Newark, NJ, October 17, 2023 – Dr. Forough Ghahramani, Edge’s Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, will be joining fellow thought leaders at the New Jersey Equity in Commercialization Collective (NJECC) Annual Conference, Empowering Innovators: Inclusive Pathways to Commercialization, on October 25, 2023. The conference aims to create sustainable connections between various innovation ecosystem participants, targeting a diverse group of inventors and commercialization gatekeepers: investors, service providers, and tech transfer and venture development staff.
Hosted by New Jersey Institute of Technology’s Campus Center located in Newark, NJ, sessions will run from 8:45 AM to 4 PM with support by the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Partnership Grant – The New Jersey Equity in Commercialization Collective (NJECC).
Dr. Ghahramani, a co-PI for the NSF ADVANCE Partnership New Jersey Equity in Commercialization Collective (NJECC) grant and one of the conference organizers, will lead a panel dedicated to National Programs and Resources to Improve Inventor Diversity featuring Henry Ahn, Program Director (SBIR/STTR), National Science Foundation (NSF); Almesha Campbell, Assistant Vice President for Research and Economic Development, Jackson State University; Holly Fechner, Executive Director, Invent Together, and Kirsten Leute, Partner, University Relations, Osage University Partners.
“We hope you’ll join us as we work to shape a brighter and more equitable future for innovation. Please share this invitation with anyone you think would be interested in and benefit from attending. We can’t wait to see you there!”
— Forough Ghahramani
Assistant Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Sponsored Programs, Edge
The PI for the NJECC Project is Treena Livingston Arinzeh, Ph.D. a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Columbia University. In addition to Dr. Ghahramani, NJECC co-PI’s include:
- Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, Ph.D., the Director of the Murray Center for Women in Technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
- Judith Sheft, Executive Director of the New Jersey Commission of Science, Innovation and Technology
- Jeffrey A. Robinson, Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the Newark campus of Rutgers University and holds the Prudential Chair in Business, a Professor of Management and Global Business at Rutgers Business School
“Building on last year’s inaugural conference, the 2023 conference will feature leaders sharing insights into their own entrepreneurial journeys and will provide information about available resources to both new and experienced innovators. Together, attendees will explore strategies to remove barriers and promote equity in New Jersey’s innovation landscape,” noted Dr. Ghahramani. Further notes Dr. Ghahramani, “We hope you’ll join us as we work to shape a brighter and more equitable future for innovation. Please share this invitation with anyone you think would be interested in and benefit from attending. We can’t wait to see you there!”
NJECC, an NSF ADVANCE Partnership, addresses gender equity issues in academic technology commercialization (patenting, licensing, and startup creation) by focusing on the elimination of systemic institutional and entrepreneurial ecosystem barriers. NJECC partners with universities and institutions throughout New Jersey as part of its systemic change initiative to increase the diversity of STEM faculty researchers who participate in New Jersey’s entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.