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Innovation on Tap: EntrepreNeuro

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Category: Human Performance, Ion Activation Festival


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May 18, 2023
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT


4201 Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
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In partnership with Ion and part of the InterfaceRice 2023 conference, EntrepreNeuro is a one-hour TEDx-style presentation that hosts three presenters who have careers spanning both academia and industry.

These presenters will discuss their personal experiences with a focus on what they have learned during periods of transition. Faculty are increasingly managing university labs while also wearing the hat of CEO/CSO for both startup and established companies in the neurotech and biomedical industry. Conversely, some industry professionals are moving to work more closely in the investment of academic research and forging stronger ties with universities as co-partners in various ventures. What can we learn from those engaging with this dynamic, and what do they see the future holding for academic/industry relationships?

Presenters include Jacob Robinson, who will discuss his transitions between academic labs and founding the startup Motif Neurotech; Paul Cherukuri, who will discuss his vision for Rice University in translational research as the newly appointed VP of Innovation at Rice University; Erika Ross Ellison, who has worked at Mayo Clinic, Cali Health, Abbott Neuromodulation, and was recently hired at Vice President of Research and Development at ONWARD; and Chet Moritz, Ph.D., Associate professor in the Division of Physical Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Washington. He also serves as the co-director for the Center for Neurotechnology, an interdisciplinary group of engineers, neuroscientists, and clinicians developing next-generation neural technologies to treat disorders of the nervous system.


Join the speakers and attendees for networking and light bites at 5 PM, with lectures beginning at 6 PM. 


Enter 4203 Fannin Street into your GPS for directions directly to the red parking lot, located across the street from the Ion building.