Agenda

Three Days to Discover, Connect and Participate

With an array of expert tech transfer speakers and an agenda that covers topics ranging from federal lab commercialization success stories to licensing and litigation strategy, the FLC national meeting offers lively training courses, informative sessions and networking opportunities designed to appeal to a diverse audience.
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  • April 5 - Training Day


  • April 6 - Day 1


  • April 7 - Day 2


  • This interactive course on technology transfer fundamentals covers all you need to know to dive in headfirst! Instructors will share their experiences in technology transfer and walk you through the fundamental authorities governing Federal technology transfer. Using real-world examples of technologies moved from the federal sector to private industry, they will share "tricks of the trade" and provide you with exercises you can apply, in real-time.
    Training
    Where
    Center Street A, Floor 3 64 CR

  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) are one of technology transfer’s most important mechanisms, understanding them is crucial for most federal T2 professionals. This intermediate-level course offers a one-stop shop for everything CRADA. You will learn about the CRADA and how it works through instruction by seasoned T2 experts and a real-life example. Course topics include CRADA authority and laws, practices, and pitfalls, as well as intellectual property considerations.
    Training
    Where
    Superior B, Floor 5 120 CR

  • This course will provide the intermediate or advanced technology transfer professional with information about engaging organizations within their ecosystems to further their lab's technology transfer efforts and advancing their region's economy. Professionals from a laboratory (an insider perspective) and a technology-based, economic development organization (an outsider perspective) will lead an interactive session around this topic. The session will highlight best practices and outline challenges faced by both the laboratories and ecosystem partners. You will hear from a variety of labs and stakeholders and will participate in the discussion through informal question and answer sessions and structured activities.
    Training
    Where
    Center Street B, Floor 3 64CR

  • AUTM’s Technology Valuation Course teaches the fundamental principles of how to construct the various financial terms that go into a license. The course examines concepts such as valuation versus pricing and risk, as well as a series of valuation methodologies, including cost, income, industry standards (comparables), rules of thumb, discounted cash flow and equity. The first segment concludes with a review of payment structures within a license and shows the financial flows under a typical academic-stage life sciences license. The course focuses on practical applications including case studies.
    Training
    Where
    Hope B, Floor 3, 64CR

  • In this day long course, we will cover the basics of how to initiate and conduct an effective negotiation. We will also dive deeper into more advanced negotiation subjects such as managing influences, the relationship between power and authority, negotiation mediums, handling emotions and stress, identification of hot buttons, and the benefits of non-verbal communications.
    Training
    Where
    Hope A, Floor 3, 64CR

  • This day-long session is meant to address the IP needs of the Federal T2 Practitioner. The training will consist of 4 separate sessions/panels taught and moderated by experienced colleagues and subject matter experts. The sessions are: Session 1: IP Basics- Part A: What is IP? How does it arise? (1.5 hours) Session 2: IP Basics- Part B: The Government’s role in protecting IP: Legal & Security Considerations (1.5 hours) Session 3: IP Issues, Pitfalls & Best Practices when Negotiating CRADAs- Boundaries and Obligations (1.5 hours) Session 4: IP issues from Operation Warp-speed and the COVID-19 response (1.5 hours) All sessions topics are subject to change based on availability of speakers.
    Training
    Where
    Center Street C, Floor 3 64CR

  • This course will cover marketing topics of interest including, train up your inventor “salesforce”, stage gate processes for converting data into valuable market intelligence, direct and indirect marketing best practices, and ways to measure marketing success. Participants will learn about creative approaches to reach current and new audiences, tools that help you share your message, and building your network.
    Training
    Where
    Center Street D, Floor 3 64CR

  • This training will teach you how to leverage skills from seasoned entrepreneurs. Learn how to improve your interactions with industry and the rate at which you create meaningful tech transitions. This training will cover "lean startup" concepts, innovation models, tech transition business models and industry engagement skill sets. Expect an interactive session where you will learn by doing!
    Training
    Where
    Center Street D, Floor 3 64CR

  • Strong public-private partnerships help accelerate the commercialization of federally funded technologies. In his Keynote Address, JumpStart CEO Ray Leach will share insights on leveraging entrepreneurial expertise to navigate the challenges of bringing a technology to market and securing venture capital investment. He will discuss assessing technologies for commercial potential, understanding what is needed to get a product to market and engaging with the venture/startup sector. JumpStart is a Cleveland-based venture development organization providing capital, services and connections to help entrepreneurs grow, researchers commercialize and corporations innovate. During Ray’s tenure as CEO, JumpStart has gained a national best-in-class reputation for its innovative economic development models and its work to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurship throughout the state of Ohio. Ray was a Sloan Fellow and a graduate of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the University of Akron. He began his career at IBM and went on to co-found four startups. He is the founding CEO of JumpStart Inc.
    Plenary
    Session
    Where
    Superior C, Floor 5

  • Learn how three startup companies have collaborated with federal labs from three different agencies (EPA, NASA, and the Air Force) to help launch their respective companies. Each startup competed in an annual contest sponsored by The Water Council (TWC). Hear a short pitch from each startup and a description of that startup’s collaboration with a federal lab.
    Session

