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Eureka! Turning Scientific Discoveries into Gold

November 10, 2016, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location University Hall - 7th Floor Conference Center
Posted InCollege of Science and Mathematics
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Today is perhaps the most important moment in time for bringing science and technology together through entrepreneurship – we know more scientifically than we ever have, and new knowledge is being added daily. How can entrepreneurs connect with experts in science and technology to form meaningful, and potentially profitable, partnerships? Those of us making novel discoveries at universities would like to see our discoveries used for the benefit of society. This panel discussion will explore the best way to do that with insights from professionals who have “been there and done that.” While scientists pursue science for the sheer importance of discovery, it is through commerce that society places value on ideas that solve problems. We look forward to seeing you at this panel discussion as we consider how science can be not just intellectually stimulating and fun, but financially profitable.


  • 6:00 p.m. Networking and Pizza
  • 6:45 p.m. Opening Remarks - Sam Kongsamut, Founder, Rudder Serendip
  • 6:55 p.m. Introductions and Setting the Platform
  • 7:00 p.m. The Panel:
    • Keith Bostian, Dean, NJ Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics and Technology Transfer at Kean University
    • Mario Casabona, Founder & CEO, TechLaunch LLC and CEO, Casabona Ventures
    • Francis Cuss, Executive VP and CSO, R&D, Bristol-Myers Squibb
    • Phillip Loew, Business Manager, NYC Regional Innovation Node(NSF ICOR funded)
    • Diana Thomas, Director, Center for Quantitative Obesity Research, Montclair State University
    • Moderator: Robert Prezant, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, Montclair State University
  • 7: 45 p.m. Q&A followed by Networking until 9:00 p.m.

Meet the Panel

Event is free and open to the public. 

Event presented by Montclair State's College of Science and Mathematics and the Feliciano Center for Entrepreneurship. 

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