The Venture Forum celebrates its 25th Anniversary and kicks off its 2015 program season with the first in a series on Emerging Technologies.
5:30-6 pm: Pre-program Networking6-8 pm: Speaking Program8-8:15 pm: Networking Break 8:15-8:45 pm: Q&A Panel8:45-9 pm: Post-Program Networking
Novel Applications in Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing:
Ben Arnold,Territory Manager, Stratasys Limited
Ben has over 25 years of experience with Technology Based Capital Equipment for industrial applications. Products have included industrial controls, Biotech Processing Equipment, Microelectronics and others. Ben joined the 3D Printing industry way back in 2006 with OBJET GEOMETRIES which merged with Stratasys in 2013. He now has nearly a decade of experience in the exciting Additive Manufacturing Industry. Ben has managed the company’s sales efforts in the Northeast from a one man show to a group of 6 dealers and over 30 salespeople. This team has helped hundreds of companies implement solutions for both prototyping and production applications and challenges. Ben has a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a graduate of Northeastern University’s High Technology MBA program.
Inventors’ Spotlight:Demetri Maxim, Biotechnology Inventor, Scientist, High School Student
Demetri is a passionate young innovator and is the Founder and CEO of Nephrogen Inc. whose focus is to develop novel therapeutics for patients suffering from kidney disease.
Despite the fact that he is only 17 years old, Demetri has already invented several biomedical technologies and is currently focused on bringing these technologies to market.
When he was 15, he invented a simple, rapid, patent-pending device to detect a wide variety of different diseases including ovarian cancer, and then the following year he invented a new method to grow human kidney tissue from skin cells as a new potential treatment for kidney failure.
He is currently working on a genetic therapy for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) to cure the disease in its early stages and eliminate the need for treatment altogether. He received the top prize at the Maine State Science Fair in 2014 and 2015 for his work and also won first place at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), the world's largest pre-college science competition this past May. He has also presented his work at several scientific conferences including the American Society of Nephrology's Kidney Week and is currently working to publish his work in a scientific journal.
Isaac Maze-Rothstein, Program Fellow, Greentown Labs
Isaac is passionate about connecting entrepreneurs to local manufacturers and other strategic partners. Prior to joining Greentown Labs, he worked on environmental and political campaigns across the country. He is an alumnus of Williams College with a major in Political Science and a concentration in Environmental Studies.
Greentown Labs launched a partnership with the Massachusetts Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MassMEP) called the Greentown Manufacturing Initiative, thanks to a grant from MassDevelopment in the Fall, 2014. In the Manufacturing Initiative we believe that if you have a great idea in Massachusetts, you should be able to make it in Massachusetts.
The Initiative’s objective it to provide education, mentorship, and match-making for start-ups and local manufacturers. In less than a year, the Initiative has provided assistance to 24 startups, including companies from Bolt, MassChallenge, Cambridge Innovation Center and the Chestnut Innovation Center, and led directly to 4 signed contracts between local manufacturers and Boston startups. Learn more about us here
Daniel Oliver, Cofounder, Business Lead: Voxel8
Daniel Oliver is a Cofounder and the Business Lead for Voxel8. Dan is a former systems engineer with Honeywell Aerospace and founder of Intelligent Mobility International, a social enterprise he established to provide long lasting, low cost wheelchairs throughout the world. After earning his MBA from Harvard Business School, Dan was selected as a Blavatnik Fellow, where he spent a year commercializing science from the Lewis Lab. Dan received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from California Institute of Technology.
Voxel8 is disrupting the design and manufacturing of electronic devices with 3D printing platforms that enables users to move beyond the prototype printing phase. By utilizing multi-material printing of breakthrough functional materials, Voxel8 is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with 3D printing. Starting with the Voxel8 Developer's Kit engineers will be able to create electronics of arbitrary geometries at the touch of a button.
Nicholas Bold, Founder, Director, Technocopia; Worker-owner, Neuron Robotics Cooperative
Nicholas is a Worcester State University alumnus, specializing in non-profit management. He is the Founder & Director of Technocopia, Worcester's local makerspace, and Worker-owner of Neuron Robotics Cooperative.
Technocopia is Worcester's Makerspace specializing in technology and entrepreneurship. The abundance of resources in makerspaces provide a nourishing environment for innovation to happen. However, innovation is an unintuitive phenomenon resulting from the inclusion of new ideas from unrelated fields of thought. At Technocopia, collaborative community entrepreneurship is our central focus. Emphasizing that makers, first, need to make a living, we have created a culture of entrepreneurship that encourages the creation of new ventures. Working together our membership have created a cooperative environment that provides a sustainable competitive advantage. This advantage has been used by several of our in-house entrepreneurs to create successful business models.
Hanlin Hong, Inventor, Founder, Tech-No-Logic Corp., Founding Member, Technocopia:
Hanlin Hong is a WPI alumnus who majored Robotics Engineering. Hanlin came to the US, MA, and WPI to realize his childhood dream to become a robot inventor. Hanlin is now the founder of Tech-No-Logic Corporation, which is a robot company that innovates SmartWok, a smart robotic cookware. His goal is to innovate to create the best robots for ordinary people and families. Technocopia offered Hanlin the best place to start his business after graduation.
Joe Bush, Scientist, Inventor, Entrepreneur, Executive Director, Institute for Energy and Sustainability:
Dr. Joseph Bush is passionate about leveraging technology to improve our standard of living, while bringing our ecological impact in line with regional and global carrying capacities. A Massachusetts native, Dr. Bush holds a B.S. from WPI and a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Brown University. At the same time, Dr. Bush served as a technology consultant for the Brown Technology Transfer Office.
Most recently, Dr. Bush served as the Associate Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) at the Bronx Community College of CUNY. There, Dr. Bush developed curricula around energy infrastructure, sustainability science and life cycle assessment, while raising money for and coordinating an IREC accredited solar energy workforce training program. His endeavors at the CSE also included mentoring student research projects–modeling building efficiency and developing and deploying remote sensing of urban microclimates. During this time he also served as the Entrepreneurial Lead for an NSF I-Corps team, which has subsequently built the company, Illium Technologies, for the commercialization of lignin based ionic liquids. Joe is eager to help fellow entrepreneurs as well as established businesses grow the regional green economy.
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