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WSU Economic Impact Industry Event Series
Commercialization Resources for Washington Entrepreneurs
The CleanTech Alliance and Life Science Washington help researchers, entrepreneurs and small businesses across the state navigate the commercialization process from invention to implementation. In partnership with these organizations, WSU’s Office of Research held a half day informational session for faculty, students and independent entrepreneurs to learn about entrepreneurial support, networks and resources available to them statewide.
PDFs of the presentations have been added below.

The Event

The event took place on April 18 in Pullman, and helped researchers:

  • Learn the steps to translate an idea from bench to public, and how university resources can help
  • Connect with Life Science Washington and CleanTech Alliance, and find out how to tap into each association’s resources for commercialization and business growth
  • Learn about events and other opportunities to showcase innovations to investors, business developers and other needed partners
  • Learn from Washington CEOs who have navigated the startup landscape to successfully fund and grow their businesses in life sciences and clean tech


Welcome and Office of Research overview: Chris Keane, Vice President for Research – view slides

Commercialization support resources at WSU:

Faculty perspective on critical steps to consider in the commercialization process: 

  • Conflict of Interest – Katrina Mealey, Chair of Conflict of Interest Committee and Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine – view slides
  • Building an ecosystem around your innovation – Amit Dhingra, CSO of Phytelligence and Associate Professor, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences – view slides

Life Science Washington resources, startup basics: Linette Demers, Vice President of Commercialization, and Chris Porter, Life Science Commercialization Consultant – view slides: Linette, Chris

CleanTech Alliance resources, startup basics: CleanTech Alliance CEO Tom Ranken, and Gabe Boekman, Commercialization and Outreach – view slides

Post startup resources from Small Business Development Centers: Aziz Makhani, Business Development Advisor, Washington Small Business Development Center – view slides




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