  • Bayh-Dole Draft Concerns - Member Bonus episode

    As the clock ticks towards the closure of the 60-day comment period on Feb. 6, and NIST prepares to review and finalize guidance, there are still some crucial concerns regarding the Draft Interagency Guidance Framework for Considering the Exercise of March-In Rights, a tool created to evaluate when it might be appropriate to require licensing of a patent developed with federal funding.

    The Bayh-Dole Act, a key driver of public-private partnerships and innovation in the U.S., is at the heart of today's discussion. We'll explore AUTM's position, the act's original intentions, and the potential impacts of the Draft Guidelines on innovation and intellectual property.

    Joining the conversation is Mike Waring, AUTM’s Advocacy & Alliances Coordinator and President/CEO of Waring Federal Strategies. With nearly 20 years at AUTM, including roles as Assistant VP of Advocacy and Cabinet Chair, Mike brings a wealth of experience in tech transfer and IP issues.

    Mike's background includes serving as Director of the University of Michigan’s D.C. Office, chairing the AAU Task Force on Intellectual Property, IT, and Tech Transfer, and working in various capacities with AUTM on advocacy issues. His previous roles also include working at the National Association of Broadcasters and as a legislative aide for Rep. Harold Rogers.


    In This Episode:

    [02:39] The Bayh-Dole Act is one of the most transformational pieces of legislation that Congress has worked on. Now that it's been around for 40 years people are taking it for granted.

    [03:55] It incentivizes universities and nonprofits to take great ideas to market.

    [04:52] AUTM believes that using march-in rights to lower drug prices is improper under the Bayh-Dole Act. There were limited uses for march-in to make sure that technologies actually get to the marketplace.

    [06:23] Congress didn't leave wiggle room for march-in rights to be reinterpreted. They were very clear about the limited uses of march-in. Having it interpreted by countless agencies will be a recipe for disaster.

    [07:38] Pricing terms didn't work 30 years ago. Lesson learned.

    [08:40] There's bipartisan support that the Bayh-Dole Act does not allow march-in based on drug pricing. There have been attempts over the years to invoke it, but it's never happened. 

    [10:13] The last two directors of the patent office have said publicly that this is a horrible idea, and it shouldn't be pursued.

    [10:56] This will affect every invention that uses federal money. 

    [11:38] Adverse consequences include investors not taking the risk and stopping funding for innovation and tech transfer. 

    [13:37] Pricing is an aftermarket decision. It would be like going back on a promise that was made before to investors.

    [14:44] If people aren't willing to invest in new technologies our country could fall behind.

    [14:56] Mike talks about the guidelines that AUTM finds concerning. Companies could take patents away from the inventors if they are willing to sell for less. 

    [15:38] What would be the process of people in the government making very individualized decisions?

    [16:20] Big companies will be favored over small companies and startups won't have the resources to defend themselves. It's ill-conceived to have the government making decisions without specialized guidance.

    [17:21] We need as many AUTM members as possible to file comments. 

    [20:07] For more information be sure to attend the upcoming Webinar hosted by AUTM on Monday, January 29th.

    [20:42] There will also be a policy session at the AUTM Annual Meeting in San Diego on Monday, February 19th at 11:00.


    Resources: 

    Draft Interagency Guidance Framework for Considering the Exercise of March-In Rights

    The Bayh-Dole Act

    Mike Waring

    Mike Waring LinkedIn

    AUTM Annual Meeting February 18-21, 2024 San Diego

    Live Webinars


    22m | Jan 29, 2024
  • Countdown to AUTM 2024: Almesha Campbell Shares What's in Store for San Diego

    Welcome to a special episode as we gear up for the 2024 AUTM Annual Meeting in San Diego. This episode offers an exciting sneak peek at what awaits attendees this year. I am joined by Almesha Campbell, AUTM Board Chair and Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development at Jackson State University. We are thrilled about going to San Diego and participating in this event.

    Lisa and Almesha discuss the widespread excitement about the meeting. International members will be recognized, and there will be eight tracks for professionals. At AUTM, experts in various areas are eager to share their knowledge. Almesha explains what the eight tracks are and the subjects they will cover.

