University of Vermont

Office of Technology Commercialization

Invention 2 Venture (I2V)

2017 UVM I2V Conference

Thursday, April 6, 2017
1:00 - 5:00 pm

University of Vermont, Dudley H. Davis Center
Silver Maple Ballroom

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On-site registration will be available the day of the conference.


This is the 12th year of our half-day conference!

The conference pulls together dynamic experts, academic researchers, students, entrepreneurs and business leaders from across Vermont and New England to talk about how to protect, develop and finance your ideas. They share resources, what's worked for them... and what can work for you.

The conference will feature twelve roundtable discussion topics designed to increase networking and discussion.

1:00 Welcome: Provost David V. Rosowsky, PhD, PE, FASCE
UVM Research Awards: VP for Research Richard Galbraith, MD, PhD; OTC Director Corine Farewell, DVM, MBA
1:20 Keynote: Scott Bailey (UVM Alumnus & Executive Director, North America at MassChallenge), "Creating an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem"
2:00 Roundtable Session 1
2:30 Networking & Snacks
2:45 Roundtable Session 2
3:15 Networking & Snacks
3:30 Roundtable Session 3
4:00 Mixer (1 drink ticket provided)

"Creating an Entrepreneurship Ecosystem"

Scott BaileyScott Bailey
Executive Director, North America at MassChallenge / UVM '09

Scott Bailey is executive director, North America at MassChallenge in Boston. In that role, he oversees all of MassChallenge's activity in North America including new program development and geographic expansion.

Over the past two years, he launched MassChallenge’s R&D lab, MADE@MassChallenge, and its digital health accelerator, PULSE@MassChallenge. He is a strong advocate for the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem and supports many local programs and organizations based on his work at MassChallenge.

Following college, Scott served as Director of Client Programs at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET). During his time at VCET, Scott prospected early stage companies for the $5 Million Seed Capital Fund and joined a student run startup, BlirpIt, as Director of Sales & Marketing.


When you register, you have the option of choosing three out of the twelve topics below. Each roundtable discussion is 30 minutes, with a 15-minute buffer for finishing conversations and networking between sessions.

Technology Assessment


Becky Stoughton, Fuentek
Becky Stoughton is the Co-Vice President of Fuentek. She received a BS in Mechanical Engineering & Engineering/Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. Stoughton has 20 years of leadership experience as an entrepreneur and technology transfer executive. Since joining Fuentek in 2013, she has been instrumental in identifying strategic partnership and collaborative R&D opportunities; developing and implementing branding and marketing strategies; assisting in deal negotiations; and training budding entrepreneurs.

Kerry Swift, UVMInnovations
Kerry Swift has been OTC's Technology Licensing Officer since arriving at UVM from MIT in 2004. She also served as OTC's Interim Director from 2011 to 2012. Kerry facilitates the disclosure of new technologies and their transfer to both established and start-up companies for commercialization. She also supports UVM's industry-related research activities with her experience in negotiating funding and research support agreements with both large and small companies. She holds an M.S. in Molecular and Microbiology from Tufts University and graduated magna cum laude in biochemistry from the University of New Hampshire.

Intellectual Property – Patents, Copyrights & More


MaryDilys Anderson, Esq, Finch & Maloney
MaryDilys Anderson’s practice is focused on patent prosecution and client counseling. Her areas of expertise include biotechnology, diagnostics, pharmaceuticals, molecular biology, and chemistry. MaryDilys’s experience has included protecting therapeutics and diagnostics for cancers and for cardiovascular, neurodegenerative, and psychiatric disorders. She has also worked in materials chemistry to provide protection for paints, adhesives, and diagnostic imaging agents. MaryDilys has experience with patentability and freedom-to-operate analyses, and has provided strategic counseling for a wide range of clients including solo inventors, universities, non-profit foundations, start-up companies, and multinational pharmaceutical corporations. She is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and is admitted to the bar in Massachusetts. Prior to entering intellectual property law, MaryDilys received a Ph.D. in biology/neuroscience from Yale University and completed a 3-year post-doctoral research fellowship in human genetics at Harvard University.

