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All Research Faculty and Staff Invited to Tech-Transfer Workshop March 15


The School of Computing and Engineering has arranged a workshop to encourage and train our teaching and research faculty members, research fellows, staff and students for the preparation of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research – university/industry technology transfer) – proposals. The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. March 15 in Flarsheim Hall, Room 557.

This workshop will be useful for all faculty members, researchers, physicians, service providers, fellows, staff and students from all disciplines who are thinking of taking their ideas and innovations from the university laboratories to the market place. Retirees of UMKC will also find the workshop to be informative for finding ways to continue collaborating with existing faculty members and students and to put their years of experience and wisdom into practice, generating ideas for new products and services.

The event will consist of presentations, a keynote speech and panel discussion on federal SBIR/STTR findings, local partnerships and technology-transfer opportunities and procedures. The keynote speaker is a well-known expert in the small business and start-up community of the greater Kansas City area. The panel is comprised of representatives from UMKC research and commercialization leadership team, Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), and UMKC faculty members who have demonstrated notable success in this domain.

The panel will also discuss policies and procedures for patenting, commercialization, seed funding, partnership development and customer discovery process for technology transfer and SBIR/STTR projects. A brief introduction on relevant policies and resources at UMKC and UM System will also be provided. The invited speaker will present information on the SBIR/STTR programs, variations by the agency, typically funded work and proposal basics.

Workshop sponsor: Kevin Truman, vice provost and dean, School of Computing and Engineering

Work organizer and host: Masud Chowdhury, associate dean, School of Computing and Engineering

Workshop events

Sally Williams, technology development and commercialization consultant, Missouri Small Business and Technology Development Center at UMKC, Kansas City-area resources to assist in commercializing/funding a tech business
Eric W. Anderson, director, office of technology commercialization at UMKC, intellectual property issues in SBIR/STTR projects

Keynote speech and hands-on search session
Suman K. Saripalli, vice president, business development, KalScott Engineering, Lawrence, Kansas

Panel discussion and Q&A
Panel chair and moderator: Mark Nichols, Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, UMKC
Panel members: Saripalli; Williams; Anderson; Gerald J. Wyckoff, professor of molecular biology and biochemistry, and interim chair of the Division of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences at UMKC; Reza Derakhshani, associate professor of computer science and electrical engineering at UMKC and former chief scientific officer for EyeVerify, now Zoloz

This workshop is part of a series of events to be organized jointly by SCE, SBTDC and Office of Research at UMKC. The next event will be a day-long boot camp and training course on SBIR/STTR/I-Corp concept development and proposal writing.

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