    The subject matter comes directly from the experts themselves. Almesha shares some of the critical focus areas and the knowledge that participants can gain from engaging in the courses. Besides hands-on sessions, there is a wealth of opportunities to find partners and like-minded individuals for collaboration. This episode will detail what the event entails and get participants excited to head to San Diego.


    In This Episode:

    [01:38] Attendees will be able to explore iconic San Diego sites. 

    [03:19] AUTM has a large number of international members. Governmental agencies are also requesting our presence in their countries. We even have trainers in Egypt.

    [04:36] AUTM is a great convener and connector of people. 

    [05:01] International members will be recognized, and there's a whole session traded around them.

    [05:19] This year there are eight tracks for professionals.

    [05:59] Topics include intellectual property aligning with professional development goals, licensing and insights into common licensing issues, and marketing strategies.

    [06:23] We'll also be talking about new ventures and entrepreneurship, funding and educational support, and operations.

    [07:34] We'll also be covering how to define tech transfer for the layman for educational advocacy. Another big thing is societal impact and relationship management.

    [09:03] There will be an incredible breadth and depth of offerings.

    [09:50] Almesha talks about how professionals can benefit from these courses and specific knowledge that they can gain. 

    [10:12] With a deep dive into critical focus areas participants can expect to gain practical insights and valuable skills.

    [11:28] This is the first year that leadership communication will be offered. There's a lot of excitement around this topic.

    [12:23] There will also be AM24 Anywhere online access. This is a great option if you can't attend the meeting in person. You can access the educational content and networking opportunities on your own time.

    [13:19] You will need the AUTM Connect platform. Virtual meetings can be scheduled with all of the attendees.

    [14:49] Advice for attendees is to make sure you sign up for Connect and Collaborate for networking opportunities. Also, hang back in the room and look for opportunities to connect. 

    [18:33] Industry partners offer concise presentations and share valuable tips on collaboration with companies.

    [20:07] There are 90 educational sessions. Almesha shares the three sessions that she thinks are critical. 

    [25:12] Team AUTM is organizing a 5k not only to promote a healthy and active lifestyle, but also to contribute to supporting the future leaders of the AUTM foundation. 


    Resources: 

    Almesha Campbell

    Almesha Campbell LinkedIn

    AUTM Annual Meeting 2024 San Diego February 18th - 21st

    Your Guide To The Good Stuff In San Diego

    28m | Jan 24, 2024
  • Changing the Game in Tech: University of Kentucky's Inclusive Approach to Entrepreneurship With Serenity Wright

    There's more to commercialization than just the impact of technology being transferred. This episode focuses on social innovation in technology and the University of Kentucky's Office of Technology Commercialization's unique approach. It's not just about developing, but also managing entrepreneurship programs with a focus on inclusive innovation. This ensures fair access to training for underrepresented innovators in Kentucky.

    I'm joined by Serenity Wright, the Associate Director of Social Innovation at the University. Holding a doctorate in policy, measurement, and evaluation, her rich background includes teaching high school, leading diversity initiatives at Transylvania University, and roles in city government and the Gatton College of Business and Economics. Committed to social equity, she's also involved in various community boards and the Mayoral Commission for Racial Justice and Equity.


    In This Episode:

    [04:09] Serenity shares how the Social Innovation program is fostering positive change. The positive pennies philosophy.

    [08:58] Getting programs and opportunities to people is fostering inclusion. People need to see a clear map on how to get there.

    [10:52] How long does it take to get from disclosure to market abstract? How many antiquated policies need to be reviewed or changed? Building an inclusive ecosystem is at the core of everything they do.

    [12:34] Serenity talks about programs like UAccel at University of Kentucky that make the social innovation program an "and".

    [15:52] Solutions that partners and the faculty are creating are critical to their roles at the unit institution.

    [17:46] They also have a community engaged pre seed accelerator. They also bring community-based solutions to their faculty. They partnered with Queer KY with key initiatives about mental and physical health.

    [20:08] Being a connector, friendship, and humanity is what the work they are trying to do is about.

    [21:09] Some things they have been doing include presentations, tracking press releases, listening, and engaging.

    [24:52] Last year, they executed contracts for just under a million dollars in innovation.

    [29:36] The University's Quality Enhancement plan is grounded in translational education knowledge and bringing faculty to work together in the community.

    [33:00] The social Innovation team also presents at AUTM.