Helen Lockhart, Esq, Wolf Greenfield
Helen Lockhart’s practice involves strategic counseling on development and management of domestic and international intellectual property rights for a variety of clients, including universities, smaller and mid-sized companies, start-ups, and entrepreneurs. Helen has broad experience in prosecuting biotechnology patents relating to immune response modulators, drug delivery, catalytic molecules, antibodies, fluorescence based micro- and nano-analysis, cell culture, mass spectrometry, nucleic acid sequencing, polymer-based and biological-based drug delivery systems, antisense nucleic acid therapeutics, peptides, small molecule mimetics, combinatorial libraries, and drug screening assays. She also serves on the firm’s Executive Committee. Helen’s doctoral research focused on the regulation of cellular growth and differentiation through signal transduction mechanisms.

From Concept to Prototype


Tobey Clark, UVM IMF "PitchIt FabIt"
Tobey Clark is Director of UVM's Instrumentation & Technical Services, which includes the Instrumentation & Model Facility (IMF) and the Technical Services Partnership (TSP). The IMF designs and fabricates custom instruments, parts and models for the University of Vermont, other universities, non-profit state and health organizations, and Vermont technology companies. TSP provides healthcare technology management assistance and direct technical services to over thirty hospitals in Vermont, New York and New Hampshire. Tobey is also a lecturer in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences where he teaches courses in biomedical equipment technology.

Jennifer Karson, UVM FabLab
Jennifer Karson is supervisor of the UVM FabLab and a lecturer in UVM's College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. She founded Vermont Makers in 2011, an interdisciplinary collect that brings art, programs and ideas to museums, galleries, colleges, universities, K-12 education and the public square. Jenn and her partners initiated “Vermont Libraries and Makers Spark A Culture of Innovation” in 2014, producing 28 summer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs for 15 Vermont Libraries. Jenn is trained as a classical singer and musician. She received an MFA in Design and Technology at the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA in Political and Environmental Sciences at the University of Vermont.

Philanthropic Funding


Kevin McAteer, UVM Foundation
Kevin McAteer is chief development officer, Health Sciences, at the UVM Foundation – a role that brings together the fundraising power of the UVM Medical Center Foundation, The University of Vermont College of Medicine, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, and the Vermont Cancer Center. Kevin leads a 22-person development and alumni relations team and oversees a budget of $2.8 million. He also serves as the executive director of the UVM Medical Center Foundation and is a member of both the University of Vermont Foundation and UVM Medical Center executive teams. Previous to his work at UVM, Kevin served as executive director of Development, Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. During six years with that institution, he also served as the director of development for the Department of Medicine and the Diabetes Center. McAteer holds a bachelor of arts degree in English from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, and a master’s degree in English from UVM. He also attended the Middlebury College Bread Loaf School of English and Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Lisa Townson, UVM Foundation
Lisa Townson is associate director of foundation relations in Corporate and Foundation Relations. In this role, her primary focus is on the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of foundation prospects. Lisa has nearly 25 years of higher education experience at multiple universities. She has worked in various capacities in academic engagement, outreach programs, and extension programs. Since 1998 she has been at the University of New Hampshire and most recently served as assistant director for engagement and external affairs for its cooperative extension program. She has extensive experience in writing grant proposals and working with diverse internal and external university constituencies. She has a Ph.D. in higher education from the University of New Hampshire and bachelor's and master’s degrees from Michigan State University.

Alexa Woodward, UVM Foundation
Alexa Woodward is director of corporate and foundation relations at the UVM Foundation. In this role she oversees corporate and foundation major gift work to benefit the research and academic priorities of the University. Alexa came to the UVM Foundation from Clemson University, where she served since 2011 as director of program development for its Economic Development Division. In this role she was responsible for securing support totaling $27 million from corporate, federal and foundation entities. She partnered with Clemson University leadership, including the president and provost, to build key relationships with funding organizations and coordinated development and execution of economic development programs. She also has experience in strategic planning and led planning and implementation for Clemson's Economic Development Division. Alexa earned a B.A. in literature and culture studies from Gordon College in Wenham, Mass., and received her Juris Doctor from the City University of New York Law School.

