Tech Transfer Tips for Tech/Life Science Startups

February 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm America/New York Timezone
Draper Labs, Hill Building
One Hampshire Street

Entrepreneurs’ Network, Boston Meeting


ENET Member – Free
Non-ENET Member – $10.00

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Universities are excellent sources of cutting-edge science and technology – the kinds of innovations that can form the basis for important, novel commercial products. While academic investigators are indeed highly innovative, organizations that develop commercial products tend to fall into the realm of businesses, whether large, established corporations, or startups founded by ambitious, energetic entrepreneurs. The skills and infrastructure needed for product development and commercialization are quite distinct from academic innovation needs and typically are well outside of the scope of academic interests.

However, BEFORE any product development happens, a business must make a deal with the academic institution to gain rights to develop the innovative assets of interest. Agreeing to terms for such transactions can be time-consuming and often contentious, given the potentially very different interests and resources of the negotiating parties.

Tonight’s panel will offer insights that help to identify the challenges and to offer tips for effective resolution of differences. Of course, ENET is all about start-ups and entrepreneurs so that we will focus on the academic/entrepreneur transaction.


6:00-7:00 PM – Registration & networking
7:00-7:10 PM – ENET Chairman’s announcements
7:10-7:25 PM – E Minute – Up to 3 Startup companies’ presentations
7:25-8:15 PM – Two expert speakers on the night’s topic
8:15-8:30 PM – Audience / Speakers Q & A
8:30-9:00 PM – Final networking includes meeting presenting speakers

A question and answer session follows the presentation, and panelists will be available afterward for responses to individual questions. As with every ENET meeting, you will also get the chance to network with the panelists and other meeting attendees, both before the start of the meeting and afterward.


Michaela Levin, Licensing Manager II, Partners Healthcare

Michaela is responsible for managing and commercializing technologies arising out of the Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine Departments at BWH and the MGH Steele Lab in Radiation Oncology.

Before joining Partners, Michaela gained experience in patent prosecution as a Technical Specialist at Saul Ewing, a Boston-based law firm and worked as a Business Development Associate at Harvard Office of Technology Development and Addgene, a Cambridge-based nonprofit global plasmid repository. Michaela earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Virginia and did her postdoc at Boston Children’s Hospital in Epilepsy and Traumatic Brain Injury

Barry Wohl, Chief Business Officer, Apnimed, Inc.

Moderator, Meeting Organizer

Roger Frechette, Life Science Business Executive / Entrepreneur / Mentor

My daily purpose is to exercise an innate drive to transform ideas and projects into life-changing commercial assets. In the life science business, this is the long game, requiring boundless energy and creativity, coupled with knowledge, experience, and patience.

In my work, I leverage an extensive global network and insights derived from >20 years experience in business development, calibrated with an extensive science background. My career has encompassed success as a business executive, project/alliance manager and entrepreneur, and also as a scientist, including leadership of discovery/preclinical development teams resulting in a new drug candidate – NDAs for omadacycline submitted by Paratek in early 2018.

E-Minute Presentations will be given at the start of the meeting. These very short presentations enable young startup entrepreneurs to gain experience in presenting their summary business plans to expert panels and audiences.

COST AND REGISTRATIONS: ENET meetings are free to ENET members and $10 for non-members. To expedite sign-in for the meeting, we ask that everyone — members as well as non-members — pre-register for the meeting online. Pre-registration is available until midnight the day before the meeting. If you cannot pre-register, you are welcome to register at the door.


LOCATION: Draper Laboratory, Hill Building, One Hampshire St. Cambridge, MA 02139 (directions). The entrance is called One Hampshire St but is actually on Broadway. Attendees must arrive at Draper Labs before 7pm. Entrance will be locked after 7pm.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Kendall Square stop on the Red Line.

PARKING: There is a public parking lot across the street from Draper. Also, $10 parking is available after 6pm at Yellow Garage