From Research Discovery to Innovation: Strategies for Success



The “ah-ha!” moment that comes from explaining a vexing phenomenon or establishing an elusive connection is one of the most thrilling aspects of scientific research.  But what happens next?  To have any measurable impact on the world outside the research laboratory, the discovery must evolve into a tangible, broadly applicable, and self-sustaining innovation.  Complicating things, the potential “real world” value of a breakthrough may not be immediately obvious, or, conversely, there may also be so many divergent possibilities that choosing the best target becomes an obstacle in itself.  How can scientists and engineers first identify a promising innovation in its nascent stages, and then begin to outline a developmental road map that will maximize its impact? 

In the CSMC’s next Innovation Webinar, Bruce Branchaud, Professor Emeritus in Chemistry at the University of Oregon and advisor to the Technology Entrepreneurship Program, and Nathan Lillegard, Program Manager at the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, will draw on their own considerable experience to present a strategy for recognizing hidden value in fundamental scientific breakthroughs and offer a realistic picture of what it takes to be successful.

Please join our panel in exploring these topics and more in the fifth of our ongoing series of Innovation Webinars presented by the CSMC.

The panelists will be taking your questions LIVE so please tune in!

    Our distinguished panelists:

    Dr. Bruce Branchaud, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry, University of Oregon

    Bruce has been a faculty member at the University of Oregon since 1983. Bruce was also a senior executive in the biotech industry, 2005-2011, as Director of Global Chemistry at Invitrogen and Research Fellow/Leader for Emerging Technologies in Chemistry at Life Technologies. Bruce is a co-founder of SupraSensor Technologies, LLC, a startup focused on chemistry-enabled innovations in precision agriculture. SupraSensor Technologies, LLC has received support from the NSF I-Corps Program, the NSF SBIR Program and ONAMI.

    Bruce received a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Harvard University (synthetic organic chemistry with Nobel Laureate R. B. Woodward) and was an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (biochemistry with Christopher T. Walsh).

    Mr. Nathan Lillegard, Program Manager for the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship,University of Oregon

    As the Program Manager for the Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon, Nathan has a passion for the world of new ventures and innovation. His experience includes co-founding Floragenex; a genetic research company, raising capital and growing that business to profitability, advising several science and technology based startups, and working with community and student entrepreneurs to help them grow.

    Nicholas Gurnon, Graduate Student at the University of Oregon in the CSMC, moderates the panel.