Enlisting entrepreneurs to accelerate commercialization

Drs. Dennis Stone (left), Phillip Purdy and Philip Thomas participate in the panel discussion portion of the Winter 2011 Entrepreneurship Symposium.

Continuing its series of symposiums on commercializing life science inventions, the Office of Technology Development will host a session this month on the importance of enlisting seasoned entrepreneurs in the process.

“Found in Translation: How Management Accelerates Commercialization of University Technologies” is scheduled for 2 to 6 p.m. May 17 in the Excellence in Education Foundation Auditorium, located in the Simmons/Hamon Biomedical Research Buildings at 6000 Harry Hines Blvd.

Dr. Dennis Stone, vice president for technology development, said the symposium will comprise a series of presentations by successful biotech entrepreneurs currently leading start-ups that were launched or nurtured by the technology development office and BioCenter at Southwestern Medical District. Presenters Frank Ahmann, president and chief operating officer of LoneStar Heart Inc.; Dennis McWilliams, CEO and founder of Apollo Endosurgery Inc.; and Warren Huff, founding CEO and president of Reata Pharmaceuticals Inc., will join Dr. Stone in a panel discussion at the end of the session.

The symposium is open to UT Southwestern researchers, faculty and students interested in commercialization opportunities. For program details and registration, go to www.utsouthwestern.edu/FoundInTranslation or call 214-648-3138.

— Dwayne Cox