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U.Va. Innovation Team to Lead Several Sessions at AUTM 2013

Several U.Va. Innovation and Licensing & Ventures Group team members will be attending the Association of University Technology Managers 2013 Annual Meeting this week in San Antonio, Texas. Per AUTM:

This event is a networking and professional development conference drawing from the global community of technology transfer professionals from academia and industry, venture investors and other intellectual property experts.

ImageIf you’re attending #AUTM2013, connect with Mark Crowell, Michael Straightiff, Morgan Estabrook, Stephanie Miller and Chris Paschall using the AUTM Connect partnering system. We also encourage you to join in on these sessions led by U.Va. Innovation team members:

For more information, see See you in San Antonio!

U.Va. Hosts Kickoff to Startup Virginia Tour

Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, addresses the audience at the Startup Virginia kickoff event

On Monday, the University teamed up with Charlottesville business leaders and the Startup America Partnership to kick off Startup Virginia’s six-stop tour around the state. The event featured remarks from former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra, U.Va. Vice President for Research Tom Skalak, U.Va. Innovation’s Mark Crowell and Donna Harris, managing director of Startup Regions for the Startup America Partnership.

In addition to the featured speakers and panel of local entrepreneurs, the event also featured student business concept presentations from the two of the top teams from the U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup: winner “PhageFlag” and honorable mention “Virginia Toastie.”

In her address, Harris stated that Startup America has “amassed literally billions of dollars of resources, for you, for free,” and that entrepreneurs should not be discouraged by the challenge of finding startup capital and investors.

Startup Virginia was founded by the Startup America Partnership in early 2012 to promote startup ventures across Virginia and connect entrepreneurs with the resources they need to succeed. The remaining stops along the statewide tour include Blacksburg, Roanoke, Richmond, Norfolk, and Arlington.

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Click here for more information about Startup Virginia and the Startup America Partnership.

Student Perspective: The Power of Startup Weekend

We asked Kyle Bye, a third-year student in U.Va.’s McIntire School of Commerce and president of the Entrepreneurship Group at McIntire, to write a guest blog on his experience at Charlottesville’s Startup Weekend Oct. 26-28. Read on for his take on the power of Startup Charlottesville.

Startup Charlottesville

Team leaders selected on Friday night pitch to potential team members for the weekend hackathon. Photo courtesy of Kyle Bye.

Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings developers, designers and business enthusiasts together to try and form businesses in a weekend. It is an exciting initiative adding another leg to the growing entrepreneurial ecosystem here in Charlottesville.

How does it work?

Friday evening, individuals line up to pitch their concepts. Teams form around the best ideas (pictured). Saturday is filled with seemingly endless work sessions, and then teams prep for Sunday’s presentations to a panel of esteemed judges and industry leaders.

Entrepreneurs are salespeople at heart, with an unyielding sense of pride and determination for their ideas. From the initial pitch on Friday to recruiting those top-notch team members and even when presenting to potential customers for feedback, it is clear that success at a Startup Weekend event can be attributed to how well you can sell yourself and your idea.

The weekend’s events are all about experiential learning.

Local Charlottesville mentors are always floating around the room to coach you on specific topics, such as UX/UI design, user validation and the business model canvas.

One of the most useful aspects for students is that you can apply skills learned in the classroom. For instance, in my Project Management class the week before the event, we were discussing the differences between the traditional waterfall method and agile methodologies. Who knew that a few days later I would be working on a team with a professional agile coach?

Kanban, scrum, stand-ups and sprints are no longer theoretical terms buried in a textbook. I am now able to fully appreciate their real-world applications as productivity drivers in software development teams.

Following these streamlined, iterative approaches led our team to focus on a minimum viable product, share ideas efficiently among our team’s diverse functional areas and build a working prototype by the end of the weekend. My team’s concept, called Spur, provides viral fundraising for charitable organizations by harnessing the power of social media.

I also had the opportunity to lead a team during Charlottesville’s first ever Startup Weekend last March. As a second-year student, I remember walking into the tech incubator downtown overwhelmed with the energy and technical talent in the room. Sure enough, I pitched my idea of an online volunteering platform called Flash Karma, selected as a finalist, and was able to receive invaluable feedback over the weekend.

