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Techies & Angels

Princeton University’s computer science auditorium


hosts thinkers and scientists, not deep-pocketed investors and


bankers. With an "Emerging Technology Opportunities"


on Friday, January 5, from noon to 6 p.m., Joe Montemarano hopes

to change that. Montemarano is in charge of spurring technology


at the university; he helps to commercialize what the university’s

scientists devise.

The conference is free by registration, and the auditorium holds just

200 people. Register by calling Montemarano at 609-258-4454 or E-mail:

"Sharply focused talks will address the fact that there are


markets for this research," says Montemarano, noting that each

talk will be 15 minutes or less. He hopes the conference will bring

together the angel investors, the investment bankers, and the venture

capitalists. "As they consult with each other, they could create

an investment stream for several investment rounds, maybe bringing

in some of the later stage guys earlier in the process than


Mort Collins of DSV Partners is one of the co-chairs, and the

sponsor is Kenyon & Kenyon. The Center for Photonics and


Materials (POEM) is the conference organizer, along with the Princeton

Materials Institute (PMI), the Offices of Technology Licensing at

Princeton University, and Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. Topics

to be covered include display technologies, optical communications,

optical components, direct electronics printing, and micro/nano


"This conference emphasizes the fact that we are working with

other entities, like Sarnoff and Lucent, to promote technology and

company formation in New Jersey," says Montemarano. The conference

begins with remarks by university leaders (James Wei, dean of

the school of engineering and applied science; James C. Sturm,

POEM director; Shirley Tilghman, director, Institute for


Genomics; and Will Happer, chairman of the University Research

Board). Jesse I. Treu of Domain Associates, will talk about

perspectives of the life sciences landscape for successful technology

business launches. Karen Liu, a former Princeton University

engineering student who is now an analyst with RHK Telecom Industry

Analysis, will discuss opportunities in the optical market space.

Telling their tech transfer/business success stories will be Greg

Olsen, president and CEO of Sensors Unlimited, and Steve


president of Universal Display Corporation. Then various Princeton

faculty members, in concurrent sessions, will give the scientific

scoop on biotechnology and life science applications and photonics

and optoelectronic applications. At 5 p.m., during the reception,

many of the scientists will present their technologies in a poster


A more typical POEM workshop will be held on Monday and Tuesday,


8 and 9, in the Engineering Quad on the topic "Single Electron

and Coherent Effects Nanoscale Effects in Semiconductor Devices."

James Sturm will reappear for this event, but here he will give

a paper geared for fellow scientists, "Quantum Device Structures

in Silicon-Based Heterostructure." Other presenters will be


Shahidi of IBM on "Extreme Scaling of Silicon-Based Devices,

Doran Smith of the Army Research Lab on the lab’s nano science

program, Jack Hergenrother of Lucent, and Charles Marcus

of Harvard. Cost: $50 including the reception and dinner, $10 for

lunch only. Call Debra Warren at 609-258-4454.

"The January 5 workshop is a whole different animal," says

Montemarano. "Before, we had not tailored presentations to the

investment community. We’re really excited about the response we are

getting. It will be an important convergence of the investment


and Princeton technology."

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