JPS Luncheon: Judith Giordan, “21st-Century Technology Commercialization —A New Contact Sport”
This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series included the keynote address “21st-Century Technology Commercialization—A New Contact Sport” by Judith Giordan, partner, ecosVC, and senior adviser, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovator Alliance.
This event was part of the conference “Frontiers of Discovery: Association for Women in Science at 40.”
We all know that commercializing technology is not the same as it used to be—and neither are the players nor the rules. Always a contact sport—played primarily by those trained in the art and well equipped by the biggest and “best” companies—technology commercialization in the chemical enterprise stemming from university research is an ever-growing player in the game. And it doesn’t stop there: government labs also have the mandate to commercialize, and with all of this rule changing and corporate downsizing companies are extolling the value and importance of Open Innovation. In this shifting landscape where everyone can play, what does it take to play well and very successfully?
About the speaker:
Judith C. Giordan is partner at ecosVC, a venture developer and funder; senior adviser to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance; a member of the board of directors of several start-up companies; and a professor of practice in the College of Science and Technology of the University of Southern Mississippi—from which she has completed a detail to the National Science Foundation as program director for the IGERT Program.
Giordan’s research interests are in mechanisms to support and foster diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and in facilitating STEM-intensive entrepreneurship, business, and economic development. She is a lead investigator for the National Science Foundation grants in these areas. Giordan has held visiting and adjunct professorships at North Carolina State University, Rutgers University, and Dartmouth College, and she has served as a member of the board of advisers of the University of Maryland College of Life Sciences and the Institute for Strategic Business Markets at Penn State’s Smeal Business School. She received a B.A. from Rutgers University and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.