One of the most amazing feelings as an entrepreneur is having a vision for a concept and then watching others connect with your vision as you work together to bring it to life. That’s the power of Startup Weekend.

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SXSW Eco to Feature U.Va. Bay Game

The U.Va. Bay Game, an interactive simulation based on the Chesapeake Watershed, will be featured at the second annual SXSW Eco conference October 3-5 in Austin, Texas. The three-day conference will address the need for a collaborative approach to solving the challenges facing the environment, the economy and civil society.

As an alternative to a traditional conference panel, the U.Va. Bay Game will be presented as an interactive session, in which attendees can sign up to participate in a simulation. CNN Correspondent and SXSW Eco alum Philippe Cousteau, head of Azure Worldwide, will lead two simulations of the interactive Bay Game, providing a unique platform for the project to attract more attention and resources.

The U.Va. Bay Game is sponsored by the U.Va. Vice President for Research in partnership with Azure Worldwide. For more, visit SXSW Eco or the U.Va. Bay Game.

Workshops to Prep Students for Entrepreneurship Cup

Students, interested in competing in this year’s U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup? Are you looking for team members, or an idea to get you started?

Get started on the right foot by attending a Design Thinking Workshop. Held at OpenGrounds on the U.Va. Corner, these workshops will provide students with opportunities to compare interests, form teams and develop concepts for their E-Cup submissions. Business experts will also be on hand to help students craft their business concepts in the emerging style of “design thinking.”

Workshops will take place on Sept. 28 at 12 p.m., Sept. 29 at 9:30 a.m., and Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The October 2 workshop will be a part of the Venture Forward on First Tuesdays series. To learn more about the workshops and to register, click here.

We’ll also be hosting an information session Sept. 26, 4-6 p.m., in Newcomb Hall’s Kaleidoscope Room. To attend this session and learn everything there is to know about competing in the E-Cup, please RSVP to

ADial, Xdynia Selected to Present at Mid-Atlantic Bio

ADialTwo U.Va. spin-off companies have been selected to present at the 2012 Mid-Atlantic Biotech Conference, to be held Sept. 27-28 in Bethesda, Md.

Charlottesville-based ADial Pharmaceuticals LLC and Xdynia will join 20 other companies from Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia in presenting to an estimated 850 conference attendees, including investors. Both companies will present in the conference’s “Emerging Growth” category, which features companies seeking investment for “promising technologies or products” in development.

ADial will showcase its emerging treatment for alcoholism.

“Alcoholism is a debilitating diseases that afflicts over 200 million people worldwide,” said William Stilley, CEO of ADial. “Our drug, AD04, effectively treats alcoholism by reducing the harm from drinking among those with specific genetics.

“ADial is excited to have the opportunity to shed more light on the disease and treatment of alcoholism at Mid-Atlantic Bio.”

Founded earlier this year, Xdynia will present drugs that could be used to prevent and treat neuropathic pain, such as the chronic pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, cancer, HIV, trauma and phantom limb.

Read the full story here.

U.Va. to Co-sponsor Translational Research Forum at BIO

Expect the University of Virginia to make a splash at this year’s BIO International Convention, held in Boston.

In addition to being an exhibitor at the conference, the University is co-sponsoring the Translational Research Forum: From Bench to Bedside in a Bioeconomy – Government, Industry and the University Models to Catalyze Economic Growth and Patient Access, an opportunity to “explore how universities and their funding partners can move early stage research forward in order to make them attractive to developers.”

Our own W. Mark Crowell, executive director of U.Va. Innovation and associate vice president for research, will moderate the forum, which will feature remarks from Boston University President Robert A. Brown, Ph.D. on the role of universities in translational medicine and Bahija Jallal from MedImmune, who will discuss details of the multi-year collaboration between AstraZeneca and U.Va.

The forum will be held on Monday, June 18, from 1:30 p.m. in the Boston Exhibution and Convention Center, Room 205 BC, and will be co-sponsored by U.Va., Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company and Investissment Quebec.

