French American Technology Transfer Panel - July 29th

“Technology transfer : Learning from French and American Experiences”

When: Thursday, July 29th - 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Where: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) - Charles and Fenway Rooms, 14th floor - 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Lynda Inséqué

Launched by the Office for Science and Technology in Boston of the Embassy of France in the United States, in partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and AUTM (Association of University Technology Managers), the French American Technology Transfer Exchange (FAT?E Program) is designed specifically for TTO managers from universities or research institutions who want to share their experience.

So far, we have received 20 French technology transfer officers visiting American universities for 7 days to 3 months. These visits are motivated by the desire to meet American TTOs, share experiences and learn from each other.

They come from different institutions in France : AP-HP, Gravit, CEA, University of Pierre & Marie Curie, Bretagne Valorisation, the Curie Institute, INRA, INRIA, etc.

As part of the FAT?E program, we are delighted to host in Boston 2 experts involved in the technology transfer in France.

They will interact with two Mass.-based TTO managers specifically in regards to their institution’s practice and their intellectual property. The meeting will be moderated by Abigail Barrow, director of MTTC Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC).


Abigail Barrow, director of MTTC (Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center)
Dr. Abigail Barrow is the Founding Director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC). She is responsible for the overall management of the MTTC and the development of its programs.
Dr. Barrow is on the board and is Chair of the Massachusetts Office of International Trade and Investment (MOITI). She is also on the board of the National Collegiate Inventors and innovators Alliance (NCIIA). In addition, Dr. Barrow is a Fellow of the Beyster Institute at the Rady School of Management at UCSD.
Dr. Barrow received her Ph.D. from the Science Studies Unit and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.


Karim Chibane, director of the Technology Transfer Office, Grenoble INP Esisar, Engineering school

Dr. Karim Chibane received her Ph.D. from Grenoble INP. He has nearly 10 years’ worth of experience managing the relationship between technology university and small and medium high tech companies in addition to more than 12 years driving a house design in embedded systems solutions.
He used to manage relations and partnerships of collaborative industrial projects, steering the process of innovation and development in R & D activities and leading a technology platform

Grenoble INP is an organization with a threefold mission of teaching, research and technology transfer. To respond more effectively to the needs and demands of the SME, Grenoble INP relies heavily on its subsidiary, INPG Entreprise SA, to ensure a professional, responsive and operational role conforming to these companies’ expectations.

John Cosmopoulos, M.B.A., C.L.P., senior Associate Director, OTL and Industry collaboration, Tufts University

John has over fourteen years of successful business development, technology transfer, technology development and licensing experience and has worked in Canada and the US.
With Tufts University, John is the primary contact for the Schools of Medicine and Dental Medicine and also manages projects for Tufts Medical Center (oncology, anaesthesiology ophthalmology) and The Lahey Clinic. John has successfully structured, negotiated and closed a significant number of complex and financially impacting license, business development and research funding deals involving commercialization of biotech and pharmaceutical innovations and planned/facilitated the launching of start-up companies. John has also worked with small companies to co-develop Tufts technologies and add value prior to commercialization. Selected success stories with Tufts University/Tufts Medical Center are represented by the start-up Anchor Therapeutics and the license with Galenea Corp.

Céline Serrano, the Intellectual Property Manager, INRIA – DTI (French national institute for research in computer science and control)

Celine Serrano has a PhD in Computer Science from INRIA. After having spent a few years abroad (Canada, USA, Switzerland), she returned to INRIA as a Technology Transfer Officer. She remined there for 5 years and then joined INRIA Headquarters as a Manager of the Patent Assets. She is recognized as an experienced professional in technology transfer, from the early phases of negotiating research contracts to technology licensing contracts. Her background and experience abroad in different countries allow her to be highly adaptable to new environments and with a recognized willingness to bring new ideas in order to better the overall technology transfer process. Additionally, she has over 4 years experience in the private sector working with a small startup in the network software domain Metrix Systems, which is based on the Sophia Antipolis technopark.

Sean Lee, Director of Business Development - Medical Device and Instrumentation, OTD, Boston University

Dr. Lee joined OTD in October of 2005. He has held various positions in corporate research and business development within the biomaterials and medical device field. Dr. Lee has worked at two university start-ups, as a consultant and at Schott AG. At Schott AG he directed the company’s overall scientific and business activities in bioactive glass. Dr. Lee began his career at his own start-up within the University of Florida incubator system.

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