Tuesday, September 10, 2013


As a member of Gray Plant Mooty’s Entrepreneurial Services Group, I love to jump on my Yamaha Zuma moped and ride the few blocks to CoCo where I can visit with local entrepreneurs and get energized by all sorts of new and exciting ventures.  I love to have a cup of coffee or a beer with the folks that hang out at this local hot spot for start-ups.

But this week I am going global and flying to Denmark.  Biopeople, an organization established and funded by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, has invited me to Copenhagen to speak to a group of start-up and emerging companies on how to navigate the intellectual property landscape here in the USA. 

The mission of Biopeople is to stimulate innovation through activities that bring researchers and stakeholders together across disciplines, sectors, and public-private boundaries. This specific workshop has been arranged by Biopeople and the Danish American Business Forum for companies that want to enter the American market, with a special focus on intellectual property. This workshop follows an earlier one that covered FDA compliance issues. 

So on September 12, I will share the podium with a Danish lawyer, Jakob Nielson, and Thomas Tscherning, the Director of Technology Transfer at Aarhus University. The audience is largely early stage businesses that are interested in the American market and are looking for guidance on intellectual property strategies and monetization. 

Biopeople is also organizing a business trip to Minneapolis for November 18-22 for any of the companies participating in this workshop or others that may be interested in exploring Minneapolis/St. Paul.  They have identified the Twin Cities as one of the leading life sciences clusters in the US and very compatible with Denmark from a business and cultural perspective. They plan on visiting Medtronic, Boston Scientific, 3M, and St. Jude. I would also like them to visit CoCo and other places where some of these Danish entrepreneurs might find kindred spirits. Perhaps a kringle and some coffee will be available at CoCo during their late November visit.

See here for more information on Biopeople and this upcoming workshop.

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