    [36:40] The sustaining piece is about infrastructure and working with leadership.

    [40:56] Serenity talks about metrics and the many things they track and measure. Impact metrics also tell them what people need.

    [44:30] Relationships and being engaged have a lot to do with understanding the impact and the data.

    [45:33] Serenity shares some of their bigger wins including patents and proof of concept funding.


    Resources: 

    Serenity Wright

    Serenity Wright LinkedIn

    Enabling Sustained Social Impact with Serenity Wright

    UAccel

    Queer KY

    48m | Jan 17, 2024
  • Federal Government Relations: Advocacy Strategies At The National Level With Mike Waring

    The esteemed Mike Waring, AUTM’s Advocacy and Alliances Coordinator, is back to continue our conversation about national advocacy and federal government relations. Last week, Mike shared strategies for state and local tech transfer. 

    Advocacy is ultimately about relationships. Your campus federal relations team is the one that creates the relationship between your campus and Congress, so it's crucial to have a good relationship with them. You want them to know who you are and what your issues are. You also want to be a specific resource to help make your case in Washington. 

    Mike highlights some of the important issues that he and AUTM have been working on, including a NIST request for information about changes in march-in rights. The intention may be to lower drug prices, but it could create problems and tie up innovation.

    The PREVAIL Act is a step in the right direction for helping patent holders. There’s also a Section 174 tax problem that AUTM and a small-business coalition are working on to get fixed. Additionally, there's a bill for a study by the GAO to inform Congress about what needs to be addressed.

    We discuss strategies for advocating with industry partners on broader concerns, along with educating others and showcasing your research. It all comes back to relationships and working with people in your state to broaden your efforts.


    In This Episode:

    [01:46] Engaging with federal agencies begins with having a really good relationship with your federal relations team on campus.

    [02:47] The federal relations team has a huge list of issues including research funding, oversight, tax law, and more. Having a strong relationship with them will help get your issues addressed.

    [04:34] Strategies to use the federal relations team to advance your agenda. Tap into their expertise and be a resource that can be used to make the case to Washington.

    [06:26] Mike shares resources to stay informed including being an AUTM member, IP Watchdog and the Bayh-Dole Coalition. Associations like the AAU and APLU are also helpful. 

    [09:08] How AUTM was involved with legislation that helped the National Science Foundation provide direct grants to tech transfer offices from the federal government.

    [11:25] We learn about grant programs and the importance of internal communication in order to participate. 

    [12:06] Mike talks about the December 8th, 2023 NIST request for information regarding potential changes in the administration of march-in rights. 

    [12:51] The administration thinks this would lower drug prices, but it would affect every invention and tie-up innovation. 

    [13:31] AUTM and the organizations they work with are going to comment along with individual universities. The interpretation of the law should not be changed. 

    [14:44] The PREVAIL Act is endorsed by AUTM. Senator Chris Coons and Senator Thom Tillis on the committee of IP issues are working with us to try and fix this problem. 

    [16:16] If your university has a senator on the Judiciary Committee, urge them to vote yes when this bill comes up.

    [16:35] There's also a large small-business coalition urging congress to fix the section 174 tax problem.  

    [17:24] There's also a bill that will tell the government accountability office to do a study on how the federal government oversees the tech transfer business.

    [18:00] We need to get GAO to tell congress which problems need to be fixed. The goal is to make tech-transfer work better with the federal government. 

    [19:19] Congress loves to see the government and industry work together. Private industry partners make sense with congress. 

    [25:11] Coordinate with federal relations people when you have events on campus that can showcase your work. 

    [26:10] Beware of what's happening and have the facts and figures when it's time for your school to become an advocate.


    Resources: 

    Mike Waring 

    Mike Waring LinkedIn

    IPWatchdog

    Bayh-Dole Coalition

    Association of American Universities

    Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities

    National Science Foundation

    Accelerating Research Translation (ART)

    NIST

    PREVAIL Act


    29m | Jan 10, 2024
  • Building Bridges in Tech Transfer: Local and State Advocacy Strategies with Mike Waring

    The success of tech transfer efforts begins with advocacy. Tech transfer is not just an abstract idea. It creates real companies and real jobs. Getting policy makers to understand tech transfer will push the whole profession in a positive way.

