From Discovery to Commercialization: Join MBDA at the 2016 Federal Laboratory Consortium National Meeting!

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Created on April 13, 2016

Register Now For the Upcoming Federal Lab Consortium 2016 National Meeting

In today’s fast-paced economy, many aspiring entrepreneurs understand the invaluable role that technology innovation plays in determining the long term success of a new company.  Moreover, as the United States continues to serve as a catalyst and champion for technology innovation in the 21st century, many minority business owners are now poised to transform their ideas from research and development to commercially-developed products and services.

Pursuant to Executive Order 12591, promoting the commercialization potential of federal R&D is a top presidential priority for the Obama Administration. As federal laboratories across the country focus on transferring their research and development into the private sector, businesses aim to develop relationships with the government’s top scientists and inventors in hopes of unleashing federal innovation to advance their business model and compete in emerging industries.

However, gaining access to R&D experts, tech transfer processionals and private sector partners can present big challenges for minority business owners.  Launching these new inventions require an ecosystem of experts to help stakeholders protect their intellectual property, secure capital, and network with the right specialists to successfully commercialize their innovations.  

To this end, the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) have teamed up to provide a meeting ground of solutions in line with Executive order 12591. The FLC National Meeting is the premier event for the technology transfer community and provides an excellent training and networking platform to support commercialization in every possible industry.

The FLC is committed to promoting and educating federal partners, industry experts, and business leaders about the vast amount of tech transfer opportunities that are available to support the entrepreneurial spirit of the public and private sectors. 

At the 2016 FLC National Meeting in Chicago, April 26-28, minority-owned businesses can gain valuable insights and inter-act with technology transfer professionals that will represent the national network of over 300 federal laboratories across the country.  The conference offers a range of opportunities to make connections and learn valuable information to build relationships with federal partners and promote the nation’s commercialization success.

Workshops and sessions at the National Meeting will offer training on the following topics:

  • Technology Transfer for Beginners
  • Cooperative Research and Development Agreements
  • Licensing and Negotiation
  • Economic Impact of Technology Transfer
  • New Tools for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs
  • Intellectual property (IP) for tech transfer professionals

During the conference, MBDA will host a panel session that will showcase the minority-owned businesses who will share their top-level technology needs in the interest of identifying potential federal lab partners or collaborators who will help to advance their business models through licensing agreements, joint research, use of lab facilities, and other collaborative solutions. 

“The partnership, and the FLC-MBDA programs at this year’s FLC National Meeting, will ensure that minority-owned firms are truly engaged in the 21st century economy,” said Alejandra Y. Castillo, MBDA National Director. “It will support diverse communities that need innovation resources to spur local job creation in various STEM industries.”

The knowledge gained from this year’s national meeting will help minority-owned businesses build the necessary relationships to succeed in today’s innovation economy and further highlight how necessary minority inclusion is to the economic stability and global competitiveness of our nation.

Registration is now open; to learn more about the Federal Laboratory Consortium, please visit at