Top 5 Reasons to Attend the Open Thinking Innovation Showcase

It’s not every day you get the chance to see firsthand some of the newest technologies transforming health care and society. Many scientists at Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University are on the frontlines of scientific discovery, developing innovative technologies that can improve health and further society.

On May 19, Wake Forest Innovations will host its second annual Open Thinking Innovation Showcase featuring the latest healthcare products and their inventors from Wake Forest School of Medicine and Wake Forest University. Whether you’re an inventor, visionary, thinker, executive, colleague or just curious about the future of health care innovation, you won’t want to miss this interactive event. Here are five reasons you should plan to attend:


1. Support Scientific Discovery

Open Thinking offers more than an inside peek into the newest emerging medical devices, diagnostics and therapeutics poised to change health care and the technologies that will impact the way we live. It’s also an opportunity to talk one-on-one with our Innovation All-stars and learn about the science and inspiration behind their inventions. Seven unique technologies will be featured:

  • Solid-State Nanopore System for Quantifying DNA and RNA by Adam Hall, PhD
  • Blood-based Diagnostic to Monitor Healthy Aging by Anthony Molina, PhD
  • Acellular Animal Vaccine for Bordetella Bronchiseptica-mediated Respiratory Infections by Rajendar Deora, PhD
  • Incremental Syringe by Majid Mirzazadeh, MD
  • KPC34: An Oral Next Generation Drug for Leukemia and Solid Tumors by Timothy Pardee, MD, PhD and Gregory Kucera, PhD
  • Novel Methods and Compositions for Immuno-PET Detection by Thaddeus Wadas, PhD
  • Laser Printed Organic Electronic Materials by Oana Jurchescu, PhD and Peter Diemer
  • TCAng-05: A Novel, Synthetic Analog of the Non-toxic, Targeted Cancer Therapeutic Angiotensin-(1-7) by Ann Tallant, PhD and Patricia Gallagher, PhD

2. Get the “Inside” Industry Scoop

New to this year’s event are breakout sessions led by inventors and industry experts who’ve successfully developed market-ready technologies. Topics cover the gamut of commercialization, including strategies to protect intellectual property, how to form early-stage, mutually beneficial industry partnerships, startup company success stories and the nuts and bolts of licensing, from prototype through product launch.

Keynote speaker Art Pappas, managing partner of Pappas Capital, a leading life science venture capital firm in Durham, will share invaluable insight from his over 30 years of experience as a pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry executive. His company has invested in over 70 life science companies nationwide, with plans underway to invest in technologies at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Read on for more about this.

3. Learn about the Catalyst Fund

Be among the first to hear about the Catalyst Fund, a new $15 million technology development program managed by Pappas Capital to accelerate technology development and commercialization at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The Catalyst Fund is facilitated by the Center for Technology Innovation & Commercialization, with a focus on technologies offering a unique and early solution to unmet medical needs. Art Pappas will introduce the Catalyst Fund and share the strategic value of a partnership between an investment firm and an academic medical center.

4. Network, Network, Network

Open Thinking brings together folks passionate about improving health and transforming how we live. It’s a perfect platform to make new connections and swap ideas with fellow colleagues, industry peers, local business leaders, entrepreneurs and representatives from leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. The Wake Forest Innovations team will also be on hand to answer questions and share how we work closely with inventors and business partners to help translate scientific ideas into innovative products.

5. Engage in Collaborative Innovation

Experience and see the impact of ‘collaborative innovation’ – our unique approach to product development based on shared expertise flowing openly between scientists, physicians, tech experts and industry partners – all with the common goal to improve health. Be a part of the discussions and the discovery – explore, get inspired, connect and create. Come to Open Thinking and see collaborative innovation in action.

Open Thinking Innovation Showcase
May 19, 2016 / 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wake Forest Biotech Place

Register Here.