{ "channel": { "item": [ { "id": 17815240, "postDate": "2020-06-11T00:00:00", "title": "Jill M. Link Participating In An Important Discussion Among The Legal Community", "slug": "jill-m-link-participating-in-an-important-discussion-among-the-legal-community", "body": "\u003cp\u003eDes Moines, Iowa, June 11, 2020 - ChIPs and Corporate Counsel Women of Color are partnering up for a candid conversation about recent events in the United\n States and how we can collectively engage and take actionable steps towards creating positive change, justice and equality.\n \u003cp\u003eJill M. Link, Chair of the Licensing Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC, is an active member of ChIPs (“chiefs in intellectual property”)\n which is a nonprofit organization that advances and connects women in technology, law and policy. Corporate Counsel Women of Color® is a not-for-profit\n organization of women attorneys of color who serve as general counsel, assistant general counsel, corporate counsel, in-house legal counsel, and\n in other capacities for Fortune 1000 companies, Forbes 2000 companies, not-for-profit corporations, and other entities.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17814831, "postDate": "2020-06-09T00:00:00", "title": "COVID-19 IMPACTS ON THE FOOD SYSTEM", "slug": "covid-19-impacts-on-the-food-system", "body": "\u003cp\u003e\n \u003cp style=\"\"\u003eJill Link, Chairwoman of the MVS Licensing Practice Group, will be participating in the \"COVID-19 IMPACTS ON THE FOOD SYSTEM\" webinar event today from\n Noon - 12:30 PM CDT. This webinar will feature a conversation with Aon Managing Director and SVP Chip Lerwick analyzing food supply chain weaknesses\n and implications for consumers, producers, workers, and livestock. What are the most promising business continuity management strategies? Moderated\n by Tom Laurita, Director of Entrepreneurship, Danforth Center. The webinar is FREE but registration is required and can be done by following this\n link:\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8158617478038884624\"\u003ehttps://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8158617478038884624\u003c/a\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIn addition to today’s event, future webinar series include:\u003c/strong\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eAGTECH INNOVATIONS IN A POST COVID-19 WORLD\u003c/strong\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eTuesday, July 14 from 12-12:30 PM CDT\u003c/strong\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eInsights from agri-food thought leader and author Mary Shelman about the “new normal”. How will our collective COVID-19 experience affect and interact\n with existing disrupters like changing customer values, climate change, new Ag technologies? Moderated by Claire Kinlaw, Director, Innovation Commercialization,\n Danforth Center. The webinar is FREE but registration is required.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/265521469886485264\"\u003ehttps://register.gotowebinar.com/register/265521469886485264\u003c/a\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eACCELERATED TRENDS IN FOOD AND AG\u003c/strong\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eTuesday, August 11, from 12-12:30 PM CDT\u003c/strong\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eA conversation with Michael Swanson, Wells Fargo’s chief agriculture economist about how crises accelerate existing economic and industry trends. Innovations\n that would have taken 3-5 years for significant customer adoption may take only a year. What was envisioned over a decade appears in a few years. What\n are the key trends that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated in the food and ag industry?\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3947416475565436940\"\u003ehttps://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3947416475565436940\u003c/a\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17776484, "postDate": "2020-05-15T00:00:00", "title": "McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease Becomes The First Golden Grade Sponsor To Ag Startup Engine", "slug": "mckee-voorhees-sease-becomes-the-first-golden-grade-sponsor-to-ag-startup-engine", "body": "\u003cp\u003eAMES, Iowa, May 12, 2020 – \u003ca href=\"https://www.agstartupengine.com/sponsors\"\u003eAg Startup Engine\u003c/a\u003e (ASE), at the \u003ca href=\"https://www.isupark.org/\"\u003eIowa State University (ISU) Research Park\u003c/a\u003e,\n announced that it is welcoming their first Golden Grade Sponsor, McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease (MVS), a Des Moines, Iowa Intellectual Property boutique\n law firm of attorneys specializing in procurement and enforcement of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and more, is excited to support\n ASE’s efforts in early seed financing and mentorship of agricultural entrepreneurs and Iowan innovation. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e The Ag Startup Engine effort was launched over three years ago to help address two fundamental gaps that prevent agricultural startups and entrepreneurs\n from being more successful in Iowa: early, seed-stage investment and organized mentorship from renowned Iowan and Midwestern entrepreneurs. