Judy was in the Huffington Post! Read her blog post "Why Bragging is Good for Women"! 


When Start-ups Hit Patent Roadblocks

"What’s important to know about a patent is that it simply gives you an opportunity to defend yourself in a court of law. Get it out of your mind if you think it will keep you out of court."

Judy Giordan and Mark Vreeke (cofounder of the Chemical Angel Network), contribute thoughts on patents to Chemical and Engineering News in Mark S. Reisch's article When Start-ups Hit Patent Roadblocks. Reisch discusses patent disputes between chemical company Evonik Industries and start-up firm Materia. 

Embracing the extended view - Judy speaks at the Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison

Judy was an invited speaker in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Chemical Engineering department's seminar series on October 8, 2013. Her presentation was entitled "A new 21st-century Contact Sport: Solving Global Challenges using both the Lens of Research and the Lens of the Market," and she discussed the necessity for scientists to learn about the innovation process.  This involves embracing a personal change process to learn more and transform from a researcher to an innovator (and this includes more than entrepreneurs!). 

Click to download the slides.  

STEM Women in Innovation and Investing - symposium at American Chemical Society Meeting 9/10

Judy will be moderating the "STEM Women in Innovation and Investing" symposium at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Indianapolis on Tuesday, September 10 in the JW Marriott hotel, Grand Ballroom 7, from 2:00pm-4:30pm. Please join us for what will be a fascinating discussion with our panelists:

  • Kathryn Uhrich, Professor of Chemistry, Rutgers University, and Founder, Polymerix Corporation
  • Nicola Pohl, Professor of Chemistry and the Joan and Marvin Carmack Chair in Bioorganic Chemistry, Indiana University Bloomington, and Founder, LuCella Biosciences Inc.
  • Suzette Dutch, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Triathlon Medical Ventures
  • Linda O’Keefe, CFO Consultant, LOK Enterprises
  • Mary Foley Phillips, Associate Director, Office for Commercialization and Corporate Development, Oregon State University

This symposium will be recorded by ACS, so if you're not going to the ACS meeting then please tune back in a couple of weeks to watch the recording!

There are a lot of great innovation and entrepreneurship related events at the ACS meeting - check out the meeting road map developed by the ACS Chemical Entrepreneurship Council! 

Start-Up Hurdles

Judy was quoted in the Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) article "Start-Up Hurdles" by Susan Ainsworth on April 15, 2013.

In the face of countless obstacles, "women have to be able to defend their case to all of their stakeholders, including those who will provide funding—and even their friends and family—who might doubt that they can accomplish their goals," Giordan says. "Starting a business is a contact sport."

Exit Strategies - Financing to the End Game

Judy moderated the panel "Exit Strategies - Financing to the End Game" at the American Chemical Society Entrepreneur Resources Center Entrepreneur Summit at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in March 2013.  The panel featured Dr. Stephen Flaim of Tech Coast Angels, Dr. Scott Lockledge of Fairbridge Venture Partners, and Dr. Edward Greer of the Venture and Business Development Group of the Dow Chemical Company.

Download the slides here.

You can watch the presentation here - this panel begins at 01:04:00 of the video.

Watch live streaming video from acswebinars at livestream.com

Innovation Intensive and Lens of the Market workshops for the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry

Judy and Joseph Steig, NCIIA's Treasurer and Manager of Venture Development, facilitated two workshops for the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry (CSMC) at the University of Oregon in early November.  Lens of the Market (LoM) is an introductory 1-day workshop for STEM graduate students wishing to learn the language of the market in addition to the language of science.  Innovation Intensive is a deeper dive into what it really means to take an idea from the lab to the market, with students considering their own research as they work for 2 intensive days with Judy and Joseph onsite, and then over the course of 6 months develop value propositions and do market research based on their own science.

The Introverts (and Shy Guys and Gals) Guide to Success in Science and Leadership

Judy was featured in the ACS Live Webinar on August 30, 2012.  Judy Giordan as speaker.  During the ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia in August 2012 Judy was featured in "The Introverts (and Shy Guys and Gals) Guide to Success in Science and Leadership."  Judy advises introverts to accept that they are indeed introverts and that they too can be extremely successful in any career they choose!  A must-see talk for any introvert!

Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transitions into Entrepreneurship

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) recently published "From Science to Business: Preparing Female Scientists and Engineers for Successful Transitions into Entrepreneurship: Summary of a Workshop."  Judy was on Panel IV, "Alternative Forms of Entrepreneurships in Sustainable Technologies: Intrapreneurship in Corporations and Government, Social Entrepreneurship, and Traditional Entrepreneurship."

Visit the NAS website to download a free copy of the entire report!

What Researchers Who Want To Be Entrepreneurs Need To Know

Judy was featured in the Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN) article "What Researchers Who Want To Be Entrepreneurs Need To Know" by Susan Morrissey on August 20, 2012.

“The activity of commercialization is actually separate from doing science,” explains Ph.D. chemist Judith Giordan, partner at ecosVC, a group that develops and funds start-ups. “The science can be very dispassionate—the reaction either worked or not. But how you sell it and position it and handle it, that’s a completely human endeavor."

Read the whole article here!