Office of Technology Commercialization Events

Each year the Office of Technology Commercialization hosts events featuring educational and promotional opportunities for the Georgetown University community and the Washington, D.C. area in the field of technology transfer and intellectual property. Please read further for more information about upcoming events and read about past events we have hosted in the past. A special thank you to those who have attended our past events!


Join us for our Holiday Open House Wine & Cheese, and for the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Induction Ceremony
Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016, 4:30-6:30pm
Regents Hall Conference Room 551 (5th 
RSVP Requested by Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 to Jeremy Alexander

Invention to Innovation (I2I) Seminar Series

Invention to Innovation (I2I) Seminars are designed for the University community to learn about aspects of intellectual property and the commercialization process. If you have invented, or are interested in inventing a particular technology and want to learn about issues in the field and engage with specialists and practitioners, I2I seminars are your opportunity. It also provides a great networking platform to engage other researchers inside and outside Georgetown, as well as the staff of the OTC.

Wed., Nov. 30th, 12-1:30pm
Collaborative Partnerships for Cancer Drug Discovery and Development: National Cancer Institute’s Experimental Therapeutics (NExT) Program

Featuring: Barbara Mroczkowski, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute Division of Cancer Treatment & Diagnosis

Future I2Is (Speakers and Topics to be Confirmed)
Stay tuned!


Wed., Oct. 26, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm
Intellectual Property and Conflicts Management for University Inventors
Claudia Cherney Stewart, Ph.D. (Vice President, Office of Technology Commercialization)
Shelia Cohen Zimmet, J.D., (Senior Associate Vice President, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Conflict of Interest Officer for Georgetown University Medical Center)
Mary E. Schmiedel, J.D., CPCM (Senior Research Compliance Officer and Main Campus Conflict of Interest Officer)

Wed., Sep. 28, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm
What is Currently Patentable, Especially in the Biotech and Life Sciences Arena?
Featuring Todd B. Buck, Morgan Lewis Bockius LLP

Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm
Getting to Iconic Innovation: The Importance of Strategically Managing Intellectual Property
Featuring Gail A. Lione, Esq., Georgetown University Law Center

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 12:00-1:30pm 
Spotting Patent-Eligible Inventions: Devices and Software

Featuring Dawn-Marie Bey, Esq., Bey & Cotropia

Wednesday, January 20, 12:00-1:30pm
"Patents: What's the Big Deal?"
Featuring Todd Buck, Ph.D., Esq., Morgan Lewis & Bockius, LLP

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12-1:30pm
"New Venture Formation: Strategic Decisions"
Featuring Michael Christini, Esq., Catherex, Inc.
Leavey Program Room, located at the Leavey Center (across from bookstore)

Thursday, October 29, 2015, 12-1:30pm
"Starting a Company: Practical Advice for a Precarious Pursuit" 
Featuring Dave Greenwald, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures (JHTV)
Leavey Program Room, located at the Leavey Center (across from bookstore)


The biennial Patent Awards Ceremony (PAC) is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6, 2017 at 4:00pm. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for further information!

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OTC Fall Open House 2014 | Details

The OTC annually hosts an open house for the University community to learn about the services OTC provides to the University and provide an open forum to engage with OTC on the invention, patent application, and intellectual property protection processes. OTC is always open for one-on-one consultation or questions regarding your invention, so please do not hesitate to call (202) 687-7424 or email us at 

COMING SOON: "Celebrating Start-Ups"

Please stay tuned for our upcoming event, "Celebrating Start-Ups." We look forward to your participation in this event.

This program will aim to raise awareness of Georgetown's life-science startup activities and spin-offs and to provide investors and prospective development partners an opportunity to connect with our entrepreneurs who will help to further establish enthusiasm and engagement with the life-science entrepreneurial community at Georgetown.

NAI Induction Ceremony

The induction ceremony for the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) was held on Feb. 25, 2014 to honor 17 faculty members who have been inducted. The inductees were honored in a private, informal ceremony hosted by the OTC at the Medical Center campus.

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To request a program, please contact Azra Chughtai or call 202-687-7424.

2013 Patent Awards Ceremony


On January 30, 2013, the Office of Technology Commercialization was pleased to host the second Patent Awards Ceremony and to celebrate, as a community, the achievement and spirit of innovation and commercialization.

The ceremony was held at the McDonough School of Business at Lorhfink Auditorium. To request a program, please contact Azra Chughtai or call 202-687-7424.

To read about the ceremony, please go to:

Other Previous OTC Events

Previous OTC events have included Socially Responsible Licensing, Research Commercialization Introductory Courses, Georgetown Bio-Initiatives, Hoya Entrepreneurship Challenge, the Transatlantic Science Week, and the Start-Up and Commercialization Boot Camp. We aim to provide the University community with rewarding and insightful events to foster greater knowledge of intellectual property and technology transfer.

Thank you to our past event sponsors:

Foley BlankRome Frommer 

King MorganLewis