Pitching and Pitch Decks


Kyle Clark,
Kyle Clark is a founding partner of A dynamic and analytical engineer and inventor, Kyle leads the development team streamlining the way startups and investors come together online. Prior to co-founding, Kyle was the Director of Engineering at Dynapower and led product development, and he was Founding Partner and VP of Engineering of iTherm Technologies. He attended Harvard University’s School of Applied Mathematics and Engineering, where he was awarded the 2004 Engineering Thesis of the Year award for his work in flight dynamics and control algorithms.

Sam Roach-Gerber, VCET
Samantha "Sam" Roach-Gerber is a 2013 graduate of Northeastern University where she studied Organizational Communication and Environmental Studies. Prior to joining VCET, Sam spent two years managing Customer Service and Sales at Vermont Farm Table. Before moving to Vermont, Sam interned for WeSpire and EnerNOC, two companies she greatly admires. As Manager of Community Engagement and Operations at VCET, Sam orchestrates coworking membership, plans and executes events for members and the surrounding community, heads up communications, and manages VCET’s three facilities.

Finding your Funding Pathway


Cairn Cross, Fresh Tracks Capital (Equity based)
Cairn Cross is a co-founder of FreshTracks Capital and serves as a Managing Director of the Fund. He currently serves on the boards of FreshTracks portfolio companies Vermont Teddy Bear, NativeEnergy, Faraday, Mamava and Budnitz Bicycles. From 1996 to 2000, he owned and operated Cross Vermont Financial, a strategic and financial consultancy to Vermont banks and growth businesses. From 1996 to 1998, he was the Assistant General Manager of Green Mountain Capital, L.P. From 1991 to 1996, he was a Vice President and Corporate Loan Officer for the Howard Bank, preceded by five years service in various positions for Vermont National Bank including Commercial Loan Officer. Cairn is a Lecturer for the University of Vermont and Champlain College, focusing on business, entrepreneurship and venture capital. In 2011, the U.S. Small Business Administration named Cairn its Vermont, New England and National Financial Services Champion. He earned a B.S. from Montana State University and an MBA from New Hampshire College (now Southern New Hampshire University).

Jake Reder, Celdara Medical (SBIR/STTR)
Jake Reder cofounded Celdara Medical and currently serves as a Director and as CEO. He had previously founded the New Ventures Office at Dartmouth Medical School and still serves as its first Director. Prior to Dartmouth, Jake led business development, open innovation, and knowledge management initiatives at Cabot Corporation where he served as a member of Cabot’s Research Council, Technology Board, and Nanotechnology EHS Council. Jake joined Cabot from PolyTechnos Venture-Partners, a Munich-based venture capital firm. He has served on numerous non- and for-profit boards, including Virtici, MBV, StemSynergy Therapeutics, NIH’s TREAT Program and the University of Vermont’s SPARK Program. Jake has testified before Congress on entrepreneurship, was appointed by the Governor to the New Hampshire Innovation Research Center’s Board of Directors, and by US Senator Jeanne Shaheen to her Small Business Advisory Council. Jake earned a B.Sc. with First Class Honours from the University of Waterloo, and a Ph.D. (Chemistry) as a Brown-Wetherill Fellow at Purdue University and Ludwig Maximilians Universität..

Design Thinking for Entrepreneurs


  • Eugene Korsunskiy, UVM Design Initiatives

Eugene Korsunskiy, UVM Design Initiatives
Eugene Korsunskiy is the Senior Coordinator of Design Initiatives at UVM, where he teaches classes on Design Thinking and Designing Your Life. Before arriving at UVM, Eugene taught at Stanford, where he received his MFA in Design in 2012. His masters project, called SparkTruck, was a delivery-truck-turned-classroom-on-wheels, filled with maker tools and supplies, which he and his friends drove across the country to teach kids about tinkering, design, and creativity.

Accelerating the Growth of Vermont Start Ups


Scott Pueschel, Pierce Atwood LLP
Scott Pueschel is a partner in Pierce Atwood and serves as practice group leader of the firm's Business Practice Group, which includes almost 30 attorneys across four offices. Scott has practiced in the firm's Business group since 2002. Throughout his career, he has focused his practice on business formations, angel and venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions and public offerings. He also maintains an active practice advising public companies with respect to SEC reporting and compliance with SEC and national securities exchange rules. Scott assumed the role of practice group leader after completing a five-year term on the firm's Management Committee.

