Would-Be Faculty Entrepreneurs Invited to Hear Colleagues' 'Confessions'

October 12, 2010

October 12, 2010 — University of Virginia researchers considering starting a company are invited to hear colleagues' "true confessions" of their own experiences at a unique lecture and networking series.

"True Confessions of a Faculty Entrepreneur" features conversations with U.Va. faculty who have translated their research discoveries into successful start-up ventures. The series was launched last March to harness the collective wisdom of U.Va.'s growing entrepreneurial technology community.

The next event will be "So You Want To Be An Entrepreneur? Traits For Success That Drive Technology-Based Businesses," featuring INDOOR Biotechnologies Inc. to president and CEO Martin D. Chapman, former U.Va. professor of medicine and microbiology.

Chapman left the University in 2001 to support INDOOR Biotechnologies full-time. The company seeks to improve the quality of life of allergy and asthma sufferers through the assessment of indoor allergens and a variety of products and services available for research, diagnostic and therapeutic use.

The talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 in the Rotunda's Dome Room. A networking reception will follow in the Rotunda's Lower West Oval Room. Central Grounds Garage parking will be validated for attendees.

RSVP by Oct. 15 to Crystal Ballif at crystal@uvapf.org. For information, visit here or contact Morgan Estabrook at morgan@uvapf.org or 434-982-4191.

The event is hosted by the U.Va. Patent Foundation, the Office of Economic Development, the Office of the Vice President for Research, the School of Medicine Office of Research, the T100 Program, the Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership, and the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovationat the Darden School of Business.

The next "True Confessions" event will be held Nov. 9, when Barry W. Johnson, senior associate dean and associate dean for research of the School of Engineering and Applied Science, will share his "Lessons Learned in the Trenches of Entrepreneurship." His talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda Dome Room, with a networking reception to follow.