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Virtual TransTech 2020 Agenda

Conference moderator will be Dr. Carl Irwin, Professor Emeritus and founder and developer of the TransTech Program at West Virginia University.

November 5th  

  8:45     Welcome

   9:00     KeyNote Speaker – Virgin Hyperloop in the Mountain State
              Kristen Hammer, Business Development Manager, Virgin Hyperloop

  9:45      Pitch Session 1

                  Rubitection, Inc. -  Sanna Gaspard, CEO, Pittsburgh, PA
                  Visual Dawn, Inc.  -  Trevor Squier, CEO, Seattle, WA
                  Voaige - Dipan Pal - Founder and CEO, Pittsburgh, PA

11:00     COVID to Vaccine- The Pathway to Implementation

                F. Heath Damron, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Director of the Vaccine Development Center
                WVU Health Sciences Center

12:30    Break

  1:00     Pitch Session 2

              ATP-MD - Joseph James, President, Salisbury, MD
             Farm to Flame Energy -  Kwaku Jamfi, CFO, Kearney, NJ
             LEAF Solar Design Assistant - Evan Haug, Cleveland, OH
             Low-Cost Optical Fiber Sensor for Simultaneous Hydrogen and Temperature Detection
             -
Mudabbir Badar, Entrepreneurial Lead, Pittsburgh, PA

  2:30     West Virginia University Research Innovation Seeking Licensing Partners

               Methane and Methane-Carbon Dioxide Activated Synergistic Biomass  Gasification                     Hydrogen-Rich Syngas Production – Dr. John Hu, Director, Center for Innovation in                   Gas Utilization and Research (CIGRU), Lead Inventor

  3:00     Meet and Greet Chat room discussions

  4:00     End of events for day 1


November 6th

  8:45     Welcome back

  9:00     Pitch Session 3

              Li-nnovate - Joseph Grzyb, Graduate Student, Cleveland, OH
              CorePower Magnetics –  Paul Ohodnicki, CTO,  Bridgeville, PA
              Li-ON Care - Rounak Chawla, PI, Cleveland, OH
              Elemental Dynamics (Prometheus) - David Allen, Founder, Boca Raton, FL

10:30     Break

11:00     Pitch Session 4

              Climate Shelter LLC - Don Osborne, PI/Project Manager, White Sulphur Springs, WV
              Neowaste - Jessica Findley, Co-Founder and CEO, Pell City, AL
              STARS Sensors - Rohan Sinha, CEO and Co-Founder, Strongsville, OH

12:15     Break

  1:00      Using Patents to Enhance Your Business
               
Craig Cochenour, R.Ph., Esq., Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, PC
                Duane Stewart III, Esq., Buchanan, Ingersoll and Rooney, PC

  2:00      Finalist Pitch Session

  2:30      West Virginia University Research Innovation Seeking Licensing Partners

               “Plasma Feathers” – A compliant Electrode Discharge (CED) Device – Patrick                              Browning, Ph.D. and Joseph Dygert, inventors

  3:00      Local/State/Regional Business Development Resources

               Deborah Magyar, In-Tech Program Director, WV Small Business Development Center
               Richard Giersch, President and CEO, Valtari Bio
               Erienne Olesh, Director, Vantage Ventures and I-Corps Instructor
               Moderator - Dr. Carrie White, Executive Director, WVU LaunchLab

  4:00      Awards

*Pitch Session Format :

Each pitch session will have up to five pitches by start-up companies and commercializable projects

18 minutes allocated for each presenter, as follows:

Part 1 - 8 minutes uninterrupted pitch

Part 2 - 8 minutes interactive Q&A with judges

Part 3 - 2 minutes - Judges write scores and comments; next presenter prepares for pitch

 

Judges fill out the form after the session and nominate one company to advance to the Finalists Pitch Session to be held at 2:00pm on November 6th.  The company or commercializable project with the highest number of votes goes to the Finalists PitchSsession.

 

**Finalists Pitch Session Format:

Four finalists. Each finalist makes a 3-minute pitch – no ppt slides or follow-up Q&A!

Each of the judges for the Finalists Pitch Session rank the presentations in order and send the information via email to Angela Shock at angela.shock@mail.wvu.edu.  The order of ranking will determine the award winners.