ACS
ENTREPRENEUR SUMMIT

November 15-16 | Washington D.C.
National Education Association
1201 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The ACS Entrepreneur Summit is an event for startups, small businesses, investors, corporate partners, government officials, students, professors, researchers, and journalists who wish to gain:

Opportunities to network with entrepreneurs, private investors, and corporate innovators

Greater insight into interests, trends, opportunities, and challenges in chemical entrepreneurship

Practical advice and information for chemistry-based startups and small businesses

New ways of approaching operational challenges, value proposition, and customer development

PRICING

*Non-member registrants can opt in to receive a 1-year membership to the ACS.

ACS Student
Member

$25

 

Non-member Student*

$70

 

ACS Regular
Member:

$99

 

Non-member Professional*:

$141

 

SPEAKERS

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

David S. Bem, PH.D

David S. Bem

Day 1 

Registration & Breakfast
8:00am

Welcoming Remarks - 9:00am
American Chemical Society
Thomas M. Connelly, Jr., Ph.D., Executive Director & CEO

Keynote Introduction - 9:25am
The Procter & Gamble Company

Break & Networking - 10:30am

Corporate Spotlight - 11:00am
The Procter & Gamble Company
Chris Boeckerman, Innovation Leader/Change Agent

Corporate Spotlight - 11:20am
The Dow Chemical Company
Edward C. Greer, Ph.D., Corporate Technology Scout
Ventures & Business Development

Corporate Spotlight - 11:40am
Waters Corporation
Kevin D. Wyndham, Ph.D., Director Research & Development 

Lunch & Networking - 12:00pm

Corporate Spotlight -
1:00pm
Evonik AG - North America
Sanjay Gupta, Ph.D., Vice President and
Regional Head of Corporate Innovation Division

Corporate Spotlight -
1:20pm
Mitsui Chemicals, Inc.
Hirofumi Zenkoh, General Manager, Next Generation Business Development Division

Pharmaceutical Deals -
1:40pm
Moderator:

Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research (NIBR)
Avi Spier, Ph.D., Director, BD&L, Search and Evaluation

Panelists:

Sanofi U.S.
Katherine Bowdish, Ph.D., Vice President Global R&D and
Head of Sunrise Ventures Sanofi

Partners HealthCare
Julius Knowles, Partner, Innovation Fund

X-Chem, Inc.
Richard Wagner, Ph.D., CEO

Break & Networking
- 2:40pm

Afternoon Keynote -
3:00pm
PPG
David S. Bem, Ph.D., Vice President, Science & Technology and
Chief Technology Officer

Corporate Spotlight -
4:00pm
TOK America
Christopher Rosenthal, Manager, Business Building and New Ventures

UpPrize
- 4:20pm
The Forbes Funds (TFF)
Kate Dewey, President

Closing Remarks -
4:40pm
American Chemical Society
Kenneth J. Polk, Esq., Innovation Counsel

Adjourn
5:00pm

Day 2

Registration & Breakfast
8:00am

Rising Star
- 9:00am
Rubitection, Inc.
Sanna Gaspard, Ph.D., Founder & CEO Rubitection, Inc.

Interviewed by:
Madeleine Jacobs, Former Executive Director & CEO, American Chemical Society

Entrepreneur's Journey -
9:40am
X-Therma Inc.
Mark Kline, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer

The Power of a Prototype 
- 10:20am
Moderator:
Alabama Innovation & Mentoring of Entrepreneur Center
Dan Daly, Ph.D., Director

Panelists:
Delaware Innovation Space
William D. Provine, Ph.D., President & CEO

National Science Foundation
Anita J. La Salle, Ph.D., Program Director, CNS

Being More Innovative -
11:20am
Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
Katherine Gibson, Chief Innovation Officer

Lunch & Networking
- 12:00pm

Licensing
- 1:00pm
Thomson Coburn, LLC
Thomas A. Polcyn, Licensing Expert, IP Practice Group

Due Diligence and Term sheets -
1:30pm
Keiretsu Forum Mid-Atlantic
Howard Lubert, Area President

The Evolution of the University Startup -
3:00pm
Moderator: 
National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2)
Tony Stanco, Executive Director

Panelists:
NCET2
Victoria Scarborough, Ph.D., Startup Development Officer (Former Program Director for the Global External Technology Team at Sherwin-Williams)

NCET2
Glenn Vonk, Ph.D., Director of Business Development and Alliances (Former Director of Advanced Technology, BD)

NCET2
Robert Gruetzmacher, Ph.D., Startup Development Officer (Former Director of Technology Commercialization, DuPont)

Better Value Propositions & Pitches -
3:30pm
Moderator:
NCET2
Tony Stanco, Executive Director

Panelists:
Evonik Venture Capital
Eric Breese

NCET2
Christine Copple, Angel Investor and Startup Development Officer

Womble and Carlyle
Andrew Tucker, Corporate and Securities Attorney and
Board of Directors, Washington DC ArchAngels

Closing Remarks -
4:30pm

Adjourn
4:40pm

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