Women in Innovation and Technology

The Women in Innovation & Technology program aims to close the gender gap in invention disclosure and commercialization at Washington University.

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In 2014, the Washington University Office of Technology Management (OTM) introduced the Women in Innovation and Technology (WIT) program to address the persistent under-representation of women in technology commercialization efforts. At the time of WIT’s inception, University Human Resources reported that 35% of University faculty was female. However, OTM estimated that female inventors submitted less than 5% of all invention disclosures at Washington University.

Now in its fifth year, WIT educates female faculty on how to navigate the commercialization process, while also introducing various resources available within the St. Louis region. WIT-sponsored events offered throughout the year afford attendees the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of inventorship while growing their commercialization networks.

This year, the WIT Symposium held on February 27th saw its highest-ever attendance figure.  The symposium included:

  • Lunch sponsored by Armstrong Teasdale
  • Keynote Speaker
    • Michelle Marcolongo, PhD, PE – Drexel University – Departments of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering
  • Panel I: Making Time for Tech Transfer Amongst Career Development
    • Audrey Odom John, MD, PhD – WUSTL Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Microbiology
    • Jennifer Silva, MD – WUSTL Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Cardiology
    • Joseph Jez, PhD – WUSTL Professor of Biology
    • Moderator:  Rebecca Riley-Vargas, PhD, JD – Polsinelli
  • Panel II: Best Practices for Increasing your Network
    • Dan Sescleifer, CPA, CFA – Business Leader, Balance Plus
    • Wendy Perrow, MBA, CEO – AsclepiX Therapeutics
    • Moderator:  Courtney Jackson, JD, Partner – Armstrong Teasdale
  • Networking Happy Hour sponsored by Polsinelli

Please check back soon for upcoming networking events and the 2019 WIT Symposium. 

For more information and/or to be added to the WIT information distribution list, please contact us at 314-747-0920 or via email.