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Working Session: Supporting Technology Commercialization in International Partnerships

Working Session: Supporting Technology Commercialization in International Partnerships Co-organized by UTEN Portugal and the CMU Portugal Program
Date: October 29, 2013
Venue: Room República, Alfândega do Porto
Registration: To attend please send an email to with your name and affiliation.

With the globalization of Science, international partnerships for Research, Development, and Innovation have become increasingly common, presenting new and significant challenges to the management of Intellectual Property (IP). In the first part of this working session we will share and discuss best practices and case studies of joint management of IP in the context of international collaborations.

These collaborations have also created new opportunities to expand the support that university ecosystems can provide to new high-tech ventures. The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program will soon re-launch its Entrepreneurship in Residence initiative, aiming at supporting very early stage entrepreneurial teams through a combination of immersion in CMU’s highly dense and dynamic entrepreneurial ecosystem, with the support of Portuguese entrepreneurial ecosystems. In the second part of this working session we will present and open to discussion the key ideas for this initiative.
14:10 – 14:20 Welcome Words
José Manuel Mendonça, Scientific Director, UTEN Portugal
João Claro, National Director, CMU Portugal
14:20 – 14:40 Tara Brandstad, Associate Director, Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC), Carnegie Mellon University
14:40 – 15:00 Jorge Figueira, Technology Transfer Office Director, Universidade de Coimbra
15:00 – 15:30 Q&A
15:30 – 16:00 Presentation and Discussion of the CMU Portugal Program’s
Entrepreneurship in Residence (EiR) Initiative

Tara Branstad Tara Branstad, Associate Director of Carnegie Mellon’s Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation ( CTTEC )
Tara’s responsibilities at CTTEC include working with faculty in a variety of fields to facilitate partnering for commercialization, specifically through licensing and the creation of start-up companies. In addition, Tara is responsible for overseeing CTTEC’s Enterprise Creation and Gap Fund Programs. Tara came to CMU in October 2005. She began her professional career in technology transfer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Technology Management in 1996. She subsequently worked for Innovation Works, a seed stage funding and technology-based economic development organization, and as an independent consultant to start-up companies, universities, economic development organizations, and private funding groups. Tara has presented lectures and seminars to students, faculty and professional associations including AUTM (Association for Technology Managers), NCET2 (National Council for Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer), UTEN (University Technology Enterprise Network – Portugal), USIMP (Turkey), and the U.S. Commerce Department (CLDP). Tara is married to a serial entrepreneur and has two young children. She received her BA in Biology from the University of Virginia, and an MBA in Marketing and MHA inHealth Policy and Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jorge Figueira UC Jorge Figueira, TTO Director (DITS), Universidade de Coimbra

Jorge Figueira graduated in 1997 in Chemical Engineering at the University of Coimbra, post-graduation in Business Sciences at UC. University of Coimbra Tech Transfer Office Director since 2003 and the executive coordinator of the regional Innovation Ecosystem, with responsibilities for pipeline management; Foreign Direct Investment; Catalysing and monitor the ecosystem; interface for innovation and knowledge transfer issues; update information about the production of new knowledge in the 150 R&D units; R&D results commercial potential assessment; University of Coimbra IP portfolio managing and licensing tasks; initiatives to foster entrepreneurial activities at the community.

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