The conference will focus on the process of transferring scientific discoveries and inventions from the research lab in universities and other research institutes into commercially-viable products and services that private sector biotechnology and life sciences companies can take into the global marketplace. While Arizona has established itself as a life sciences research state, it continues to struggle in the areas that can create the most economic benefit from the research, the commercialization.

Topics include:

  • Applied research taking place in Arizona research institutes, challenges faced by research institutes in evaluating the commercial potential of an invention
  • Private sector licensee identification to commercialize inventions and negotiate technology transfer issues
  • Key finance and corporate issues confronting biotech/life sciences "start-ups."

Speakers include Pratik Shah from Thomas McNerney and Partners and other thought leaders from companies such as Flinn Foundation, SunHealth, TGen, AzTE, Desert Angels, Inglewood Ventures, Jennings Strouss, and Mayo Clinic.

Sponsors include ASU Technopolis, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, City of Phoenix, Arizona Department of Commerce, Enable Ventures, Sun Health, Insys Therapeutics, Inc., Mayo Clinic

For more information about the conference contact Terree Parlett Wasley at 480-727-8871.

About Jennings Strouss & Salmon

Jennings Strouss has been providing legal counsel for more than 65 years through its offices in Phoenix, Scottsdale and at Arrowhead, Arizona and in Washington, D.C. The firm's primary industries of practice include energy, health care, real estate, and technology. For additional information please visit or call 602.495.2806.

About ASU Technopolis

ASU Technopolis is the high impact and focused initiative to move research in technology and the life sciences into the private sector and propel Greater Phoenix into the international economic arena as a viable player. A combination of targeted entrepreneurial education, coaching, and networking is producing results that will fuel business expansion, job growth, and greater prosperity for Arizonans. ASU Technopolis is a convener - connecting people into the University, and those within the University to the community at large. Through ASU Technopolis, entrepreneurs are receiving first-hand advice from experts, and are making connections to potential investors, board members, service providers, partners, customers, research and development collaborators, and other ASU units and programs. ASU's Office of Economic Affairs (within the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Affairs) administers the ASU Technopolis program. For more information, visit or call 480-727-9010.