Area research universities to share start-up successes


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – How can universities become more successful at launching start-up companies?

    That’s the main question to be addressed at the 12th annual OVALS conference hosted by the University of Louisville Nov. 9-10. OVALS stands for the Ohio Valley Affiliates for Life Sciences and the organization’s members include 10 research universities in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

    As universities become hubs for translating research into viable companies, competition for investor funding and partnerships with industry has increased. The conference is a way for faculty researchers and entrepreneurs from institutions in the Ohio Valley region to share their success stories and strategies.

    Conference details:

    What: “University Start-ups: Getting Beyond Challenges – Making It Happen”

    When: Nov. 9-10

    Where: Seelbach Hilton Hotel, Louisville


    Here is a list of OVALS members and the organizers of the 2015 conference:

    Cincy Tech USA
    Indiana University
    Purdue University
    Ohio University
    The Ohio State University
    University of Cincinnati
    University of Dayton
    University of Kentucky
    University of Louisville


    Mark Hebert
    Following a 28-year career as a radio and television reporter, Mark Hebert joined the University of Louisville as the Director of Media Relations in 2009, serving as the main spokesperson. In 2015, Mark was named Director of Programming and Production. He’s now producing and hosting a radio show about “all things UofL”, overseeing the university’s video and TV productions and promoting UofL’s research operation. Mark is best known for his 22 years as the political and investigative reporter for WHAS-TV in Louisville where he won numerous awards for breaking stories, exposing corruption and objectively covering Kentucky politics. In 2014, Mark was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame.