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Advanced Technologies: What Starts Here Changes the World

Neil Kane, '91, cofounder and former CEO, Advanced Diamond Technologies

Join Neil Kane, '91, cofounder and former CEO of Advanced Diamond Technologies, for a discussion about licensing technology from Argonne National Laboratory. His expertise in identifying technologies that have commercial potential, securing licensing rights, building a management team, and securing funding through grants and investors has made him a successful cofounder of several academic-based technology start-ups.

During this session, Kane will cover the cultural differences between scientists and entrepreneurs; finding a market and proving your value proposition when you have a technology in search of a market; and how to develop a product strategy when you have a platform technology.

An acknowledged leader in technology commercialization with extensive start-up experience, Kane cofounded and served as CEO of Advanced Diamond Technologies, the world leader in the development and application of vapor-deposited diamond for industrial, electronic, energy, and biomedical applications. The company was originally spun-out of Argonne National Laboratory. Currently, Kane serves as president of the Illinois Partners Executive Service, LLC, a company he founded.

In June 2010, Kane was one of six witnesses to testify on how to improve technology transfer in the United States before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology’s Subcommittee on Research and Science Education. He is a mentor at the National Science Foundation Innovation Corps, and is a member of the Due Diligence Team at State of Illinois' Invest Illinois Venture Fund Program and the Illinois Innovation Council. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

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Neil Kane, '91
Cofounder and former CEO
Advanced Diamond Technologies

Event Details

Advanced Technologies: What Starts Here Changes the World
Tuesday, November 15, 2011

5 - 7 p.m.
(Discussion starts @ 5:30 p.m.)

Food & Beverages provided.

Chicago Booth
Harper Center, Room 219
5807 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
Registration is required.

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