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\n “McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease (MVS) is excited to support the Ag Startup Engine and the great work it is doing to fund AgTech entrepreneurs and startups\n and help them towards success through mentorship and financial support,” said Luke T. Mohrhauser, Partner and Co-Chair of the Mechanical and Electrical\n Practice Group at MVS. “This organization will ensure the continued growth and evolution of AgTech in Iowa and beyond, now and into the future.”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\n “The Golden Grade Sponsorship supports the operational efforts of ASE while exclusively connecting our portfolio company founders to the sponsor,” said\n Joel Harris, co-director of ASE. “This includes providing subsidized services like office space at the ISU Research Park to startups in the portfolio\n and educational insights critical to a startup’s success. We’re excited to bring MVS into our processes for evaluating and assessing opportunities\n in AgTech.” \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e Other sponsor levels are available including Silver Planter and Platinum Harvester. Ag Startup Engine is actively looking for companies to finance and\n accept into their program.\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17776132, "postDate": "2020-05-12T00:00:00", "title": "AgTech NEXT Now! Webinar Series", "slug": "agtech-next-now-webinar-series", "body": "\u003cp\u003eJill Link, Chairwoman of the Licensing Practice Group, participated in the “AgTech NEXT Now! Pandemic Economics” webinar event today. The AgTech Next summit\n was scheduled to take place May 4-6, 2020 at the Danforth Center in St. Louis, MO. With the rescheduling of this food and agtech innovation summit\n there are now a series of webinars scheduled to address issues associated with various risks and rewards associated with the COVID-19 world we are\n now living in.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn addition to today’s event, future webinar series include:\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“COVID-19 IMPACTS ON THE FOOD SYSTEM\u003c/strong\u003e”\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eTuesday, June 9 from 12:00-12:30 PM CDT\u003c/strong\u003e \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/strong\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e“AGTECH INNOVATIONS IN A POST COVID-19 WORLD”\u0026nbsp;\u003c/strong\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eTuesday, July 14 from 12-12:30 PM CDT\u003c/strong\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor more information visit \u003ca href=\"https://www.agtechnext.org/\"\u003eagtechnext.org.\u003c/a\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17774578, "postDate": "2020-04-27T00:00:00", "title": "MVS Supports World IP Day", "slug": "mvs-supports-world-ip-day", "body": "\u003cp\u003eDes Moines, Iowa, April 27, 2020 \u0026mdash; McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC was proud to support World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2020. This\n day celebrates the role intellectual property rights play in encouraging innovation and creativity and the many inspiring inventors and creators around\n the world who are working to provide for a better tomorrow. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eThis year’s World IP Day focused on the efforts to create a green and sustainable future. This includes looking at how the patent system fosters innovation\n and the development and diffusion of eco-friendly technologies. They consider how trademarks and other identifiers support the emergence and growth\n of businesses built on principles of environmental sustainability, enabling them to offer a broader range of eco-friendly products and services. They\n see how rights, such as geographical indications are encouraging more sustainable natural resource use and how plant-breeding rights are promoting\n the development of more resilient crops in support of global food security. Finally, they observe how creators, who through the copyright system can\n earn a living from their work, can play a key role in creating a vision of a green future and its untold benefits.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“MVS supports the efforts of World IP Day and we congratulate our clients and colleagues on all that they do with intellectual property and for understanding\n the important role it plays in encouraging and supporting invention and innovation” said Heidi S. Nebel, Managing Member of MVS. “From the seminal\n U.S Supreme Court decision Pioneer v. J.E.M. Ag Supply, 534 U.S. 124 in 2001, we have helped our clients obtain over 4,720 patents in the last 20 years.”\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMcKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC is Iowa’s oldest and largest boutique IP firm, helping clients protect their intellectual property rights through patents,\n trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and related commercial litigation, both domestically and internationally. MVS has attorneys skilled\n in all areas of technology including chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy science as well mechanical, electrical, computer, industrial and aerospace\n engineering. Many attorneys with the firm have advanced degrees in science in addition to their law degree.