Reflections from Hyderabad

 An impressive and excellent turnout of over 100 delegates graced the STEM Professional Development Program for Technology Managers and STEM Annual Summit from 19-22 August, 2009 at Taj Banjara, Hyderabad, India. The flagship Annual event of the STEM brought in participation from across three continents, with some of the key profiles being: Technology Managers, Chief IP Officers, and senior technologists, policymakers, and representatives from IP-owning companies, start-ups, law firms, consultancies, accountancy firms and other IP stakeholders from across the world. Participants came from MNCs, public sector and policymaking institutions.

 Over four days, the sessions, keynote speeches and panel discussions provided ample opportunities for a wide spectrum of stakeholder views and insights to be brought forth through a high-quality debate on the role of IP in today’s world, and on a variety of other key topics that Technology Managers face daily, ranging from conflict of interest to transnational licensing agreements, from technology marketing to global IP scenarios. The discussions offline were very fruitful, and a majority of the delegates expressed their happiness with the new opportunities for alliances, deals and partnerships in the offing.

 The STEM 2009 program was made possible by generous support from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), Sathguru Management Consultants, Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSPII), with media partnership from the Wall Street Journal.

A sample list of organizations that sent delegates to the STEM Annual Event 2009 were:

GE, Tata Consultancy Services, Mindtree Consulting, Monsanto Research Centre, Advanta India, GVK Bio, Aptuit Laurus, IKP Knowledge Park, Villgro, Sierra Atlantic, Vibha Agrotech, Incozen Therapeutics, Krishna & Saurastri, NEIST, Nagarjuna Agrichem, CFTRI, The Wellcome Trust - DBT India Alliance, Honeywell Technology Solutions, Corporate Law Group, University Institute of Chemical Technology (ICT), The Wellcome Trust, Elder Pharmaceuticals, Vivimed Labs, Radix Global Solutions India Pvt. Ltd, PT. Nusantara Compnet Integrator, Bangladesh Agriculture Research Council, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Indian Institute of Vegetable Research, Department of Biotechnology, Philips IP & Standards, Novo Nordisk