Workshop to focus on commercializing scientific discoveries

Wednesday, July 14, 2010  

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Technology Transfer Office and TechConnectWV will present a free workshop, “The Roadmap from Laboratory to Market:  Driving Scientific Discoveries to Commercialization,” on Monday, July 26.

Intended for scientists and engineers, the workshop will be held from 1-3 p.m. at the Marshall University Foundation Hall, 519 John Marshall Dr., Huntington.

The program will focus on helping participants identify their role in commercializing their discoveries and tapping into a network of people who can help them. Topics will include investment capital, development assistance and take-to-market management talent.

The workshop will be led by Ron Basini, a consultant to the West Virginia Angel Network.

Basini has held faculty positions at business schools in North Carolina, Kentucky, Romania and Switzerland, and has raised millions of dollars in angel and venture capital for the four technology-based companies he founded. He also conducts new venture strategy, business plan writing, new management team training and strategic planning seminars around the world.

The West Virginia Angel Network was formed in 2008 by a group of individuals who make high-risk, potentially high-yield investments in startup companies. The network encourages applications from startup and early stage companies headquartered in West Virginia.  Decisions on investing are made on an individual basis and are based on a wide range of criteria, including market growth potential, management team and customer base. For information about the West Virginia Angel Network, visit

TechConnectWV is a coalition of professionals dedicated to growing and diversifying West Virginia’s economy by advancing technology‐based economic development. The group’s focus is the attraction and creation of innovation‐based companies and jobs, and advanced research and development in universities and the private sector. For more information about TechConnectWV, visit

The workshop is being presented with financial assistance from Verizon. The program is free, but reservations are requested. Send reservations to For more information, contact Amy Melton at (304) 696-4365.


Contact:  Ginny Painter, Communications Director, Marshall University Research Corporation, 304.746.1964 

Related:  Focus on Commercializing Scientific Discoveries [HerdVideo/YouTube:  July 27, 2010] – video available