Growth Capital for Vermont Start Ups


Kim Brearley, THINKmd
Kim Brearley started her career in international development but has spent the last ten years in the private sector to better understand how to create sustainable change internationally though sustainable entrepreneurship. She worked in Tanzania and sub-Saharan Africa for over 7 years and holds an MSc in Development Economics from the London School of Economics, a post-graduate diploma in International Project Management and a BA from the University of British Columbia.

Frank Koster, Vermont Works
Frank Koster is CEO of Vermont Works, an independent alternative investment firm focused on delivering both competitive financial returns and social impact in support of Vermont's job and enterprise development. Frank has over 35 years of comprehensive investment industry experience. Previous to establishing Vermont Works, he served as Head of U.S. Fixed Income at Aegon Asset Management and was CIO of Dwight Asset Management in Vermont, where he focused on team building and process transformation while improving accountability and investment performance.

Lessons Learned: Vermont StartUps


T.J. Whalen, FreshTracks Capital
T.J. Whalen is General Partner and Managing Director at FreshTracks Capital, focusing his efforts on food and beverage, package goods, and consumer product opportunities for the fund. T.J. brings over 20 years of consumer product strategy, brand and marketing leadership to FreshTracks. Prior to his work at FreshTracks, T.J. was the Chief Strategy and Sustainability Officer for Keurig Green Mountain (GMCR) and served in a variety of roles with Keurig Green Mountain for over 13 years, including Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Vice President of Marketing, Vice President of Foodservice, and Director of Brand and Market Development.

Student Entrepreneurship in VT


Laurel Butler, VtSBDC
Laurel Butler works for the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) as a Business Advisor. She assists clients who are starting or growing their small businesses, creates/presents workshops on various business topics, and trains teachers to facilitate entrepreneurship education as a Master Facilitator for VT REAL Entrepreneurship. She also works for Vermont Tech College in STEM Outreach/Experiential Education, teaches in the Women's Start Up Business Program (a mini MBA-style, fifteen-week course), and is the Program Director for the new Governor's Institutes of Vermont Entrepreneurship Residential Program.

Max Robbins, BeaconVT
Max Robbins founded Beacon with his colleague Peter Silverman in 2016. His role in the company is to connect with students and faculty at local colleges, conduct interviews, improve business processes, maintain the database, and manage finances. Beacon has won the UVM Business Pitch Competition, and the company has secured free work space at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies (VCET).

Linda Rossi, VtSBDC
Linda Rossi is State Director of the Vermont Small Business Development Center (VtSBDC) and has held that position since 2013. Previously, she served as Associate State Director of the VtSBDC, and she has worked with the organization since 2005. VtSBDC provides no-cost business advising and low-cost training to all Vermont entrepreneurs starting or growing their own businesses.

Building a Sustainable Vermont Start Up


Nick Donowitz, THINKmd
Nick Donowitz is an entrepreneur with almost fifteen years of international business experience in clean technology and life sciences. He’s held leadership roles in privately held and venture-backed technology companies, with responsibility spanning corporate strategy, development, marketing, and product development. Nick began his career in international and economic development and has lived and worked in the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East. Nick earned a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Davidson College.

Joe Fusco, Casella Waste
Joe Fusco is Vice President of Casella Waste Systems. In this role, he serves as advisor to the chairman and CEO on organizational and leadership development, human performance, brand development and strategy, public affairs, business and cultural trends, and corporate communications. He is responsible for championing, developing, leading, executing, and measuring world class leadership development programs. An experienced speaker, he has been engaged by groups and companies such as the Project Management Institute, MyWebGrocer, U.S. Department of Agriculture, GreenFiber, Vermont Federal Women's Network, Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility, and Enterprise for a Sustainable World. Joe is also a lecturer in UVM's Grossman School of Business, where he developed and teaches a year-long leadership seminar to students in the Sustainable Entrepreneurship MBA (SEMBA) program. .


If you have any questions about this year's conference, please contact the UVM Office Of Technology Commercialization at 802-656-8780 or