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June 26, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT
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Webinar: Liability, Warranties, Assumption and Allocation of Risk

June 26, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

Assessment of risk is an important part of determining reasonable contract terms, and too often, that step is neglected, with negotiators instead relying on standard positions. Terms addressing liability, indemnification, warranties, and insurance are often relegated to “boilerplate” status and not given the attention they need or deserve in university-industry agreements.

Both parties have constraints and policy considerations in these areas that often differ and can cause challenges to negotiating agreements. Activities covered by contracts between industry and universities and the associated risks vary widely. Risk assessment discussed in the context of the statement of work for a project can lead to solutions more appropriate to the situation. In this session we will discuss issues arising in the negotiation of risk-related contract terms, advantages of bottom-up risk assessment, and the importance of assessing risk in the context of the activity.

Who Should Attend?

This is an advanced level webinar intended for audiences with working knowledge of contracts. This webinar is targeted to experienced corporate and academic representatives with responsibility for identifying, assessing, reviewing, negotiating, or managing liability and risk terms in university-company research contracts including representatives of risk management, technology transfer, sponsored projects, economic development, university relations/business relations, researchers and research staff.


Liability, Warranties, Assumption and Allocation of Risk Webinar
Member: $100 / Non-member: $200

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


Steve Harsy
Director of Contracting and Pre-Award Services | University of Arizona

Steve Harsy currently serves as Director of Contracting and Pre-award Services at the University of Arizona. He is responsible for central administrative units that negotiate contracts, review and submit proposals, and set up awards. Prior to joining the University of Arizona, Harsy worked in both industry and academia. He spent fifteen years at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, structuring relationships with industry, and managing conflict of interest, research misconduct, intellectual property, and other research policy issues. Harsy spent the first seventeen years of his career in industry, as a corporate scientist at W.R. Grace and Company, and in scientific and management positions at Covance Laboratories. He received his B.S. degree in chemistry from Stanford University, and his organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Charles Adelsheim
Manager, Technology Transfer & Contracting at Varian Medical Systems

Charles’ responsibilities at Varian Medical Systems center on negotiating sponsored research agreements and license agreements with universities, CROs, and hospitals worldwide. He also handles incoming invention disclosures and a variety of contract and legal issues related to Varian’s diverse interactions with universities, CROs, and hospitals. He is a licensed patent attorney with 7+ years of experience prosecuting patents. Charles have a background in chemistry and engineering, and now oncology as well. He has experience with the vagaries of working within a university system, and experience in the private sector, and aim to continue to bridge the gap between these two sometimes disparate worlds.


Mark Schmidt
Manager of Science and Technology Policy | Deere & Company

Dr. Mark Schmidt is the Manager of Science and Technology Policy for John Deere. This role includes responsibility for global university relations. He joined Deere in 1999 and holds 13 patents. He has held roles in R&D and innovation management as well as strategy and public policy. Mark holds leadership roles with the Conservation Technology Information Center, North Carolina Arboretum, and North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. He is also an Eagle Scout. Schmidt holds Bachelor of Science degrees in landscape architecture and agronomy from Purdue University, a Master of Science in agronomy from Purdue University, and a PhD in crop science from the University of Illinois. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his wife and son.

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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