Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Presidential ACS Webinars on Entrepreneurship Training

Virtual Symposium at ACS Fall 2021

1.  ACS Webinar Series on Entrepreneurship Training

  • 7/21/2021: Starting a Company: The Critically Important Aspects of Incorporation
  • 7/28/2021:  Starting a Company: Protecting Your Intellectual Property
  • 8/11/2021:  Starting a Company: Organizing for Success

As scientists and engineers, we all know that innovation is the engine of growth for a society. The key is to translate these innovations and discoveries from bench to market.  This requires entrepreneurial and business skills not usually taught in graduate schools.  The goal of these ACS webinars is to provide an educational program to train more chemists and chemical engineers on entrepreneurship and business management. In this way, we can stimulate innovation, promote new enterprises, and recruit and retain members who see innovation and management as integral to their professional goals

These webinars are co-produced with ACS Industrial Member Programs, ACS Corporation Associates (CA), the ACS Committee on Technician Affairs, and the ACS Divisions of Small Chemical Businesses (SCHB) and Business Development and Management (BMGT). Last year we held two successful ACS webinars; you can view them here:

2.  “Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Collaborations” - Symposium at ACS Fall 2021


Organizing Committee: H. N. Cheng, Matthew Grandbois, Tiffany Hoerter, Joe Sabol, Diane Schmidt, Jim Skinner, George Stanley, Cal Trepagnier, Caroline Trupp Gil

The goals of this Presidential symposium are: 

  1. To provide training and help to current or budding entrepreneurs and managers. These may include academic, industrial and government scientists and students. 
  2. To communicate the best practices and case stories on entrepreneurship, university-industry-government collaborations, and management
  3. To facilitate networking and communication among the various groups within this space, including current and prospective entrepreneurs, funders, entrepreneur organizations, 
  4. To help build a community of people interested and/or involved in business and entrepreneurial activities, who look upon ACS as a place for network, mutual help, and deal-making.


Tuesday, August 24

  • Session 1: Essentials of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Management, Part 1
    Session Chair: Cheng, Grandbois

    10:30 - 10:35 AM
    Welcome | Thomas Connelly, ACS

    10:35 - 10:40 AM
    Introductory Remarks | Matthew Grandbois, DuPont

    10:40 - 11:05 AM
    Inventor’s dilemma: What to do next | James Skinner, Terregena

    11:05 - 11:30 AM
    Raising Capital for Early Stage Entrepreneurs | Sidney White, Chemical Angel Network

    11:30 - 12:00 PM
    Decisions related to starting a business and incorporating a new company | Larry Robbins, Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton

    12:00 - 12:30 PM
    Challenges of accessing and quantifying the market for a new technology | James Deconinck, Western Carolina U.

  • Session 2: Essentials of Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Management, Part 2
    Session Chair: Grandbois, Skinner

    2:00 - 2:30 PM
    Debunking the myths of innovation and entrepreneurism | David Harwell, Consulting Science

    2:30 - 3:00 PM
    Path to Commercialization from Academia | Les T. Nichols, U. Texas, Austin

    3:00 - 3:30 PM
    Intellectual Property and the Entrepreneur | Brad Craford, Eli Lilly

    3:30 - 4:00 PM
    Better Products – Faster – Through Operational Alignment | Kristoffer Stokes, Geisys Ventures

  • Session 3: Corporate Spotlights
    Session Chair: Schmidt, Grandbois

    4:30 - 5:00 PM
    Accelerating Innovation by embracing scientific advances, lean innovation, digital transformation and a constructive disruption mindset | Gerard Baillely, P&G

    5:00 - 5:30 PM
    Sustaining materials innovation – Scalable solutions delivered through collaboration | Attiganal Sreeram, Dow

    5:30 - 6:00 pM
    Open Innovation as a Driver for Agricultural Research & Development | Phil Talor, Bayer

    6:00 - 6:30 PM
    Retooling for innovation | Stephane Costeux, Rupa Kibbe, DuPont

  • Session 4: Funding and Maximizing Success
    Session Chair: Skinner, Melman

    7:00 - 7:30 PM
    Funding for a startup company: Insights from experienced investors | Greg Stewart, Green Sky Capital Inc.

    7:30 - 8:00 PM
    Criteria that venture capitalists use when selecting companies for investment | Jason Caplain, Bull City Venture Partners

    8:00 - 8:30 PM
    What to do and not do when starting a company | Kevin Bowles, Enkaps, Inc.

    8:30 - 9:00 PM
    Starting a company: Insights from a successful serial entrepreneur | John Ryals, Metabolon Inc.

