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Between the Lines

All through the year you meet CEOs, entrepreneurs, inventors,

and technology experts through the pages of U.S. 1 newspaper, and

once a year you get to meet them in person — at the U.S. 1 Technology

& Computing Showcase.

This showcase is different from most. Like the newspaper, it is free

to all comers, the working professionals from area offices and labs.

You might even say that it is free to the exhibitors as well. (Exhibitors

get a free table when they run a full page ad in the issue that previews

the Showcase — see page 14 of this issue for details.)

Our showcase is unusual, also, in that it presages leading-edge technologies.

For instance, Norm Winarsky of the Sarnoff Center spoke about "The

Age of Interactivity" back in 1993. In 1994, when the Internet

was very young, we invited Sergio Heker, founder of and now

with NextGen Internet. In 1995 Steve Sashihara, founder of Princeton

Consultants, discussed the digital revolution. Software for Internet

telephony was the topic for Michael Goldstein, Voxware’s CEO in 1997.

In 1998 the speakers were Mary Evslin, co-founder of ITXC Corp., and

Michael Wynblatt of Siemens Corporate Research, who covered "Listen

Up: Audio Access to the Web."

This year the U.S. 1 listeners will get a look at just what researchers

are developing behind the ivy walls of Princeton University. The speaker

on Thursday, August 30, at 4 p.m., will be Joe Montemarano, director

for industrial liaison at Princeton University. His topic "From

the Ivory Tower: A Princeton Guide to Valuable Technology."

Montemarano is a prescient fellow. When he went to Johns Hopkins in

the early 1970s he majored in biology and minored in computer science.

That may be a no-brainer today, but back then few people figured out

those two fields would merge. "Having a degree in life sciences

as well as a computer degree seems a natural today," he points

out, "but it was unusual then."

He went on to get a master’s degree in computer science and do research

on sickle cell anemia and biosensors — two research areas that

would gain in importance in the coming years — and in 1981 he

started working at PA Technologies, the British-owned technology consulting

firm (now known as PA Consulting Group on Enterprise Drive) where

he jumpstarted the United States biotechnology consulting practice.

Moving from the lab to consulting to science administration, Montemarano

joined the New Jersey Commission on Science and Technology in 1986,

first as associate director for science and then taking care of technology

ventures as well. He helped establish the advanced technology center

and the bridge loan concepts, among other programs.

Princeton University asked him to do liaison work for the Princeton

University POEM Center (Photonics and Optoelectronic Materials) in

1994. Theoretically he concentrates on the POEM center but in practice,

says Montemarano, "my technologies know no boundaries."

This year U.S. 1 again joins the Princeton Chamber, which has its

business expo that same day, Thursday, August 30, at the Doral Forrestal.

We look forward to meeting you there.

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