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Workshop Experiencing Technology Transfer: collaborating with Carnegie Mellon

Workshop: “Experiencing Technology Transfer: collaborating with Carnegie Mellon”
November 8-10, 2009.
Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra, Portugal PROGRAM

The UTEN Portugal in collaboration with Carnegie Mellon University, and the Carnegie Mellon׀Portugal Partnership, is conducting a Technology Transfer Workshop to be held on November 8-10, 2009 at the Instituto Pedro Nunes, Coimbra.

Opening remarks:
• José Manuel Mendonça, Scientific Director of UTEN Portugal, President of INESC Porto
• João Barros, National Director, Carnegie Mellon/Portugal Program

Featured speakers at the workshop include three experts in key areas of technology transfer from Carnegie Mellon University, and two managers from the portuguese company PT Inovação:

Tara Branstad, Associate Director, Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC)
Timothy P. McNulty, Associate Vice President for Government Relations
Mary Beth Shaw, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
José Marcelino Pousa, director of Planning Control and Resources, PT Inovação
Isilda Maria Reis Braga da Costa, Legal adviser, PT Inovação

The main objectives of the workshop are to present the Carnegie Mellon University model for technology transfer and entrepreneurship development and to p rovide training to Portuguese technology transfer offices (TTOs) in licensing issues , technology transfer models , skill development , and metrics to measure success .

The workshop will span two days. During the first day, the Carnegie Mellon experts will present the university’s overall approach to regional economic development and provide an overview of the university’s TTO, Office of General Counsel, and Office of Government Relations and the interface between those offices and other departments within the university. Portuguese corporate representatives will address the importance of technology transfer from their perspective. Following the general sessions, in depth presentations will focus on software licensing issues and start-up models and on TTO models, skill requirements and metrics to measure success.

The second day of the workshop will be limited to a select group of participants from TTOs within Portugal. It will consist of a presentation on Carnegie Mellon’s standard license and spin-off license templates and a discussion of common licensing issues and concerns. In addition, the experts will guide the participants though case studies illustrating key points of deal valuation and structure and license negotiation.


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Tara Branstad, Associate Director, Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (“CTTEC”), Carnegie Mellon University.
Tara Branstad has been with Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation for four years; first as a Licensing Manager, then as Director of Enterprise Creation, and now as the Associate Director of the Center. In her current capacity, she is responsible for IP management, licensing, facilitating the creation of spin-off companies and assisting the Director in managing the operational and administrative activities of the Center. Tara works primarily with faculty in Robotics, Biomedical Engineering, and ICES (the Institute for Complex Engineered Systems). She also works with faculty in Computer Science, the Mellon College of Science, and the Tepper School of Business.
Tara began her professional career in technology transfer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Technology Management. She then worked at Innovation Works, a seed stage funding and technology-based economic development organization in Pittsburgh, and subsequently, as an independent consultant to organizations and companies in the start-up space. Tara received a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia, an MHA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public Health and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business.

Tim McNulty, Associate Vice President of Government Relations at Carnegie Mellon University.
In this role he facilitates the University’s collaboration with federal, state and local government partners. Previously McNulty was Associate Provost for Strategic Initiatives and focused on the development projects in Carnegie Mellon’s major research areas of cyber security, energy technology and robotics.
McNulty joined Carnegie Mellon in January 2003 after 8 years in the Administration of Governor’s Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker-serving in the Department of Community and Economic Development as Executive Deputy Secretary and Acting Secretary and as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor for Technology Initiatives. McNulty directed the design and implementation of Governor Tom Ridge’s Digital and Life Sciences Greenhouses, the Governor’s $2 billion investment in biotechnology and participated in Governor Ridge’s success in restoring commercial shipbuilding at the Philadelphia Shipyard. McNulty led the Pittsburgh Regional Revitalization Initiative in 1994 for the Allegheny Conference on Community Development. He is a member of the board of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Tobacco Settlement Investment Board and the board of Innovation Works. McNulty also volunteers as a board member of a number of technology and education related organizations, including the Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation, the SciTech Spectacular, Asset Incorporated, and the Pennsylvania Learning Network.
McNulty holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Indiana University and a Masters of Arts in Public Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Mary Beth Shaw, Assistant General Counsel within the Office of General Counsel of Carnegie Mellon University.
Mary Beth Shaw has been Assistant General Counsel within the Office of General Counsel of Carnegie Mellon University since Sept. 2005. Shaw is responsible for handing the legal matters of Carnegie Mellon in the areas of corporate, commercial, tax, international, financial, technology transfer and real estate law. Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon, Mary Beth Shaw was a corporate and tax attorney at a large law firm based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for more than ten years. Prior to attending law school, Shaw practiced public accounting for a number of years at a large, international public accounting firm.
Mrs. Shaw received her J.D. degree from the West Virginia University College of Law, where she graduated with highest honors and was Editor-in-Chief of the West Virginia Law Review. Mrs. Shaw also received her B.S. in B.A. degree from West Virginia University, where she majored in Accounting and graduated summa cum laude. In addition to holding a license to practice law in both West Virginia and Pennsylvania, Shaw is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

José Marcelino Pousa, Director of Planning Control and Resources at PT Inovação.
His area of expertise encompasses Innovation Management which administers technology transfer and partnerships with universities and I&D institutions. Pousa has a degree in applied physics in opto-electronics from the Universidade do Porto, a master’s degree in organization and information systems from the Universidade de Évora, and a post-graduate in economics and management of industrial property from Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão (ISEG). He has devoted 18 years to research and development in the areas of optical communications and photonics.

Isilda Costa, legal adviser at PT Inovação
Isilda Costa is involved in a wide variety of legal areas, including corporate, intellectual property, labour and contract law. Costa’s major areas of focus are intellectual property, European law and telecommunications. Costa graduated with a law degree from the Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Coimbra. She completed post-graduate studies in European law in 1991 and in communication law in 1993 at the Faculdade de Direito, Universidade de Coimbra, and in management and economics of intellectual property law at Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão, in Lisbon.

Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC)

CITEC logo The Center for Technology Transfer and Enterprise Creation (CTTEC) at Carnegie Mellon University is responsible for facilitating and accelerating the movement of research and technology out of the university and into the marketplace. Our collaborative and problem-solving approach working with our researchers to validate, challenge and extend their work fits well within the overall goals of commercialization. The founder of CTTEC made the following declaration in 1993, and it continues to guide our efforts every day. “At CTTEC, we are inspired by the passion of our inventors, continuously innovate our process, and strive to build connections with our extended community.”

CTTEC works closely with several academic and administrative departments and groups within Carnegie Mellon University, as well as regional, national and global organizations focused on early stage technologies to uncomplicate the transfer of research based technology and accelerate the commercialization of innovation throughout Carnegie Mellon University. The team consists of licensing specialists and business creation experts with skills in intellectual property management, technology commercialization, and business development. The team has a diverse set of experiences across a range of industries including medical devices and bioinformatics, data storage and server design, semiconductor and micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMs) and advanced materials. The current team collectively holds 1 Ph.D., 3 MBAs, 2 master’s degrees, and 1 J.D.
With over 350 licenses, options and other agreements and 50 new company spin-out deals completed successfully over the past 5 years , we are the trusted partner for the Carnegie Mellon University community in assessing technology, mitigating risks and developing best business scenarios for value creation. For more information visit: .