(505g) Quantum Dots for Clinical Cancer Diagnostics: A Translation Story

Winter, J. O., The Ohio State University
Many of you are familiar with what it takes to publish your research, but what does it take to commercialize your work? Starting in 2012, my team and I began the effort of commercializing research that we developed in our lab by founding a start-up company. In this talk, I will describe challenges encountered in this process, from finding a CEO to raising money. I will particularly focus on the differences between working at a small start-up company, larger industry, and a research lab, including what you can reasonably expect in terms of hours, compensation, and work responsibilities. I will also discuss steps that you can take to prepare yourself for a career at a start-up. This discussion will take place through the model of my own commercialization experience, using quantum dots for clinical cancer diagnostics.