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Jan. 10, 2006

Local Tech Entrepreneurs To Share Experiences Jan. 19

Three local entrepreneurs will share their experiences about starting technology-based businesses developed at the UI or in Iowa at the next University of Iowa Entrepreneurial Ventures Group (EVG) event.

The panel discussion hosted by the UI John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center (JPEC) will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 19 in Room 2117 of the UI Medical Education and Research Facility (MERF).

The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending the discussion should RSVP by Jan. 17 to or call 335-1022. The panelists include:

-- Ron Stahlberg, founder and director, InnoMatix. His company develops software and devices for visual displays in automobiles, transportation systems and other consumer products. InnoMatix is located in the Technology Innovation Center, the UI's business incubator for technology-based ventures on the Oakdale Campus in Coralville.

-- Christine Boge, senior vice president, Integrated Supply Chain, Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT). Founded in 1987 by Dr. Joseph Walder, a former biochemistry professor at the UI, IDT is a Coralville-based tech firm that manufactures synthetic DNA strands for research use to customers in over 50 countries.

-- Carolyn Brown and Jerry Zimmermann, founders, Breakthrough to Literacy, Inc. Based in the UI's Oakdale Research Park, Breakthrough to Literacy emerged in 1989 out of Brown and Zimmermann's research at the University of Iowa in speech pathology and audiology. The Breakthrough to Literacy early language and literacy program combines print materials for students and teachers, interactive computer software, parent support and extensive professional development for teachers.

Both Breakthrough to Literacy and IDT were founded on intellectual property licensed from the University of Iowa Research Foundation.

The EVG is a new initiative coordinated by the JPEC to promote faculty entrepreneurship and technology commercialization at the UI. EVG presentations are open to faculty, staff, and community members interested in education, networking, and supporting faculty entrepreneurship and technology commercialization activities. This interdisciplinary partnership includes the Henry B. Tippie College of Business, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, College of Engineering, College of Law, UI Research Foundation, and Office of the Vice President of Research.

EVG programs are part of Iowa Centers for Enterprise: Business & Commercialization Services, which integrates existing economic development activities at UI. Iowa Centers for Enterprise offers a comprehensive program that promotes economic development and technology transfer, provides assistance to Iowa start-ups and existing Iowa businesses and communities, and helps the state of Iowa develop a creative, entrepreneurial workforce.  It also optimizes the flow of University intellectual property into opportunities for licensing, commercialization and business development.

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