Faculty Research Forum: Innovation at Princeton

It’s an exciting time to be a faculty member at Princeton. Whether you are early in your career or an established leader, the University has programs that can unleash your enterprising spirit and help connect your research to the real world.

This session will introduce faculty at Princeton to the University’s innovation ecosystem. This expanding network of offices and programs provides support for activities that have the potential to help you further develop your research by collaborating with industry; licensing your technology; or enabling it to become the basis for a new business venture.

    Faculty presenters will include three colleagues with a range of experience connecting their research to the real world.

    • In his new position as the inaugural Vice Dean for Innovation, Rodney Priestley, professor of chemical and biological engineering, provides academic leadership for innovation and entrepreneurship, recognizing the intrinsic relationship between research and innovation at Princeton. A member of Princeton’s faculty since 2009, Priestley has published nearly 100 articles, has co-founded two startup companies based on inventions made in his laboratory at Princeton, has collaborated on research with industry and is co-inventor on five patent-pending technologies ranging from lightweight aerogels for membranes to colloids for gels and emulsions.
    • Forrest Meggers, assistant professor of architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, has received support from several notable Princeton programs designed to accelerate the societal impact of University inventions and foster entrepreneurship.
    • Yibin Kang, the Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology, has received interest from numerous private institutions for his research on metastatic cancer and launched a new venture to develop therapies for treating late-stage and metastatic cancers.

    Forum topics will encompass private sector research collaborations, intellectual property protection, pathways to commercialization and connecting with external resources and will answer your questions about:

    • Patents and other forms of IP
    • Material transfer agreements
    • Confidentiality agreements
    • Sponsored research collaborations 
    • Research with Princeton database
    • Startups and entrepreneurship
    • Licensing technologies


    Combined Session

    Date and Time: March 27, 2020 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm

    Location: the Great Room, 91 Prospect Avenue

    Moderator:  Spencer Reynolds, Senior Associate Director, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations

    Additional participants:

    • Elizabeth Adams, Director, Office of Research and Project Administration
    • Karla Ewalt, Associate Dean for Research
    • Kelly Freidenfelds, Senior Associate Director, Corporate Engagement and  Foundation Relations
    • Prabhpreet Gill, Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Licensing
    • Michael Hodges, Associate Director, Corporate Engagement and Foundation Relations
    • Yibin Kang, Warner-Lambert/Parke-Davis Professor of Molecular Biology
    • Forrest Meggers, Assistant Professor of Architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment
    • Rod Priestley, Vice Dean for Innovation
    • Maureen Thompson-Siegel, Senior Grant and Contract Administrator, Office of Research and Project Administration
    • Anthony Williams, New Ventures Associate, Office of Technology Licensing
    • Chris Wright, Licensing Associate, Office of Technology Licensing