Webinar Series: From Discovery to Commercialization

A new webinar series titled “From Discovery to Commercialization: Valuable guidance to enhance the success of your startup” is being presented by the USC Stevens Center for Innovation and the USC Chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.

Throughout the 2020-21 academic year the webinars will cover a wide range of topics for USC researchers who are interested in exploring what it takes to have a successful startup. The series will feature guest speakers from a variety of fields, including lawyers, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, startup founders, and more.

Upcoming webinars will be listed on the Stevens Center website events page and shared on our social media channels. We’ll also send email invitations to the USC research community.

Summaries of past webinars can be found below. When available, a link to a recording of the webinar will be posted on YouTube.

Life Sciences Collaborations During the Pandemic

The webinar series kicked off on July 29, 2020, with a presentation by Seth Levy, Partner at Nixon Peabody LLP. A recording can be viewed on YouTube.

Seth discussed how companies are scrambling to collaborate on the rapid development and deployment of products and services to address the pandemic. This requires highly efficient dealmaking that enables important projects to quickly proceed, but also must account for unusual challenges in:

  • obtaining access to highly sought after patient samples
  • disruptions to R&D based on stay-home orders, supply chain limitations, and other practical constraints
  • and, an evolving regulatory landscape for vaccines, therapeutics and devices.

This all must be balanced with the range of issues important in any biotech collaboration, such as the management of intellectual property and access to sufficient financial resources.

This session provided guidance and tips to consider in navigating this challenging time, which nonetheless presents tremendous opportunity for innovation.