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HTR Software LaunchPad Demo Day!

LaunchPad Demo DayAfter an intensive three months of learning from potential customers and constantly refining their business models, the twelve software teams in the HTR LaunchPad program are ready to show off the fruits of their labors.

Adapted and brought to the Rochester area by High Tech Rochester and funded by the Max and Marian Farash Charitable Foundation, the LaunchPad is an entirely new way to vet, validate and improve the way businesses are created.

A key premise of the HTR LaunchPad is that software start-ups are not yet businesses; rather, they are entrepreneurs with ideas that must be validated through extensive customer discovery and learning.

Demo Day begins at 4:00 pm with a networking event among Rochester’s vibrant entrepreneur, investor, and general business community.  In addition, each team will have a display table in the Geva lobby, where they’ll preview their new software-based businesses.

At 5:00 pm, each team will formally present their business story and description of their software innovation, backed by Power Point visuals and/or a live hook-up to show the software in action.

The LaunchPad Demo Day will be moderated by Jeff Valentine, a partner at the private equity firm Exium Partners and recently involved with High Tech Rochester as a judge in the 2013 Rochester Regional Business Plan Contest.  Jeff was CEO of Callfinity, a company he co-founded in Boston, moved to Rochester, grew by 500%, and sold to M5 Networks in 2011.  He is also an active angel investor with the Rochester Angel Network and advisor to local startups.

At 6:30 pm, networking resumes in the Geva lobby with hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 4, 2013: 4:00 – 7:30 pm (program begins at 5:00 pm)

WHERE: Geva Theater, 75 Woodbury Blvd., Rochester, NY 14607

Registration: Free and open to the public; registration requested.

Please Register Here


Posted in News

Gastroenterologists Use New Technology to Detect Precancerous Cells

Vivek - Esophagus AnnouncementEsophageal adenocarcinoma is now the fastest growing form of cancer in the United States, but gastroenterologists at The Center for Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) have been using an innovative technology to detect precancerous cells in time to prevent disease progression.

The WATS3D computer-assisted brush biopsy takes a wide sample of tissue from the esophagus and then analyzes it using a 3-Dimensionial computer imaging system that is based on an algorithm developed as part of the U.S. Strategic Defense Initiative missile defense program.  WATS3D stands for “Wide Area Transepithelial Sample.”

URMC Gastroenterologist Vivek Kaul, M.D., along with Gastroenterology Fellows Danielle Marino, M.D., and Donald Tsynman, M.D., today in Orlando, Fla., presented new research examining WATS3D at Digestive Disease Week®, the world’s largest gathering of physicians and researchers in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology, endoscopy and gastrointestinal surgery.

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F.I.R.E. Series, “IP Issues in Transactions”, May 14th at 12 pm!!

The Office of Technology Transfer, in cooperation with the Center for Entrepreneurship proudly present F.I.R.E. in May:

“IP Issues in Transactions”

Intellectual Property issues are pervasive in many kinds of transactions. This talk will provide a brief description of the various types of IP and focus on how these different forms may effect transactions and technology valuation.

Our presenter this month is Ralph Loren, a partner at Edwards Wildman Palmer. Ralph lectures around the country on a variety of patent, licensing and litigation topics, including arbitration issues. He was a part-time professor at Boston University School of Law, where he taught patent law.

Where: the Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425 & 1-9425)
When: Tuesday, 14 May 2013, 12:00 – 1:00 PM

A light lunch will be served following the presentation. Please contact David Englert, or call 585.276.6615 for more information or to register for this event.

Although the F.I.R.E. Series continues to be free and open to the public, a small fee for parking may apply (usually between $5 and $6). Registration would be appreciated by noon Monday, 13 May 2013.

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Stephen Dewhurst Named Vice Dean for Research at UR School of Medicine and Dentistry!

Steve DewhurstStephen Dewhurst, Ph.D., has been named vice dean for research at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. A faculty member since 1990 and past senior associate dean for basic research, Dewhurst will lead the School’s research strategic planning process and help advance its research priorities by identifying areas of excellence in which to make strategic investments; strengthening the research infrastructure; improving education and training; and promoting collaborations and alliances that will result in increased research funding.

The new position was recommended by a faculty-led strategic planning committee headed by Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D., and Lynne E. Maquat, Ph.D. As vice dean for research, Dewhurst will work closely with the senior associate deans for basic and clinical research, J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D., and Thomas A. Pearson, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., to accomplish these goals.

“There’s no doubt that this is a challenging time in science: Researchers are faced with an extremely competitive funding environment and a scientific landscape that is changing more rapidly than ever before,” said Mark B. Taubman, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine and Dentistry. “We take these issues very seriously and believe Steve will help leadership and faculty respond to these challenges. With a wide-ranging understanding of research and an outstanding track record of organizing successful institutional collaborations, he is the ideal candidate for the job.”

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