Kennesaw State University to host academic forum in chemistry entrepreneurship

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Industry and academic leaders will discuss turning chemical discoveries into viable businesses

KENNESAW, Ga. (Nov. 6, 2012) — Georgia officials are working to make the state a center of biotechnology. To do so, Georgia needs to grow the existing businesses in the industry. Kennesaw State University’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry will host industry and academic leaders in a forum that will discuss creating chemical entrepreneurs. The forum is co-sponsored by the Georgia Section of the American Chemical Society.

WHAT: Third Bi-Annual Academia Industry Forum: Creation of the Chemical Entrepreneur

WHO: Terry Say, principal at Say Consulting, LLC, will discuss the process of turning a discovery in chemistry into a business.

Charles L. Liotta, chair of the School of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Georgia Institute of Technology, will discuss research collaborations between universities and industry. Other speakers will address: patenting inventions; developing a commercial product; and government regulations.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Kennesaw State University, new Science Lab Building.

MORE: Dr. Mark Mitchell, chair, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, mmitch52@kennesaw.edu, 770-423-6159.

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,600 from 130 countries.