    Mike Waring, AUTM Advocacy and Alliances Coordinator, is here to talk about advocacy at the local, state, and national level. In this two-part episode, we begin with advocacy at the state and local level. 

    Mike talks about the importance of tapping into relationships with campus government relations people and enabling them to educate and explain what tech transfer is and why we care about certain things. He also gives tips for presenting state and local governments with success stories of things they care about like innovation and job creation. 

    Be sure to join us next week as Mike will be back to continue this conversation at the federal level. We'll explore how advocacy efforts transfer to the national stage along with practical insights and actionable strategies.


    In This Episode:

    [02:42] How tech transfer offices can initiate meaningful conversations with state and local governments about the significance of innovation and tech transfer.

    [03:05] Tapping into the relationships your campus government relations have in order to advance tech transfer issues. 

    [04:30] The importance of educating and explaining how tech transfer works. 

    [06:32] Establishing strong connections with state and local governments to ensure a collaborative approach to fostering innovation.

    [07:16] Look for opportunities for your state and local government relations people to share your successes in new industries and jobs. 

    [08:04] Show that your success creates success for your region. 

    [08:32] Addressing concerns and misconceptions. 

    [10:22] Inviting city councils or the mayor to see how your tech transfer has helped startups with business and opportunity. 

    [10:56] Navigating government policies for tech transfer professionals.

    [12:17] Use other local groups like The Chamber of Commerce to share the importance of tech transfer efforts.

    [12:28] Strategies that TTOs can use to engage with local governments for financial backing and support.

    [14:27] Demonstrating your value to garner public support. Tools include press releases, annual reports, and events. 

    [16:39] The power of collaborating with local business leaders and entrepreneurs.

    [18:17] Mike shares advice for communicating your successes. 


    Resources: 

    Mike Waring 

    Mike Waring LinkedIn

    Technology Transfer Infographic


    23m | Jan 3, 2024
  • Inventing Tomorrow: Unraveling the Impact of AI on IP with Kathi Vidal

    Over the last two decades, utility patent applications involving AI have seen an increase of 150%.

    In the words of Kathi Vidal, “AI is going to be ubiquitous.” From healthcare to climate science, no industry will be left unaffected by it in some way or another, which is why the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), under Kathi’s leadership, has made it a top priority. 

    In this episode, Kathi explains how she and her team at the USPTO are adapting to the growing influence of AI, including their approach to engaging with the public, their emphasis on training, and their commitment to principles of safety, security, reliability, and transparency (among others). We also discuss how they are advancing diversity and inclusion and how they are ensuring that the US maintains its position as a leader in the AI space. 

    In this final episode of 2023, tune in for some food for thought on the evolving relationship between AI and IP! 


    In This Episode:

    [00:36] An overview of today’s episode.  

    [01:54] The potential of AI for the innovation sector. 

    [02:11] Challenges presented by AI advancement. 

    [02:22] The increase in utility patent applications involving AI in the US. 

    [02:43] AI-related training that is offered by the USPTO. 

    [03:53] The principles that underpin all the work being done by the USPTO. 

    [06:05] Determining patentability when AI is used in the inventive process. 

    [08:13] Challenges of achieving harmonization.

    [09:58] The mission that drives the AI and Emerging Technology Partnership initiative that was launched under Kathi’s leadership. 

    [12:05] How AI is going to impact IP in the future. 

    [14:12] What legislation around AI should be achieving. 

    [14:56] How the USPTO uses the feedback they receive from the public regarding AI.

    [15:52] Prior art search tools used by patent examiners at the USPTO. 

    [17:52] How the USPTO is advancing diversity and inclusion. 

    [18:56] Varying impacts of AI across different patent and trademark types. 

    [20:29] The role of the USPTO in helping the US maintain leadership in the AI space. 

    [21:59] Benefits of the partnerships that the USPTO has formed with international bodies.  


    Resources:

    Kathi Vidal Email Address

    Kathi Vidal on LinkedIn

    AI and Emerging Technology Partnership 


    This episode is sponsored by FirstIgnite

    24m | Dec 20, 2023
  • Unlocking Efficiency: Navigating Prompt Engineering in Tech Transfer Offices

    If you’re a technology transfer professional, prompt engineering is going to transform your life. In brief, prompt engineering is a set of plain language inputs that you can impart on a generative AI tool (like ChatGPT) to acquire a particular output. 

