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Commercial Products from Oceanographic Research: A Role for Cape Cod Entrepreneurs?

April 1, 2016 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am

Rescheduled from Feb 5

Bringing ocean technologies from the lab to the marketplace will be the subject of the Cape Cod Technology Council’s First Friday breakfast on April 1, 2016 at the Hyannis Golf Club on Route 132 Exit 6 South off the Mid-Cape Highway Route 6. The breakfast will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. and is open to the public.

David Knaack, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution’s (WHOI) Director for Technology Transfer, will discuss the institution’s commercial success stories, how WHOI is re-making its tech transfer work to be a part of the local economic engine, and review WHOI’s current top technologies and startups.

Dr. Knaack joined WHOI in 2013 in his new role with responsibilities for commercializing new technologies arising from WHOI’s relationship with the sea. In addition to marketing and licensing of new technologies, his role includes new technology identification, intellectual property development, and the facilitation of applied research for product advancement.

He spent 24 years in the Medical Device/Biotech industry where he held leadership positions of increasing responsibilities in Product Development and Research, most recently as Vice President of Product Development & Manufacturing at ORTHOCON/ABYRX, Inc. His areas of technical expertise include: implantable medical devices, biomaterials and composites, biologically active molecules, polymer-tissue composites, and cell line development. He has expertise in a number of therapeutic areas including Diabetes, neurodegeneration, orthopedics, analgesia and hemostasis.

He has published in the fields of bio-composites and bio-materials as well as in tissue engineering and cell and molecular biology. Dr. Knaack is a registered patent agent, the prosecuting agent of record on two issued US patents and a named inventor on fifteen others. He holds a BS in Chemistry from St. Lawrence University and a Ph.D. in Neurochemistry from Cornell University. He completed post-doctoral work in Molecular Biology at Harvard Medical School as a Howard Hughes Fellow.

The CCTC event includes networking and a hot breakfast followed by the presentation and questions and answers. The charge for CCTC members is $15, while there is a $20 charge for non-members. To sign up or to obtain more information on CCTC visit the organization’s website at capecodtechcouncil.org.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the event.


April 1, 2016
7:30 am - 9:30 am
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Hyannis Golf Course
1840 Iyannough Rd
Hyannis, MA 02601 United States
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