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  • Dava Casoni - Legal Advisor at USC Institute for Creative Technologies

    Dava Casoni is a legal advisor to University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, focusing on contracts, export controls, intellectual property and sponsored research and is serving her fourth term as an appointed member of State Department’s DTAG. Previously, Dava was associated with Bingham McCutchen, Pillsbury and Milbank Tweed, where she guided companies from start-up to initial public offerings and represented Fortune 500 companies on complex transactions. She also served as a U.S. Court of Federal Claims clerk to the Honorable James Turner and taught entertainment law at American University. She earned a B.A. and B.S. from Boston University and a J.D. and LL.M from Cornell Law School.

  • Heather Walsh - Director of External Innovation at Baxter International, Inc.

    Heather Walsh is the Director of External Innovation and leads Baxter’s efforts to increase open innovation partnerships across universities, incubators/accelerators, medical centers, and other partners. She supports strategically-aligned transformational innovation for all the global business units and for technology platforms. She previously led technical assessment teams for due diligence of new opportunities for mergers and acquisitions and venture investment at Baxter. She joined Baxter from the University of Chicago, where she was the Assistant Director and Head of Business Development in the Technology Commercialization and Licensing group, at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. She spent nine years developing, protecting, and licensing University-owned intellectual property. In addition to her technology portfolio, Heather supported the efforts of the commercialization team by identifying and managing high-value contacts, coordinating the university’s marketing strategy for the opportunity pipeline, representing the team at multiple partnering meetings throughout each year, and launching a program to cultivate relationships with venture capital groups. She piloted and grew a proof-of-concept fund, redesigned the Polsky Accelerator program and launched several internship programs to leverage the talents of students and postdocs exploring alternative careers. Heather completed a PhD in Neurobiology, Pharmacology & Cell Physiology from the University of Chicago.

April 10, 2019
Wed 1:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 0M

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