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17774094, "postDate": "2020-04-24T00:00:00", "title": "Heidi S. Nebel Re-Appointed to the National Plant Variety Protection Board", "slug": "heidi-s-nebel-re-appointed-to-the-national-plant-variety-protection-board", "body": "\u003cp\u003eDes Moines, Iowa, April 24, 2020 \u0026mdash; Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue, has re-appointed Heidi S. Nebel, Intellectual Property (IP) Attorney,\n Managing Member, and Chair of the Biotechnology \u0026amp; Chemical Practice Group at McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC, to continue her service on the Plant\n Variety Protection (PVP) Board. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi’s first meeting of the new term will focus on the implementation of PVP protection for asexually reproduced plants and for Cannabis among other issues.\n According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the PVP Board is “composed of 14 members that include farmers, plant breeders, seed\n industry experts, university professors, and lawyers who have involvement with plant varieties and/or their use”. The mission of the PVP Board is “to\n provide direction to the PVP Office which ultimately influences the development of new plant varieties by providing an incentive (through intellectual\n property protection) to the breeders of these varieties”.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e“I am honored to be able to continue to represent the interests of the many plant breeders across the country, many of whom are our clients, to help shape\n policy and IP strategy at a national level,” said Heidi.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi has been an IP attorney for over 25 years, obtaining patents and designing IP strategy in the areas of agricultural biotechnology, plants, and animals.\n Heidi also enjoys being an advocate of biotechnology, speaking around the country on important issues in the field. Her practice includes representation\n of more than 30 different universities and research foundations across the country, as well as many Agribusiness companies. Heidi also serves on the\n Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Board of Directors.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi will serve on the PVP Board until May 1, 2022.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAbout MVS:\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMcKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC is Iowa’s oldest and largest boutique IP firm, helping clients protect their intellectual property rights through patents,\n trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and related commercial litigation, both domestically and internationally. MVS has attorneys skilled\n in all areas of technology including chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy science as well mechanical, electrical, computer, industrial and aerospace\n engineering. Many attorneys with the firm have advanced degrees in science in addition to their law degree. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17772942, "postDate": "2020-04-16T00:00:00", "title": "2020 Hottest Patents on Plastic Waste and Recycling for CHZ Technologies", "slug": "2020-hottest-patents-on-plastic-waste-and-recycling-for-chz-technologies", "body": "\u003cp\u003eCongratulations to our client, CHZ Technologies, for having one of the “2020 Hottest Patents and Literature on Plastic Waste and Recycling” for their patent\n on multistage thermolysis methods for safe and efficient conversion of waste sources to electricity, clean fuel, and other resellable products. (US\n Patent 10,538,707). This list was chosen by experts in the field, CAS content experts, and Chemical \u0026amp; Engineering News. In addition, CHZ Technologies\n has also been recognized by the White House for their efforts to reduce waste on the planet. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https://www.chztechnologies.com/\"\u003ehttps://www.chztechnologies.com/\u003c/a\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\n \u003ca href=\"https://www.chztechnologies.com/\"\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n \u003c/a\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\n \u003ca href=\"https://www.chztechnologies.com/\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"/images/staff/Patents in ACS Special on Plastics Recycling.jpg\"\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n \u003c/a\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17758016, "postDate": "2020-04-03T00:00:00", "title": "McKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease Providing Assistance During the COVID-19 Crisis", "slug": "mckee-voorhees-sease-providing-assistance-during-the-covid-19-crisis", "body": "\u003cp\u003eDes Moines, Iowa, April 3, 2020 – As all of us in Iowa are dealing with the Coronavirus outbreak, MVS is joining in to help those affected by this crisis\n and show our appreciation to our healthcare workers while supporting our local businesses. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSeveral of our attorneys are volunteering to staff the hotline created by Iowa Legal Aid, The Iowa State Bar Association and Polk County Bar Association\n Volunteer Lawyers Project as announced by Governor Kim Reynolds.This hotline was setup to help Iowans tackle legal issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.