2008 Fall B2B
On October 22, 110 faculty entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists, service providers, representatives from state funding agencies, and the Commerce Lexington board of directors attended the Fall 2008 B2B networking event at the University of Kentucky Boone Center.
UK President Lee T. Todd Jr., Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry and Commerce Lexington President & CEO Bob Quick delivered remarks highlighting the importance of university-based research to the local economy and local economic development initiatives. The speakers acknowledged the achievements of UK's many faculty entrepreneurs in obtaining state and federal funding for their start-up companies. They also applauded efforts by UK companies to recruit and retain talented researchers in high-salaried, technology-based jobs.
The Fall B2B event also offered "Emerging Technologies" presentations given by six UK professors in various stages of the commercialization process. These professors gave 10-minute talks addressing their research and commercialization efforts and received feedback from fellow faculty and potential investors. The speakers and their affiliated companies were Audra Stinchomb/pharmacy, AllTranz; Patrick Sullivan/medicine, Nano-Mite Technologies; Stephen Dobson/agriculture; Bert Lynn/arts & sciences, Scout Diagnostics; Uschi Graham, Topasol /engineering/CAER; and Drura Parrish/design, PARRISH Industries.
The event was co-sponsored by the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership, which is a collaboration between Lexington city government, Commerce Lexington, and the UK Office for Commercialization & Economic Development.