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Creighton to Hold Conference for Inventors

Creighton to Hold Conference for Inventors

Creighton University’s Office of Technology Transfer will host a two-day conference on “From Inventor to Entrepreneur: Bringing Your Ideas to Market.”

The conference, which will be held Sept. 20-21 at Embassy Suites, 555 S. 10th St., is designed to show inventors how to turn their discoveries and ideas into viable business ventures. Speakers will include:

  • Anne S. York, Creighton University associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategy. York, author of the book “Managing in Times of Disorder,” researches strategies for managing change and improving firm performance. She has provided consulting services to such companies as Weyerhaeuser, Amoco and Starbucks.
  • Charles C. Valauskas, a Chicago attorney. During his 25 years of practice, Valauskas has represented a wide variety of companies ranging from those on the Fortune 500 list to startups. He speaks regularly on a variety of intellectual property and commercialization topics.
  • Michael J. Martin, president of TechTransfer Associates in Blacksburg, Va. Martin has more than 40 years of business and product development experience and has held positions at E.I. DuPont, PPG Industries, Ciba-Geigy, Michigan State University and Virginia Tech Intellectual Properties. 
  • Paul R. Hogan, founder and chief executive officer of Home Instead Senior Care. Home Instead, based in Omaha, is the largest senior care company in the world with more than 750 franchise businesses in 11 countries, including the United States.
  • • Patrick Strickler, president of Blue Waters Group, Inc., LaFarge, Wis., a communications consulting firm to business, academic and research organizations. Strickler has more than 30 years’ experience in public affairs management, including serving as communications director for the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Conference cost is $295 for professionals and $195 for students. For more information or to register, call 1.800.548.2633 or 402.280.5659. Registration at the conference will be available.