  • The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) helps small manufacturers (SMMs) achieve operational excellence. With funded offices in every state, these trusted advisors have unique access and geographic breadth to assist FLC stakeholders (licensees, CRADA partners, vendors, etc) source key materials, design efficient workflows, and generally increase the likelihood of them meeting your objectives. The administration’s new focus on building in America increases the opportunity for US SMMs to meet the needs of the government and to use that as a springboard to global competitiveness. In fact the DoD has recognized this value and opportunity by providing funds through their MilTech program to help new DoD contractors meet their obligations, which often relies on MEP for services. NIST MEP has also funded a MEP Advanced Tech Team to facilitate interactions between SMMs and FLC members. This session will highlight how the MEP helps SMMs through its core offering, its special projects like the MEP Advanced Tech Team, and its collaboration with other projects like MilTech.
    Session

  • This session will recognize the success stories from our federal labs and help us to learn from these examples. The panel will provide insights on T2 best practices and real-world challenges.
    Session

  • The NASA Glenn Research Center welcomes you to Cleveland with an engaging discussion of how federal labs are impacting small businesses. Entrepreneurship plays a vital role in the growth of the U.S. economy. According to the Small Business Administration (SBA), half of the jobs in the U.S. are in small businesses. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s analysis of 2006-2007 Census data shows that two-thirds of new jobs came from young firms. As our country is recovering from pandemic-induced economic turbulence, what roles can federal laboratories play? We’ll hear a variety of points of view from tech transfer professionals, venture capitalists, and company founders on how lab-developed technology moves into startups.
    Session

  • This session will discuss national, regional, and lab programs to help FLC stakeholders (licensees, CRADA partners, vendors, etc) overcome hurdles and beat the odds. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) national network helps small manufacturers (SMMs) achieve operational excellence. With offices in every state, these trusted advisors have unique access and geographic breadth to help FLC stakeholders source key materials, design efficient workflows, and generally increase the likelihood of them meeting your objectives. The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), through their Partnership Intermediary (PIA) ERDCWERX, have adapted tools and capabilities originally put in place to support tech challenges and other spin-in activity to build a commercialization assistance program. The New Mexico DOE National Laboratories, in partnership with funding from a State of New Mexico tax-credit exchange, have piloted a tech maturation program to provide technical assistance to local companies. In its first year, the program has provided over $1M in dedicated technical assistance, four CRADAs and seven licenses.
    Session

  • This panel of small businesses will discuss their respective entrepreneurship journey as they transformed federally funded technologies into commercial products. The entrepreneurs will discuss the process of developing a plan and product that incorporated government technology and the lessons learned along the way. They will provide insight into the types of resources that would have been helpful along their journey.
    Session

  • Join first time attendees to learn how to get the most out of your National Meeting experience. We’ll review the conference program and underscore specific educational and networking opportunities, receptions and other meeting highlights and special events. The partnering app, FLC Connect, will also be reviewed to maximize your networking capabilities.
    Reception
    Session

  • Join us for this incredible evening as we honor the nation’s top federal technology transfer professionals and laboratories at the Awards Reception and Banquet on Wednesday, April 6. The Award Reception will commence at 6:00 pm and will be followed by a banquet and Awards presentation. Tickets are required for the banquet.  Have you won an award? Don’t forget to wear an “Award Winner” ribbon on your name tag. If you didn’t receive one during registration, please visit the registration desk.
    Awards
    Reception

  • Join us to hear about all the activities of the FLC and how you can get involved. This will be an interactive session.
    Plenary
    Session
    Where
    Superior C, Floor 5

  • Much has changed over the past several years within the innovation ecosystem, Presidential agendas (L2M), awakening by Federal agency leadership to the need and desire to better engage the private sector, and more. With a new 'demand signal', what is the impact on Federal T2 and what are the opportunities for our community.
    Plenary
    Session
    Where
    Superior C, Floor 5

  • Hear from investors in seed stage technology ventures. Learn how they evaluate opportunities, value companies, price deals, and structure investments. We will explore how investee companies seek commercial advantage from licensed technologies.
    Session

  • Join this discussion on AI and IP--what is and is not patentable or copyrightable and concerns when engaging in acquisition for AI related technology. Discussions will include the Dabus AI patent cases, monkey selfie copyright, issues, and Google vs. Oracle cases.
    Session

  • Our Nation is at an inflection point. The infrastructure (bridges, power grid, telecommunications, vehicles) supporting our most critical assets (people) is evolving. The objective is to leverage state-of-the-art communications, computing, and sensor technologies to foster cleaner, safer, and more equitable places to live and work. Integrating these information and communications technologies (ICT) to unearth sustainable societal value is paramount.
    Session

  • One Health is a collaborative initiative that recognizes the connections between the health of people, animals, plants, and their shared environment. Antimicrobial resistance, infectious zoonotic diseases, environmental contamination, and food safety are just a few of the issues that federal labs are tackling with a One Health approach. This panel will discuss current federal laboratory research and the role of technology transfer in advancing One Health outcomes.
    Session