Innovation Forum to feature early business ventures

April 05, 2006

Fifteen Princeton scientists and engineers will talk about their early-stage entrepreneurial ventures at an Innovation Forum at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in the Friend Center Convocation Room.

John Ritter, director of the Office of Technology Licensing, will open the forum with an overview of technology transfer at Princeton. Bill Martin of JumpStart New Jersey, a network of private venture capitalists, will moderate the event, which is open to the public.

Researchers will give short presentations describing ventures that spring from Princeton’s science and engineering laboratories. Among the presenters:

  • Jeffry Stock, professor of molecular biology and chemistry, will talk about coffee extracts that may one day alleviate Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Ivan Glesk, senior research scientist in electrical engineering, will discuss a compact holographic data storage system.
  • William Happer, professor of physics, and his students will present their work on manufacturing miniature atomic clocks.
  • Niraj Jha, professor of electrical engineering, will discuss research on nanotubes that may revolutionize an important type of microchip.

At a reception following the event, forum presenters will be on hand to answer questions about their ventures and display posters that graphically explain their work. The forum is sponsored by the Engineering School’s Center for Innovation in Engineering Education, JumpStart NJ Angel Network, and the Office of Research and Project Administration.