Science Breakfast - November 2012 - Mojdeh Bahar, Chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)

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Mojdeh Bahar, Chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), Gary Jones, Washington, DC Representative for the FLC, and Fred Snyder, Coordinator of the FLC-NE Region STEM initiative, will give a presentation to the Science Diplomats Club about FLC activities and International cooperation initiatives November 27, 2012 at the embassy of France in Washington, DC.

Presentation of the speakers:

Mojdeh Bahar - Chief of the Cancer Branch at the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT) at the National Institutes of Health - Chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)

Mojdeh Bahar is Chief of the Cancer Branch at the Office of Technology Transfer (OTT), National Institutes of Health (NIH), where she leads a team responsible for patenting and licensing NIH and FDA inventions in the areas of cancer, gene therapy, and biological response modifiers. She joined the TTO in January 2004; prior to then, she served as an Examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Ms. Bahar is currently the Chair of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). She has spoken to many groups about technology transfer and built alliances with other organizations to advance federal technology transfer. She created and moderated a webinar series entitled "Demystifying Working With Federal Labs," which led to the development of a training course for the transition of Washington-area scientists into the business world, and serves an annual employment-oriented conference for post-docs in the Washington, D.C. area.

Ms. Bahar has spoken nationally and internationally on a wide spectrum of topics ranging from restriction practice, double patenting, and claim drafting to technology transfer and commercialization, business development, and licensing. She is the recipient of an NIH Director’s Award, Mentorship Award, three Merit Awards, NCI Federal Technology Transfer Awards, an FLC S.T.E.M Award, two Awards for Excellence in Technology Transfer, a State and Local Economic Development Award, and an FAES NIH Team Teaching Award.

She is a patent attorney registered to practice before the USPTO, the State of Maryland, the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and the United States Court of Appeals for Federal Circuit. She is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP). Ms. Bahar graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law, where she was co-founder and editor of Margins: Maryland’s Law Journal on Race, Religion, Gender, and Class. She completed the Health Law Program, was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honors Fraternity, and the recipient of the William P. Cunningham Award for exceptional achievement and service. She received an M.A. from New York University and a B.S. with Honors in Chemistry and French from Dickinson College.

Gary Jones - Washington, DC Representative for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)

Gary Jones is the Washington DC Representative for the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC), a position he has held since 2005. As the DC Representative, Mr. Jones is responsible for providing FLC coordination in the DC area with Federal Agencies and their laboratories, Congressional staff, and trade, professional and other organizations. He brings over twenty-three years of professional experience to his current position, including seven years in academia and over sixteen years in industry and government. Most recently, Mr. Jones was on the faculty of American University’s Washington Semester Program, where he served as an Academic Director for International Business & Trade. He has also lectured on global R&D management in the George Washington University graduate business program, and served as an adjunct faculty member at University of Maryland University College, Graduate School of Management & Technology. Prior to his academic experience, Mr. Jones’ career included work as an exploration geophysicist in the energy industry, a policy analyst supporting the U.S. Department of Energy, and a researcher with the Virginia Department of Economic Development. He holds an M.B.A from University of Richmond, a B.S. in Geophysics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and has studied technology management and international business at the post-graduate level.

Fred Snyder – University Relations Program Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) - Coordinator of the FLC-NE Region STEM initiative

Fred W. Snyder holds a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Massachusetts. He is currently the University Relations Program Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), where he creates partnerships with both academia and industry. In 1991 he joined the FAA Aviation Security Division to create solutions for detecting trace amounts of explosives. In 1996 he joined the Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA), where he helped to create the first research grants program in the FAA. Prior to joining the FAA, he was employed by ITT Corporation and Philips Electronics Laboratories, both as a scientist and later in coordinating, developing, and transferring technology worldwide within the two multinational companies. He is interested in enhancing innovation via technology transfer through the "Innovation Triangle" of government, industry and academia, as well as understanding the innovation and commercialization processes of other successful innovative countries. He is presently the coordinator of the FLC-NE Region STEM initiative.

Presentation of the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC)

The Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC) is the nationwide network of federal laboratories that provides the forum to develop strategies and opportunities for linking laboratory mission technologies and expertise with the marketplace.

The FLC was organized in 1974 and formally chartered by the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 to promote and strengthen technology transfer nationwide. Today, approximately 300 federal laboratories and centers and their parent departments and agencies are FLC members.

The Consortium creates an environment that adds value to and supports the technology transfer efforts of its members and potential partners. The FLC develops and tests transfer methods, addresses barriers to the process, provides training, highlights grass-roots transfer efforts, and emphasizes national initiatives where technology transfer has a role. For the public and private sectors, the FLC brings laboratories together with potential users of government-developed technologies. This is in part accomplished by the FLC’s Technology Locator network and regional and national meetings.

In consonance with the Federal Technology Transfer Act of 1986 and related federal policy, the mission of the FLC is to promote and facilitate the rapid movement of federal laboratory research results and technologies into the mainstream of the U.S. economy.
The FLC’s approach is to use a coordinated program that meets the technology transfer support needs of member laboratories, agencies, and their potential partners in the transfer process.

More information about the FLC: http://www.federallabs.org/home/about/

[Update Dec 1, 2012]

Additional resources:

- Gary Jones’s presentation of the FLC: http://www.france-science.org/IMG/pdf/jones_flc_dc_office_-_science_diplomatic_club_nov_2012.pdf
- The FLC Technology Locator Flyer in pdf format (FLC Technology Locator (http://www.federallabs.org/locator/) helps match user technical requests for expertise and facilities with appropriate federal laboratory capabilities.): http://www.federallabs.org/pdf/Locator-flyer.pdf
- The FLC Fiscal Year 2010 summary report : http://www.nist.gov/tpo/publications/upload/Fed-Lab-TT_FINAL.pdf
- The FLC annual report for 2010 : http://www.federallabs.org/pdf/2010_Annual-Report.pdf
- The FLC Mid-Atlantic Region brochure : http://www.france-science.org/IMG/pdf/flc_mid-atlantic_region.pdf
- Tech for Today (2012) - just some nice examples of tech transfer, http://www.federallabs.org/store/tech-for-today-2012/;
- Awards Booklet (2012) - some more nice examples of tech transfer that won the FLC Excellence in Tech Transfer awards in 2012, http://www.federallabs.org/store/awards-2012/;
- State and Local Government Booklet (2012) – some more examples of how Federal labs support state and local governments via tech transfer, http://www.federallabs.org/store/sandlg-2011/

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