University tech transfer’s impact, opportunities to be focus of NH Global Business Summit

World Affairs Council of NH to host Dec. 1 event at SNHU
Ashley Stevens

Dr. Ashley Stevens

The impact of the international university technology transfer field will be the focus of the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire‘s annual Global Business Summit, which returns to an in-person format this year.

The summit, to be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Southern New Hampshire University Banquet Center in Manchester, will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Ashley Stevens, a leader in the technology transfer space – for 15 years, he led Boston University’s Office of Technology Transfer, and before that was director of the Office of Technology Transfer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – who will look at the history of the field, its ability to improve conditions around the world and some of the most impressive innovations that started from these partnerships.

A panel discussion featuring local technology transfer leaders will follow Stevens’ remarks, with the goal of providing further insights into how tech transfer connects universities and businesses in New Hampshire.

The panel will include Andrew Share of Nixon Peabody and Marc Eichenberger of UNHInnovation, who will discuss the benefits of these types of partnerships as well as the challenges the industry faces.

“Some of the most important innovations of the past 100 years have come out of the technology transfer space,” said Tim Horgan, executive director of WACNH. “This includes many of the key steps along the way to creating the mRNA vaccines in use today to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.” He added that the summit will be a place for leaders and community leaders to gain “new insights and foster new connections that will benefit the future of New Hampshire.”

A pre-event networking reception will begin at 5 p.m. and the summit will kick off at 6. For more information, visit

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