The historic Seelbach Hotel

The historic Seelbach Hotel

Several universities in the region have partnered to present the 12th annual OVALS science and tech conference in Louisville. The theme of this year’s OVALS (which stands for Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences) is “University Startups: Getting Beyond Challenges – Making It Happen.”

The program will take place at the Seelbach Hotel and will begin with an innovation showcase the evening of Monday, Nov. 9. Tuesday is a full day of panels and events featuring speakers like Louisville Chief of Civic Innovation Ted Smith, U of L Entrepreneur-in-Residence Suzanne Bergmeister, and GE’s Natarajan (Venkat) Venkatakrishnan.

Dr. Mary Nan Mallory, Inscope Medical Solutions, is the keynote speaker. Inscope is a university startup that has become very successful on the startup pitch contest circuit.

The OVALS partnership developed in 2002 as a forum to stimulate economic development opportunities for Life Sciences within the “Ohio Valley” region.

Partner schools include University of Cincinnati, Indiana University, Ohio State, Ohio University, Purdue University, University of Dayton, University of Kentucky, and University of Louisville.

The conference registration fees ($150 regular registration, $125 academic, and $75 student) include conference materials, Monday’s innovative showcase, and Tuesday’s continental breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks.

Monday’s innovation showcase begins at 6 p.m. on Monday. The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

More information here.