The Kroc Center will be hosting GRU’s second annual Innovation Summit on Tuesday, October 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The following information comes from the Office of Innovation and Commercialization via GRU’s Media Relations.
CEOs of leading high-tech companies to headline GRU Innovation Summit
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Two innovators who lead top high-tech companies will headline Georgia Regents University’s second annual Innovation Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St.
Dr. Dirk Brown, founder of Pandoodle, a digital technology company, is the summit’s keynote speaker. His presentation, The Pandoodle Story, will begin at 10:30 a.m.; and Dr. Mimi Healy, CEO of LaserGen, a biotechnology company focused on commercializing new technologies for DNA sequencing, will speak about Serial Entrepreneurship – Scraped Knuckles and Bruises…and Fun, during lunch at 12:15 p.m.
A seasoned executive with a strong track record of developing, marketing, and licensing disruptive, proprietary technologies, Brown founded Pandoodle Corporation in 2008, and it has grown to include offices in California, New York, and South Carolina. The company focuses on native advertising, an online advertising method that allows the advertiser to get attention by adapting to the user’s experience, with the overall intent of making paid advertisements feel less intrusive and increasing the likelihood someone will click on it.
Brown also serves as the Director of the Faber Entrepreneurship Center and is a faculty member at both the Darla Moore School of Business and the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina. He holds more than 25 patents and has written more than 30 technical papers and journal articles.
Healy, who was named CEO of LaserGen in 2012, has served in roles in research and development, commercialization, and executive management in both startup and established organizations and has more than 20 years of health care, molecular diagnostics, and biotechnology experience in both U.S. and international markets. Here expertise includes strategic development and implementation, corporate finance and fundraising, and product development, from research to the clinical validation and successful market launch of molecular diagnostic systems and test kits.
The Innovation Summit also will feature “short takes” from innovators and creative thinkers including:
- Dr. Richard Schwartz, Chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine in the Medical College of Georgia, who created and marketed an abdominal aortic tourniquet, which has been called a game- changer because it helps save soldiers with the most common cause of preventable death in combat: a traumatic pelvic wound.
- Candice and Aaron Hark, who founded Maxient, an online system that enables easier information-sharing between university student conduct offices.
- Pete Mourfield, Director of Software Engineering for TaxSlayer, which develops financial software for consumers and financial professionals.
- Howard Merry, of NEBA Health, a new type of ADHD test approved by the FDA. NEBA is the first medical device based on brain function that can help assess ADHD in children and adolescents.
The day will end with a “shark tank” featuring innovation pitches, followed by a mocktail reception. Fully sponsored by GRU’s Office of Innovation Commercialization and James M. Hull College of Business, as well as the Savannah River National Laboratory, the goal of the summit is to help turn good ideas into great products and services. For the complete agenda, or to register, visit www.gru.edu/oic/is14. For more information, contact Chris McKinney in the Office of Innovation Commercialization, at 706-721-4062, or Christopher.McKinney@gru.edu.