News Release

3rd Annual Invention to Venture Workshop Now Streaming On-Demand

San Diego, CA, November 29, 2005 -- UCSD faculty and students participated in a national workshop aimed at grooming university entrepreneurs, and most of the talks and panel discussions are now available for on-demand viewing over the Internet (see below).

The 3rd annual Invention to Venture (I2V) workshop took place Nov. 19 on the UCSD campus. It was organized and hosted by the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), the Jacobs School of Engineering's von Liebig Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology Advancement, and the UCSD student group VentureForth.

As with all I2V events, the workshop's goal was to engage a wide range of participants from the university community, including science and technology students and faculty, as well as members of the surrounding business community.

                   2005 INVENTION TO VENTURE WORKSHOP
Paul Kedrosky
Executive Director, von Liebig Center
Length: 3:34 [video]
Richard Mejia
Dir, Life Sciences - SoCal, Ernst and Young
Where is the Investment Money Going in Life Sciences?
Length: 22:50  [video]
David Hale
President and CEO, CancerVax
Challenges in Commercializing Research
Length: 48:21
Panel: Directions in Life Sciences
John Watson, Assoc Dir, von Liebig Center (Chair)
Eleazar Eskin, Asst Prof, CSE, Jacobs School
Wayne Giles, Prof, Bioengineering, Jacobs School
Bob Mattrey, Prof, UCSD Molecular Imaging Center
Judy Swain, Dean for Translational Medicine, UCSD
Length: 33:42 [video]
Panel: Case Study with a Successful Entrepreneur
Steve Flaim, Advisor  von Liebig Center (Chair)
Eric Donsky, CEO, Ocusence Corporation
Steve Richieri, CEO, American Life Science Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
John Rodenrys, Sr Managing Director, Leading Ventures 
Length: 24:03 [video]
Diane West
President & Co-founder, 2Connect
Delivering the Pitch
Length: 23:32 [video]
Panel: Intellectual Property Issues
Denise Lew, Licensing Officer, UCSD TechTIPS
Tim Rueth, CEO, Rhevision Technology Inc.
Chris Steinhardt, Attorney, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear
Jessica Wolff, Shareholder, Heller Ehrman
Length: 34:42
Kedrosky Panel
Panel: Financing and Structuring the Life Sciences Startup
Paul Kedrosky, von Liebig Center (Chair; not pictured)
Gari Cheever, Atty, Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati
Norm Brown, Owner, Innovations Group LLC
David Urso, Principal, Forward Ventures
Jennifer Kearns, Partner, Duane Morris, LLP
Length: 25:17 [video]

For logistical reasons, three of the workshop's panel discussions were not made available for video distribution. For panelists who discussed “Innovation: Measuring Success in Business Directions,” “UCSD Alumni/Professor Case Studies” and "The Role of Leadership In Small Businesses and Start-Ups," see the workshop website in Related Links below.

Silver sponsors of the 3rd annual workshop at UCSD included Duane Morris LLP, Attorneys at Law; the Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technologies (CCAT); and Townsend Inc. Other sponsors included Heller Erhman LLP; Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP; Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati; and Bente Hansen & Associates.

Media Contacts

Doug Ramsey
Jacobs School of Engineering