Where research and capital collide.

Fall 2019


Fall 2019


The only conference of its kind, the R&D Breakthrough Summit brings together research scientists and entrepreneurs to bridge the gap between academia and business with experiential learning opportunities, inspiring speakers, and intentional community building. Through the collision of research and capital – where great science meets great business – our goal is to accelerate more breakthroughs scientific research translating to tangible products and services that solve real-world challenges.

The 2019 Summit is taking place in the Fall, at the Hyatt Regency Austin and Capital Factory in Austin, Texas.



While some research projects may take place in a vacuum, technology commercialization – or bringing technology from the laboratory to the marketplace – cannot. To solve big challenges and apply research to the real world, both the scientific and business community need to collaborate together to bring about innovation.


Whether you're a graduate, post-doc, or undergrad research student, entrepreneur, or investor, if you believe in the value of bridging the scientific and business communities to affect change, we want you here.


Keynote Speaker

Pablos Holman

Pablos Holman

Inventor @ Intellectual Ventures


Alex Danco

Alex Danco

Discover Team @ Social Capital

Brad Roberts - PhD

Brad Roberts - PhD

Head of Global Platform @ Xinova

Brian Cummings

Brian Cummings

CEO @ Technium

Bryon Jacob

Bryon Jacob

CTO & Co-Founder @ Data.World

Paul Ahlstrom

Paul Ahlstrom

Managing Director @ Alta Global Ventures

Our Agenda


9 AM - 10 AM
Kickoff & Keynote with Pablos Holman
Getting to the Impossible: Science as an Opportunity to Save Lives

   Pablos Holman Intellectual Ventures

Pablos Holman has invented on behalf of billionaires Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates and worked for more than a decade with Nathan Myhrvold, the creator of Windows at Microsoft and Intellectual Ventures. From rockets, nuclear energy, cybersecurity, and vaccine refrigeration, Pablos’ inventions have saved or have the potential to save millions of lives. Pablos will teach you what it takes to invent to solve the impossible.

10 AM - 10:30 AM
The Rise of the Entrepreneurial Scientist

   Brian Cummings Technium

What is an entrepreneurial scientist? How did they all get here? Understand how this new class of scientist evolved and why they’re they are the key to the future.

10:30 AM - 11 AM
The Decline in Grant Money and Exploring New Funding Models

According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the 2020 White House Budget are reducing R&D by 9% and an ever present funding gap, find out what options entrepreneurial scientists have to advance their research.

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Startups as the Best Vehicle for Advancing Research

After Bayh-Dole, use of startups as a vehicle for innovation were pioneered by a few research institutions. Four decades later, evidence shows startups are the ideal vehicle for advancing research. Startups built the semiconductor industry, the internet industry, and many biotechnology breakthroughs. Learn why and how this vehicle just works.

12:45 PM - 1:30 PM
Not Everyone Has to be CEO: Understanding Team Dynamics When Launching a Company

A startup that’s broken at the beginning cannot be fixed. Learn how to align team members and set a strong foundation for success.

1:30 PM - 2 PM
Why Science-based Startups Have a Unique Advantage

   Alex Danco Social Capital

Having one-of-a-kind knowledge is a unique advantage from Day 1. Learn how to leverage your science-based startup’s advantage in today’s marketplace.

2 PM - 2:30 PM
Understanding Venture Capital from the Lens of a Scientist

Venture Capital 101. Understand a VCs motivations, strengths, and limitations. Then how to approach a VC as a scientist to access early-stage financing.


9:10 AM - 10 AM
Sponsored Session: Technium’s Reverse Pitch – VCs Pitching the Entrepreneurial Scientist

3 VCs pitch 3 entrepreneurial scientists 1-by-1. You’re the judge. Only one gets to fund the best entrepreneurial scientist.

10 AM - 10:30 AM
Industry-Sponsored Research: Finding and Working with Corporations

Unlock industry sponsored research budgets by thinking of them as your research partners. Learn what corporations are looking for and how to get their attention and resources.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Understanding Your Audience: How to Communicate Your Research to Non-Scientists

Effectively communicate your research, why it matters, and why talking to non-scientists will help you change the world.

12:30 PM - 1 PM
Building a Product: From Research Lab to Market

   Paul Ahlstrom Alta Global Ventures

The 5 stages you go through when making the leap from science to developing a product people want. Learn to ask the right questions and find answers at the right time to transform your science into a product.

1 PM - 1:30 PM
After Launch and Before Selling Your Company: What Happens in Between?

   Bryon Jacob Data.World

So you’ve launched your company. Creating something from nothing is an unpredictable journey and now you need to hire, fire, and manage the company. Learn from a CTO veteran about what it takes to navigate what happens in between the start and the finish.

1:45 PM - 2:30 PM
Scaling and Selling your Science Startup

Get a glimpse at what the finish line looks like.


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