The Corvallis City Club's third year will initiate the season on September 14th with a discussion of the impact of Oregon State University with the Prosperity through Innovation efforts. Over the last decade, several changes have been made to the landscape of how Universities are able to engage with Intellectual property, including the creation of the Oregon Venture Fund, the ability for Universities to take equity in companies who spin out of the university and the support for "Entrepreneurial Sabaticals", allowing faculty to participate in business startups. This City Club program will explore some of the experiences with the commercialization of university research and innovation.
Prosperity through Innovation: exploring the process
Wayne Embree and Dr. Terri Fiez
September 14th , 2009
11:45 – 1:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, 8th and Monroe , Corvallis Oregon
Wayne Embree, Founder and Managing Partner has been a seed-stage investor since 1986, co-founding six funds with investments in nearly 100 companies. He has been the lead investor in numerous startups in the energy, environmental, life science and information technology sectors. He was a founder of Cascadia Partners and has played a major role in creating over 20 spin out companies from research universities and corporate labs. http://www.referencecapital.com
Dr. Terri Fiez is the CEO and Co-Founder of Azuray Technologies, is a professor of EECS at Oregon State University and has served as the Director of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Her research interests are in the design of high-performance analog signal processing building blocks, simulation and modeling of substrate coupling effects in mixed-signal integrated circuits, and innovative engineering education approaches. http://www.azuraytech.com
For more information on Corvallis City Club please contact John Sechrest – email@example.com 541-757-1507
Corvallis City Club is dedicated to expanding community dialogue and is hosted by the Corvallis-Benton Chamber Coalition. The talk and discussion is open to members of the public. First time attendees and City Club members are free; non-members attend for $5. Registration is recommended (www.cityclubofcorvallis.org), walk-ins are welcome for the talk and the discussion. An optional buffet lunch is available for $10, with pre-registration.