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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  The order of ranking will determine the award winners.