    As an example of how ChatGPT can enhance the efficiency of your processes when you get to grips with prompt engineering, John Keary is currently able to review a whole year of license agreements in just 3 days!

    John is the Compliance Manager at New York University and in this episode, he explains how he has managed to complete an unprecedented amount of work in his eight months in this position, why the power of generative AI doesn’t make him fearful, and why he is a strong advocate for every tech transfer professional getting incorporating the technology in their day-to-day activities.  


    In This Episode:

    [00:53] Introducing John Keary, Compliance Manager at New York University. 

    [01:49] How John completed more than two year's worth of work in three months. 

    [06:35] What prompt engineering is. 

    [07:44] The process that John goes through to create prompts for ChatGPT that lead to the results he is looking for. 

    [10:12] The amount of hours that John has put into creating his master prompt and the amount of hours he has saved as a result. 

    [12:33] How prompt engineering can enhance the accuracy and efficiency of technology transfer processes. 

    [13:48] Why John isn’t worried about losing his job to ChatGPT. 

    [15:42] How ChatGPT can foster collaboration within and between teams in the technology transfer space as highlighted by John’s experiences. 

    [17:56] How NYU maintains its quality standards when utilizing ChatGPT. 

    [20:46] Advice on how to evaluate the effectiveness of a prompt for a particular use case.

    [22:41] How John and his team assuage their clients’ privacy concerns relating to the use of ChatGPT. 

    [26:36] The transformative potential of chatbots. 

    [29:33] Why John recommends technology transfer professionals start using AI tools in their offices. 


    Resources:

    John Keary on LinkedIn

    New York University


    This episode is sponsored by FirstIgnite


    34m | Dec 13, 2023
  • Chat GPT and Other Generative AIs: How to Build a Plan to Use and Monetize with Jonathan Gortat

    Generative AI is opening up a whole new world that all of us, at some point, are going to need to learn to navigate. 

    From drafting appeal letters to managing heart disease and finding natural disaster survivors, the limits to what generative AI is likely to be able to help humans do (or do on its own) in the near future are seemingly non-existent. 

    In this episode, Jonathan Gortat, Director of Licensing and Strategic Alliance at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing, joins us to share some of the most exciting advancements that are being made in the generative AI space, the ethical implications of working with this kind of technology, opportunities for monetization, how to keep up with such a swiftly-evolving field, and so much more!  


    In This Episode:

    [01:14] Introducing Jonathan Gortat, Director of Licensing and Strategic Alliance at Stanford University’s Office of Technology Licensing.  

    [02:53] Where exciting developments in the AI space are taking place.   

    [03:13] How most modern generative AI is powered. 

    [04:04] Stanford University projects that have enabled generative AI. 

    [04:43] How Jonathan predicts generative AI will be used in the near future. 

    [07:37] Examples of how generative AI is being used currently. 

    [10:00] Some of the key benefits of generative AI.

    [11:44] Some of the downsides of generative AI.

    [13:28] How to navigate IP hurdles in the generative AI space.

    [17:51] Advice for developing sound monetization strategies for generative AI tools.

    [20:00] Process innovation versus product innovation.

    [20:30] Impacts of the major innovation shifts that have taken place since the Industrial Revolution. 

    [24:46] Ethical dilemmas that need to be carefully considered when developing generative AI tools. 

    [27:04] Opportunities that the generative AI space holds for Stanford University. 

    [30:43] The importance of preparing people for a world in which generative AI is ubiquitous. 


    Resources:

    Jonathan Gortat on LinkedIn


    This episode is sponsored by FirstIgnite


    32m | Dec 6, 2023
  • The Role of AI in Technology Transfer Offices with Marc Sedam

    If you’re worrying about the impact that AI tools could have on your job as a technology transfer professional, stop! In this episode, we are joined by Vice President of Technology Opportunities and Ventures at New York University, Marc Sedam, who is here to share why AI is one of the best things to happen to the field of technology transfer. 

    Six months ago, Marc and his team began harnessing the power of AI in their day-to-day activities. Marc predicts that in 2-years time, everything that is done in their office will be AI-enabled. As a result, in 5-years time, he expects they will have doubled their outputs.

