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This column was prepared for the July 11, 2001 edition of U.S. 1 Newspaper. All rights reserved.
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 jvnc.net 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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