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2022 Proof of Concept Annual Meeting - Materials Available

December 06-07, 2022

The Proof of Concept Network Annual Meeting brought public and private partners together from across the national network of proof of concept programs. The network spans 15 Proof of Concept centers around the country, with more than 100 universities and colleges in 34 states and Puerto Rico.

This annual meeting provided attendees with the opportunity to discuss activities and share lessons learned across the program. The meeting included:

  • Innovator Showcase Pitch Event
  • Keynote on CHIPS and Science ACT legislation
  • Panel discussion on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts across the network

Watch the recordings and read the transcripts by clicking on the links in each session below.

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

1:00pm – 1:15pm

Welcome Address: NIH’s Role in Facilitating Academic Technology Development 

Matt McMahon, Director
NIH SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development)

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1:15pm – 2:00pm

Keynote Address: It Takes an Ecosystem: Incentive, Partnership, and Impact Design is Critical to Advancing Technologies and Sustaining Translation Culture.

 Research is moving through an evolution as it relates to impact orientation and an emphasis on researcher development. With the CHIPS and Science Act – the largest authorization of U.S. research and development funding in decades – there is momentum to increase the development and effects of ecosystems on the capacity to advance innovation for societal and economic impact.  Ecosystems require culture for sustainability, and culture requires the right incentives, partnerships, and impact goals to be effective.  For the translation of biomedical research, the NIH Proof of Concept Network has done well to initiate ecosystems and culture, but we still have work to do.

Ian D. McClure, JD, LLM 
Chair-Elect, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM); Associate Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact; Executive Director, UK Innovate at the University of Kentucky

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2:00pm – 2:15pm Break
2:15pm – 3:00pm

Career Development Panel Discussion

Careers in product development and entrepreneurship have emerged as some of the most exciting and rewarding paths for young academic researchers. Hear from innovators whose career trajectory has been altered after their experience working with the Proof of Concept Network. Hubs will also share specific activities/initiatives aimed at career development that was highly successful. 

Eugene Krentsel, PhD (Moderator)
CSO & VP, XLerateHealth; Co-Founder & President, innoVEK

Queenie Cheong, PhD
Vice President, BlackRock

Barry Lutz, PhD
Co-Founder & CSO, Anavasi Diagnostics; Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of Washington

Jonathan Thon, PhD
Founder & CEO, STRM.BIO; Co-founder, PlateletBio

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3:00pm –3:15pm Break
3:15pm – 4:00pm

Transitions to Small Business Development Panel Discussion

Multiple project teams have leveraged Hub resources to form a company or successfully licensed their technology development to a small business. Innovators in this panel will highlight their successful transitions to small businesses, what relationships or resources proved vital in the transition, and what lessons they have carried forward for ongoing success.

Allison Hubel, PhD (Moderator)
Founder and CSO, Evia Bio; President Elect, Society for Cryobiology; Director, Technological Leadership Institute at University of Minnesota

Arash Kheradvar, MD, PhD, FAHA
Professor, UCI Departments of Biomedical Engineering, & Medicine (Cardiology); Founder, Valvention Inc.

Traci Lyons, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Co-founder, Perla Therapeutics

Steve Soper, PhD
Founder & CTO, Biofluidica

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4:00pm – 4:15pm Break
4:15pm. – 5:00pm

Early Commercialization Resources Panel Discussion

Proving the potential of a research discovery as a potential healthcare product requires access to regulatory and reimbursement advice, as well as business development guidance, from experts in the field. Innovators in this panel will describe how the advice/guidance they received altered the original plan for the project.

Steve Flaim, PhD, FACC, FAHA  (Moderator)
Entrepreneur-In-Residence, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Cem Altunbas, PhD
Associate Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Fateme Fayyazbakhsh, PhD
Assistant Research Professor, Missouri University of Science and Technology

N Sanjeeva Murthy, PhD
Associate Research Professor, Rutgers University

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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

1:00pm – 1:15pm

Day One Summary and Introductory Remarks: Product Development at the NIH – Introduction to the Proof of Concept Network

Matt McMahon, PhD
NIH SEED (Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development)

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1:15pm – 2:00pm

Demonstrating the Impact of the NIH Proof of Concept Network

Institutions participating in the Proof of Concept network collect and report outcome metrics. In this presentation, RTI will provide a snapshot of the product development and training outcomes of the network.

Alan O’Connor, MBA
Senior Director, Center for Applied Economics & Strategy, RTI International

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2:00pm – 2:15pm Break
2:15pm – 3:15pm

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Across the Proof of Concept Network 

A discussion that provides an overview of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) efforts in academic innovation including a discussion of the Proof of Concept Network Action Committee on EDI (PACE) 

Jessica Sharon, MS, MBA (Moderator)
Director of Innovation Programs, University of Louisville; Co-lead, Proof of Concept Network Action Committee on EDI (PACE)

Edward DeMauro, PhD, AIAA
Assistant Professor, Rutgers School of Engineering

Rania Hussein, PhD, IEEE
Founder and Director, Remote Hub Lab (RHLab); Associate Teaching Professor, University of Washington 

Claire McDonald, PhD
Project Manager, SPARK|REACH Program, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Kayla Meisner, MEng
Executive Director, Kentucky Commercialization Ventures (KCV); Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Committee Member, AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers)

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3:15pm – 3:30pm Break
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Proof of Concept Network Innovator Showcase

A showcase event in which three exceptional POCN innovators will deliver a live pitch of their respective technologies to a panel of experts.

Loleta Robinson, MD, MBA (Moderator)
Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Small business Education and Entrepreneurial Development (SEED)

Faz Bashi, MD (Judge)
Lead Venture Investor, Portfolia FEMTECH Fund I and II

Ayse McCracken (Judge)
Founder, Ignite Healthcare Network; President Ennovate Health Ventures

Julie Schlosser (Judge) 
Executive Director and Founding Partner, JOURNEY

This session was not recorded.

4:30pm – 5:00pm  Networking & Happy Hour
A networking opportunity that will allow meeting participants to meet POCN leaders, innovators, and other stakeholders.


Time: 1:00PM EST - 5:00PM EST