Events & Funding

Stay up to date with events, conferences and meetings that The George Washington University (GW) Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) team participates in.

These platforms enable the TCO to foster relationships with potential industry partners ranging from individual entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 corporations.

Additionally, TCO hosts successful events such as the Innovation Competition and Startup Showcase.

TCO provides two types of internal research awards to advance GW innovations. The Technology Maturation Awards for unlicensed technologies and the SBIR Matching Fund for licensed technologies.


Below are some past events and recordings.

December 9, 2021 webinar

Navigating Technology Transfer for Research Institutions

Learn how to partner with research institutions like universities and federal research labs, which are gold mines of key opinion leaders and innovative technologies that can be mined by entrepreneurs. Technology transfer professionals build partnerships with entrepreneurs to bring technologies to market, and can help companies find expert advisors, service providers, and funding. This webinar offers a panel discussion and Q&A, and was done in collaboration with the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs.
View the recording 


TEDCO, the Maryland Technology Development Corporation, has selected Opal HTM to receive a $25,000 investment through its Rural Business Innovation Initiative.

November 17, 2021

Connor Roberts, a former student of GW’s Department of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering (EMSE), is the founder and CEO of Opal HTM. GW Associate Professor Ekundayo Shittu (EMSE) and Mr. Roberts hold a patent for a tracking and reporting system that monitors medical device usage and location within a healthcare facility. The purpose of the system is to improve biomedical asset management, solve maintenance and supply issues, and reduce maintenance costs. TEDCO recently highlighted the company and interviewed Mr. Roberts about the technology.

Read the press release 

Watch the interview  


October 28, 2021 webinar

New Strategies in IP Portfolio Management: The Do's, The Don'ts, and the Gambles

This webinar, produced in collaboration with the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE), focuses on intellectual property management for medical startup companies. Intellectual property is of critical importance to commercializing your product and to growing your company. Through a panel discussion and Q&A with seasoned experts, you'll learn how to manage your intellectual property to attract the best investors and industry partners.
View the recording

July 21, 2021 webinar

The Artificial Intelligence Juggernaut in Healthcare and Life Sciences

This webinar, produced in collaboration with SoPE, examines case studies from personal experience in the health tech startup space and presents a framework for successful health tech/AI ventures. Learn from a panel with expertise in law, engineering and venture capital.
View the recording 

March 24, 2021 webinar

Pitch Perfect II: In Action - Communicating with Investors

Watch prepared pitches given to a real panel of venture capital and angel investors. Each startup presented a 10-minute pitch followed by a 5-minute Q&A to a panel of investors. This webinar was produced in collaboration with SoPE and is a follow-up to Pitch Perfect.

These startups pitched their innovations:

Rosy empowers the 43% of women who have sexual concerns with evidence-based solutions for their sexual health.

Nanochon is developing a 3D printed soft implant for repairing cartilage damage in the knee, which will be faster, longer lasting and less expensive than current treatment options.

MIST has developed a HIPAA-compliant, machine-learning based platform to help physicians rapidly and accurately detect scoliosis in the 600,000 children at risk of progression each year.

ImmunoBlue engineers novel nanoimmunotherapies by combining the principles of nanotechnology and immunotherapy to treat several types of cancer.

View the recording 



December 16, 2020 webinar

Pitch Perfect: The Art and Science of Communication with Investors
Communicating with investors before and after funding is both an art and science. Learn about communication strategies for effective investor relationships during this informative webinar with Q&A. The webinar is produced in collaboration with the Society for Physician Entrepreneurs (SoPE) and gives insights from knowledgeable panelists in the fields of leadership speaking, law, and venture capital.
View the recording 



DC Startup Showcase

September 29, 2020

The GW Technology Commercialization Office hosted the DC Startup Showcase virtually in 2020. The event focused on innovative healthcare technologies and was a collaboration between George Washington University and Georgetown University. It offered innovators a platform to present their technologies and get insight from panelists with expertise in patent law, venture capital, and product development. Six companies presented their technologies: Trocar Pharma, Diviner Therapeutics, Cancer Advances, LuxMed Systems, Advaite, and Nanochon. The event was made possible with contributions from sponsors Blank Rome and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

View the recording



COVID-19 Technology Maturation Award - Winners

July 20, 2020

Professor Zaghloul of the School of Engineering & Applied Sciences and Professor Jordan of the Milken Institute School of Public Health will be developing a novel, rapid and inexpensive COVID-19 diagnosis method and device allowing for the early detection of infected individuals. The device will detect the presence of COVID-19 viruses in tested individuals via a novel biosensing technology invented in the laboratory of Professor Zaghloul in collaboration with the Biomolecular Measurement Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology. The low-cost device will enable the rapid and efficient screening of a large number of individuals in both hospital and home settings. This new method has the potential to significantly reduce the spread of COVID-19 by allowing the early detection of infected individuals, thereby allowing infected individuals to self-isolate. Once developed for COVID-19 this device and method may be modified and customized to detect other future viruses.

The GW Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) sponsored the COVID-19 Technology Maturization Award to accelerate development of COVID-19 technologies and increase their likelihood of getting licensed. GW TCO works with industry partners to license and commercialize technology solutions to improve and save lives. TCO seeks to impact society by bringing new COVID-19 treatments, diagnostics, or devices to the market.



Winners of 2019 TCO Innovation Competition enter into agreement with Hoth Therapeutics, Inc.

June 28, 2019

Dr. Weglicki and Iu Tong Mak were the Second Place Life Science Winners at the 2019 TCO Innovation Competition for their poster: Aprepitant prevents Cutaneous Inflammation and Cardiac Dysfunction due to Erlotinib. Hoth Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company focused on therapeutics for patients with dermatological and chronic wound disorders, entered into a sponsored research agreement (hyperlink SRA to press release) with GW to explore the potential of Aprepitant for topical or systemic therapy.

5 people - one holding award certificate another holding a bottle of champaigne

Brian Coblitz, Ph.D. of GW TCO (far left) celebrates with Dr. Weglicki (2nd from left) and Iu Tong Mak (second from right).


TCO Innovation Competition

April 16, 2019

The Technology Commercialization Office showcased promising and impactful GW research with commercial value.

GW researchers, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists shared ideas about bringing research to market at the TCO Innovation Competition. This biannual event provides an opportunity to present technologies to investors and industry professionals, as well as highlight those innovations available for licensing. Inventors from the life science and physical science arenas were invited to compete and pitch their technologies for a chance to win $30,000 in prizes for the development of a prototype or proof-of-concept.




Featured Events

Suresh Subramaniam presenting his poster during the 2015 Innovation Competition

TCO Innovation Competition

The Annual Innovation Competition, held in Spring, showcased promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential.

photos of: man in lab, and man in classroom w text: DC Startup Showcase @ GW

Startup Showcase

September 29, 2020 Virtual DC Startup Showcase

Technology Maturation Awards

The Technology Maturation Award (TMA) offers the opportunity to increase the marketability of technologies already marketed by the George W