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Top Developments and How to Commercialize New Technology with Rice University

April 12, 2017
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Houston Technology Center
410 Pierce Street
Houston, TX 77002




Top Developments and How to Commercialize New Technology with Rice University


April 12, 2017
Drinks and hors d'oeuvres 5:30PM
Program starts at 6:30PM

Houston Technology Center
410 Pierce Street
Houston,  TX  77002


Since its inception over a century ago, Rice University has been steadfast in its unwavering commitment to undergraduate education all the while positioning itself as a groundbreaking research institution dedicated to addressing the world's grand challenges. In this presentation, Dr. Shamoo, Vice Provost for Research, will give an overview of opportunities for the community to engage with the university ranging from the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (where undergraduate students prototype and deploy solutions to real-world engineering challenges) to fostering relationships with industry to bring Rice technologies to successful commercialization through such mechanisms as the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship, one of the top university business incubators.  Finally, he will highlight some of the latest exciting research and technology directions the faculty are exploring in advanced materials applications and software developments.

In the second half of the discussion, Dr. Cherukuri, Executive Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering(IBB), will discuss research and education activities within the IBB as well as highlight the recent convergence of nanomaterials and biomaterials leading to advances in tissue engineering, nanoscale therapy, and bioelectronics. 


Dr. Shamoo, Vice Provost for Research at Rice University
Dr. Cherukuri, Executive director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering at Rice University


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$ 10 for  Members of MITEF and  Guests of MITEF Members
$ 10-20 for employees of MITEF Sponsors depending on sponsorship level
$ 25 for General Admission

For more information contact Sara Wilkins (713) 839-0808,





Yousif Shamoo, Ph.D.

Vice Provost for Research, Professor of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Rice University


Dr. Shamoo is the Vice Provost for Research and has been a Professor in Biochemistry and Cell Biology since 2012.  He has a secondary appointment in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and is a member of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering.  He is one of Rice’s most honored educators and has been the recipient of Rice University’s George R. Brown Prize for Excellence in Teaching, 2015; George R. Brown Superior Teaching Award in 2009, 2011 and 2012.  In addition he served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society of Microbiology from 2011-2013.  He has received support from the American Cancer Society and was a Keynote Speaker at their 2003 Annual Conference in Houston.

Dr. Shamoo was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and received his B.S. in Biology from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983 and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale in 1988.  Dr. Shamoo did his postdoctoral training with Nobel Laureate Dr. Thomas A. Steitz at Yale before accepting his first faculty position at Rice University.  He is an expert in the development of drug resistance and has recently begun the design and construction of next generation bioreactors that will allow us to study the development of therapeutic resistance in prostate cancer cells.




Dr. Paul Cherukuri

Executive Director of the Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering(IBB) 


Dr. Cherukuri is responsible for the development and implementation of cross-disciplinary bio-related research and educational programs that strengthen at Rice University. He serves as the key liaison between Rice and Texas Medical Center constituents to develop opportunities for IBB faculty and the broader Rice science/engineering research community. Cherukuri earned his PhD in Chemistry under the supervision of Nobel Laureate Richard E. Smalley at Rice and has a 15-plus-year history in academic, military and industrial research. He also directs a research program in the field of scalable directed self-assembly of artificial and biological nanoscale materials (Teslaphoresis) and is a subject matter expert in nanotechnology, drug development and biomedical devices.



$10.00 MITEF Member

$10.00 Guest of MITEF Member

$25.00 General Admission