December 23, 2009

Technology Transfer Office Hosts Networking Event with Group from Italy

A recent visit of a 10-person delegation from Italy to Case Western Reserve University was a networking success.

The visit of participants from various cities and regions in Italy on Dec. 3 and 4 included a meet and greet event at The Alumni House. Although other international delegations have visited the CWRU campus through the efforts of the Technology Transfer Office, this stop was arranged initially by Mark Coticchia through the U.S. Embassy in Rome and is the first to be coordinated in concert with the U.S. State Department's Voluntary Visitors Division.

Daniel Pendergast, technology transfer licensing manager, engineering and physical sciences, and Cindy Barker, Research ShowCASE director, coordinated the two-day agenda, which included access to the Great Lakes Energy Institute, BioEnterprise, JumpStart, NorTech, Team NEO and the planned networking event at The Alumni House. Officials from the Ohio Department of Development also participated.

"I think the delegation benefited greatly, because we were able to introduce them not only to key members of the university community but also to part of our innovation network," Pendergast said.

The delegation also met with CWRU's government relations officials.

"Part of the point of the program was to expose them to U.S. models for economic development, translational research and technology commercialization. There was specific emphasis on how the various levels of government can play a role in facilitating those endeavors," Pendergast said.

The visitors also stopped at the universities of Colorado and Pittsburgh. Cleveland rounded out the week-long visit to the United States.

For more information contact Marv Kropko, 216.368.6890.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, December 23, 2009 11:06 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Staff, Technology Transfer, international, news

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