Expert Insights for Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups Oct. 27

TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2008) - The University of South Florida Division of Patents & Licensing and USF CONNECT will bring four accomplished entrepreneurs to share their experiences with other entrepreneurs and start‐up companies, Monday, Oct. 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the USF CONNECT Building, 3802 Spectrum Blvd,. on the USF Tampa campus. The panel will discuss various topics including: conflicts of interest, research agreements, SBIRs (Small Business Innovation Research), STTRs (Small Business Technology Transfer), working with students, balancing faculty time, raising capital, getting to Phase III, bootstrapping and publicity. This event is free and open to the public but reservations are required; call (813) 866-3802 or e-mail

The program’s guest speakers include: John Hadden II, President & CEO of IRX Therapeutics, Inc., Inc. will speak on getting to Phase III clinical trials and raising capital. IRX Therapeutics is a privately held immunotherapy company focusing on the discovery and commercialization of treatments for advanced cancer and viral diseases.

Larry Dunleavy, President & CEO of Modelithics, Inc., will speak on bootstrapping and balancing faculty and student time. Modelithics is the premier provider of high‐precision measurements and models for microwave/RF design simulation for accurately measure components and to build software models that enable popular EDA systems to generate more accurate results.

Paul Sanberg, Chairman & Co‐Founder of Saneron‐CCEL Therapeutics, Inc., will speak on conflicts of interest, setting up a research agreement with the University, SBIRs and STTRs. Saneron is focused on neurological and cardiac cell therapy for the early intervention and treatment of several devastating or deadly diseases, which currently lack adequate treatment options by providing readily available, noncontroversial, ethically acceptable cells, both stem cells and other cell types, for cellular therapies.

Stephen Sundarrao,CEO of Rehab Ideas, Inc. will speak on publicity and local manufacturing. Rehab Ideas applies the latest in technology and engineering to increase the independence of people with physical disabilities.

USF CONNECT links local entrepreneurs with technology, financial, marketing and support service resources as well as management expertise, potential partners and Tampa Bay’s business and entrepreneurial communities. The umbrella program serves as a single point of contact for the various economic development activities at USF. For more information visit or call (813) 974-0994.

The University of South Florida is one of the nation's top 63 public research universities and one of 39 community-engaged, four-year public universities as designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. USF was awarded more than $360 million in research contracts and grants in FY 2007/2008. The university offers 219 degree programs at the undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, including the doctor of medicine. The university has a $1.8 billion annual budget, an annual economic impact of $3.2 billion, and serves more than 46,000 students on campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland. USF is a member of the Big East Athletic Conference.

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