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September 22-24, 2009. MIT Campus

New! Pre-conference Workshop: Lab to Market


A workshop for those who believe that technology can save this market.
This timely half-day workshop explores technological innovation and tackles how to enter the marketplace in a tough economic climate. Relevant for startups as well as established companies, this workshop features sessions on entrepreneurship, IP/tech transfer, pitch and funding, the execution stage, and case studies of success – all with a particular focus on the unique challenges presented by the current economy.


Tuesday, September 22, 2009: Lab to Market Workshop

12:15 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Workshop Registration

Shuttle from the Liberty Hotel: 12:15 p.m.
1:00 p.m. — 1:15 p.m.

Workshop Opening Remarks

1:15 p.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Opening Keynote

Wim Sweldens, Vice President, Alcatel-Lucent Ventures

A past TR100/35 recipient, Sweldens leads Alcatel-Lucent Ventures, the business incubator and investment part of Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs. In this role, he oversees internal, joint, and external ventures.

2.00 p.m. — 2:15 p.m. BREAK
2.15 p.m. — 3:30 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session A

2nd Floor
MIT Student Center

Innovation = Invention + Commercialization

It usually takes an entrepreneur, working with the inventor, to bring novel technology from the cool comfort of the laboratory to the cruel crucible of the marketplace. The entrepreneur/intrapreneur is an important part of the equation in successfully guiding an innovation from the lab to the marketplace.

Presented by: Kenneth P. Morse, Founding Managing Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center; Chair, Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Competitiveness, Delft University of Technology; Chairman, Entrepreneurship Ventures.

Session B


IP/Tech Transfer

Is a recession the best time to start a company? How do I make my product attractive in a world of limited IP?  How do I license myself to a big company? This session will explore solutions to common challenges in technology transfer and provide guidance to streamline the commercialization process.

Moderator: Leon Sandler, Executive Director, MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
Panelists: Jeffrey Andrews, Venture Partner, Atlas Venture; Catherine Oyler, Senior Director of Emerging Technologies, Johnson & Johnson; Jack Turner, Associate Director, MIT Technology Licensing Office.

3.30 p.m. — 3:45 p.m. BREAK
3.45 p.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

Session A


Pitch and Funding

Turbulent economic times can offer entrepreneurs the greatest obstacles as well as the greatest opportunities.  How do you wrap your idea up to be attractive to investors? How do you raise money in a down economy? This session will help entrepreneurs optimize their pitch for funding and offer practical advice for technology startups.

Moderator: Simeon Simeonov, Founder, FastIgnite
Panelists: William Aulet, Acting Managing Director and Senior Lecturer, MIT Entrepreneurship Center; David Frankel, Founder, Founder Collective; Jeffrey Glass, Managing Director, Bain Capital Ventures; Richard W. Levandov, Managing Member, Avalon Ventures.

Session B

3rd Floor
MIT Student Center


i -Teams brings together motivated graduate students to work collaboratively with course faculty, researchers in MIT labs and advisors from the local business and venture community. i-Teams projects focus on assessing the commercial feasibility of scientific and engineering breakthroughs (in both economic and social terms).  Join the i-Teams to learn how cutting-edge MIT inventions are guided from the lab to the marketplace.

Presented by: Luis Pérez-Breva, Research Scientist, MIT; Lecturer, MIT School of Management 
5.00 p.m. — 5:15 p.m. BREAK
5.15 p.m. — 6:00 p.m.

Global Broadcast

Closing Keynote

Robert Langer, Institute Professor, MIT


Creating and Implementing Breakthrough Medical Technology

Named one of the 100 most important people in America in 2001, Langer is the most cited engineer in history. Dr. Langer will examine a series of case studies in terms of the process and excitement of discovery, initial resistance by the scientific community to the discovery in some cases, the way very broad patents were received, how the technologies were transferred to companies, and the way they have been or are trying to be commercialized.

6.00 p.m. — 8:00 p.m.

Opening Night Reception and Networking

Shuttle to the Liberty Hotel: 8:00 p.m.

2008 Workshop Highlights

The 2008 workshop was focused on Women in Technology and featured dynamic keynotes and interactive breakout sessions. The half-day event was created to foster awareness of and communication about critical issues facing women in the technical fields.


2008 Keynotes

Atefeh “Atti” Riazi, Senior Partner and CIO, Ogilvy and Mather Worldwide Lisa Su, Senior Vice President and CTO, Freescale Semiconductor

Plus a keynote panel exploring women and entrepreneurship led by Candida G. Brush, Division Chair in Entrepreneurship, Babson College.

Click here to view the complete 2008 agenda.