Professor German Sciaini from the Department of Chemistry will introduce you to the new development in his research lab where capabilities of Transmission Electron Microscopy in liquid are pushed to its extreme. You can now take images and even record videos of moving nanoparticles with unprecedented resolution. Learn how WatCo is helping Professor Sciaini's group commercialize his technology, and how various types of Intellectual Property come to play. This event will feature a welcoming note by John Dick, Director of Concept by Velocity. Concept is Velocity’s experiential entrepreneurship and pre-incubator program at the University of Waterloo. They provide information and guidance for the entrepreneurially-curious and tailored pre-incubator programs for aspiring startup founders.
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Biographies of Speakers
John is newly appointed Director of Concept, the on-campus entrepreneurship programming of Velocity incubator at the University of Waterloo. He is a technical co-founder and former Chief Scientific Officer of Nicoya Lifesciences, a UWaterloo nanobiotechnology instrumentation spin-off company. John received his PhD from Imperial College in London and an MBA from Lazaridis School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Professor Germán Sciaini is a world expert in the field of ultrafast structural dynamics. He received his degree of Licentiate in Chemistry and PhD with distinction from the University of Buenos in 2001 and 2006, respectively. Since 2006, as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and later on as a Group Leader at the Max Planck for Structure and Dynamics of Matter, Sciaini has been developing state-of-art instrumentation for the study of dynamical phenomena with prerequisite spatial (10-10 m) and temporal (10-13 s) resolutions to capture atoms in motion. Sciaini joined the University of Waterloo as an Associate Professor in January 2014. He has co-authored more than 30 publications in total; including 1 Science report, 3 Nature reports, and 3 extensive review articles. Sciaini is a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in “atomically resolved dynamics and ultrafast high-resolution imaging”, he is heading the Ultrafast electron Imaging Laboratory, at the Department of Chemistry, which is home of a time-resolved electron diffraction setup and an ultrafast high-resolution electron microscope.
Eric Luvisotto (WatCo) is a registered Canadian Patent Agent (2003) and has earned his Master’s (1998) and Bachelor’s (1995) degrees in Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Eric has many years of experience in the field of Intellectual Property (IP), having dedicated his career to IP in 1999. His career spans a wide variety of experiences, including working for two Canadian IP law firms, founding and running his own Start-Up company, and working “in-house” for a large automotive parts manufacturer. In 2008, Eric accepted the position of Technology Transfer Officer with the University of Waterloo’s Waterloo Commercialization Office (WatCo). In this role he analyzes new ideas for patentability and commercial potential; he also seeks out potential receptors of these new technologies and negotiates licensing agreements with them. He is also involved with the creation of Start-Up companies if the technology merits this pathway. Eric has been a popular guest lecturer on Intellectual Property, having created several IP presentations for faculty and students at the University of Waterloo including: “IP 101”, “IP Case Study”, “Copyright” and “Trademarks”. He also routinely gives talks to various UWaterloo groups (including New Faculty, Post Doc’s, Grad Students, Optometry, etc.) on WatCo’s services, UWaterloo’s IP policy and IP in general. Eric is a member of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and is a member of their Bank of Speakers. He is also a long standing member of the Licensing Executives Society, and past member of the Association of University Technology Managers.