Innovation Engagement Speaker Series

Movers, shakers and money-makers are coming to Jefferson to be a part of our creative culture through the Innovation Engagement Speaker Series. They’ll share insights and experiences on innovation, regional resources, startups, venture capital and more.

Come be inspired! All members of the Jefferson community are welcome. 

Register to attend any or all of the Speaker Series events by emailing:
(Registration is not required but strongly encouraged.)

The Speaker Series will be held in the lobby of 901 Walnut Street and begin at 12:00 p.m.

Additional past speaker engagements and presentations can be found via the Programs & Events Archives quick-link to the left.


January 5, 2015:
National trends & regional implications
Presentation Video

Fritz Bittenbender, Executive Vice President, Public Affairs, Biotechnology Industry Organization


January 12, 2015
Start-Ups: what you should know, & your lawyer should tell you
Presentation (PPT) | Video

Karen Keating Mara, Esq
Owner, Keating Mara & Associate


February 2, 2015
The Craft of Fabrication: from concept to prototype to newco

Evan Malone, PhD
President, NextFab Studio, LLC 


February 9, 2015
Venture Capital 101
Presentation Video

Louis Berneman, Ed.D
Founding Partner, Osage University Partners


February 23, 2015
PACT: A regional overview of the funders of innovation
Presentation (PPT) | Video

Dean Miller
President and CEO, PACT


March 2, 2015
Investing in Life Science and Health Care: Challenges & Opportunities
Presentation (PPT) | Video

Brenda Gavin, DVM
Founding Partner, Quaker Partners


March 9, 2015
Physician Entrepreneurs: Challenges & Opportunities
Presentation (PPT) | Video

Alex Vaccaro, MD, PhD
President, Rothman Institute


March 16, 2015
Serial entrepreneurship and 3D printing: Past as prologue
Presentation (PPT) | Video

John Springrose
Chief Executive Officer, inDimension3


March 23, 2015
Innovating with Large Corporations
Presentation (PPT)

Marc Siry
Vice President Strategic Development, Comcast


March 30, 2015
Hallelujah Moments: Tales of Drug Discovery

Eugene H. Cordes


April 13, 2015
BioAdvance: building & sustaining a life sciences greenhouse

Barbara Schilberg, Esq
Managing Director and Chief Executive Office, BIOAdvance


April 15, 2015
Improving Human Experiences Through Design Thinking

Russ Starke
Thinking Brownstone