\n In addition, MVS is providing 100 meals, prepared by the Main Street Café in Ankeny, to the Broadlawns Medical Center in Des Moines to feed those on\n the front lines of fighting this virus. “This a small measure of our immense appreciation for all that our healthcare workers do in helping everyone\n who has been affected by COVID-19” said Heidi S. Nebel, Managing Member of MVS. “It is their generosity and selflessness that will help all of us make\n it through this crisis and we are eternally grateful to everyone at Broadlawns and all medical facilities across the state of Iowa.”\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMVS would encourage all legal professionals across the state to reach out and help in your own way to aid others. To volunteer for the legal hotline contact\n ISBA Director of Innovation and Outreach, Virginia Sipes at vsipes@iowabar.org. Please indicate your areas of practice in the email.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMcKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC is Iowa’s oldest and largest boutique IP firm, helping clients protect their intellectual property rights through patents,\n trademarks, copyrights, regulatory, licensing and litigation, both domestically and internationally since 1924. MVS has lawyers skilled in all areas\n of technology including chemistry, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences as well mechanical, electrical, computer, industrial and aerospace engineering,\n among others. Many attorneys within the firm have advanced degrees in science in addition to their law degree. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor more information, contact Richard Marsolais, Business Development Director, at 515-288-3667.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17756480, "postDate": "2020-03-25T00:00:00", "title": "Heidi S. Nebel Elected to the AUTM Board of Directors - AUTM Chair and Newly Elected Board Members Take Office", "slug": "heidi-s-nebel-elected-to-the-autm-board-of-directors-autm-chair-and-newly-elected-board-members-take", "body": "\u003cp\u003eDes Moines, Iowa, March 25, 2020 \u0026mdash; The Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a global non-profit whose members support the commercialization\n of academic research through intellectual property protection, start-up formation and industry-academia collaborations, has elected Heidi S. Nebel,\n Managing Member of MVS, to its Board of Directors. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi is an Intellectual Property attorney with over 25 years of experience obtaining patents and designing IP strategy in the areas of biotechnology,\n chemicals and pharmaceuticals. Heidi is the Chair of the Biotechnology \u0026amp; Chemical practice group. She serves as an advocate for her clients and\n believes that the best results come from working in close association with the U. S. Patent and Trademark Office examiners.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi participated in the seminal United States Supreme Court case, Pioneer v. J. E. M. Ag Supply, 534 U. S. 124 (2001), which confirmed the availability\n of utility patent protection for plants.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAgricultural patents in the animal area also form a large part of Heidi’s practice including animal vaccines, gene editing, and sex selection. She manages\n several of the firm\u0027s largest clients and guides client teams to focus on overall business strategies around a solid intellectual property foundation.\n Heidi also enjoys being an advocate of biotechnology, speaking around the country on important issues in the field.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eHeidi is actively involved in AUTM where she has served on the Board of the Midwest Region for four years and has presented at meetings over the past 15\n years.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAUTM also welcomed its new Chair, Marc Sedam, the Vice Provost for Innovation and New Ventures at the University of New Hampshire; and Managing Director\n of UNHInnovation. In addition, Laura Savatski, Technology Transfer Officer for the non-profit organization Versiti | Blood Research Institute. has\n been selected as AUTM’s Chair-Elect and will succeed Sedam when he steps down as Chair in March 2021.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eJoining Heidi, Marc and Laura on the Board are the other newly installed directors, that are elected to three-year term:\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eHannah Dvorak Carbone, PhD, Director for Innovation, Patents \u0026amp; Licensing, California Institute of Technology\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eAndrew J. Maas, JD, LLM, MSE, PE, RTTP, Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Innovation and Technology Commercialization,\n Louisiana State University\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eGisele Roberts, MBA, Manager, Innovation and Commercialization, Laurentian University\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eMarkus J. Wando, MBA, MSc, Mag., Head of Technology Transfer, Institute of Science and Technology Austria\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAbout MVS:\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eMcKee, Voorhees \u0026amp; Sease, PLC is Iowa’s oldest and largest boutique IP firm, helping clients protect their intellectual property rights through patents,\n trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and related commercial litigation, both domestically and internationally. MVS has attorneys skilled\n in all areas of technology including chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacy science as well mechanical, electrical, computer, industrial and aerospace\n engineering.Many attorneys with the firm have advanced degrees in science in addition to their law degree. