From the Lab to the Marketplace: A World IP Day Lunch and Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 12:00pm

Featuring John Cabeca, director of the Silicon Valley U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

This event is free and open to the public. Lunch will be provided for all who RSVP in advance at

In recognition of World IP Day, the University of Arizona invites you to enjoy lunch (on us!) and a lively panel discussion with leaders who have first-hand, seasoned experience working in moving inventions from the lab to the marketplace to create social and economic impact. 

The event will begin at noon with an introduction by John Cabeca, followed by a panel discussion from people across the ecosystem of invention and commercialization, including:

  • Frederic Zenhausern, inventor, professor and director of the College of Medicine-Phoenix Center for Applied NanoBioscience and Medicine 
  • Jeffrey Morton, Intellectual Property attorney, Snell & Wilmer, LLC 
  • Rakhi Gibbons, associate director for Biomedical & Life Sciences Licensing, Tech Launch Arizona 
  • Kelvin Ning, senior vice president at Telluride Medical Partners with 12+ years of startup medical device experience from Silicon Valley

The panel will conclude at 1:15 p.m..

Then, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., there will be an additional session: "The Inventive Mindset: A Path to Innovation Insight and Experience from the Field"

Speaker: Dr. Marvin J. Slepian, professor of medicine (Cardiology), Biomedical Engineering, Materials Sciences and Engineering; McGuire Scholar – Eller College of management; director, Arizona Center for Accelerated Biomedical Innovation (ACABI)

With over fifty years of experience in inventivity, inventions, patents and intellectual property this talk with address the mindset and approach to creativity and the invention process. The connection between the inventive process and the creation of new constructs, new knowledge and new opportunities will be discussed. The link between and role of invention and innovation will be addressed as well. Specific examples and insight over years of practice will be shared. 

Slepian's talk will be 45 minutes, with 15 minutes for discussion and questions.

UA College of Medicine-Phoenix, Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building
Phoenix , AZ
United States
Arizona US
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Tech Launch Arizona
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Requests for disability-related accommodations should be directed to the event's primary contact, Paul Tumarkin.