Wednesday, August 25

  • Session 5: Factors Contributing to Business Success
    Session Chair: Lynch, MacLachlan

    10:30 - 11:00 AM
    Role of the Industrial Partner in Industrial-Academic Collaborations | Matthew Lunch, P&G

    11:00 - 11:30 AM
    Role of the Industrial Partner in Industrial-Academic Collaborations | Todd Khozein, Second Muse

    11:30 - 12:00 AM
    Beyond innovation: What is needed to start a small chemical business in 2021 | John Dreiscoll, PID Analyzers

    12:00 - 12:30 AM
    Beyond incorporating your newco: How to set yourself up for success | Jennifer Maclachlan, PID Anlayzers

  • Session 6: Government Agencies Helping Start-ups
    Session Chair: Stanley, Trepagnier

    2:00 - 2:25 PM
    To be announced | Kacy Gerst, DARPA

    2:25 - 2:45 PM
    To be announced | Jennifer Shieh, Small Business Administration

    2:45 - 3:10 PM
    Industrial Innovations and Partnerships at NSF | Elizabeth Mirowski, NSF

    3:10 - 3:35 PM
    The NSF’s I-Corps Team program is a stimulus package for start-ups | Daniel Daly, Daly Bus Consultants

    3:35 - 4:00 PM
    DOE national laboratories as hubs of innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration | Michelle Buchanan, NSF

  • Session 7: Govt Labs - Innovation and Collaborations
    Session Chair: Orts, Cheng

    4:30 - 5:00 PM
    GerNational Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI): A Model for Sharing Resources and University-Industry Collaboration | David Gottfried, Georgia Tech

    5:00 - 5:30 PM
    Innovation and Collaboration on the Path to a Clean, Sustainable Energy Future | Nancy Haegel, NREL

    5:30 - 6:00 pM
    Shaping Next-Generation Innovation with the DOE National Laboratories| Jennifer Lee, Pacific Northwest NL

    6:00 - 6:30 PM
    Partnering with the USDA and USDA researchers toward commercial success | William Orts, USDA

  • Session 8: Organizations serving Entrepreneurs
    Session Chair: Sabol, Stanley

    7:00 - 7:30 PM
    Case Study of Delaware Innovation Space – an organization formed via a collaboration between DuPont, University of Delaware, and State of Delaware to enable science entrepreneurs with critical tools and support to accelerate success and impact | William Provine, Delaware Innovation Space

    7:30 - 8:00 PM
    Tech2Market – Closing the Gap Between Academic Research and Technology Commercialization | Dora Cheatham, DESCA

    8:00 - 8:30 PM
    Getting from Point A to Point Exit: Preparing Your Startup for an Exit | Tony Stanco, NCET2

    8:30 - 9:00 PM
    Addressing the Emerging Measurement Science Needs of Industry via Collaborative Research with Academia | Christopher Welch, ICASE

Thursday, August 26

  • Session 9: Technology Transfer
    Session Chair: Skinner, Schmidt

    10:30 - 11:00 AM
    Role of the technology transfer office in universities | Marc Sedam, NYU Vice President, Technology Opportunities and Ventures

    11:00 - 11:30 AM
    Technology transfer for development and commercialization from federal laboratories | Paul Zielinksi, Fed Lab Consortium for Tech Transfer

    11:30 - 12:00 AM
    UIDP - Collaboration for successful innovation and entrepreneurship | Anthony M. Boccanfuso, UIDP

    12:00 - 12:30 AM
    WARF – A Success Story in Technology Transfer | Michael Falk, WARF

  • Session 10: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Special Topics, Part 1
    Session Chair: Sabol, Cheng

    2:00 - 2:30 PM
    Benefiting from differences in intellectual property (IP) law in US and CA | Kazim Agha, Ridout & Maybee LLP

    2:30 - 3:00 PM
    Regulatory challenges and opportunities for collaboration on innovations in agriculture | Laura McConnell, Bayer CropScience

    3:00 - 3:30 PM
    Innovative solutions and entrepreneurial behaviors in chemical technology commercialization | Andrew H. Bond, DeNovX

    3:30 - 4:00 PM
    Disrupting plastics with plants: Regenerative solutions that scale by Natural Fiber Welding | Luke Haverhals, Natural Fiber Welding

  • Session 11: Innovation & Entrepreneurship Special Topics, Part 2
    Session Chair: Cheng, Sabol

    4:30 - 5:00 PM
    Imagine a world where everyone can make molecules | Martin D. Burke, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne

    5:00 - 5:30 PM
    Precision Medicine: Needed More Than Ever: An Entrepreneur's Perspective | Pam Randhawa, Empiriko

    5:30 - 6:00 PM
    Next breakthrough in drug manufacturing | Anita Mehta, Chicago Discovery Solutions

    6:00 - 6:25 PM
    Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Create Jobs in the Chemical Sector | Mukund Chorghade, THINQ

    6:25 - 6:30 PM
    Concluding Remarks | H. N. Cheng, ACS