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Federal Laboratories Eager To Connect With Businesses At 2016 FLC National Meeting In Chicago

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(Washington, D.C.) – The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is gearing up to host its 2016 national meeting in Chicago, Ill., from April 26 – 28 at the legendary Drake Hotel. As one of the most anticipated events of the year for the technology transfer (T2) community, the FLC national meeting provides a welcome place for boosting lab-to-market strategies and improving public- and private-sector connections.

As the meeting moves from last year’s “Mile High City” of Denver to “The Windy City” of Chicago, the FLC is preparing to draw around 500 people to its premier annual event. T2 professionals, laboratory and agency representatives, scientists, engineers, patent attorneys, and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to network with colleagues and form potential partnerships with industry.

“The FLC national meeting is our primary annual event to fulfill our mission to support technology transfer from federal laboratories,” stated FLC Chair Paul Zielinski. “This event provides vital training opportunities, updates on practices across federal agencies and laboratories, an opportunity to discuss policy issues with peers, and a way to improve how we deliver on our collective mission to support advancements in innovation.”

Centered on the theme of “From Discovery to Commercialization,” this year’s meeting focuses on federal agencies and laboratories’ continued drive to move technologies out of the lab and into the marketplace. The three-day meeting agenda includes key professional development training and several panel sessions featuring expert T2 speakers on topics ranging from developing an effective communications strategy to the economic impact of technology transfer.

Kicking off the meeting with a keynote address is George Duchak, Director of the Information Directorate at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, N.Y. Duchak has a wealth of knowledge and experience leading and managing the federal research and development of game-changing Air Force information technologies and cyber operations that other lab professionals will benefit from hearing.

Another highlight on the agenda is the FLC’s awards ceremony and reception on April 27 to honor the outstanding T2 achievements of this year’s winners.

The meeting rounds out on April 28 with Industry Day, a favorite event of attendees. Open for entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to attend, Industry Day features a Chicago-area small- and medium-sized business tech needs panel, a pitch session where labs can pitch their technology ideas to investors, and many other beneficial business development sessions. A major highlight of the day will be a keynote address from strategy, technology and operations advisor, Tim Ferrarell. As a long-time senior leader for Fortune 500 industrial supply company W.W. Grainger, Inc., Ferrarell offers years of innovative information technology experience and insights on product management, business planning, and technology marketing strategy.

For a detailed agenda, additional information, and to register for the 2016 FLC national meeting, 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 www.federallabs.org.

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