2019 FLC National Meeting in Orlando Offers Collaborative Opportunities for Technology Transfer Professionals

RELEASED: 
January 10, 2019

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) will head to Orlando, Florida, for its 2019 national meeting. Hundreds of the nation's top technology transfer (T2) professionals will join together at the Hyatt Regency Orlando from April 23 – 25, 2019, to discover new ways for achieving commercialization success.

Hailed as one of the most anticipated events in the T2 community, the FLC national meeting offers three days of T2 training, best practice strategizing sessions, expert public- and private-sector speakers, and networking opportunities designed to appeal to a diverse audience of technology and business professionals.

Orlando provides an ideal location for meeting attendees to connect with potential collaborative partners—The growing city is home to a wide range of industries and educational institutions, as well as several defense and aerospace firms.

“As the FLC’s biggest event of the year, the national meeting is the perfect setting for technology transfer professionals and innovators from federal agencies, laboratories, and private businesses to expand their knowledge of T2 policy and best practices,” stated FLC Chair John Dement. “The primary goal of the FLC is to promote, educate, and facilitate labs and industry about the T2 process. This year’s meeting promises numerous opportunities for attendees to engage with like-minded professionals and take advantage of the FLC’s valuable tools and resources available to accelerate innovations into the marketplace.”

The meeting kicks off with a full day of training at which attendees can strengthen their T2 skills while earning valuable continuing education credits (CEUs). Training course topics include: T2 for Beginners, Intellectual Property (IP) for T2 Professionals, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), and Licensing and Negotiation workshops. Additional training course selections will cover Technology Valuation & IP Portfolio Management and an American Management (AMA) course titled “Developing Your Staff Through Teaching.”

FLC Chair John Dement will deliver opening remarks on the second day, followed by what promises to be lively interactive sessions featuring important T2 topics such as the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Return on Investment (ROI) Initiative, which aims to modernize the federal government’s T2 system in support of the Lab-to-Market Cross-Agency Priority (CAP) Goal of the President’s Management Agenda. Other notable session topics will highlight successful collaborative case studies and how to work with a federal laboratory, which will feature NASA Kennedy Space Center, a local federal laboratory that has seen great innovation success.

Day two will also shine a spotlight on some of this year’s most talented T2 professionals and their business partners at an annual awards reception and dinner honoring the 2019 FLC award winners.

To round out the meeting on April 25, attendees will have the opportunity to share their feedback on FLC tools and resources during a Town Hall meeting, as well as participate in FLC committee and regional meetings where they can help shape the beneficial T2 resources and events the FLC provides members.

For a detailed agenda, attendee justification forms, and to register, visit meeting.federallabs.org.

About the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)

Organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986, the FLC is a nationwide network of approximately 300 federal laboratories, centers, parent departments, and agencies that establishes strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace. To accomplish its mission of assisting the movement of innovative federal research and development into the U.S. economy, the FLC provides various resources from training to regional and national meetings so its members can obtain the resources they need to achieve successful technology transfer. To learn more about the FLC and its mission, visit http://www.federallabs.org.