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Technology Transfer Society Conference Draws Attendees from Around the World

 

Keynote speaker Bernie Knight, general counsel for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, (left) and Elias Carayannis, professor of science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management (right).

 

Technology policymakers, researchers, and high-tech industry practitioners from around the world convened at The George Washington University for the 2010 Annual Conference of the Technology Transfer Society (T2S), held Nov. 12-13. The conference was a collaborative effort of The George Washington University School of Business, GW’s Elliott School of International Affairs, and SRI International, an independent, nonprofit research institute.

The Technology Transfer Society is a forum to exchange ideas, knowledge, and expertise in the strategic advancement of new technology from research to market commercialization. The annual T2S conference showcases new ideas and best practices in government, universities, industry and commercial sectors for effective technology transfer and commercialization.

The T2S 2010 Conference attracted nearly 150 prominent technologists and policy experts from several nations, industries, and international universities and research institutes. Among the nations represented were Azerbaijan, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Conference co-chairs Elias G. Carayannis of GWSB, Nicholas Vonortas of the Elliot School of International Affairs, and Jeffrey Alexander from SRI International led the conference. Carayannis is professor of science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship in the Department of Information Systems and Technology Management. He is also director of research, science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship at the European Union Research Center (EURC). Vonortas is professor of economics and international affairs and is director of GW’s Center for International Science and Technology Policy. These research centers served as GW’s flagship for hosting the T2S Conference. Alexander is a GW alumnus who earned his doctorate in Management of Science, Technology and Innovation under the guidance of Carayannis.

The theme of T2S 2010 was “The Entrepreneurial University and the Academic Enterprise.” The two-day conference offered a packed agenda of speakers, panels, and presentations on technology transfer topics. GWSB Dean Doug Guthrie kicked off the event with opening remarks on Nov. 12. Keynote speakers at breakfasts and luncheons included Kei Koizumi, assistant director for federal R&D, from the Office of Science & Technology Policy; Zoltan Acs, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at George Mason University; Bernie Knight, general counsel for the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and Chris Hill, professor of public policy & technology at George Mason University. In between plenary speakers, participants attended breakout sessions.

“The T2S 2010 Conference has been an active catalyst at the center of it all, in terms of policies and practices driving tech transfer and commercialization, entrepreneurship and innovation,” Carayannis said.

Posted by gwsb on December 2, 2010 | Filed under: GWSB News.


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