    In this episode, you will gain a better understanding of how AI tools work and the ways in which this technology is going to increase the sophistication of your work, bridge gaps between industry and academia, and generally make your life easier and more enjoyable!


    In This Episode:

    [01:03] Introducing Marc Sedam, Vice President of Technology Opportunities and Ventures at New York University. 

    [02:41] The transformative power of AI and machine learning in the technology transfer space. 

    [04:43] Differences between public and private AI applications. 

    [07:54] The profound impact that AI tools have had on NYU’s technology transfer ventures. 

    [14:01] How publicly-available AI tools can decrease the time needed to conduct back-office tasks.  

    [16:20] Why technology transfer professionals will not lose their jobs to AI tools. 

    [16:57] Examples of the ways Marc and his team ensure data quality and accuracy when using AI tools. 

    [18:16] An overview of how AI works and the problem of hallucinations. 

    [19:31] Why hallucinations are rare occurrences when using private AI tools. 

    [21:42] The investment that is required to benefit from AI tools. 

    [23:13] Marc’s approach to encouraging the use of AI tools amongst his team. 

    [27:01] The 5-year goal that Marc hopes to achieve through implementing AI tools effectively. 

    [27:44] Why Marc isn’t worried about job displacement as a result of AI.  

    [31:14] What the future of technology transfer could look like because of AI.  

    [37:06] An overview of the AUTM/NYU collaboration that aims to encourage AI adoption in technology transfer. 


    Resources:

    Marc Sedam on LinkedIn

    New York University (NYU)

    ​​Thank you to our sponsor for this series First Ignite.

    40m | Nov 29, 2023
  • Empowering Indigenous Artists and Entrepreneurs with Amanda Bernard

    “Together we can foster a future where indigenous voices are heard, cultures are preserved, and the artists of these communities are recognized and celebrated.”

    As a proud member of the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation, Amanda Bernard is on a mission to celebrate, support, and empower indigenous artists and entrepreneurs and in doing so, create a more just and culturally rich world.

    In this episode, Amanda joins us to share what her journey of creating a virtual marketplace for indigenous creatives has consisted of to date as well as her hopes for the future of Shawish. 


    In This Episode:

    [00:57] Introducing Amanda Bernard, the founder of indigenous marketplace Shawish.

    [01:46] Amanda shares what motivated her to found Shawish (and how she chose its name). 

    [03:20] How Shawish has evolved since its founding. 

    [05:22] The unique ways in which Shawish empowers indigenous artists and entrepreneurs. 

    [06:14] How Shawish prevents indigenous appropriation. 

    [07:19] The role that you can play in supporting indigenous communities. 

    [08:35] Common challenges faced by indigenous communities. 

    [10:19] The myriad benefits of supporting indigenous artists and entrepreneurs. 

    [10:56] What Amanda has found most rewarding about her journey with Shawish. 

    [11:22] How Amanda’s heritage fuels her to do the work that she does. 

    [12:00] The continuous learning process that Amanda is committed to at Shawish. 

    [13:30] Examples of how you can support the Shawish mission.

    [13:52] The future of Shawish. 


    Resources:

    Amanda Bernard on LinkedIn

    Shawish


    15m | Nov 15, 2023
  • Empowering Indigenous Communities Through IP with Susan Anthony

    As an attorney in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the USPTO and the USPTO’s Tribal Affairs Liaison, Susan Anthony has committed most of her career to protecting indigenous knowledge and empowering indigenous communities. 

    In this episode, Susan shares where her passion for helping indigenous communities originated, what she loves most about her work, and some of the most memorable moments of her time spent addressing indigenous IP and cultural heritage issues.

    There are 574 federally recognized tribes in the United States, each with their own forms of knowledge and cultural expressions that the Western world can learn an immense amount from.  


    In This Episode:

    [00:52] Introducing Susan Anthony, an attorney in the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the USPTO.

    [02:04] What Susan loves about her job.  

    [04:04] The personal story that led Susan to her current position. 

    [06:43] How the WIPO IGC connects the USPTO to organizations in other countries dealing with cultural heritage issues. 

    [08:45] Examples of the resources that the USPTO provides to indigenous communities.

    [14:50] USPTO programs that empower indigenous communities. 