Be sure to also drop by the U.Va. booth in BIO’s ginormous exhibit hall: The University will exhibit as part of the Virginia Pavilion (Booth 2105, Pavilion Hall A).

Innovation Roundtable: Innovation Initiatives at the FDA

U.Va. Innovation invites you to attend the May installment of our Innovation Roundtable series, Innovation Initiatives at the FDA. Please join us for a conversation with:

Kwame Ulmer
Deputy Division Director (Science and Policy)
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Discover how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is pushing new innovative efforts from within and how it is showcasing new innovation initiatives and connections. Kwame Ulmer started as a Biomedical Engineer with the FDA, then as a branch chief, and he is now the deputy director (science and policy). Prior to joining the FDA, Ulmer worked as an engineer at the Naval Sea Systems Command.

He is part of the FDA Innovation Pathway Project. Since November 2011, the team has been working to shorten the overall time it takes for the development, assessment, and review of breakthrough medical devices.

Also, come out to experience “Bump-It“, a smartphone application developed by a U.Va. student team that allows users to manage playlists by adding or stopping certain songs. “Bump-It” received an honorable mention at the 2011 U.Va. Entrepreneurship Cup.

TIME: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Food and refreshments provided. The event will be held at CitySpace (100 5th St. NE) on the Downtown Mall, above the Market St. Garage.

For more information, please contact Sharon Krueger at or 434-243-1407.

Register online by May 15.

Seminar and Q&A with John Holdren

Join us for a seminar titled “White House Grand Challenges & STEM Education” and a Q&A session featuring:

John Holdren
Assistant to President Obama for Science and Technology
Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Co‐Chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech.

Prior to joining the Obama administration Dr. Holdren was Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy and Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and professor in Harvard’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science. He was also Director of the independent nonprofit Woods Hole Research Center. Previously, Holdren was a faculty at the University of California, Berkeley, where in 1973, he co‐founded, and co‐led until 1996, the interdisciplinary graduate‐degree program in energy and resources.

During the Clinton administration, Holdren served as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology through both terms and chaired studies requested by President Clinton on preventing theft of nuclear materials, disposition of surplus weapon plutonium, the prospects of fusion energy, U.S. energy R&D strategy, and international cooperation on energy and technology innovation.

He holds advanced degrees in aerospace engineering and theoretical plasma physics from MIT and Stanford. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as a foreign member of the Royal Society of London and former president of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He served as a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1991 to 2005, as Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Committee on International Security and Arms Control from 1994 to 2005, and as Co‐Chair of the independent, bipartisan National Commission on Energy Policy from 2002 to 2009. His awards include a MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, the John Heinz Prize in Public Policy, the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, and the Volvo Environment Prize. In December 1995 he gave the acceptance lecture for the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs, an international organization of scientists and public figures in which he held leadership positions from 1982 to 1997.

Where: Olsson Auditourm , Room 130 Rice Hall.

When: May 17, 2012

Time: 1:30 p.m. – 2:30  p.m.

For more information and to RSVP please contact Cheryl Wagner at cheryl-vpr@virginia.eduor 434-243-1100. The event is sponsored by the U.Va. Office of the Vice President for Research.


Place Based Innovation: Biotech Startup Hub @ Tom Tom Festival

As part of the Tom Tom Festival’s “Place Based Innovation” series, this panel of biotech experts will examine how a biotechnology hub develops around a world-class research university like the University of Virginia. Charlottesville’s numerous biotechnology innovators are establishing start-ups in Charlottesville and one local firm has proposed redeveloping the historic Coca-Cola bottling plant on Preston Avenue into a bio-tech start-up hub. With a renewed focus on innovation at the University of Virginia, what does the future hold for biotechnology in our community?

Panelists include:

Mark Crowell, Executive Director of U.Va. Innovation and Associate Vice President for Research
Martin Chapman, CEO of Indoor Biotechnologies and head of the CityCampus Biotechnology Center
Uday Gupta, CEO of Global Cell Solutions
Nikki Hastings , Vice President, Laboratory Operations at HemoShear
Graham Anthony, CFO of Biovista

The panel will be held at The Gleason Building -(126 Garrett Street # D) on Wednesday, May 2 from 7pm to 10pm.