Three Technology Transfer Entrepreneurs to Speak at Science and Math Governor’s School - September 21
Monday, September 19, 2011, Columbia, SC - The South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM)is pleased to announce that Vincie Albritton of Clemson University, Chad Hardaway of the University of South Carolina (USC) and Chip Hood of the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) will present to students as part of the School’s SmartChat Speakers Series. The presentation will take place Wednesday, September 21, 1 p.m., on the GSSM campus in Hartsville.
Representing the state’s university technology transfer, Albritton, Hardaway and Hood come to GSSM as technology entrepreneurs. The technology transfer process converts discoveries developed by scientists and researchers into tangible, marketable products and services. University-developed inventions, software, multimedia teaching tools and educational materials are transferred to the private sector through patenting and assertion of copyright. Intellectual property is transferred through the licensing process.
Albritton has been involved in technology transfer at Clemson since 1999. She previously worked in marketing and sales for a medical device company headquartered in Greenville, SC. Equipped with years of experience in legal, small business and technical sales, she is uniquely proficient in handling the diverse issues of the university technology transfer. Albritton received her B.S. in financial management from Clemson and her MBA from Kennesaw State University.
Hardaway manages over three hundred technologies across the USC campus. He previously worked as a process engineer with Eastman Chemical, contributing to process development, patents, licensing, project management and business strategy. Hardaway attended USC, where he received his B.S. in chemical engineering, his MBA and his Juris Doctor.
Hood is the executive director for the MUSC Foundation for Research Development which serves as the technology transfer office for the university. Prior to this position, he was an officer at Needle & Rosenberg, P.C., engaging in the practice of patent, trademark and copyright law. Hood obtained his B.S. in electrical engineering from Clemson and his Juris Doctor from USC. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at MUSC majoring in bioinformatics.
During their SmartChat presentation, “The University Innovation Continuum: From Laboratory to Marketplace,” Albritton, Hardaway and Hood will engage GSSM students in discussions surrounding entrepreneurship in the technology sector, university research and innovation models, licensing and other commercialization models, and educational opportunities at the high school and college level.
Funded by the GSSM Foundation, the SmartChat series is designed to enhance students’ education while inspiring them through the stories and experiences of some of the Palmetto States’ most promising leaders in technology, engineering, entrepreneurship, research and medicine.