Lab To Launch

Lab to Launch is a virtual series designed for the University community to learn about aspects of intellectual property and the commercialization process. Hosted by Innovation & Entrepreneurship adjunct professor and experienced venture capitalist Bryan Chambers, each episode welcomes an industry expert or successful entrepreneur to share valuable insight critical to technology commercialization success.

It also provides a great networking platform to engage other researchers inside and outside UT Dallas, as well as the staff of the Office of Technology Commercialization.

The Lab to Launch series is sponsored by the Office of Research in partnership with the Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and Blackstone LaunchPad & Techstars at The University of Texas at Dallas.


Lab To Launch

Watch the live event from any browser at 2PM on the event date.


Monday, January 25

2 pm – 2:45 pm

Lab to Launch Series: Human Machine Interaction – Dexter Ang

Dexter Ang, CEO of Pison Technologies

With support from the MIT Sandbox Innovation Fund Program and as a MIT spinoff Pison Technologies is amassing neuromuscular data to build the world’s most advanced human machine interface. By capturing and filtering signals sent to the nervous system, Pison’s Touchless Control technology allows for the intuitive control of digital devices and interfaces. Hear from Dexter Ang, CEO of Pison, about commercializing their technology.

SPEAKER

Dexter Ang

Dexter Ang

CEO of Pison Technologies

Monday, March 29

2 pm – 2:45 pm

Robots for Humans – Jeff Cardenas

Jeff Cardenas, VP of Innovation and Co-Founder of Apptronik

Apptronik is an spin out from the Human Centered Robotics Lab at the University of Texas at Austin focused on building machines that will take humanity into the next stage of evolution – Man+Machine. Join Jeff Cardenas as he shares insights and lessons learned from the lab to successfully launching an advanced robotic startup that makes robots for the Age of AI.

SPEAKER

Jeff Cardenas

Jeff Cardenas

VP of Innovation | Co-Founder of Apptronik

Monday, April 26

2 pm – 2:45 pm

Artificial General Intelligence Will Change Everything – John Carmack

John Carmack, former CTO of Oculus

Artificial intelligence holds the promise to solve some of the world’s most challenging problems and transform mankind as we know it. Technological achievements and growing R&D efforts behind Artificial General Intelligence (AGI) will allow machines to better process information and perform with human-like cognitive abilities and personality. While there is healthy debate about the challenge and possibilities of achieving AGI, if AGI comes to exist, it will change everything — and it may be closer than you think.

SPEAKER

John Carmack

John Carmack

Former CTO of Oculus

Rescheduled for May 2021

2 pm – 2:45 pm

Accelerating Commercialization Through Public-Private Partnerships

Claire Aldridge, former Associate Vice President of Technology Commercialization at UT Southwestern

By collaborating with UT Southwestern, Taysha Gene Therapies, became the most recent Dallas ‘unicorn’ and achieved the fastest IPO in the history of the biotechnology industry. Claire Aldridge, former Associate Vice President of Technology Commercialization at UT Southwestern, will discuss the benefits and strategies for private corporations and startups to collaborate with research institutions

SPEAKER

Claire Aldridge

Claire Aldridge PhD

Former Associate Vice President of Technology Commercialization at UT Southwestern

To catch up on previous (Season 1 & 2) episodes of Lab to Launch,visit the Office of Research’s YouTube page

Bryan Chambers

VP of Capital Factory’s Accelerator & Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship


Bryan Chambers is VP of Capital Factory’s Accelerator and a General Partner in the Capital Factory’s VC fund, the most active VC fund in Texas. Prior to joining Capital Factory, Bryan helped to establish the Blackstone LaunchPad and the UT Dallas Seed Fund at the University of Texas at Dallas, where he actively advises students, entrepreneurs, and early-stage ventures and serves as a member of the entrepreneurship faculty. Bryan was a founding team member at Fixd Repair (Acquired by ANGI Home Services), an insurance technology and home services business where he led the business and corporate development strategy. Bryan has spent his career working with and investing in venture-backed startups including ReachLocal (IPO in 2010) and LevelUp (acquired by Grub Hub in 2018).

Dresden Goldberg


Director - Programs & Operations

Campus Director - Blackstone LaunchPad