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A Fireside Chat with Dean Abecassis

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

A Fireside Chat with Dean Abecassis: Sharing his vision on the importance of bringing technologies to patients

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

Join UArizona College of Medicine – Tucson, Dean Michael Abecassis, and senior licensing manager for the college, Mitch Graffeo, as they discuss how UArizona researchers can make positive impacts in healthcare via commercialization and how the college and Tech Launch Arizona are partnered to help them attain their goals.

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Photo of Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
Michael Abecassis, MD, MBA
Dean, College of Medicine – Tucson; Dean, College of Medicine (Banner) Member of the Graduate Faculty Professor, BIO5 Institute Professor, Immunobiology Professor, Surgery
University of Arizona

Dr. Abecassis has made innovation a core driver of his career.

Early on he was a thought leader in liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery and has gone on to pioneer innovative surgical procedures and approaches for transplant patients. With 23 years of NIH funding, his translational work has focused on developing biomarker strategies for kidney and liver transplantation.

Photo of Mitch Graffeo, JD
Mitch Graffeo, JD
Senior Licensing Manager, College of Medicine – Tucson
Tech Launch Arizona

Mitch Graffeo received his undergraduate from he State University of New York at Binghamton and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School.

As a patent attorney and consultant, he focused on developing IP strategies, portfolio building, licensing, patent preparation and prosecution, patent searching and trademark

To request any disability-related accommodations for this event please contact the event coordinator at least three business days prior to the event.
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Wednesday, February 2, 2022 - 12:00pm


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Tech Launch Arizona