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The University of Minnesota launched a record 14 startup companies — many with a medical focus — in 2013. In 2012, it launched 12 startups, breaking the previous year’s record of nine. In a climate of decreasing federal support for scientific research and increasing competition for research grants, the University is working hard to ensure that its discoveries enter the marketplace, where they can have the most impact. Since the Office of Technology Commercialization’s Venture Center was formed in 2006, a total of 52 startup companies have been created. Today 80 percent are still active.

Mr. Brenner has over 30 years IP management and licensing experience with various industries including consumer products, food, entertainment, software,health technology, medical devices and digital media. He has led international licensing programs as both licensee and licensor, and through consulting projects focused on strategy and management, outbound / inbound licensing initiatives, and IP audits and due diligence.. He has developed and managed deals with Fortune 1000 companies including Universal Studios, Fox Interactive, Sony Pictures, Dow, Cargill, SmithKline Glaxo, Ranir, Coca Cola, Kellogg’s, Hasbro, Mattel, and others. He is a public speaker and published writer, and has taught classes at the university level. His speaking events have included UC Irvine, Tritech/SBDC, Irvine Chamber, Fast Start Studios, ICFO Investors Conference, San Diego Investment Conference, Westlaw Legal Center (NYC), National Speakers Association, and the Hong Kong FilmArt Expo. He has written several articles on licensing intellectual property which have appeared in the Licensing Journal, Intellectual Property Magazine, and License India.

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