Jefferson’s 2019 Innovation Engagement Speaker Series Kicks Off

Tim Armour, president and CEO of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, opens Jefferson’s Innovation Engagement Speaker Series.

Clinicians, researchers, nascent inventors, entrepreneurs, students and all curious minds will walk away with something of value during the 2019 Jefferson’s Innovation Engagement Speaker Series.

The series runs every Thursday through April 11, focusing on local, regional and national perspectives. Topics range from start-up trends, intellectual property, healthcare innovations and more.

The talks will take place at 901 Walnut St. in the main lobby from 12-1 p.m. Please RSVP for each session here. Lunch will be provided.

All presentations will be streamed live here. Sessions also will be uploaded within a week to the Jefferson Innovation YouTube channel.

Jan. 24 – “Venture Philanthropy: A Funding Methodology to Cure Alzheimer’s”
Speaker: Tim Armour, President and CEO, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund

Jan. 31 – “‘I Didn’t Know I Could Protect That’: Leveraging Intellectual Property Beyond Utility Patents”
Speaker: Brain Landry, Partner and Vice-Chair, Intellectual Property Practice Group, Saul Ewing

Feb. 7 – “Trends in Startup Clusters from Around the World”
Speaker: Chris Wink, Cofounder, CEO and Publisher,

Feb. 14 – “Shaping the Future of Health Care Through Better Design”
Speaker: Bon Ku, Assistant Dean for Health and Design, Associate Professor Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Founder and Director of JeffDesign, Jefferson Health Design Lab, Thomas Jefferson University

Feb. 21 – Building Bridges from Tongue to Brain: Pons Varolii and PoNS Treatment
Speakers: Jonathan Sackier, CMO, and Phil Deschamps, President and CEO, Helius Medical Technologies

March 7 – “Intellectual Property: The New Global Currency”
Speaker: Osagie Imasogie, Senior Managing Partner and Founder, PiPV Capital
Note: This session will be at 925 Chestnut St., Floor B, “The Vault”

March 21 – “How to Successfully Innovate: Creating Breakthrough Collaborative Interactions”
Speaker: Les Sztandera, PhD, Professor, Computational Intelligence, Kanbar College of Design, Engineering, and Commerce, Thomas Jefferson University

March 28 – “Foundation for the National Institutes of Health – Advancing Breakthrough Biomedical Discoveries: Who We Are, How We Do It”
Speaker: Maria Freire, PhD, President and Executive Director, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health

April 4 – “Seeing Into the Future: Innovation in Ophthalmology: Today, Tomorrow and Beyond”
Speaker: Julia Haller, MD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, Wills Eye Hospital

April 11 – “Angel Seed and Venture Capital: A 2019 Snapshot”
Speaker: Barbara Schilberg, Managing Director and CEO, BioAdvance

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