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAbout AUTM:\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAUTM is the non-profit leader in efforts to educate, promote and inspire professionals, throughout their careers, to support the development of academic\n research that changes the world. AUTM’s community is comprised of more than 3,000 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centers,\n hospitals, businesses and government organizations around the globe. To learn more, visit www.AUTM.net.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFor more information, contact Richard Marsolais, Business Development Director, at 515-288-3667.\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/p\u003e" }, { "id": 17756478, "postDate": "2020-03-25T00:00:00", "title": "AUTM Chair, Newly Elected Board Members Take Office", "slug": "autm-chair-newly-elected-board-members-take-office", "body": "\u003cp\u003eWashington, DC – March 20, 2020 \u0026mdash; AUTM, a global non-profit whose members support the\u0026nbsp; commercialization of academic research through intellectual\n property protection, start-up formation and industry-academia collaborations, has welcomed its new Chair, Marc Sedam, the Vice Provost for Innovation\n and New Ventures at the University of New Hampshire; and Managing Director of UNHInnovation. \u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eSedam, who joined UNH in 2010, has an extensive background in intellectual asset management, licensing, and start-up formation. He founded the Peter T.\n Paul Entrepreneurship Center and serves as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center, New Hampshire’s only translational\n research funding program. Sedam is currently the Principal Investigator of UNH’s National Science Foundation I-Corps Site.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eSedam served on the AUTM Board of Directors from 2014 to 2016 as the Vice President for Professional Development, responsible for AUTM’s education and\n training activities. He rejoined the Board in 2017 when he was elected by Membership. \u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eSedam spoke today following the close of AUTM’s Annual Business meeting, which was conducted via Zoom. “Technology transfer professionals now focus on\n local and regional economic development and how we build and strengthen our innovation ecosystems through entrepreneur-in-residence programs, communities\n of innovation, incubators and accelerators, I-Corps, undergraduate entrepreneurship, and dozens if not hundreds of disparate programs all focused towards\n a single goal – to get ideas out into society and make the world a better place,” Sedam said.\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eAUTM CEO Stephen Susalka said Sedam has been an outspoken leader on AUTM’s Board of Directors, responsible for spearheading some of the organization’s\n most challenging and important strategic initiatives, such as the new partnership between AUTM and the Federal Laboratory Consortium and the creation\n of AUTM’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eLaura Savatski, Technology Transfer Officer for the non-profit organization Versiti | Blood Research Institute. has been selected as AUTM’s Chair-Elect,\n and will succeed Sedam when he steps down as Chair in March 2021.\u003c/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eJoining them on the Board are newly installed directors elected to three-year terms:\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eHannah Dvorak Carbone, PhD, Director for Innovation, Patents \u0026amp; Licensing, California Institute of Technology\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eAndrew J. Maas, JD, LLM, MSE, PE, RTTP, Associate Vice President for Research and Director of the Office of Innovation and Technology Commercialization,\n Louisiana State University\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eHeidi S. Nebel, JD, Managing Member, McKee, Voorhees and Sease\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eGisele Roberts, MBA, Manager, Innovation and Commercialization, Laurentian University\u003c/li\u003e\n \u003cli\u003eMarkus J. Wanko, MBA, MSc, Mag., Head of Technology Transfer, Institute of Science and Technology Austria\u003c/li\u003e\n\u003c/ul\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eAbout AUTM\n \u003cbr /\u003e\n\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eAUTM is the non-profit leader in efforts to educate, promote and inspire professionals, throughout their careers, to support the development of academic\n research that changes the world. AUTM’s community is comprised of more than 3,000 members who work in more than 800 universities, research centers,\n hospitals, businesses and government organizations around the globe. To learn more, visit www.AUTM.net.\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\u0026nbsp;\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eMedia Contacts\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003eLeef Smith Barnes\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003elsmithbarnes@autm.net\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e703-870-4895\u003c/div\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e‒ ‒\u003c/div\u003e" } ] } }