Getting to know the new OII & ILO

23/02/2017 @ 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Asia/Singapore Timezone
S16 Level 6 – Theory conference room

Speakers: Prof. Barbaros Oezyilmaz (OII); Mr Sean P. Flanigan (ILO)
Abstract Details: Getting to know the new OII

The Office of Industry and Innovation (OII) is embedded in the new Centre of Advanced 2D Materials and Graphene Research Centre (CA2DM-GRC). Our role is to facilitate the ongoing flow of conversation in the area of 2D materials among academics, and between them and industry. Many recent scientific discoveries related to 2D materials have the potential to have important uses in a wide range of industries. However, how to translate such discoveries into viable products for companies is a formidable challenge. Beyond the obvious questions such as identifying key advantages over existing solutions for a particular industry there are also a number of challenges which go beyond fundamental research. Unlike academic research, companies for example require beyond the demonstration of a proof of principle under laboratory conditions thorough benchmarking and extensive reliability tests. Other topics which need careful consideration when embarking on research collaborations are related to potential IP issues. The OII has been founded to assist member of CA2DM in this effort.

In collaboration with ILO its goal is to provide in key research area a path towards a fruitful industry engagement. It is meant to facilitate the ongoing flow of conversation in the area of 2D materials among academics, and between them and industry. In this seminar to the Deputy Director for translation at CA2DM, Barbaros Oezyilmaz, and the Director of ILO, Sean Patrick Flanigan, will share their respective strategy and how they will coordinate their efforts in helping PIs in their effort. The role is to facilitate the ongoing flow of conversation in the area of 2D materials among academics, and between them and industry. We aim to surface ideas that carry the seeds of possible future development down the innovation value chain.

Getting to know the new ILO

Starting in 2015 ILO has been changing the approach to the protection and commercialization of NUS intellectual property.  Some of you may have already had a chance to engage with our commercialization officers under this new approach while others may have only heard rumours of a different approach. This discussions, from the Director of ILO responsible for commercialization will provide an interactive forum to discuss our plans, our methodology and how we can work together to develop and realize upon your commercialization expectations.

About the Speakers: Barbaros Oezyilmaz is a Professor in the Department of Physics and the Department for Materials Science and Engineering, NUS. He is also the Head of Graphene Research at CA2DM and was recently appointed Deputy Director (Translation). He obtained his Ph.D. from New York University and did his postdoctoral research at Columbia University, joining NUS in 2007. He received the NRF Fellowship Award in 2008 and was awarded the NUS Young Scientist Award in 2013.

Sean P. Flanigan, BA, JD, RTTP (Director, Industry Liaison Office (ILO), National University of Singapore); Chair, Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals.
Sean Flanigan is a lawyer, technology transfer practitioner and Past-President of the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), the largest professional organization of technology transfer professionals in the World. Mr. Flanigan studied law at the University of Ottawa and has been a member of the Ontario Bar since 1993. Since joining the National University of Singapore in 2015 Mr. Flanigan has lead the Innovation Management team responsible for intellectual property (IP) commercialization and industrially supported research. Prior to joining NUS Mr. Flanigan lead the team responsible for industrial liaison, technology development and transfer, new company creation and student entrepreneurship at the University of Ottawa for thirteen years. He has created student incubator programs, applied research programs for small and medium sized enterprises and personally attended to the negotiation of dozens of early stage technology licenses. Mr. Flanigan has served as a Board member of several early stage technology based companies. In 2008 Mr. Flanigan became Vice President of AUTM for Canada and in 2012 was elected by his peers as President-Elect of AUTM. During his Presidency of AUTM in 2013-2014 Mr. Flanigan championed a wholesale strategic shift in the organization's structure including development of an entirely new governance structure and strategic plan while overseeing one of the most financially successful years and annual meetings in AUTM history. From 2010 through 2014 he served as the Chair of the Governance committee of the Alliance of Technology Transfer Professionals (ATTP), the Global certification body for Academic Technology Transfer Professionals and between 2015 and 2017 he was Global Chair of ATTP. Mr. Flanigan has lectured extensively on technology transfer around the World and has published studies of the profession and the practice.