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Columbia Technology Ventures

Patents, Licenses, and Science-based Startups: Tech Transfer at Columbia and Beyond


Wednesday, March 14th

4:30pm – 6:30pm

Davis Auditorium – CEPSR Room 412

530 West 120th Street

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About the Event: Each year, Columbia University researchers create over 400 scientific inventions, which turn into over 200 new patent applications, over 100 licenses to industry, and over 20 new IP-backed startups. These inventions eventually save and improve the lives of people around the world, and the revenue generated flows back to the inventors and university to help catalyze new research breakthroughs in the future. In this interactive presentation, Columbia Tech Ventures’ Executive Director Orin Herskowitz, will discuss how all of this happens at Columbia and our peer universities; the ways that modern universities are supporting the creation of new startups based on scientific research; and the challenges entrepreneurs and investors often face while bringing these new technologies to market.


About the Speaker: Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures; Senior Vice President for Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer


Orin Herskowitz is the Senior VP of Intellectual Property and Tech Transfer for Columbia University, as well as, Executive Director of Columbia Technology Ventures (CTV). He also is an Adjunct Professor, teaching an Intellectual Property for Entrepreneurs course. He has served on boards or served as the Principle Investigator for a number of innovation and entrepreneurship-focused initiatives, including the NYC Media Lab, the PowerBridgeNY clean energy proof-of-concept center, the Columbia Coulter Translational Partnership, the NYC ACRE technology incubator, and Harlem Biospace; has been a peer reviewer for innovation and entrepreneurship awards for the National Science Foundation and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities; and is a frequent speaker at IP- and technology-focused events in NYC and across the country. He is a board member for the Center for American Entrepreneurship, a nonpartisan, not-for-profit research, policy, and advocacy organization engaging policymakers in Washington and across the nation regarding the critical importance of entrepreneurs and start-ups to innovation, economic growth, and job creation. Orin is also an appointee to a two-year term on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE), a Federal committee that advises the U.S. Secretary of Commerce on issues related to accelerating innovation, enhancing entrepreneurship, and expanding workforce skill development.


Questions? Contact techventures@columbia.edu