Knowledge Transfer Community Forum - Creating successful spin-out companies

Unpacking Knowledge Transfer: Creating successful spin-out companies – negotiating the right investment.

This forum will explore the do’s and don’ts of negotiating spin-outs. Investors, knowledge transfer professionals, entrepreneurs and academic founders will discuss practical and commercial realities and use real examples to highlight how and why deals go well – and why they don’t.

With panel discussions and audience engagement, the forum will appeal to all those involved in commercialisation of academic research.


08.30-09.00 Registration


09.00-09.10 Welcome

                     Dr. Alison Campbell (Knowledge Transfer Ireland)

09.10-09.50 What investors want and why

                     Facilitated discussion with three investors:

    • Dan Crowley (ARCH Venture Partners)
    • Dr. Ena Prosser (Fountain Healthcare Partners)
    • Mike Ryan (Irrus Investments)

Facilitator: Dr. John Scanlan (Maynooth University)

09.50-10.30 Case study 1: Stokes Bio/University of Limerick

    • Prof. Mark Davies (Stokes Bio)
    • Niall Olden (Kernel Capital)
    • Paul Dillon (University of Limerick)

10.30-11.00 Tea/Coffee

11.00-11.45 What Higher Education Institutions want and why

                     Facilitated discussion with three Technology Transfer Office directors:

    • Brendan Cremen (UCD)
    • Dr. Tim Roche (UCC)
    • Tom Flanagan (DIT)

Facilitator: Richard Stokes (Invent DCU)

11.45-12.30 Case study 2: SureWash/Trinity College Dublin

    • Dr. Gerard Lacey (SureWash)
    • Mary Leane (SureWash)
    • Dr. John Whelan (TCD)

12.30-13.00 Keynote

Tony Hickson, Imperial Innovations

13.00-14.00 Wrap up and networking lunch

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