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Thomas C. Skalak

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Charlottesville, VA 22904


Attracting adequate venture capital funds and high-quality intellectual and business partners is a key to success.  VIP will host the Virginia Ventures Forum and will bring active venture and corporate capital funds to our consortium, thus enhancing exposure of our i6-funded research to private sector investors and enhancing the deal flow to new ventures.  This supports innovation, job creation, and increased GDP based on new technology that is difficult to off-shore.  We have succeeded in this goal for four years at the UVa Venture Summit.  It has been the largest university-based venture gathering in the world, demonstrating the feasibility of implementing this quality of event and capital attraction for the i6 VIP consortium.

Virginia Ventures Forum
September 12, 2014

This year’s event will be held on September 12, 2014 in the Madison Building at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, VA, home to the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum. This will be a full day event showcasing this year's funded projects and keynote talks on the windows of the future. Please click here to access directions and hotel information.

You may access the 2013 Virginia Ventures Forum program here.

2013 Agenda

8-4 pm Registration
8:45–9:00 am Welcome:
Tom Skalak, Vice President for Research, University of Virginia
Peggy Focarino, Commissioner for Patents, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Aneesh Chopra, Senior Advisor, The Advisory Board Company

9:00–9:30 am Federal & State Innovation Vision
Governor Bob McDonnell, Commonwealth of Virginia
Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
Jim Duffey, Secretary of Technology, Commonwealth of Virginia

9:30–9:45 am Break

9:45–11:00 am Team Presentations
9:45–10:05 am Team 1 “Cooling Solutions for High Heat Flux Applications”
10:10–10:30 am Team 2 “A Novel Vaccine for Lyme Disease and Other Tick-Transmitted Diseases”
10:35–10:55 am Team 3 “Hacker Proofing the Web”

11:00–12:45 pm Poster Session & Networking with Buffet Lunch

12:50–1:00 pm Teresa Sullivan, President, University of Virginia

1:00-1:40 pm Keynote Speaker:
Ángel Cabrera, President, George Mason University 
Q&A with Presidents Sullivan and Cabrera

1:40–3:15 pm Team Presentations
1:40–2:00 pm Team 4 “New Drug for Safe Blood Transfusions”
2:05–2:25 pm Team 5 “Ocean Safe Biodegradable Microspheres for the Cosmetic and Toiletries Industry”
2:30–2:50 pm Team 6 “A New Device to Diagnose Heart Attacks Early and Quickly”
2:55–3:15 pm Team 7 “Harvesting Energy from Moving Water Using Vortex-Induced Vibration (VIV)”

3:15–3:45 pm Break & Networking Poster Session

3:45–5:00 pm Panel Discussion: “Investing in Early Stage Research”
Peter Barris, Managing General Partner, New Enterprise Associates
Kevin Greene, Vice President, Business Development, Logi Analytics
Isai Peimer, Principal, MedImmune Ventures Moderator:
Moderator: Mark Crowell, Executive Director, UVA Innovation, Associate Vice President for Research, UVA

5:00-6:30 pm Reception