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Business and Technology Centers to host seminar in Seattle


SEATTLE– The Washington Small Business Development Centers and the Washington Technology Center will host the seminar, “How Small Businesses Can Successfully Commercialize Technology,” from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 14, at WSU West, Pike Tower Building, 520 Pike Street, Suite 1101, Seattle.

This seminar provides an overview of the process of commercialization, including how to determine entry markets, find customers, develop a commercialization strategy, find commercialization partners and funding, value technology, determine royalty rates, develop a term sheet and conduct negotiations. The presentation will include many real-world examples.

Phyl Speser, the founder of Foresight Science & Technology and author of the best selling text book “The Art & Science of Technology Transfer,” is the featured speaker. He has been called one of the founders of the modern practice of technology transfer by Ashley Stevens, president of the Association of University Technology Managers and executive director of the Technology Transfer Office at Boston University. He has supported successful commercialization of technologies in fields from optics to software and pharmaceuticals to wind power.

In addition to actively serving on numerous technology related boards and committees, Speser has taught intellectual property at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, anthropology at The American University, Washington, DC, and political science at the Universitat Mannheim, Germany and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Prior to founding Foresight, he was special assistant for science policy at the Federation of American Scientists. He was the lead lobbyist for the Small Business Innovation Development Act, developer of the STTR concept with Roland Tibbetts, and a lobbyist for the Technology Transfer Act of 1989, among other legislation.
Register online  by Oct. 9. The cost is $20 per person and space is limited to 35 registrants.
Parking is available at the Pike Tower Building, the Convention Center, and the Washington Athletic Club.

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