Economic Stimulus: Technology Transfer from Federal Labs

Brought to you by
ACS Science & the Congress Project
ACS Corporation Associates
and The Congressional Technology Transfer Caucus with Co-Chairs
Rep. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Rep. Ben Ray LujÁn (D-NM)

Innovation is a vital source of economic growth; technology transfer from public research to private development is a significant source of economic stimulus. The U.S. government’s federal laboratory system has been a source of such innovation from the Manhattan Project to the Human Genome Project. Building on these past successes, are the ongoing means of technology transfer best nurturing innovation to seed economic growth? What lessons are emerging from both government-owned labs’ government-operated and company-operated (GOGO/GOCO) management styles? This panel will discuss efforts to optimize federal labs’ technology transfer to ensure the public return on investment of a robust national economy.

Video from July 27, 2012


Speaker Bios & Presentations

Stephanie Shipp, Ph.D., specializes in the assessment of science and technology projects, programs, and portfolios. Her work spans topics related to innovation and competitiveness with recent emphasis on advanced manufacturing, the role of federal laboratories, and funding of high risk/high reward research. Before joining the Science and Technology Policy Institute, Dr. Shipp was a member of the federal Senior Executive Service. She was the Director of the Economic Assessment Office in the Advanced Technology Program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Prior to that, Dr. Shipp led economic and statistical programs at the Census Bureau, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the Federal Reserve Board. She is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and has held several leadership positions within the ASA. Dr. Shipp was a member of the international advisory board for VINNOVA, Sweden’s innovation agency and recently led an expert panel to evaluate the Swedish Research Council’s Linnaeus Grants. She holds a B.A. from Trinity College, Washington, DC, and a Ph.D. in economics from George Washington University.

Mojdeh Bahar is Chief of the Cancer Branch at the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), National Institutes of Health (NIH). Prior to joining the TTO in January 2004 she served as an Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Ms. Bahar is currently the Chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). She has spoken nationally and internationally on a variety of technology transfer and intellectual property topics. Additionally, Ms. Bahar created and moderated a webinar series entitled “Demystifying Working With Federal Labs,” from which developed a training course and annual postdoctoral conference for the transition of Washington-area scientists into the business world. She is the recipient of many awards including an NIH Director’s Award, a Mentorship Award, and a State and Local Economic Development Award. Ms. Bahar, a patent attorney, graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was co-founder and editor of Margins: Maryland's Law Journal on Race, Religion, Gender, and Class. She completed the Health Law Program and received the William P. Cunningham Award for exceptional achievement and service. Ms. Bahar received an M.A. from New York University and a B.S. with Honors in Chemistry and French from Dickinson College.

David Pesiri, Ph.D., is Division Leader of the Technology Transfer Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). His focus includes strategic partnerships and collaborations to enhance innovation, developing technologies for spinouts, and promoting regional economic development. A recognized expert in technology assessment, valuation and validation, Dr. Pesiri supports partnership and commercialization activities including CRADAs (Cooperative Research and Development Agreements), license agreements, and equity deals. Prior to 2005, he was co-founder and president of SDC Materials, a successful nanomaterials discovery company in Tempe, AZ. He also served as managing partner of the Essex Technology Group, LLC, a leading nanotechnology consulting firm in Aliso Viejo, CA. In addition to founding or co-founding several successful technology and manufacturing startup companies, Dr. Pesiri was a senior scientist at Technanogy, LLC where he focused on scale up, manufacturing, and application development of nanomaterials, as well as nanopowder dispersion technology. He also served as a principal at Technanogy Materials Development, a nanomaterials producer in Santa Ana, CA. Prior to his entrepreneurial career, Dr. Pesiri was a technical staff member at LANL where he focused on nanomaterials, catalysis, and separations. David holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.A. from Pomona College in Claremont, CA.

Brett Bosley leads technology commercialization for Battelle’s Global Laboratory Operations. He is responsible for expanding engagement between industry and the national laboratories managed or co-managed by Battelle, increasing the commercialization and deployment of innovation, and leveraging relationships with affiliated venture funds. Mr. Bosley also has management responsibility for Battelle’s Technology Partnership Practice, which provides technology-based economic development management consulting services around the world. Previously, he held management positions in the chemical & life sciences industry, most recently as the Director of Operations for Siemens Molecular Imaging Biomarker Research. Mr. Bosley earlier served as the General Manager of fine-chemical maker Callery Chemical, and in financial or operational capacities at several life science ventures. He also worked as a commercialization manager at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Mr. Bosley served in the U.S. Marine Corps and holds an MBA in Finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Computer Science from National University. Mr. Bosley is a member of the Board of Directors of the Alliance for Sustainable Energy (which operates the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for DOE), the Battelle Ventures Advisory Board, and the Research Advisory Board of the University of Missouri at Columbia. Mr. Bosley is a member of the American Chemical Society.

Phillip Singerman, Ph.D. serves as Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is responsible for the NIST suite of external partnership programs, including the Technology Transfer and Small Business Innovation Research Program. Immediately prior to joining NIST in January 2011, Dr. Singerman was a Senior Vice President at B&D Consulting, a DC-based firm providing strategic advice and technical assistance on federal economic development programs to non-profit organizations, local governments, and universities. Previously he was a managing director of a $120 million seed stage venture fund that invested in early stage technologies. Dr. Singerman has more than 30 years of experience in tech-based economic development; he was the first chief executive of two of the best known public-private partnerships, the Ben Franklin Technology Center of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the Maryland Technology Development Corporation. During the Clinton Administration, he served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development. Dr. Singerman has a bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. from Yale University. He has taught at several academic institutions including Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. After graduating from college, he served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Colombia, working in rural community development projects.

Related Information

Science and Technology Policy Institute, Institute for Defense Analyses

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

  • www.ott.nih.gov/ (links for iPhone/iPad apps, RSS feeds, Brochures)
  • Rare www.ott.nih.gov/rd and Neglected diseases www.ott.nih.gov/nd

Federal Laboratory Consortium

Los Alamos National Laboratory

Battelle Memorial Institute

National Institute of Standards and Technology

Research Commercialization and SBIR Center

Chemical & Engineering News (a publication of the American Chemical Society)