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REACH for Commercialization

REACH for Commercialization™ – Inspiring Female Entrepreneurship at Ohio State and Beyond

Faculty want their research to make a difference, yet most view the end product of their efforts as refereed publications or conference presentations. Engaging in technology transfer and commercialization activities is a powerful potential pathway to expand the REACH and amplify the IMPACT of research activities.

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REACH is a year-round resource and network for women interested in amplifying the impact of their research by exploring technology transfer, commercialization and entrepreneurship.




REACH for Commercialization™ 2021 Booklet

The program provides a broad overview in 4 quarterly themes:

Visioning Impact from Research: January-March

This segment introduces the commercialization process and features successful women entrepreneurs at Ohio State and other universities and entities. Participants explore their own research programs, discuss potential ideas for commercialization and reflect upon the benefits and challenges of taking ideas to market.

January 29th: Visioning Impact with Dr. Grace Wang, executive vice president for research, innovation and knowledge enterprise, and REACH Success Stories from previous years

February 26th: A Faculty Entrepreneur: The road is always under construction with guest speaker Michelle Khine, PhD, University of California-Irvine and Fluxion Biosciences Inc.

March 10th: Developing the Innovation Mindset with Emily Blum, MD, Medical Affairs Liaison and Sanjana Singh, Medical Device Engineer Project Manager, Global Center for Medical Innovation

Learning the Landscape: March-July

Participants engage with campus leaders who strongly value technology transfer and learn how Ohio State’s Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) and Rev1 Ventures can help turn research, ideas, inventions and technologies into products that make an impact locally and globally.

March 26th: Learning the Landscape Core Workshop, Part One: Process and resources at Ohio State with OSU Technology Commercialization Office

April 16th: Playing the Patent Game: A conversation with a patent attorney with Mercedes Meyer, Partner, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

May 21st: Adventures of an Academic-Entrepreneur: a Roboticist’s Tale with Ayanna Howard, Dean, OSU College of Engineering

June 11th: Learning the Landscape Core Workshop, Part Two: Introduction to Rev1 Ventures

June 25th: Introduction to New Ventures with Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director, Keenan Center and Kate Schulhaus, Manager, New Ventures, Technology Licensing

Building a Team: August-September

Participants discover the importance of building an effective team to bring their innovation to market.  They identify their own role in the process, and often recognize they don’t have to start a company or be the CEO.

August 27th: Building a Team Core Workshop with Cheryl Turnbull, Senior Director, Keenan Center and Kate Schulhaus, Manager, New Ventures, Technology Licensing

Understanding the Funding Lifecycle: October-December

Participants engage with experts from the Technology Commercialization Office, Rev1 Ventures and representatives from potential funding sources (public and private) to identify the available options that are most appropriate at each stage.

October 1st: Communicating the Value of Your Research

October 22nd: A CEO’s Journey in Innovation: Startups, the Fortune 500, and Corporate Venture Capital with Annette Finsterbusch, President and CEO, EnPower, Inc.

November 5th: Understanding the Funding Lifecycle Core Workshop

December 3rd: Conversation with Jennifer Dauer, Chief Strategy and Transformation Officer, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center

A key component of the program is creating a network of near peers, role models and mentors. All REACH participants, past and present, are invited and encouraged to join every event. Our program features additional accessible and relatable resources on our campus, such as the Technology Commercialization Office; in our community, such as Rev1 Ventures; and across the country including patent attorneys, federal agency program directors, angel investors and venture capital investors.

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For more information on how to be involved with REACH, please contact Caroline Crisafulli, crisafulli.1@osu.edu.





REACH for Commercialization™ 2020

Workshops and Webinars
January 31st: Visioning Impact from Research Expert Panel
February 28th: Telling Your Story and Creating a Value Proposition
April 13th: Introduction to Patents & Invention Disclosure Process
April 20th: Introduction to Patents Continued
April 27th: Introduction to Copyrights, Trademarks & Trade Secrets
May 14th: Introduction to Intellectual Property Licensing
May 21st: Introduction to New Ventures
June 30th: Commercialization in the Academy Panel
August 14th: Building a Team Panel of Experts
August 28th: Building a Team Featured Startup: Lentechs, LLC
September 25th: Fireside Chat with an Intellectual Property Attorney
October 9th: Panel of Early Stage Funding Experts
October 23rd: Fireside Chat with Nicole Washington: A Journey from Start-ups to Angel Investing
November 6th: Women in Venture Capital: Diverse Perspectives