2012 STaR Symposium and West Virginia Academy of Science annual meeting

Preliminary Agenda

Innovation: From concept to commercialization

West Virginia State University

Day 1, Friday, April 20, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.    

Registration in Wallace Hall

10 a.m.                

Welcome  West Virginia State University representative – Wallace Hall Auditorium
Brief opening remarks by Interim Chancellor Dr. Paul Hill

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

STaR Panel 1:  West Virginia biotech start up success stories – Wallace Hall Auditorium

Recent start ups turned successful companies who have developed and commercialized new products in West Virginia.

Moderator: Lindsay Emery, WVU Office of Research & Economic Development

        • Steve Turner, CEO, Protea Biosciences
        • Justin Swick, Engineering Director, Vandalia Research
        • Richard Niles, Ph.D. President, Progenesis Technologies
        • Jamie Miller, Ph.D. Chief Scientific Officer, TRAX Bio Discovery

 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.       

Lunch on your own (WVSU Cafeteria or attendee’s choice).

 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         

STaR Panel 2: Transforming your discovery into a successful product – Wallace Hall Auditorium

Speakers discuss how to transform an idea into a business and all the steps involved .

Moderator: Anne Barth, TechConnect WV

        • Chris Kolanko, Ph.D. WVU College of Engineering, co-founder of Eyemarker, stationed in the WVU Business Incubator
        • Gary Morris, Ph.D. WVU Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Patent Agent in the Office of Technology Transfer
        • Rich Overmoyer, CEO, Fourth Economy Consulting
        • Ryan Wall, Director, Wheeling Jesuit University Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center

2 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.         

Poster Session – Hamblin Hall 1st, 2nd and 3rdfloors

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.   


2:45 p.m. – 4 p.m.         

STaR Panel 3: Government and civic groups here to help – Wallace Hall Auditorium

How the state of West Virginia and public/private partnerships work to support and promote start ups and grow in-state businesses.

Moderator Charlotte Weber, Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing.

        • Natalie Tennant, West Virginia Secretary of State
        • Judy McCauley, Director, WV office of U.S. Small Business Administration
        • Anne Cavalier, Ed.D. U.S. Economic Development Authority
        • Ron Basini, President, West Virginia Angel Investment Network

4 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.                    


4:15 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.   

Keynote Speaker B. Gentry Lee, Chief Engineer, Solar System Exploration, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “A Vision of the 21st Century.”  – Wallace Hall Auditorium.

5:15: p.m. – 6:30 p.m.  

Reception in Erickson Alumni Center or Poster session visit

6:30 p.m.                        

Dinner on your own or with a pre-arranged group (more info to come).

Day 2, Saturday, April 21

8 a.m. – 3 p.m.          

Registration – Wallace Hall lobby

9 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.         

Welcome from WVSU, WVAS representatives

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

STaR Panel 4:  Funding Opportunities within West Virginia  – Wallace Hall Auditorium

Panel presentation to inform students and rising scientists of the competitive research programs available.

        • Jan Taylor, Ph.D. Director of Research Programs, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, Division of Science and Research, on the National Science Foundation’s EPSCOR program and state-funded programs.
        • Donald Primerano, Ph.D. Robert C. Byrd Biotechnology Center, Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Marshall University, to discuss National Institutes of Health funded IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).
        • Majid Jaridi, Ph.D. Director of NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.


10:30 a.m. – Noon          

Keynote Speakers  Wallace Hall Auditorium

      • Paul L. Hill, Ph.D. Chancellor, WV Higher Education Policy Commission  
      • Jay Rockefeller, U.S. Senator
      • Subra Suresh, Ph.D. Director, National Science Foundation

Noon – 1 p.m.

Lunch on your own (WVSU Cafeteria or attendee’s choice).

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.      

Combined oral presentations – Hamblin Hall (rooms tba).

1 p.m.- 4 p.m.        

Poster session – Hamblin Hall 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.        

WVAS business meeting – Hamblin Hall (room tba)

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.         

Judges meet – Hamblin Hall (room tba)

4 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.      

Awards ceremony and closing – Hamblin Hall Auditorium

Agenda up-to-date as of 3-13-2012.

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