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Taking the First Steps to Impact: Protecting Your Work With Tech Launch Arizona

Dec
02
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

As a University of Arizona researcher, you develop inventions that can change the world. Tech Launch Arizona can help protect them and bring them to the world through commercial pathways.

You've spent your career developing your cutting-edge research. Now is the time to make sure the iIntellectual property is protected.  

Join senior licensing manager for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Tod McCauley, PhD, CALS assistant dean for research Zelianne Craig, PhD, and professor and Collaboratory for Anti-Infective & Therapeutic Strategies co-director Gayatri Vedantham, PhD, as they discuss the first steps to generating impact.

Tod McCauley, PhD
Tod McCauley, PhD
Senior Licensing Manager for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Tech Launch Arizona (TLA), The University of Arizona

As the senior licensing manager for Agriculture and Life Sciences, Dr. McCauley brings a background in intellectual property management and tech licensing as well as experience creating and developing early stage companies. Prior to joining TLA, he was a founding member and director of research for a startup specializing in molecular diagnostic and therapeutic product development for animal health and clinical applications. He has broad research expertise that includes identification/characterization of biomarkers, immunological assay development, proteomics and vaccine production. He holds a MS and a PhD from the University of Arizona. Dr. McCauley trained as an NIH postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia before joining the faculty at the University of Missouri as research assistant professor and has authored/coauthored approximately 50 peer reviewed publications in addition to dozens of published proceedings.

Zelieann Craig, PhD
Zelieann Craig, PhD
Assistant Dean, Research
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Dr. Craig's overall goal is to contribute towards reducing the incidence of infertility by improving our understanding of how endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) interact with the female reproductive system. The objective of her research program is to identify EDCs that target the ovary and characterize the molecular and cellular mechanisms by which they influence the ability of ovarian follicles to sustain hormonal homeostasis and ovulate healthy eggs. To fulfil this objective, Dr. Craig and her team have developed two main research focus areas which investigate: (1) the mechanisms by which the EDCs influence ovarian follicle survival and death pathways, and (2) the effects of EDCs on the expression of ovarian cancer susceptibility genes.

Gayatri Vedantam, PhD
Gayatri Vedantam, PhD
Associate Director, Research
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, University of Arizona

Dr. Vedantam is faculty in the School of Animal & Comparative Biomedical Sciences and a US Deptartment of Veterans Affairs Research Career Scientist. A molecular microbiologist by training, she has federally funded research at UArizona and VA locations. Her labs focus on healthcare-associated infections. A long-term goal of these efforts is to develop safe and cost-effective non-antibiotic interventions to prevent and treat intestinal infections; one product (jointly protected via a collaborative VA and UArizona patent process) is currently completing pre-clinical studies. She is also committed to teaching and outreach efforts and is a UArizona STEM and minority student programs mentor.

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Dec
02
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 12:00pm
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AUDIENCE

Faculty, Students
University of Arizona Health Sciences

LOCATION

Virtual

CONTACT

Aileen Dingus
Tech Launch Arizona