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Tech & Toast
September 28 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 am
Regional Inventors Who are Changing the World, brought to you by Member One
Hear from the Link License Launch team how to turn What-if into What’s Next. Mark Mondry and Grant Brewer will lead a discussion surrounding regional leaders who are changing the world from our backyard. Finding cures, promoting national security, making mobility smart – these are just a few of the ways researchers at Virginia Tech are making an impact. For some, transitioning technologies from the lab into the marketplace through commercialization and new ventures ensures that their discoveries are able to reach patients and people who can benefit most.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Grant Brewer is Executive Director of LICENSE: the Center for Technology Commercialization. In this leadership role he provides exceptional communication and practical abilities gained through professional success in academic start-up endeavors and mature industry operations. Grant provides the irreplaceable kind of experience gained through learning on the job. Those jobs ranged from bench-top research assessment to directing FDA-approved pharmaceutical manufacturing. He has been involved in multiple start-up companies, many of which achieved success through strong exits and sales revenues. He has been working in technology transfer at Virginia Tech for the last 10 years. He takes great pride in knowing that his team plays a critical role in the translation of research, from laboratory to accessible technologies in society
Mark Mondry serves as the Director of LAUNCH: the Center for New Ventures. In this leadership role, Mark gets to leverage his extensive education and background in industry, academia, and entrepreneurship. His industry experience spans numerous companies and collaborative technology innovation partnerships. Mondry began his career as an engineer in defense electronics and has held legal and executive roles in the medical device industry with companies that include Eli Lilly & Co. and Guidant Corporation.
Begin the morning with your friends at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council at the signature Tech and Toast. With relevant business and technology topics paired with coffee and a light breakfast, this event has always been a favorite. Tech and Toast rotates between Blacksburg and Roanoke and begins with an hour of networking before programming begins.