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May 8, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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Webinar: Confidentiality & Publications

May 8, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Freedom to publish and need to protect confidential information are two issues that define the basic differences between the missions of universities and corporate sponsors. The interplay of these terms requires careful thought and clear drafting. Issues of scope, timing, policies, law, and control need to be considered along with the purpose of the project, the intentions of the parties, the location of the research, and the kind of personnel involved. This session will review the basic positions and common accommodation of both parties, along with the related issues, practical considerations, and best practices.

Who Should Attend?

This is an advanced-level webinar intended for audiences with working knowledge of publication policies and protection of confidential information. The webinar is targeted to experienced corporate and academic representatives with responsibility for understanding the need for access to confidential information and for reviewing, negotiating, or managing related terms in university-company research contracts including representatives of technology transfer, sponsored projects, economic development, university relations/business relations, researchers and research staff.


Confidentiality and Publications Webinar
Member: $100 / Non-member: $200

10-Webinar Series
Member: $900 / Non-member: $1,900
See the full 10-webinar series schedule here


Matthew Grossmann
Senior Contract Specialist, Joint Research Office for Contracts | Washington University

Matt Grossmann is a Senior Contract Specialist at Washington University’s Joint Research Office for Contracts. He has been working in contracts at Washington University since 2014 and has experience in negotiating a wide variety of research contracts. He has negotiated pre-clinical sponsored research agreements, clinical trial agreements, federal contracts and subawards, collaborative and consortium agreements, foundation grant agreements, and many others. Prior to working at Washington University, he spent approximately seven years in civil litigation.


Jackie Kulfan
Proposal and Contract Manager | PPG

Jackie Kulfanis a proposal and contract manager within PPG’s Corporate Innovation group. Jackie has over 20 years of experience in industry, all at PPG. She spent the first decade of her career as a bench chemist before moving into her current role focused of forming government-funded research collaborations with government agencies, national laboratories, universities, and other companies. Jackie expanded her role in 2016 to include negotiating corporate-sponsored research agreements with universities. She brings the perspective of someone who has both conducted collaborative research projects and has navigated the bureaucracy necessary to putting strong collaborations in place.


Amy Achter
Managing Director, Office of Business Engagement | University of Wisconsin, Madison

Amy Achter joined UW-Madison as the Managing Director of the Office of Business Engagement on August 1, 2018. OBE creates a hub for campus-wide business partnership coordination that will seek to create shared value by fostering mutually beneficial relationships between industry and UW–Madison. Amy has spent the majority of her career leading partnerships from the industry side; most recently at The Nature’s Bounty Company and previously with two Wisconsin-based companies – the Oscar Mayer division of Kraft Foods and Kimberly-Clark Corporation. Amy has both a B.S. and M.S. in Biomedical Engineering.  The former from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the latter from Northwestern University.

About the Series

UIDP Academy presents a ten-part webinar series on contemporary issues and opportunities for effective negotiation of industry-sponsored research agreements (ISRAs). This series is strategically designed to offer seasoned contracting professionals, as well as novices and others who just want to learn more about the general issues affecting ISRA negotiations, an opportunity to discuss a broad range of contracting matters.

Information and ideas from leading subject matter experts are presented on tried, true, and new approaches, with opportunities for Q&A and presenter interaction. When appropriate, presenters will use the UIDP Contract Accords as practical guidance to help participants understand issues and collaborate more effectively.

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