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STC CEO Lisa Kuuttila to Speak at Congressional Briefing on Innovation Policy

Albuquerque, NM – January 21, 2014 STC.UNM CEO Lisa Kuuttila has been invited to speak before a U.S. congressional briefing on potential innovation policy reforms to be held on January 28th. The third in a series of briefings, the event will focus on how to strengthen university and industry R&D partnerships. The briefings are being sponsored by the U.S. House Technology Transfer Caucus, co-chaired by Representative Gus Bilirakis from Florida and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Lujan from New Mexico. Other sponsors include the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation, a non-partisan research and education institute focused on public policies that advance technology innovation and productivity, and Innovation Associates, a consulting firm specializing in technology-based economic development, bringing best practices and new strategies to governments, organizations and corporations.

The event is being moderated by Joe Allen, former President of the National Technology Transfer Center. Mr. Allen served as a staff member of former Senator Birch Bayh and was a key figure is securing passage of the Bayh-Dole Act, which enabled public research universities to collaborate with industry to commercialize their technologies. Mr. Allen also served as Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization at the U. S. Department of Commerce and was instrumental in passage of the Federal Technology Transfer Act, which allowed U. S. companies to have cooperative R&D agreements (CRADAS) with federal labs.

Other speakers include Pearl Huang, Vice President, Discovery Partnerships in Academia, GlaxoSmithKline; Jane Muir, President-Elect, Association of University Technology Managers; Diane Palmintera, President, Innovation Associates; Dr. Paul Sanberg, President, National Academy of Inventors, Senior VP, Research and Innovation at the University of South Florida; and Karen Zaderej, CEO & President, AxoGen.

For more information on the event, including how to register, go to http://www.itif.org/events/enhancing-university-industry-rd-partnerships.

Source: STC.UNM

For more information, contact:

Denise Bissell
(505) 272-7310