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Invention 2 Venture (I2V)

2018 UVM I2V Conference

Thursday, April 5, 2018
1:00 - 5:00 pm

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

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This is the 13th 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: VP for Research Richard Galbraith, MD, PhD
UVM Research Awards: VP for Research Richard Galbraith, MD, PhD; Director of UVM Innovations Corine Farewell, DVM, MBA
1:25 Keynote: Dawn Barry (UVM Alumnus & Co-founder and President, Luna DNA), "The DNA of Authentic Leadership"
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)

"The DNA of Authentic Leadership"

Dawn BarryDawn Barry
Co-founder and President, Luna DNA / UVM '96

Dawn Barry is the Co-founder and President of Luna DNA, the first and only genomic and medical research database powered by the blockchain. At the intersection of science, engineering and community engagement, Luna DNA merges advancements in personal DNA testing, digital currency, and the blockchain to accelerate discoveries that will improve healthcare while empowering participants to have an equitable stake in these discoveries.

Prior to Luna DNA, Dawn was the Vice President of Applied Genomics at Illumina, Inc. Dawn integrated market development strategies with product and business model innovation to accelerate the application of genomics in medicine and personal healthcare in areas including precision health and screening, nutrition security and medical microbiology. Illumina has been at the forefront of delivering exponential change in the speed and cost of genomic information, making discoveries and applications possible that weren’t imaginable just a few years ago, and inspiring a myriad of possibilities in the years ahead. Dawn joined Illumina in 2005 as their first market development specialist and held leadership roles in business units, sales, and marketing for the Company.

Prior to Illumina, Dawn spent seven years at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals in New Haven, Connecticut, one of the first genomics start-ups focused on individualized medicine and DNA-based diagnostic testing, with the primary responsibility of promoting clinical genetics testing services for pharmaceutical clinical trials. After college, Dawn spent two years in Dr. Michael Snyder’s laboratory at the Yale Genome Analysis Center.

Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Vermont where she was a scholar-athlete and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut School of Business. Dawn was named San Diego Business Journal’s 2017 Business Woman of the Year. View Dawn’s TEDxSanDiego 2016 talk at Dawn lives in San Diego with her husband and two daughters.


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.

Resources for Start-Ups Developing Software
Dennis Moynihan (BTV Ignite)

Learn ways to take advantage of Vermont’s resources for software development, including Burlington's gigabit network, to transform your tech ideas to reality.

Prototype to Product
Bill Kuhns (VECS)

Turning a prototype into a market-ready product is complex. Learn how to make that transformation and build your manufacturing pipeline.

Funding Business Growth
David Bradbury (VCET) and Jake Reder (Celdara Medical)

Ready to grow your biomedical or health tech start-up? Learn where and how to find the money to do so.

Health Tech Innovation
Emma Pineda (Cognizant Technology Solutions)

Learn how health tech innovations make their way from discovery to the bench/bedside.

Accelerating Biomedical Technologies
Yolanda Nesbeth (Celdara Medical)

Biomedical technologies have a unique path to market. Find out how that can be accelerated with specialized funding and support.

Business Development for Vermont Start-Ups
Emily McMahon (Piper Design) and Mary Cullinane (Community Barn Ventures)

You’ve got your product or technology — when and how do you start building out your customer base? (Earlier and more often than you think!)

Pitching and Pitch Decks
Dan Lockney (NASA) and John Antonucci (LaunchVT)

What makes a pitch click? Bring your pitch and learn from your peers and these two experts how to improve yours.

Corporate Legal Necessities for Your Start-Up
Ken Merritt (Merritt and Merritt) and Larry Meier (DRM)

Setting up your start-up? Come learn what you need to know from the legal perspective.

Intellectual Property Primer
Mike Wasco (PF+C) and MaryDilys Anderson (Pierce Atwood)

Critical to any tech start-up is the advantage and protection provided by good solid intellectual property.

Concept to Prototype
Matt Flego / Erik Cooper (M//E Design) and Andrew Mead (UVM)

For a hardware tech start-up, a prototype is critical to both fundraising and partnerships.  Learn how take your idea to prototype.

Vermont Resources for Vermont Start-Ups
Nick Grimley (VtACCD) and Linda Rossi (VtSBDC)

Vermont has a huge network of resources for startups. Learn about them and share your favorites.

Lessons Learned: Boot Strapping a VT Bioscience Company

Learn from the trials and successes of two Vermont biosciences companies' stories.



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