Office of Technology Development starts educational series

The Office of Technology Development at Penn State College of Medicine will host an educational series that features a number of topics related to entrepreneurship, translational medicine and commercialization and intellectual property. The first event, “Why be an Entrepreneur?” is scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Lecture Room D on the College of Medicine campus in Hershey. Associate Dean for Research Innovation Keith Marmer will present this program, open to all faculty, staff and students.

The program will explore the role of scientists as entrepreneurs in translational research.

“Academia is increasingly being looked upon as an engine for the new innovation economy,” Marmer said. “Effective commercialization of research is not only critical to our economy, but is imperative in ensuring the outcomes of research are successfully made available to the people we seek to help.”

The program also will explore how to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit without quitting your day job.

Future topics in the educational series will include “How to Start a Company,” “The Impact on Patent Reform Law,” and “What You Don’t Know about Intellectual Property Can (and often does) Hurt You.”

For more information, or to R.S.V.P., contact Karen Robey at or 717-531-8946.

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Last Updated September 21, 2011