News & Events

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 Entrepreneurs Bootcamp and the Innovation Competition.


GW TCO hosts webinar event on investor communication

Zoom webinar, December 16, 2020 from 2:00-3:00 ET

Join Brian Coblitz, Senior Licensing Manager from the GW Technology Communications Office, to learn about communication strategies for effective investor relationships during a free live webinar with Q&A. "Pitch Perfect: The Art and Science of Communicating with Investors Before AND After Funding", takes place on Wednesday, December 16th, at 2pm Eastern Time. Brian will be joining moderators from the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, and knowledgeable panelists in the fields of leadership speaking, law, and venture capital. Secure your spot now by registering on Eventbrite.


GW Inventor Portal now accepting invention disclosures online

August 4, 2020

In an effort to increase convenience and transparency for GW inventors, today GW TCO launched the GW Inventor Portal. Inventors and creators and their administrative assistants may fill out, save, and submit their technology disclosure forms online on the GW Inventor Portal. Once TCO review confirms the form is complete and it is accepted, then the inventors may sign the form digitally inside the GW Inventor Portal system. This system will also increase the accuracy and efficiency of data entry into our intellectual property management database, which connects directly to the GW Inventor Portal. Furthermore, GW inventors will be able to continuously monitor the status of patents and agreements associated with disclosures that have been submitted online.

GW Faculty, Staff, and Students with a GW NetID may access the GW Inventor Portal through GW's Single Sign-On (SSO) system. Your first time entering the portal, after GW SSO clearance, you will create an account by entering your email address. For those that already have a GW invention on file, account setup will be most efficient if you enter your address, not and not Then check your contact info, update as needed, scroll down, and press "Create an Account".

GW NetID-holder entrance to GW Inventor Portal

Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) may contact Brian Coblitz ([email protected], 202-994-4345) to get set up to access the GW Inventor Portal via a separate affiliate website.

TCO would like to thank those inventors that contributed their time to beta-testing to help make this launch successful. We are excited to continue to improve our services and work together to create societal impact through commercialization.

Please reach out by email ([email protected]) or phone (202-994-1917) if you have any questions about using the GW Inventor Portal. As a backup option, the old Microsoft Word form is still available from our website.


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. Weglick and Iu Tong Mak are 2019 Innovation Competition Winners for their poster:

Aprepitant prevents Cutaneous Inflammation and Cardiac Dysfunction due to Erlotinib.

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. 


AUTM IP Portfolio Management Course
November 3, 2017

GW’s TCO, Senior Licensing Associate, Dr. Brian Coblitz presented on the panel "Managing an IP Portfolio" at the AUTM IP Portfolio Management Course.The AUTM Intellectual Property Portfolio Management Course is designed for those who manage a global intellectual property portfolio of pending patent applications, issued patents as well as other types of intellectual property.

Participants learned various “tricks of the trade” in an informal, collegial setting with the panel of experts. Some of the tips and tools shared included:  tracking IP deadlines; keeping forward momentum during prosecution; reviewing and approving legal expenses  (including EEI/LEDES); cost management; using patent annuity services; navigating and searching Public PAIR and other PTO websites; tracking metrics; and more.

Technology Transfer Workshops, Yerevan, Armenia
July 26-28, 2017
The U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP) and the U.S. Embassy of Armenia sponsored multi-day workshops at the American University of Armenia on different topics related to technology commercialization. Managing Director, Steve Kubisen, presented and led discussions on abstract preparation and marketing strategies.

Panelists presenting at Technology Transfer Workshop in Armenia


University Startups Conference and Demo Day
April 18, 2017
Managing Director, Steve Kubisen, joined the  National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) for their University Startups Conference and Demo Day. The event provides a venue to form and maintain robust transaction networks with the aim to align university IP and startups with investor and corporate needs. Steve presented as part of a panel on University Angel Groups.
TCO Innovation Competition
April 12, 2017
Inventors pitched their technologies to judges made up of investors and entrepreneurs to win $30,000 in prizes. The prize money will help further de-risk the technologies to make them more ready for licensing. The event attracted many attendees that are potential future licensees or grantors. $10,000 prizes went to a drug screening platform and a way to make graphene from biomass. Read more about all the winners in the previous winners section of our TCO Innovation Competition page.
Building a Startup Nation: Startup Success at George Washington University
April 6, 2017
Managing Director, Steve Kubisen, joined the  National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) this past week on the webinar series "Building a Startup Nation". This web series helped others better understand the connections between universities, startups, students and congress.  The discussion focused around stories and ideas around the GW’s start up initiatives!
2017 Technology Commercialization Symposium and Workshop, Panama City, Panama
Feb. 22-24, 2017
Former GW TCO intern, Dr. Catherina Caballero-George, hosted a three day technology commercialization workshop in Panama on behalf of the Instituto de Investigaciones Científicas y Servicios de Alta Tecnología  (INDICASAT-AIP) to train Panamanian researchers and government officials on bringing new innovations to the marketplace.  Four speakers, including TCO Managing Director, Steve Kubisen, presented on various topics related to technology commercialization. 



Featured Events

Suresh Subramaniam presenting his poster during the 2015 Innovation Competition

TCO Innovation Competition

The Annual Innovation Competition, held in Spring 2019, 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