    [15:01] The number of tribes in the United States and the importance of being sensitive to their differences when developing programs to meet their needs.  

    [16:35] How the WIPO IGC defines traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.

    [19:17] Stories that highlight the meaningful difference that the USPTO is making in the lives of indigenous community members. 

    [21:59] Different definitions of success.  

    [24:44] The challenges of safeguarding indigenous knowledge through IP mechanisms. 

    [26:41] The importance of cultivating greater collaboration between indigenous people and the broader IP community. 

    [28:03] Organizations offering various forms of support to indigenous communities.


    Resources:

    Susan Anthony on LinkedIn

    Susan Anthony Email Address

    United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

    World Intellectual Property Organization Intergovernmental Committee WIPO IGC 

    National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

    When the Light of the World Was Subdued, Our Songs Came Through

    American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

    35m | Nov 8, 2023
  • Uplifting Indigenous Communities through Innovation with Jael Whitney

    Indigenous Peoples' Month, celebrated throughout November in the U.S., is a time to celebrate and honor the rich cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous communities.

    In the first episode of our Indigenous People Celebration series, we’re joined by Jael Whitney, an Officer for MIT Solve’s Indigenous Communities Program with a background in business development, marketing, and economics.

    Tune in today to learn how Jael and her colleagues at MIT Solve are helping indigenous communities address some of their most pressing challenges, the core pillars that underpin their mission, and how you can play a role in supporting and uplifting these marginalized members of society. 


    In This Episode:

    [01:08] Introducing Jael Whitney, an Officer for MIT Solve's Indigenous Communities Program. 

    [02:15] Jael shares an overview of the impactful work being done by MIT Solve in relation to indigenous communities. 

    [03:49] MIT Solve’s approach to meeting the unique needs of indigenous communities.  

    [04:49] The five core values that underpin MIT Solve’s mission. 

    [06:43] The size and structure of the Indigenous Communities Fellowship team. 

    [07:40] One of Jael’s proudest achievements. 

    [09:12] The benefits of becoming an Indigenous Communities Fellow. 

    [02:34] How MIT Solve fosters a sense of community within indigenous communities and organizations. 

    [11:42] MIT Solve’s approach to giving a voice to indigenous communities. 

    [12:26] How technology can be used to serve indigenous communities more effectively.   

    [13:45] How you can contribute to the upliftment of indigenous communities through innovation. 


    Resources:

    Jael Whitney on LinkedIn

    MIT Solve: Indigenous Communities Fellowship


    15m | Nov 1, 2023
  • Invent Together: Paving the Way for Inclusive Innovation with Holly Fechner and Morgan Schreurs

    “Inclusive innovation is a catalyst for justice, for equity, for economic opportunity.” 

    In the United States, IP-intensive industries account for more than 40% of opportunities and provide approximately 63 million jobs. However, in terms of diversity, equity, and inclusion these industries are still far behind where they should be. 

    In this episode, we are joined by the founders of Invent Together, an alliance of universities, nonprofits, companies, and stakeholders on a mission to ensure that everyone, regardless of their race or gender, has the opportunity to bring their ideas to life and patent their inventions.

    Holly Fechner and Morgan Schreurs are, respectively, the Executive Director and Policy Director at Invent Together, and today they shed light on the issue of exclusion in the innovation space and how their organization is helping to close diversity gaps. 


    In This Episode:

    [00:35] The pressing issue that is the focal point of this episode.  

    [01:56] Introducing Holly Fechner and Morgan Schruers, Executive Director and Policy Director respectively at Invent Together. 

    [03:22] The mission driving Invent Together. 

    [04:00] The value of IP to the US economy. 

    [04:51] How Invent Together is closing diversity gaps in the innovation ecosystem. 

    [06:27] Some of the bills that Invest Together has successfully led through Congress. 

    [10:28] Invaluable members of the Invent Together community. 

    [11:46] The motivation behind the founding of The Inventor’s Patent Academy (TIPA) and the benefits it offers to historically underserved inventors. 

    [14:20] How TIPA has evolved since its founding. 

    [16:46] Partnerships that have played a hugely influential role in TIPA’s success. 

    [19:28] The values and experiences that have helped Holly and Morgan shape and guide Invent Together.

    [22:22] The power of inclusive innovation. 


