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February 27, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
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Webinar: Contracting Basics I

February 27, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST

UIDP Contracting Webinar SeriesNegotiation of research agreements is an integral aspect of University-Industry partnerships. Successful research agreements assure the interest and needs of both parties are accommodated. This session will provide basic information to help achieve that objective regarding statements of work, publications, confidentiality, and liability.

This one-hour webinar will provide a basic summary of issues for each topic, requirements, and best practices for tackling related issues.

Areas of Focus

  • Statements of Work
  • Publications
  • Confidentiality
  • Liability

Who Should Attend?

This basic-level webinar is intended for corporate and academic representatives with limited experience or new to the responsibilities of initiating, reviewing, negotiating, or managing university-company research contracts. This includes representatives of technology transfer, sponsored projects, economic development, university relations/business relations, researchers and research staff.


Contracting Basics I Webinar
Member: $100 / Non-member: $200

10-Webinar Series
Member: $900 / Non-member: $1,900

See the full UIDP Contracting Webinar Series schedule here.


Paul Lowe
Associate Vice President for Research | Kansas State University

Paul Lowe is the Associate Vice President for Research at Kansas State University. Lowe has served K-State for 31 years in the areas of policy development and institutional compliance, and as K-State’s authorized organizational representative providing oversight of proposal development and submission, contract development/review/ negotiation and subcontracting activities. Lowe has participated in several UIDP projects over the years. He served on the UIDP Finance Committee from 2011–2013 and has participated in programming delivered through the UIDP Academy. Lowe served the UIDP Membership through service on the UIDP Board as an At-Large University Member during 2014.


Yogesh K. Sharma, PhD
Director, Operational Alliances | Novartis

Sharma has been serving as a Director of Operational Alliances at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research in Cambridge, MA since 2016. Yogesh joined Novartis from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston where he was the Interim Director of theTechnology Ventures Office (TVO) since June, 2015. Prior to joining TVO, Yogesh began his career in commercialization of inventions with Partners Healthcare and had a successful 12-year tenure there to become a Director of Business Strategy and Licensing,leading a team of licensing professionals in managing intellectual property, licensing, venture-funded start-up development, and establishing and managing research alliances with industry partners for the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Before joining Partners Healthcare, Yogesh had a productive research career at DuPont and Cereon Genomics, a joint-venture between Monsanto and Millennium Pharmaceuticals. He received his Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Texas in Austin and an M.B.A. from Babson College.


Tony Boccanfuso, PhD
President | UIDP

Since July 2007, Tony has provided strategic leadership to the UIDP including its successful graduation from the National Academies in 2015. His insights on strategic university-industry matters are regularly sought by academic, government and private sector organizations. Tony is married to Dr. Laura Boccanfuso, who founded Van Robotics; along with their three children, they reside in Columbia, SC.

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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