OCED Carolina Innovations Seminar – 2018 Celebration of Inventorship
Thursday, May 3, 2018
The Great Room, Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Followed by a networking reception in the same location

2018 Celebration of Inventorship

Mark Schoenfisch, PhD
2018 Inventor of the Year

Our speaker for the 2018 Celebration of Inventorship will be this year’s Inventor of the Year, Dr. Mark Schoenfisch, UNC Department of Chemistry, who will discuss his research and his experiences with start-up companies.

Mark earned his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Kansas and his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Arizona. He has spent his career at UNC-Chapel Hill and is currently a professor of chemistry. Mark’s expertise spans chemistry, biomedical engineering and pharmaceutical sciences. Mark is a prolific inventor and has founded multiple companies, including Novan, Clinical Sensors, and Novoclem. He has 13 issued U.S. patents, 13 issued foreign patents and 22 pending patent applications. In addition to the National Science Foundation CAREER award, he has received numerous honors and awards for both research and teaching.

We will also be honoring our University inventors and celebrating their accomplishments by focusing on campus innovators who have had US patents issue during calendar 2017. We hope you will join OCED for this annual event, our community’s opportunity to recognize the wonderful work University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s faculty and researchers do.



Register for this event, free of charge at: Celebration of Inventorship Registration


This year the OCED Carolina Innovation seminars will be held entirely in the Great Room at Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery at the corner of Franklin and Columbia streets. The seminar runs from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed immediately by a networking reception in the same space.

Public Parking Options

Your best bet is public parking in one of the lots on Rosemary Street. Traveling from Raleigh/Durham, via Franklin Street, make a right on North Columbia Street. Take the next right on Rosemary Street. There are several lots on East Rosemary Street, all of which are pay lots. However, Top of the Hill will validate parking tickets at two of the lots for attendees at events in the Great Room. These are the Rosemary Columbia lot and the Wallace Parking deck.

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Campus Parking Options

Parking on campus is available, but it is sometimes difficult to find spaces. The Morehead Parking Lot is located on Franklin Street next to Morehead Planetarium. Another lot, the Swain Parking lot is located on Cameron Avenue. Be aware, however, that this lot is frequently reserved for events at Memorial Hall. From Raleigh/Durham via Franklin Street, make a left onto South Columbia Street. At the second light, make a left onto Cameron Avenue. The first left is the entrance to Swain Parking Lot. The charge for parking at campus lots is $1.00-1.25 per hour.
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Save the Date

September 7, 2017 Myla Lai-Goldman, CEO, GeneCentric Therapeutics
October 5, 2017 David Levin, CEO; Amos Slaymaker, VP Sales and Business Development, Bivarus, Inc.
November 2, 2017 Mark Velleca, MD, PhD, CEO of G1 Therapeutics
December 7, 2017  Multiple Speakers, UNC/NC State Dept. of Biomedical Engineering
January 11, 2018  Multiple Speakers, UNC School of Dentistry
February 1, 2018  Multiple Speakers: Garrett Berry, Ryan Hallett, Ricky Spero
March 1, 2018  Rodolphe Barrangou, PhD, Co-founder and CSO, Locus Biosciences
April 5, 2018 Daniel Kolker, PhD, from the US Patent and Trademark Office
May 3, 2018 Celebration of Inventorship
*Dates are subject to change 

              Carolina Innovations Seminar Sponsors



Myers Bigel Wyrick Robbins Jenkins Wilson Taylor & Hunt, PA
Hutchison PLLC Withrow + Terranova Andrews Kurth Kenyon, LLP
Alston & Bird, LLP McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP



Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Thrive IP Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP