UWM’s Innovation Engine – Leveraging Partnerships, Entrepreneurship and the I-Corps Program to Foster Commercialization of Technology
Brian Thompson, President, UWM Research Foundation, Inc.
Thursday, May 5th
10:30 – 11:00 am
The University of Wisconsin Milwaukee is growing it’s research program – and has recently been recognized as an R1, research-intense institution according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. This important recognition has been built, in part, on connecting UWM’s research program with important industry clusters in Milwaukee. In parallel with this effort, UWM has been strengthening programs bring new discoveries to market – helping maximize the impact of UWM’s research enterprise.
Brian will describe UWM’s innovation engine – highlighting structures such as the a National Science Foundation I/U CRC in Water Equipment and Policy as well as an NSF I-Corps Site Grant that are helping bridge between discovery and commercialization.
Brian Thompson is President of the UWM Research Foundation, Inc. He leads efforts by the UWM Research Foundation to bridge between the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the private sector through programs that include catalyst grants and intellectual property management as well as fostering corporate partnerships, spinout companies and student entrepreneurship. He is Co-PI on the Milwaukee I-Corps Site sponsored by the National Science Foundation, and leads a program which helps university based innovators explore markets for their technology through lean launch and the customer discovery process. Thompson also helping in the launch of the new UWM Lubar Center for Entrepreneurship, and he teaches new ventures as an adjunct instructor in UWM’s College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Sheldon B. Lubar School of business.
Thompson was previously Managing Director at TechStar where he helped to launch several companies including MatriLab which won the 2006 Wisconsin Governor’s Business Plan Competition. He previously served on the boards of startup companies MatriLab and NovaScan.
Mr. Thompson was part of the corporate new ventures group at Hughes Electronics where he worked with early stage companies in consumer electronics, broadband services and entertainment. His technology background includes managing software development projects and designing and launching communications satellites as a system engineer at Hughes Space and Communications.
Mr. Thompson serves on the boards of the Wisconsin Technology Council and the Wisconsin Security Research Consortium and has been active in supporting entrepreneurship in the Milwaukee. He holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and an MBA from UCLA.