Introduction to Commercialization: Part I

I Have an Invention From My Research, Now What?

October 13, 2020, noon-1 p.m. via ZOOM

Register for the webinar:

Do you think your research may have commercial potential but not sure where to start? Are you curious about the Pitt commercialization process or how technology is transferred from research to the market?


Explore the step-by-step path to commercialization in this online webinar hosted by the Innovation Institute. 

We'll focus on an overview of the lab to market process and will highlight the main points along the way with emphasis on the initial step - submitting an invention disclosure. The invention disclosure is the key step to assessing the patentability and commercial potential of your innovation.


You’ll hear from licensing manager, Maria Vanegas on the commercialization process and how the Innovation Institute’s on-campus partner, SciVelo can help you get started, as well as a real-world experience from lab to market from John Cordier, CEO of Pitt spinout, Epistemix.




Maria Vanegas
Senior Licensing Manager, Life Sciences
University of Pittsburgh Innovation Institute


John Cordier

CEO & Co-founder, Epistemix
University of Pittsburgh Alumnus


Andrew Brown, PhD

Assistant Director of Commercial Translation Programs, sciVelo



Jennifer Ireland

Associate Director of Program Services and Marketing
University of Pittsburgh Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship



Topics to Be Covered:

  • Where to begin for Pitt faculty, students, or staff working on intellectual property at Pitt
  • How to protect your ideas
  • Submitting an invention disclosure
  • How to position your innovation for commercial markets

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