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WIB-Philadelphia “How to Bring your Scientific Discovery to a Successful Commercial Product”
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When: Thursday, February 15, 2018
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST
Where: University City Science Center
3711 Market St.
Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA  19104
United States
Contact: WIB-Philadelphia Metro

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Learn more about how to take a discovery from the lab and translate it into a commercial reality. This can be done in several ways, but the two most common methods are licensing existing intellectual property from the University to a major corporation that will then commercialize the technology and starting a new company around the technology. During this interactive event company owners and researchers will learn more about Dr. Michele Marcolongo’s roadmap to successful commercialization and key benefits.


Speaker Biographies

Dr. Michele Marcolongo is Department Head and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Drexel University. There, she has served as Senior Associate Vice Provost for Translational Research at Drexel University, Associate Dean of Intellectual Property for the College of Engineering and Associate Vice Provost for Research. Dr. Marcolongo’s field of research is biomaterials or materials that can be implanted into the body to replace diseased or damaged tissues. Specifically, she works on injectable biomaterials and macromolecules to replace and augment degenerated soft tissues.

Dr. Marcolongo has co-founded three companies: the first, Gelifex, was sold to a major orthopaedics manufacturer and one company is active presently. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, AIMBE and Alpha Sigma Mu. She has authored a book, Academic Entrepreneurship: How to Bring Your Scientific Discovery to a Successful Commercial Product (Wiley 2017), a “how-to” on translating research from discovery to commercialization for academics. Dr. Marcolongo received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and worked for GE and DuPont before joining Drexel University in 1997.


Walk-Ins Accepted?


* - Walk-ins will be accepted at the door until event capacity is reached.



6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.           Welcoming/Networking

6:30 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.           Presentation by Dr. Marcolongo

7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.           Networking


Pricing Information


  • Early Bird Pricing through February 8, 2018: $15
  • Regular Pricing after February 8, 2018: $25


  • Early Bird Pricing through February 8, 2018: $35
  • Regular Pricing after February 8, 2018: $45


Parking Information

  • 3711 Market Street Parking Garage
  • 38th Street Parking Lot
  • 39th & Market Parking Lot


Public Transit Information

  • Market Frankford Line - 34th & Market
  • Market Frankford Line - 40th & Market
  • Trolley Routes 10, 11, 13, 34 & 36


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