Licensing And Corporate Partnering

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

3:00-5:00 Program
5:00-6:00 Cocktails & networking

AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center
Austin, Texas

Complimentary • By invitation only

Licensing and Corporate Partnering


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About the program

Licensing and Corporate Partnering was the third program in the 2011 Commercialization Series. Speaker Ed Cavazos of Bracewell & Giuliani walked faculty inventors (and their graduate/post-doctoral students) through the ins and outs of a licensing agreement. The audience learned why precise definitions and clear language are important; key terms such as improvements, milestones, diligence, payments, and terminations were discussed.

After understanding the licensing agreement, having a clear picture of what industry looks for in a university licensing deal is paramount. Panelists Gayle Kirkpatrick of Abbott andAlan Richey of Dell Computers delved into corporate partnering strategies that bridge the transition from lab to market. Discussion topics included:

  • What is the process regarding the decision to license
  • What is due diligence, and why does it matter
  • How does industry define “success”
  • How can universities do a better job attracting and meeting the needs of corporate partners

The forum offered an intimate setting, unrehearsed dialogue, and plenty of opportunity for audience interaction with the speakers, followed by cocktails and networking.


Speakers and panelists

Ed Cavazos,
Partner Bracewell & Giuliani, Austin, TXMr. Cavazos represents clients in general business and corporate transactions with an emphasis on complex technology-related deals involving intellectual property. He routinely counsels clients regarding licensing arrangements, development contracts, sales and distribution arrangements, and a variety of other issues faced by technology companies.
Gayle A. Kirkpatrick,
Divisional Vice President Abbott, Abbott Park, ILDr. Kirkpatrick is a Divisional Vice President and head of the Scientific Assessment and Licensing group within the Global Pharmaceutical Licensing and Acquisitions organization at Abbott. During her 22 years at Abbott, she has held a variety of management roles in R&D, marketing, licensing, and business development.
Alan Richey,
Executive Director–Legal Dell Computers, Austin, TXAlan Richey serves as Executive Director within the Dell Legal Department. In this role, he is the executive manager responsible for the global legal team supporting Dell’s international and domestic product design, development, manufacturing, licensing, regulatory, procurement and supply chain organizations. Prior to his current role, Mr. Richey served as Legal Director, Asia providing executive site leadership and legal support for Dell in Chain, Taiwan, India and Singapore. He has also served as Senior Legal Counsel,as well as Regional Counsel, Americas.
Moderator: Richard Miller,
Chief Commercialization Officer The University of Texas at AustinRichard A. Miller, M.D., is Chief Commercialization Officer and Research Professor at The University of Texas at Austin. He oversees the university’s Office of Technology Commercialization, with an emphasis on creating new ventures and startups based on discoveries made at the university. Most recently, Miller was founder, chief executive officer, and president of Principia Biopharma, a startup company established to develop novel drugs for cancer and immune diseases. In 1992, Miller founded Pharmacyclics Inc. and was its chief executive officer. Pharmacyclics is a publicly traded biotechnology company with technology licensed from UT Austin.



3:00pm Welcome remarks
Richard Miller, Office of Technology Commercialization
3:00-4:00pm The “ins & outs” of a licensing agreement
Ed Cavazos, Bracewell & Giuliani
4:00-5:00pm What industry looks for in a university licensing deal
Gayle A. Kirkpatrick, Abbott
Alan Richey, Dell Computers
5:00-6:00pm Cocktail hour and networking
In the Courtyard



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