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Innovation Partners Events

Pro Bono IP Office Hours

February 2, 2022 | Virtual
March 10, 2022 | College Station, TX
April 22, 2022 | Virtual

TAMU faculty, staff, and students can schedule 30-minute appointments with IP attorneys to answer their intellectual property related questions.

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SBIR/STTR Workshop Series

March 29 & 30, 2022 - 11:00am-1:30pm | College Station, TX
April 5 & 6, 2022 - 11:00am - 1:30pm | College Station, TX

Join us for our second annual workshop series covering topics important for crafting successful proposals. Co-hosts include the TEES Office of Commercialization & Entrepreneurship and Research Development Services in the Texas A&M University Division of Research. A virtual attendance option will be available.

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2022 Texas A&M New Ventures Competition

May 18 & 19, 2022 | College Station, TX

Co-hosted with Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, the Texas A&M New Ventures Competition is open to all Texas-based companies seeking to bring a new or enhanced technology to the marketplace. Participant companies must be technology or science-focused independent ventures in the pre-seed/seed, start-up or early growth stages. Applications open in January 2022.

For more information on eligibility, past results, or sponsorship, please visit our website at

Past Events

Understanding and Conducting Prior Art Searches
Presented by Chris Rourke, Jackson Walker

Topics covered included:

  • Differentiating between what is prior art and what is not
  • How to locate prior art
  • The benefits of conducting your own prior art searches
  • How prior art impacts patentability

Double Session: Authorship v. Inventorship & Patenting in the Life Sciences
Presented by Dr. Karthika Perumal, Womble, Bond, & Dickinson

Topics covered included:

  • The distinction between authorship & inventorship
  • Why the difference is so important
  • Current trends in regard to patentability in life sciences
  • How inventors can work with their commercialization office to ensure intellectual property rights are not compromised

Public Disclosures: What You Need To Know
Presented by Sam Udovich, Winstead, P.C.

Topics covered included:

  • What the law says about public disclosures
  • What constitutes a public disclosure
  • How inventors can work with their commercialization office to ensure intellectual property rights are not compromised

Community & National Events We Recommend

11th Annual Deshpande Symposium

June 15 - 17, 2022 | Cleveland, OH

The Deshpande Symposium is an annual gathering of like-minded professionals focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship within higher education institutions and through partnerships with private, public and non-profit organizations. This year’s event will be held in Cleveland, where best practices will be shared and learned for developing entrepreneurial ecosystems, and the importance that diversity, equity and inclusion plays in their success.

The symposium committee is currently accepting panel topic submissions through February 15, 2022.

Learn More or Submit a Panel Topic

Intro to America's Seed Fund at NSF

Ongoing Sessions: February 2022 - June 2022

Presented by America’s Seed Fund at the National Science Foundation

In this session, a Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program Director will answer questions about how to get started, the basics of eligibility, and what to include with Project Pitches.

It is suggested that you view this brief presentation in advance as well as the NSF Project Pitch site to learn more about America’s Seed Fund at NSF and the pitch submission process, then come prepared with any questions you have.


2021 Texas Life Science Forum

February 24, 2022
Rice University in Houston, TX

Hosted by Rice Alliance and BioHouston

This premier life science event in Texas brings together members from industry, emerging life science companies, academic and investors. Hear our keynote speaker, Dr. Stephen Hahn, former head of the FDA and currently the Chief Medical Officer, Preemptive Medicine and Health Security Initiative at Flagship Pioneering. He will share his experiences and perspectives on leading during a pandemic, healthcare strategy and translational/clinical research.

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On-Demand Events We Recommend

Intellectual Property Webinar Series

Hosted by Winstead
Winstead PC presents the Intellectual Property Webinar Series focused on relevant intellectual property (IP) protection strategies for both startup and established technology companies in the space. Join us for a wide range of discussions from IP protection to litigation, licensing to technology transfer.

List of Available Webinars Here
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Insight on Securing SBIR Funding

Hosted by JLABS
Join our webinar with SBIR experts to learn more about SBIR funding, including eligibility, how to apply, the application road map and more. Our panel experts will share what the different NIH groups are looking for in an application, what their group offers to companies, application do’s and don’ts, and will also be answering your key questions.

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How to Navigate Investor Interactions

Hosted by JLABS
Wondering how to best communicate the full potential of your discoveries without spilling the secret sauce? In this webinar, experts of the craft will share practical tips on becoming more effective in communicating your story to investors, increasing your chances of successful fundraising.

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Crack The Commercialization Code

Hosted by JLABS
You believe in your science and that it will generate a safe and effective product; unfortunately, that alone might not ensure it reaches patients. From understanding your market and regulatory needs to payor reimbursement and clinical adoption, we aim to provide an aerial view to help define your pathway through the commercialization maze. In this session, we take you through the nuances of the 4 key steps on the path to commercialization: Global markets, Regulatory agencies, Payor reimbursement, Clinician adoption. Join us for practical steps to help maneuver the maze. Like most things for life science entrepreneurs, starting early can help smooth the road.

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Q&A: Intro to America's Seed Fund

Hosted by America’s Seed Fund at the National Science Foundation
Watch this webinar to learn more about America’s Seed Fund, powered by the National Science Foundation. Ben Schrag, a Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program Director, shares about how to get started, the basics of eligibility and what we look for when we review Project Pitches.

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Ongoing Events & Programs We Recommend

Venture Capital Pitch Sessions

Houston Exponential: Call for Startups! Apply for a VC Pitch Session with Houston Exponential.
In the fundraising phase? Submit an application to the ‘Who’s Raising’ Bulletin, powered by Houston Exponential, which connects Houston startups to VC funding. The Who’s Raising bulletin is for founders (yes, even those in stealth) who are raising and want to leverage HX’s network of investors– people in the market actively doing deals. HX sends curated connections to founders based on investment stage/vertical/ shared data points to investor groups with matching theses.

SBIR/STTR Applicant Assistance Program

NCI SBIR Development Center: The Applicant Assistance Program (AAP) accepts applications from aspiring Phase I SBIR/STTR applicants. This program provides small businesses with expert guidance that will help them build a strong Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) application. To be considered for the program, fill out the simple application form on the AAP Application Portal.

Before you apply, you are encouraged to view the informational webinar where program experts give an overview of the program before opening up the event for questions. Receive insights on how this FREE program can help you take the first step on your commercialization journey.

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