First Workshop on Marketing of Technologies of Universities and Research Institutes of Panama

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The Marketing Workshop of Technologies of Universities and Research Institutes of Panama is the first event of its type organized in our country. Its main objective is to ensure that the academic and research staff of public and private institutions in Panama obtain tools to promote the transfer of their results to the industry in order to achieve technologically based enterprises that improve the competitiveness of the industrial sector.

For this three-day training, held at the City of Knowledge, experts from the academic, government and private sectors of the United States were present, such as: Dr. Steven Kubisen, Administrative Director of the Office of Marketing of Technology at George Washington University; Mr. Steven Ferguson, Special Adviser on Technology Transfer at the National Institute of Health; Ms. Marina Lamm, Attorney-Adviser to the Office of Policy and International Affairs at the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and Dr. Thomas Richardson, president of a consulting company specializing in emerging companies or start-ups.

All these institutions are part of a successful entrepreneurship model promoted by the US government since 1980 through laws such as the so-called "Bayh-Dole Act" where universities and research institutions are given ownership of the inventions generated with federal funds.

This first workshop was attended by 11 public and private universities, 5 research institutes, 27 companies, 4 law firms, 6 civil associations, and 14 government offices. A total of 7 universities, 4 research institutes, 6 companies, and 4 government offices attended.

One of the most significant achievements of this workshop was to be able to bring training to teachers and researchers from the interior of the Republic through the live transmission of the workshop through the INDICASAT AIP website, www.indicasat.org.pa. This way close to 300 people were connected.

This workshop was conceived and organized by the Institute of Scientific Research and High Technology Services (INDICASAT AIP) with the support and collaboration of the National Secretariat for Science, Technology and Innovation (SENACYT), the General Directorate of Industrial Property (DIGERPI) of the Ministry of Commerce and Industries and the City of Knowledge.