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Wed, Apr 7, 2021

4 PM – 5 PM EDT (GMT-4)

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Interested in learning more about commercializing research? Join us on April 7 at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom for a panel discussion with Case Western Reserve University professors about transferring innovative faculty research results from the laboratory to the marketplace. Speakers include Darcy Freedman, director of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health; Ken Loparo, co-academic director of the Internet of Things Collaborative; and Drew Adams, principal investigator at The Adams Lab.

Speakers will share their journey and discuss the potential funding sources available in the traditional ‘valley of death’ (where to look for funding when interested in commercializing my technology). Successful commercialization can turn ideas into products and services with real world impact. From licensing a technology to creating a startup, commercialization can take on many forms. Commercialization allows researchers the opportunity to gain exposure to the business community while driving entrepreneurial and technological growth within their discipline. Faculty accomplishments drive positive publicity and generate awareness of research, inventions, and entrepreneurial culture of CWRU, ultimately benefiting the university’s educational mission.

This panel discussion will be facilitated by Al Green, PhD, CEO, AMG Consulting Group.

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We will also be broadcasting this panel to LinkedIn Live on CWRU Veale Institute for Entrepreneurship's LinkedIn page on April 7 at 4:00 p.m.

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Al Green

Dr. Albert Green currently serves as Advisor to the Board for Kent Displays, Inc (KDI). He served as the CEO of the company from 2007 to 2018. KDI is the global leader in eWriter display technology and the maker of Boogie Board brand eWriters. The products are used in business, education, health care, military and in the home. The Boogie Board is based on technology from the renowned Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University. First launched in 2010, millions have been sold in the US and around the world. As CEO of KDI, Dr. Green transformed KDI from an R&D focused licensing company to a product focused consumer packaged goods company with a global supply chain and global sales and distribution. He led the construction of the first roll-to-roll LCD manufacturing line in the world, which is based in Kent, Ohio. This advanced manufacturing technique utilizes flexible plastic material to enable high volume, low cost, LCD-based eWriter products. The company currently operates 3 manufacturing lines at the Kent facility.

Dr. Green advocates nationally for U.S. manufacturing. He served on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Council, the principal private sector body advising the Secretary of Commerce on manufacturing. He currently serves on Senator Sherrod Brown’s Ohio Export Advisory Group. He has worked hard to rewrite the perception of Northeast Ohio’s rust belt manufacturing “from the “3 D’s” to the “3 H’s “ - from dirty, dark, and dangerous to high tech, high paying, and high value. Dr. Green also drives local economic advocacy by serving on the Board of Directors for TeamNEO, JumpStart, and Cuyahoga Community College Board of Visitors. In addition, he also serves on the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Business Advisory Council and the Greater Cleveland Partnership’s Manufacturing Council.

Prior to joining Kent Displays, Dr. Green was Vice President and division Manager at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). He holds a B.S. in Physics from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Physics from Stanford University. He also attended the Executive Summer School at MIT’s Sloan School of Business Administration. Dr. Green has been awarded 26 patents.

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Kenneth Loparo

Co-Academic Director, Professor

The Internet of Things Collaborative, CWRU

Kenneth A. Loparo was an assistant professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Cleveland State University from 1977 to 1979 and he has been on the faculty of the Case School of Engineering at Case Western Reserve University since 1979. He is Nord Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and holds academic appointments in the departments of biomedical engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering in the Case School of Engineering. He has received numerous awards including the Sigma Xi Research Award for contributions to stochastic control, the John S. Diekoff Award for Distinguished Graduate Teaching, the Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Engineering and Science Professor Award, the Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, the Carl F. Wittke Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and the Srinivasa P. Gutti Memorial Engineering Teaching Award. 

Loparo is a fellow of the IEEE and has held numerous positions in the IEEE Control System Society including chair of the Program Committee for the 2002 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, vice chair of the Program Committee for the 2000 IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, chair of the Control System Society Conference (CSS) Audit and Finance Committees, member of the CSS Board of Governors, member of the CSS Conference Editorial Board and Technical Activities Board, associate editor for the IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control and associate editor for the IEEE Control Systems Society Magazine.

Loparo's research interests include stability and control of nonlinear and stochastic systems with applications to large-scale electricity systems including generation and transmission and distribution; nonlinear filtering with applications to monitoring, fault detection, diagnosis, prognosis and reconfigurable control; information theory aspects of stochastic and quantized systems with applications to adaptive and dual control and the design of distributed autonomous control systems; the development of advanced signal processing and data analytics for monitoring and tracking of physiological behavior in health and disease. 

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Drew Adams

Principal Investigator, Assistant Professor

The Adams Lab, CWRU

Drew graduated from Swarthmore College with Highest Honors and obtained his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at Harvard University (Prof. David A. Evans). He then undertook postdoctoral studies with Prof. Stuart L. Schreiber at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT within the Center for the Science of Therapeutics. There he used high-throughput screening and chemical biology techniques to identify drug candidates that modulated cancer cell stress phenotypes and to eluciddate these molecules' cellular mechanisms-of-action.  Drew joined the Case Western Reserve University Genetics Department in 2015 as an Assistant Professor, and in July 2018 he was appointed as the Thomas F. Peterson, Jr. Professor of Cancer and Energy Research.  Drew also serves as Director of the Small-Molecule Drug Development Core, a newly-built facility enabling high-throughput screening to accelerate academic drug discovery efforts. 

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Darcy Freedman

In 2019, Darcy Freedman, PhD, MPH, was named Director of the Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health at Case Western Reserve University. She was also recognized with the Mary Ann Swetland Endowed Chair in Environmental Health Sciences.

Dr. Freedman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences (PQHS) within the CWRU School of Medicine. PQHS is now the administrative home of the Swetland Center. She also is a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Since joining CWRU in 2013, Dr. Freedman has successfully grown a highly regarded research program focused on the intersection of health equity and community nutrition, securing funding from the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, among others. She also contributes as a team scientist to university-wide initiatives such as the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative and the CWRU Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.

Dr. Freedman is nationally recognized for her scientific contributions to community nutrition. Her technology, FM Tracks, is now the gold standard method used nationally to evaluate healthy food incentive programming. She regularly advises and testifies to inform federal, state, and local nutrition policy. Dr. Freedman was awarded the Sarah Samuels Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advocacy, Policy, and Evaluation for Public Health Nutrition by the American Public Health Association. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition.

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