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Wednesday, August 20, 2003


Topic: Minimize Venture Capital Funding Requirements: Utilize University Research and Industry Partners Effectively


Event Sponsor: Ernst & Young


At this meeting, learn how to:

  • Access IP/Research within a university
  • Negotiate a license for IP
  • Engage industry partners to bring IP to the market

Texchange's distinguished panel provides both the perspectives of the university office of technology and licensing and the early stage entrepreneur with a common goal of maximizing the value of the companies formed around university research. The panelists have real world feedback and statistics around making this process as smooth and lucrative as possible.

Time: 6:00 PM



Austin Country Club

4408 Long Champ Drive

Austin, TX 78746

$30.00 per person (Entrepreneur Members)
$45.00 per person (Non-Entrepreneur Members)
$60.00 per person (Non-Members)

Panelists are:
Neil Iscoe - Director of the Office of Technology Licensing for The University of Texas at Austin.
Neil is an experienced entrepreneur having founded his first technology company, Statcom, in 1979. Prior to his tenure at OTL, Neil was founder and Chairman of Digital Certainty, a firm that provided expertise in technology development strategies, business planning, and technology litigation. Formerly he was founder and CEO of eCertain, a company that sold encrypted authenticated transactions to vertical markets.

Tommy Harlan - Founder, Chairman, CEO, and President of Emergent Technologies, Inc. (ETI).
Tommy has participated as a principal or consultant in virtually every phase of early-stage ventures and since 1999 has formed four life sciences companies from technologies licensed from The University of Oklahoma. Mr. Harlan is co-inventor in nine patents. He has spearheaded the development and commercialization of numerous technological innovations.

Discussion leaders include:
Walter Bissex, Fulbright & Jawarski
Ed Cavazos, Andrews & Kurth
Michael Davis, Haynes & Boone
Nick Fox, Vinson and Elkins
Chad Huston, Conley-Rose
Bill Hulsey, Hulsey Law
Paul Hurdlow, Gray Cary
Jerry Keyes, Winstead Sechrest &; Minick
Laura Kilcrease, Triton Ventures
David Lee, Sentient Ventures
Paul Thurk, Arch Ventures
Paul Tobias, Wilson Sonsini
Larry Webster, Attorney

Suggested Reading:
National Association of Seed and Venture Funds. A network of private, public and non-profit organizations investing and facilitating investment in entrepreneurs.

Tech Transfer Articles

IP Articles

Links of Interest:
Texas Alliance for Technology Commercialization

Counter View: Risky Business - Universities and Intellectual Property. Academic institutions and individual professors can profit from patenting faculty research, but they may be endangering the future of science. 

For more information on TEXCHANGE, please visit our website at: http://www.texchange.org

Austin TEXCHANGE Board of Directors:
Past Chairman / Statewide President: Mark Murdock,
Chairman: David Lee, Sentient VenturesPresident: Thom Singer,Andrews & Kurth
President-Elect: Kim Evans, Entrepreneur
VP Administration & Programs: Christa Kleinhans, The CS Company
VP Membership: Becky Gates, TheLinkPartners
Secretary: Spencer Stevens, Thompson & knight
Treasurer: Elaine Wetmore, Austin Entrepreneurs Foundation
Greg Bailes, Deloitte & Touche
Walter Bissex, Fulbright & Jaworski
Gary Cadenhead, University of Texas
Scott Eggleston, Entrepreneur
Stuart Edwards, Silicon Valley Bank
Rod Favaron, Lombardi Software
Nick Fox, Vinson and Elkins
Carol Thompson, The Thompson Group
Ellen Wood, Virtual CFO Group

Austin TEXCHANGE Board of Advisors:
Gene Albert, Savvyin60.com
Ed Anderson, Torchquest
Kelsey August, Lone Star Direct
Lisa Box, SiteStuff
Lawson Brice, IBM
Clint Bybee, Arch Venture Partners
Steve Coffey, Hunt Ventures
Deborah Dalke, St. Edwards University
Gary Hoover, Hoover's Online
Bill Morrow, Grande Communications
Matt Lyons, Andrews & Kurth
Carolyn Stark, Austin Technology Council
Paul Tobias, Wilson Sonsini
Steve Wagh, Entrepreneur
Amy Warmke, Ernst & Young

Membership opportunities for the Austin Chapter of TEXCHANGE are available to those who are interested.
Please check the website at http://www.texchange.org.
Membership is limited.

Online reservations require payment by credit card. Cancellations greater than three business days from the event will be honored and a credit towards the next Texchange dinner will be issued. Cancellations less than three business days from the event will be honored; however, no credits or refunds will be issued. Replacements will always be honored.

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