Explorations in Innovation

Lessons from women innovators who are creating research impact through commercialization & entrepreneurship
September 17, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

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Anne Hall and Carla Pavone both work in roles at UMN where they assist researchers at all career levels creating research impact through participation in commercialization and entrepreneurship activities. Many researchers have not been exposed to these types of activities in their traditional academic training, despite the fact that academic participation in commercialization and entrepreneurship produces many benefits including increased research impact, enhanced ability to attract research funding, and training and future jobs for graduate students and postdocs. In this seminar, Anne and Carla will provide an overview of how graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff can increase their research impact through multiple programs and activities offered at the U of MN. They will provide a brief overview of what commercialization and entrepreneurship mean at an academic institution, how to get involved, what resources exist, and then invite several successful UMN women innovators to share what they've learned and accomplished as they translated their research to real world impact.  


Technology Portfolio Manager Anne Hall of the U of M's Technology Commercialization office.

Anne Hall, PhD, joined U of M's Technology Commercialization office in 2006, and has spent more than a decade bringing early stage life science technologies to market. As a technology portfolio manager, she manages intellectual property and early stage technology development for a wide range of innovations, with a special focus in Biotechnology and Agriculture/Horticulture.

Anne began her career in the life sciences as a research scientist working on advances in chromosome and hormone receptor biology. She has a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a BS in Biology from Truman State University, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Chicago.

Associate Director of the U of M Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship Carla Pavone.

Carla Pavone, PhD, is the associate director of the Holmes Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Minnesota. As program director of the Minnesota Innovation Corps, a site of the NSF-funded National Innovation Corps or I-Corps, Pavone facilitates technology commercialization and innovation by developing and administering educational and coaching programs for STEM students, post-docs, research staff and faculty. Prior to becoming an academic, she worked in publishing and tech startups, and in financial services—mainly leading internal corporate start-ups, change initiatives and turnarounds. Pavone has taught entrepreneurship, strategy, and leadership at the University of Minnesota and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and also serves on the boards of Social Venture Partners Minnesota and the Minnesota Women’s Business Development Center. Pavone has a BA in biology from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and a PhD in business administration from the University of Minnesota.