News & Events

Stay up to date with various 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.

2017 Activities

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. 


2016 Activities

Global 1000 Congressional Briefing, Washington, DC
Oct 25, 2016
Managing Director Steve Kubisen, participated in a panel discussion for Senate staffers with panelists from various universities and research institutions. The panel discussed different models for technology commercialization.

NCET2 2016 University Startups Demo Day, Washington, DC
Sept 20, 2016

Nanochon, LLC,  a GW startup,  was ranked by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2) among the “Best University Startups of 2016” and selected to present to local congressman for NCET2’s inaugural University Startups Demo Day.

The event is designed to raise awareness in Congress of the pivotal role that universities play in the formation of high potential startups, the creation of high value jobs across the country, and overall national competitiveness.


National Academy of Inventors 2016 Annual Conference, Washington, DC
Apr 5-7, 2016
GW TCO hosted a networking luncheon and lab tours in the Science and Engineering Hall for the National Academy of Inventor’s (NAI) 2016 Annual Conference. NAI recognizes and encourages inventors with patents issued by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office. Each year NAI inducts outstanding inventors with issued patents as NAI Fellows at its annual conference. Steve Kubisen, GW TCO Managing Director, was inducted as a Fellow at the 2016 conference. 

2015 Activities

GW to Host National Capital Area Chapter of SoPE Event
Sept 30, 2015

The TCO and the School of Medicine and Health Sciences will host the National Capital Area Chapter of the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs' (SoPE). Medical technology companies are faced with increased challenges in determining precisely how new technologies fit into today's coding, coverage and payment environment.

The panel provides perspectives from reimbursement consultants with decades of experience helping clients develop and implement strategies to address barriers to reimbursement. Additionally, the panel will include insights from start-up digital health, medical devices and established biotech company perspective. Register for the event

Global 1000, Washington D.C.
March 10-13, 2015

Managing Director Steve Kubisen, was a panelist on Angel Panel, highlighting new models in delivering innovation to corporations.

2015 Wharton Innovation Summit, Washington, D.C.
March 28-29, 2015

Managing Director Steve Kubisen, participated in a panel describing the new Foggy Bottom Accelerator, which will convene government, academic, and industry experts for improved solutions for federal healthcare IT.

Drs. Chawla, Miller and Kubisen of GW participated in a panel discussing new models for BioPharma commercialization from universities.

Licensing Executive Society Spring Meeting, La Jolla, CA
May 12-14, 2015

Managing Director Steve Kubisen, participated in a panel describing new roles for technology transfer offices in commercialization success in advanced science and technology.

TechConnect Innovation Conference, Washington, D.C.
June 15-17, 2015

TCO Managing Director Steve Kubisen chaired a panel of industry and university experts sharing new medical device commecializations.

Featured Events

Suresh Subramaniam presenting his poster during the 2015 Innovation Competition

TCO Innovation Competition

The next annual Innovation Competition, to be held in Spring 2019, will showcase promising and impactful GW research with commercial potential.

GW Entrepreneur Bootcamp 2015

WSGR Entrepreneur Bootcamp

In partnership with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR), the Technology Commercialization Office (TCO) hosted the Entrepreneur Bootcamp on March 19, 2018.

Keynote Speaker,Charles Andres from WSGR at GW TCO Inaugural Startup Showcase.

Startup Showcase