This one day conference focused on the interface between academic research and the commercialization of the fruits of stem cell research. The San Francisco-based linkurl:Women?s Technology Cluster;http://www.wtc-sf.org/ , whose mission is ?to increase the number of successful women-led companies in the life science, high technology, and clean technology sectors and to leverage their influence,? was the organizing sponsor. They apparently sponsor over thirty events a year to promote that mission. The symposium started with two keynote speakers, who gave overviews of stem cell science and then the rest of the day was made up of short presentations by panel discussion participants on their perspectives on the roles of the various parties to scientific business opportunities ? that is academic institutions, venture capital and other sources of revenue and businesses that are willing to take the risk on of collaboration. There were a variety of speakers from other countries ? Germany,...
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