    Resources:

    Invent Together 

    The Inventor’s Patent Academy

    Holly Fechner on LinkedIn

    Morgan Schreurs on LinkedIn


    25m | Oct 25, 2023
  • Creating a Globally Recognized Innovation Hub in Puerto Rico with Carlos Baez-Pagan

    Carlos Baez-Pagan and his team at the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust are working towards the creation of a globally recognized innovation hub. In this episode, Carlos, the Trust’s Associate Director, shares what their journey over the past (almost) 20 years has entailed.  

    Carlos has a background in biochemistry and business administration, has been an AUTM member since 2017, is co-chair of the Better World Project, and is one of the pioneers of technology transfer in his home country. 

    Listen to this insightful episode to learn about the four strategic pillars of the Trust, how they support Hispanic innovators on a local and global scale, some of their most noteworthy success stories, and their aspirations for the future!


    In This Episode:

    [00:53] Introducing Carlos Baez-Pagan, Associate Director of the Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust. 

    [01:48] The mission of the Trust. 

    [02:45] An overview of the Trust’s four strategic pillars and the programs that they cover. 

    [07:04] How the Trust has evolved since its founding in 2004.

    [09:21] Carlos’ educational and career trajectory to date. 

    [17:07] Science City: the Trust’s main infrastructure-related initiative. 

    [20:02] Support the Trust offers to innovators, inventors, and entrepreneurs.   

    [25:10] The collaborative network that the Trust has established (and the many benefits it has). 

    [27:10] The global scale of the Trust in terms of supporting Hispanic innovators. 

    [30:18] Some of the Trust’s greatest achievements. 

    [32:35] Educational programs in Puerto Rico that focus on uplifting Hispanic talent in the fields of science and technology. 

    [34:12] Highlighting the success of the Trust’s Research Grants Program. 

    [36:44] Goals that the Trust is working towards. 


    Resources:

    Carlos Baez-Pagan

    Puerto Rico Science, Technology & Research Trust


    40m | Oct 18, 2023
  • Disrupting Women’s Healthcare with Oriana Papin-Zoghbi

    Ovarian cancer is one of the biggest killers, one of the hardest to diagnose, and the second most expensive to treat. Today’s guest is the cofounder of AOA Dx, a company that is transforming ovarian cancer detection and diagnosis.

    Oriana Papin-Zoghbi is a Venezuelan-born entrepreneur who grew up in the Middle East and attended school in Europe before moving to the United States. In this episode, she shares how she serendipitously became involved in the women’s health space before the word femtech even existed, how her Hispanic heritage has influenced her career, and the founding story of AOA Dx.

    The lack of funding for, lack of research on, and diagnostic challenges of ovarian cancer means that 80% of women are diagnosed when they are in stage 3 or 4 even though they present with symptoms far earlier. Tune in today to hear how AOA Dx is going to change that, and the huge implications it will have for the healthcare space. 


    In This Episode:

    [00:40] Introducing CEO and cofounder of early cancer detection company AOA Dx, Oriana Papin-Zoghbi.

    [01:50] An overview of Oriana’s career journey.

    [04:26] Factors that inspired the founding of AOA Dx.

    [05:07] What the early days of AOA Dx entailed for Oriana and her cofounders.

    [05:55] Oriana’s heritage and how it has impacted her career as an entrepreneur in the biotech industry. 

    [08:44] The challenges of conducting early screening for ovarian cancer. 

    [10:29] How ovarian cancer is traditionally diagnosed. 

    [11:57] How AOA Dx has transformed ovarian cancer diagnoses.

    [12:53] An overview of the process of founding and building out AOA Dx. 

    [14:50] The most common symptoms of ovarian cancer. 

    [16:02] Novel biomarkers that AOA Dx has developed for ovarian cancer screening. 

    [17:15] The importance of collaboration in the technology transfer space and some of AOA Dx’s key partnerships. 

    [19:27] How AOA Dx’s diagnostic tool will transform the healthcare space. 

    [21:12] Plans that Oriana and her cofounders have for the future of AOA Dx. 

    [22:19] Major challenges of working in the diagnostics space. 

    [23:50] Advice for aspiring healthcare entrepreneurs. 


    Resources:

    Oriana Papin-Zoghbi

    AOA Dx


    26m | Oct 11, 2023
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