Our annual Invention 2 Venture (I2V) 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.

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UVM's 2023 I2V Conference -

This year’s Invention2Venture conference is Thursday, April 20th from 1:00-4:30 in the Alumni House Silver Pavillion.

1:00 - 1:45

Welcome to I2V


Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D., UVM Vice President for Research

Corine Farewell, DVM, Director, UVM Innovations:  Presentation of awards to UVM faculty

Introduction of Keynote Speaker:  Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D.

1:45 - 2:30

Keynote Speaker:  Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D.,

Mostafa Analoui, Ph.D., is Managing Director at Pickwick Capital Partners and Adjunct Professor at Brown University and University of Connecticut.

Keynote: “From Innovation to Impact: A Rocky Road Worth Taking”

2:45 - 3:45

Panel Discussion: The Road Less Traveled

The varied paths UVM researchers take to bring their ideas to market.

Moderator:Corine Farewell, DVM, Director, UVM Innovations
PanelistsRachael Floreani, Ph.D., Co-founder and President, Burlington Bio, Inc. (CEMS)
 Jeff Spees, Ph.D.,  Founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Samba Biologics, Inc. (LCOM)
 Randy Headrick, Co-founder and Research Lead, Verde Technologies (CEMS)
 Dave Schneider Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer, Prolocor, Inc. (LCOM)

4 - 4:30

ARC Presentations

Student presentations of their work with faculty researchers to bring the technology forward.

 ARC Pitch #1: A proprietary cultivated meat scaffold composed of alginate and novel bio-waste inputs that is cheaper, allows for faster cell proliferation, and is more tunable than alternatives.
Mentor: Rachael Floreani, Ph.D.
 ARC Pitch #2: A smart knee sleeve that tracks clinically relevant data including muscle loading, joint loading, and range of motion.
Mentor:  Ryan McGinnis, Ph.D.
 ARC Pitch #3: A surgical saline generator that uses a novel platform for membrane based fluid separation that provides on-site saline to anyone anywhere in the world.
Mentor: Appala Raju Badireddy, Ph.D. and Richard Grunert, M.D.

4:30 - 6:00

Mixer with showcase of student startups hosted by UVM Office of Engagement

Catamount Innovation Fund table display of companies

We'd like to thank our Platinum Sponsors:



And we'd like to thank our GoldSponsors:


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