Wednesday, March 29


National Meeting Session Descriptions and Activities for Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Registration will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Lakeside Foyer, Floor 3.

Meet with colleagues and schedule meetings. The FLC Partnering Place will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lakeside Foyer, Floor 3.

Check out the Awards Posters from the 2023 Award Winners. The Award Posters will be open for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Superior Foyer, Floor 5.

Make plans to participate in these demos to learn about FLC and sponsor products. The demos will take place in Center Street A, Floor 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m ET.

The schedule for the demos is as follows:

10:20 - 10:45 a.m. -- FLC Business

11 - 11:30 a.m. -- Wellspring (sponsored)

1 - 1:25 p.m. -- E-Groups

1:30 - 2 p.m. -- Digital Science (sponsored)

2:10 - 2:30 p.m. -- FLC Learning Center

3:30 - 4 p.m. -- VentureWell (sponsored)

4:20 - 4:45 p.m. -- FLC website

Join Speaker Candice Matthews Brackeen, General Partner, Lightship Capital with Moderator Karen Presley, NSA for a fireside chat on the challenges and opportunities that come from working in the venture capital space.

9 - 10:15 am. Superior Ballroom D, Floor 5

FLC exhibitors are ready to meet you from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m in the Veterans Meeting Rooms A-D, Floor 5.

Start time: 10:45 a.m. ET 

Moderator: Patricia Tomczyszyn, U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency 


  • Donna Ennis, Georgia Tech

This session will focus on the State Small Business Credit Initiative and how the program is preparing MBEs for venture capital investments, federal technology transfer, innovation-focused federal and state programs. The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 prioritizes small businesses with a $10 Billion investment to stimulate our economy. Diversity and inclusion are mandated and MBDA is tasked with making that happen and is seeking work with federal laboratories to help move your technologies to market.

Superior Ballroom C, Floor 5

Start time: 10:45 a.m. ET 

Moderator: Vanessa Pena, DOE Office of Technology Transitions


  • John Dement, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division
  • Kalpana Reddy, Department of Homeland Security

Partnership Intermediary Agreements (PIA) have been dramatically evolving over the past five years in the Department of Defense. They provide a means to help labs engage the innovation ecosystem, and other stakeholders. In this session, we’ll look at best practices and lessons learned for federal labs. You’ll leave with a sense of why labs might consider PIAs to help achieve their goals. 

Superior Ballroom D, Floor 5

Start time: 1 p.m. ET 

Moderator: Dr. Courtney Silverthorn, Foundation for the NIH


  • Dr. La Shaun Berrien, Henry Jackson Foundation
  • Vanessa Pena, DOE Office of Technology Transitions

Congressionally authorized foundations to support agencies' missions are nearly as old as federal technology transfer, and the 2019 National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Green Paper recommended an expansion of foundation authorities to all federal R&D agencies. This panel will examine several existing agency foundations currently supporting the Department of Defense (DoD), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). We’ll explore how their role in accelerating technology transfer and innovation has changed over time and provide thoughts on where they see their work evolving in the future. And we’ll discuss the Department of Energy’s (DOE) recent Chips and Science Bill authorization to establish an agency foundation and this new opportunity to support their mission. 

Superior Ballroom D, Floor 5

Start time: 1 p.m. ET 

Moderator: Dick Paul, National Advisory Council (NAC)


  • Joe Fox, FX Consulting, LLC (NAC)
  • Robert Heard, Cimarron Capital Partners (NAC)
  • Stephen Susalka, AUTM
  • Carroll Thomas, Charles in Charge, LLC (NAC)

In this session, panelists will discuss approaches for dramatically increasing outreach to startups and small businesses via university T2 directors, venture and angel investor communities, Manufacturing Extension Program centers and co-located conferences with Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II tech fairs. Collectively, these outreach targets constitute access to literally hundreds of startups, most of which are unaware of the FLC and federal labs’ T2 missions. This session will highlight a strategic opportunity for the FLC and will expose attendees to some of the Consortium’s most knowledgeable volunteers. 

Superior Ballroom C, Floor 5

Join this celebratory discussion with the Lab Director of the Year, Dr. Eric Moore, DEVCOM CBC, moderated by Dick Paul, NAC.

2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Superior Ballroom D, Floor 5

Start time: 3:45 p.m. ET 

Moderator: Karen Presley, National Security Agency


  • Ben Harvey, AI Squared
  • Jade Lockard

The National Security Agency (NSA) established a minority serving institution (MSI) working group CRADA, tailored to facilitate collaboration with MSIs on NSA mission problems and develop commercial solutions that can be leveraged by industry. Those in the working group can cross collaborate and jointly conduct research. NSA researchers worked with the MSIs and industry partners to jointly develop solutions related to the Internet of Things, national cyber-security posture and cyber analysis, and secure composition and system science. The first CRADA was executed in 2018, and since then seven more MSIs have joined. During this session, our panel will discuss the MSI working group framework as well as highlight teams' solutions. 

Superior Ballroom C, Floor 5

Start time: 3:45 p.m. ET 

Moderator: Whitney Hastings, National Cancer Institute and Lisa Marianni, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


  • Ben LaFrentz of USDA’s Agricultural Research Service
  • Aubrie O’Rourke of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
  • Martin Page of USACE ERDC
  • Jesse Smith of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Join us as we travel to Orbit City and “Meet the Jetsons.” This panel will spotlight some exciting federally developed technology transfer (T2) innovations for the next generation. Our FLC award winners will discussing different T2 efforts that helped turn futuristic, science innovations into commercialized products. Topic summaries include:

- Space crop production and plant health monitoring

- One fish, two fish, a healthier new fish

- Groundbreaking technology that converts harmful algal blooms into valuable resources

- Nuclear hub effort for a carbon-free energy future

Superior Ballroom A, Floor 5

Time: 5 - 5:30 p.m. Superior Ballroom A, Floor Five

Join this session if you are new to FLC National Meetings. We'll help you understand who we are and share some tips to help make this meeting more impactful for you. 



FLC's gala event celebrating the 2023 Award winners will take place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Superior Ballroom D, Floor 5. Tickets required.