Challenges in Turning Technology into Profits -- Oct. 26

Friday, October 20, 2006
SNHU Communications Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Gregg Mazzola                                                                     
Director of Communications                                                                      

Southern New Hampshire University                                                       

603.629.4649                                                 

g.mazzola@snhu.edu                                                               

SNHU Hosts Program on Transferring Ideas to Commercial Development

Manchester, N.H. (Oct. 20, 2006) – Southern New Hampshire University’s Center for Financial Studies will host “Challenges in Turning Technology into Profits,” on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 5:30 p.m. in the Hospitality Center Boardroom. The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Society of Financial Service Professionals’ Speaker Series. A reception will follow the presentation.

Donald Lombardi, president and CEO for the Institute for Pediatric Innovation and the former Chief Intellectual Property Officer at Children’s Hospital Boston, is a leader in the field of academic technology transfer. He will discuss the process whereby research institutions identify potentially useful research findings, file patents and license the patents to existing or start-up companies for commercial development.

“There is a great challenge in figuring out how to take ideas from an academic environment and turn them into useful products,” said Lombardi. “Successful technology transfers create a win, win, win; the public wins, the companies win and the institutions win. I hope to help people understand how something as intangible as intellectual property has become a fundamental driver in the world’s economy.”

The Institute for Pediatric Innovation is a nonprofit applying innovative practices, collaboration models and resource networks to the challenge of stimulating development of products for pediatrics, approaches that may prove relevant to broader technology transfer needs in medical and academic institutions.

Please contact Gregg Mazzola at 603.629.4649 or g.mazzola@snhu.edu for additional information.

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