7:30 – 8:30 a.m.


8:30 – 8:35 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Speakers: Leah Burton, NC State University & Mark Schmidt, Deere & Co.

8:35 – 9:25 a.m.

Role of Start-Ups in the U-I Collaboration Space

This panel will describe the multiple programs and partnerships, that help university faculty, researchers, and students create, develop and fund corporate-aligned startups from the $137 billion federally-funded research in university and federal labs. The University-Industry-Startup partnership is crucial to provide alignment of the technology developed and startups created with the current needs of the market and corporate requirements and establish corporate product development, exits and strategic partnerships. Universities receive a large amount of federal funding to not just to research, but also lately to focus on translational activities. University-based startups provide efforts towards de-risking the product development and moving technologies out of the bench to benefit the public and create economic growth, whereas industry business units get access to developed technology that aligns with their strategy needs. This panel will describe best practices, current programs, and experiences that the panelists have had in their role of startups in the University-Industry collaboration space.

Speakers: Dimitra Georganopoulou, Northwestern University, Caralynn Collens, UI LABS, Debashish Chakravarthy, Medline, Jim Hermann, Cour Pharmaceutical

9:25 – 9:30 a.m.

Breakout Session Overview

Speakers: Liz Kennell, UIDP

9:30 – 10 a.m.


10 – 11:00 a.m.

Breakout Session #3

Visiting Scientist Agreements

As companies realize the important partners they have in academic institutions, many are looking to send their scientists to campus to access the intellectual and physical resources of a university for a finite period to enable a productive interaction. This discussion group will focus on how these agreements are negotiated and address how to work through various pain points such as IP, export controls, lab safety, and costs.

Speakers: Carolyn Brougham, Northwestern


Wellspring Worldwide: The Evolution of International Scale for University-Industry Partnerships

There was a time when university-industry partnerships followed well-understood tracks—regional clusters collaborated closely, and key people often moved back and forth in the same overlapping circles. Today, a growing number of corporations and institutions are acting on an international stage, creating partnerships across a wide variety of regions and industrial clusters. This talk will present data to showcase how far the needle has moved and articulate some of the evolving considerations for international scale when planning your partnership strategies.

Speakers: Rob Lowe, Wellspring Worldwide & Chris Townsend, Wellspring Worldwide


UIDP Project: Transforming Vendor Relationships

Over the last few years more companies and universities have expressed interest in leveraging successful vendor-purchasing relationships by evolving into a mutually beneficial campus engagement partnership. This discussion will include some examples of universities who have successful campus partnerships which began from a vendor relationship, and discussions around policies and practices for operationalizing some of the best models out there. Some questions which will be discussed include:

1. How far should university or industry representatives go to leverage the relationship to consider other engagements like philanthropy, recruiting, advertising, research, innovation, etc.? What are the limitations and rules that govern this?
2. What are some of the best practices for managing the vendor relationship as it expands into a robust campus partnership?
3. What should/should not be including in, and considered, during RFP/proposal?
4. What are some of the factors which determine success?

Speakers: Moderator: Cynthia Sweet, University of Pittsburgh. Discussants: Jim Konrad, Northwestern & Nadeem Zafar, Chartwells - Compass Group

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Transition Break

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Getting the Most Out of a Master Research Agreement

In 2016, Exelon, one of the nation's leading energy providers, entered into Master Research Agreements (MRAs) for the first time with several institutions, including Northwestern and Argonne National Lab. These agreements have initiated multiple multiyear projects and allowed for streamlined project ideation, refinement and execution with commercialization as a key driver for project work specifically in the clean energy innovation space. Discussion will center around the advantages of working with collaborative, cross-discipline groups like the Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern (ISEN) and lessons learned in the effective identification, launch and management of new projects.

Speakers: Sunny Elebua, Exelon, Mike Wasielewski, Northwestern Unviersity, Suresh Sunderrajan, Argonne National Laboratory

12 – 12:40 p.m.

Lakeside Discovery - Tomorrow's Solutions in Healthcare

Vowing to advance medical research designed to improve people's lives, Northwestern University and Deerfield Management launched Lakeside Discovery, LLC. Deerfield provides targeted funding and deep development expertise to advance promising Northwestern research, with a goal of accelerating the translation of transformative biomedical technologies. This is a fairly new industry-academic partnership model that has the potential to disrupt long-standing approaches to healthcare technology development.

Speakers: Moderator: Mark Ralph, Boehringer Ingelheim. Discussants: Lisa Dhar, Northwestern & Karen Heidelberger, Deerfield

12:40 – 12:45 p.m.

Concluding Remarks

Speakers: Jay Walsh, Northwestern University

Day 4: Friday, September 14