South Texan to Address NE Regional Federal Laboratory Consortium
On September 16th, I will be the Keynote Speaker at the Northeast Regional Federal Laboratory Consortium to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton (Long Island) New York.
The subject of my talk will be "A Small Business Experience with Federal Laboratories Technology Transfer" and will cover my nearly 18 years of experience as a small business, technology entrepreneur involved with National Laboratories. During this time, through good and bad experiences, I have been involved in multiple CRADAs (Cooperative Research and Development Agreements) and negotiated licenses for federally funded IP.
This opportunity is one that I've looked forward to for many years. In a way, because of "issues" that arose during my recent DoD demonstrations (one of which took place at BNL), I was concerned that they'd find a substitute speaker (thankfully, they did not - at least not yet). At the same time, I have found the reactions to my Keynote to be very disparate. Why?
In San Antonio, where alot of people "talk the talk" of Technology Transfer, few have had the depth of my experiences. Yet, in addition to being told that "well, you can do that with the federal laboratories, working with universities is very different." That, in addition to the attitude that I don't have a Ph.D. and thus, am somehow not qualified to talk on the subject, makes me question if I'll get to share the presentation and my observations here in Texas.
Why is this important to Door64? It might be possible to form working groups of people (clusters of skill sets), to collaborate on a program to create a NuCo around an imported technology. Just a thought, but one that could become a reality.