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iBridgeSM Network Forms Strategic Advisory Board

University, Industry and Non-profit Leaders Unite to Drive Innovation, Provide Insights and Strategic Direction


KANSAS CITY, Mo., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/—The iBridgeSM Network, a program of the not-for-profit Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., announced today the formation of its Strategic Advisory Board comprised of university professionals, industry experts and entrepreneurs. These successful, veteran board members bring decades of combined technology, management and innovation expertise and experience to iBridge Network. The advisory board has been formed to proactively establish a long-term strategic vision for the Network by drawing upon individuals with proven success in their careers and in synergistic industries.

The not-for-profit iBridge Network aggregates research materials, technologies, and discoveries in an online, easy-to-search forum—the iBridge Web Site (www.iBridgeNetwork.org). It provides researchers and others with access to university-developed innovations that will lead to further advances and next-generation products.

"We're very excited to tap this diverse group of experts for best practices and latest insights into R&D and the university system nationwide," said Laura Paglione, Director of iBridge Network. "We've brought together this collection of recognized leaders in order to help guide us as we continue to bring researchers together and provide an outlet of choice to move innovations from ideas to the marketplace. The formation of our strategic advisory board demonstrates our commitment to furthering innovation and underscores the strength of our not-for-profit offering."

The Strategic Advisory Board consists of:

  • Erik Antonsson, Ph. D.- Director of Research, Northrop Grumman Space
  • Patricia Anderson Cotton- Director, Business Development and IP Management, University of California
  • Bo Fishback- Vice President of Entrepreneurship, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Tim Honaker- Chief Operating Officer, University of Chicago
  • Wayne Johnson- Former Vice President, Hewlett-Packard Company
  • Gerald E. Lepone, Ph.D.- Manager, Collaborative Research & Licensing, DuPont Crop Protection Research & Development
  • Steve ONeil- Special Projects & Outreach Services, University of Arizona
  • Joe Smith- Vice President, Emerging Technologies, Johnson & Johnson
  • John Wilbanks- Executive Director, Science Commons

With 64 universities supplying more than 4,500 innovations on the iBridge Network Web site, it is fast becoming the free destination of choice for researchers and technology transfer officers to post research from their universities, as well as the proven innovation resource to discover leading edge research occurring at other institutions. The Web site is designed to encourage more open and efficient access to research and turn university research from early stage ideas to licensable technologies. The flexible nature of the site allows universities and other non-profit organizations to adapt it to best complement their existing processes for collaboration and technology transfer.

"The iBridge Network provides the perfect not-for-profit environment for innovations to become actualized in the marketplace," said Eric Antonsson, iBridge SAB member. "We are pleased to lend our collective experience to help guide the organization in its efforts to bring together universities, non-profits and those looking for cutting-edge research and ideas."

Universities and other non-profits may use the iBridge Web site to distribute and license a variety of items, including software, research tools, databases, teaching materials, surveys, reference materials and patent-protected technologies. Postings may include a variety of research materials and descriptions of ongoing research activities.

About the iBridgeSM Network
The iBridgeSM Network is a program of the Kauffman Innovation Network, Inc., an initiative of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation of Kansas City. To learn more, visit www.iBridgeNetwork.org, e-mail us at info@iBridgeNetwork.org, or call 800-573-5136.

More information about the Kauffman Foundation is available at www.kauffman.org.

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