Sen. Tom Udall
SANTA FE ─ U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. will host a conference on ways to help spur innovation and create high-tech jobs and businesses in New Mexico by encouraging technology transfer from the national labs and universities to private entrepreneurs at 7:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 12, in the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College.
Sen. Jeff Bingaman
Udall will present the keynote address at 10:40 a.m. at the half-day event and workshop, co-hosted by Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC), Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), the Regional Development Corporation (RDC), and Santa Fe Community College.
The conference will bring together some of New Mexico’s sharpest minds and successful entrepreneurs and investors, including educators and leaders from New Mexico’s national labs. Speakers include former U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, LANL Director Charlie McMillan and SNL Director Paul Hommert.
LANL Director Charlie McMillan
Udall will deliver the keynote address and publicly announce that he will introduce a bill to support tech transfer, tentatively called the Technology Transfer Invention, Innovation, and Implementation Act.
Tech transfer is a process for moving research and development to the marketplace. New Mexico is well positioned to build on the cutting-edge research being done at the national labs, universities and military installations and turn it into high-tech jobs in New Mexico.
SNL Director Paul Hommert
But improved coordination and public-private partnerships are vital to building successful high-tech industries in our state.
The conference – and Udall’s bill – will focus on how to facilitate better coordination between the federal, state and regional resources that will enable innovators and entrepreneurs to develop cutting-edge products and businesses.