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!

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.

Upcoming I2Is and Events

Friday, March 31st, 2023 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM ET – Virtual Zoom Event: Georgetown University GAP Fund Letters of Intent (LOI) Workshop, moderated by Tatiana Litvin-Vechnyak, PhD, Vice President, Office of Technology Commercialization.

Past I2Is

Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Virtual Zoom Event: “The 7 Secret Keys to Startup Success & How to Avoid Business Failure!”, presented by David Muchow, J.D., Adjunct Professor, School of Foreign Services, Georgetown University, and a serial entrepreneur.

Thursday, October 6th, 2022 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Hybrid Event: “Is Software Patentable?”, presented by Jonathan King, J.D., Patent Prosecution Attorney, Blank Rome LLP.

Wednesday, September 14th, 2022 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Virtual Zoom Event: Accessing your resource to launch your start-up

Friday, March 25th, 2022 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Virtual Zoom Event: Gap Fund LOI Workshop

Tuesday, March 15th, 2022 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – Virtual Zoom Event: “Crossing the Chasm: The Trials and Tribulations of Marketing and Commercializing Cutting Edge Biomedical Technologies”, presented by Dr. Yama A. Abassi, Vice President, ACEA Biosciences

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2022 11:00 am – 12:30 pm, and Thursday, March 3rd, 2022 11:00 am – 1:00 pm – Virtual Zoom Event: “SBIR/STTR Workshop Series”: presented by experts from NCI’s (National Cancer Institute) SBIR Development Center: Sarra Djemil, Ph.D., Deepa Narayanan, and Reema Railkar, Ph.D.

Thursday, November 18, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Virtual Zoom Event: “Partnering with Pfizer’s CTI: Funding Opportunities and Best Practices for Application Submission” presented by: Barbara Sosnowski, Ph.D., Vice President and Global Head Emerging Science & Innovation Lead
Presentation slides can be found in the following link.

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Virtual Zoom Event: “JLABS @ Washington, DC: A Convergence Engine for Entrepreneurship”presented by: Michael Nestor, PhD Scientific Engagement Lead Johnson & Johnson Innovation-JLABS

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 12:00 am – 1:00 pm – Virtual Zoom Event: “Entrepreneur Education and Business Networking Program for Bioscientists, Clinicians and Bioengineers” presented by: Mary Howard, Executive Director at Design Technologies LLC

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Virtual Zoom Event: “The Importance of Data in Patent Applications – From Filing Complete Provisional Applications to Addressing Rejections at the USPTO” presented by: Neil P. Shull, Ph.D. (Medler Ferro, Woodhouse & Mills)

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Virtual Zoom Event: Engaging University Leaders In The Access To Medicines Movement – Sapna Ramappa and Devika Shenoy

UAEM (Universities Allied for Essential MedicinesPresentation on Engaging University Leaders in the access to medicines movement is available here. For more information on UAEM’s work please visit their website:

Wed., April 17, 12-1:30pm, Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room (new location):
PATENTS: FROM INVENTION TO COMMERCIALIZATION IN THE BIOMEDICAL SPACE -Dr. Ling Zhong, Ph.D., Shareholder & Mr. James M. Gould, Counsel, Ratner Prestia

Wed., Nov. 7th, 12-1:30pm, Building D, Warwick Evans Conference Room (new location):
Inventions:  When Does Patent Protection Make Sense, and How Does Open Source Fit In?
Mr. Gregory J. Kirsch, Patent Attorney, Partner, Head of IP for Smith, Gambrell & Russell, LLP.

Wed., Oct. 17th, 12-1:30pm, Leavey Program room 1606 in the Leavey Centre:
Critical Success Factors for a Biotechnology  
Dr. Brian A. Pollok, Ph.D., Co-Founder and CEO of Propagenix Inc.Wed., Mar. 21st, 12-1:30pm at Leavey Program Room:

Collaborating and Consulting: IP Issues to Consider
Todd Buck, Ph.D., Esq., of Haug Partners LLP

Mon., Feb. 5th, 12-1:30pm at Leavey Program Room: 
“Adventures in Entrepreneurship: The Case of Embody”
Jeff Conroy (CEO, Embody)

2021 Patent Awards Ceremony

To read more about the 2021 Patent Awards Ceremony, please visit the following link.

2019 Patent Awards Ceremony

To read more about the 2019 Patent Awards Ceremony, please visit the following link.

Other Previous OTC Events

Previous OTC events have included National Academy of Inventors ceremonies, 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.