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August 20, 2013 | Tom Ballard

Third “Venture Match” set for next week with focus on agriculture

The third of the initial four “Venture Match” events coordinated by LaunchTN and Tech 20/20 is set for 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 28, at a new location – Rooms 156 and 157 of the Plant Biotechnology Building on the University of Tennessee (UT) Agriculture Campus, 2431 Joe Johnson Drive.

The series is focused on a different technology sector each month with the four areas collectively representing the region’s intellectual property strength. For August, the overarching topic is agriculture. The series is sponsored by Bass Berry & Sims.

Following opening remarks by UT AgResearch Dean Bill Brown at the August event, individual presentations will be made by:

  • Bem Culiat of NellOne Therapeutics speaking about tissue healing;
  • Shawn Carson of Tech 20/20 discussing bovine embryo transfer;
  • Jun Lin of the UT Institute of Agriculture discussing improving animal feeds;
  • Neal Stewart of the UT Institute of Agriculture speaking about synthetic promoters; and
  • Fred Tompkins of UT who will be presenting Skimtek.

There is no registration fee for the event, but pre-registration is required for catering purposes. To register, go to

Parking is available in Lot 66 at the Southwest corner of Joe Johnson and E.J. Chapman Drives.

The remaining “Venture Match” session will be on September 25 in the late afternoon – 5 p.m. The topic will be software, and it will be held in the Mill Room of Cherokee Mills, 2240 Sutherland Avenue.