Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

Warf News & Media

National experts in business ethics and technology transfer discuss the opportunities and challenges of moving COVID-19 inventions to market

Person in lab coat using futuristic technology and a tablet

Jeanan Yasiri Moe, Director of Strategic Communications
[email protected] | 608.960.9892

Oct. 21 webinar explores what is happening in response to innovations emerging in the wake of the pandemic

MADISON, Wis. – Researchers from a vast array of disciplines have turned their creative and inventive energy to addressing the COVID-19 crisis in ways unparalleled in human history. How do we as a campus, country and society ensure that these discoveries are developed into products for those who need them?

Join us for a virtual discussion with innovators and experts at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, moderated by Justin Anderson, senior intellectual property manager at WARF.Sign up to receive the webinar link.

Anderson says, “WARF is excited to have the platform and opportunity to bring together a number of thought leaders to discuss intellectual property’s role in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This panel will feature a variety of viewpoints, including researchers developing translatable technologies, patent attorneys seeking to protect innovations, tech transfer experts exploring unique licensing arrangements, and a legal scholar exploring the thorny issues associated with profiting from life-saving innovations.”

The October 21 discussion will feature:

  • Kevin Noonan, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, on the long-term value of IP developed in response to the pandemic and how the public sees IP and pandemics
  • Gene Quinn, IP Watchdog, on the politics around the deployment of COVID-19 innovations
  • Pilar Ossorio, UW–Madison and Morgridge Institute for Research, on the ethics and potential dilemmas stemming from profiting from inventions developed in response to the crisis
  • Dave Beebe, UW–Madison, on expectations and motivations for inventing COVID-19 solutions
  • Jeanine Burmania, WARF, on licensing COVID-19 innovations and WARF’s approach
  • Lennon Rodgers, UW–Madison, on developing widely used solutions without patent protection

WARF Essential Topics explores timely topics with a campus audience. The series is generally held at the Discovery Building. More at warf.org/EssentialTopics.

“With WARF Essential Topics, we aim to focus on issues that matter to inventors and the many partners in the business community who collaborate to help bring those inventions to the marketplace,” says Laura Heisler, WARF’s director of programming. “The discussion on inventions stemming from COVID-19 focused research has implications for researchers across numerous disciplines at UW-Madison as well as in labs across the country and beyond.”

About WARF
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) helps steward the cycle of research, discovery, commercialization and investment for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Founded in 1925 as an independent, nonprofit foundation, WARF manages more than 2,000 patents and an investment portfolio as it funds university research, obtains patents for campus discoveries and licenses inventions to industry. For more information, visit warf.org.