Advancing National Security Innovation: Fostering DoD/New England Industry Collaboration
Innovation Marketplace Networking Event
June 16, 2016 5pm-8pm
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Are you a research organization looking to license your federally funded innovations?

Would you like to connect with industry leaders within the Department of Defense?

Interested in teaming, joint R&D, or procurement opportunities with a Defense Prime Contractor?

Join the National Defense Industry Association (NDIA) New England Chapter for a special evening networking event bringing together the national security innovation community. Our community is comprised of:

  • Federal defense and intelligence agencies
  • Federal and state homeland security and law enforcement agencies
  • Government/defense prime contractors
  • Federally funded research laboratories (i.e., FFRDCs, 501c3, For Profits)
  • Universities
  • Industry, including large companies, small businesses, and startups
  • Venture capitalists/angel investors
  • Industry associations, and service providers.

During the evening, attendees can interact one-on-one with exhibiting organizations at information tables. Attendees will explore teaming, investment and procurement opportunities. Participants will be able to connect in person with defense industry leaders and innovators. This is the opportunity to discuss cross industry collaboration including:

  • Cyber Security
  • C4ISR (aka Advanced Computing & Network Architecture, Sensors, Big Data, Visualization)
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) (including counter UAS)
  • Advanced materials and manufacturing

Information Tables Include:

Erin Fopiano, Supplier Technology Innovation, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Raytheon is a technology leader specializing in defense, homeland security and other government markets throughout the world. With a history of innovation spanning more than 80 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, and other capabilities in the areas of sensing; effects; command, control, communications and intelligence systems, as well as a broad range of mission support services. Raytheon is looking to collaborate with small businesses on SBIR/STTR programs.

Chris Whalen, Managing Director, New Technology Ventures
New Technology Ventures is a multi-stage venture firm with a strategy that includes spinning-out, leveraging, and commercializing high potential developed technologies with clear market and exit opportunities. NTV’s investment interests are in technologies with both national security and commercial applications, including:

  • Cyber security, software, and information technology
  • Healthcare, biomedical technology, and technology enabled services
  • Next generation materials and sustainable solutions.

Matthew McSwain, Federal Contracts Specialist R&D, Francis College of Engineering, UMASS Lowell
UMASS Lowell’s emerging technology research areas in the national security domain span cyber security, nanotechnology, plastics engineering, printed and flexible electronics, robotics, big data, clean energy/energy storage, and space science. The university is looking to team with small businesses, DoD primes, and other government contractor on R&D contracts. In addition, the university is looking for technology licensing and commercialization opportunities for university developed innovations.

Lee Ann Cochran, Vice President Business Development & Sales, Battelle
Battelle is the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, with over 22,000 employees at more than 60 locations globally. Battelle manages the world’s leading national laboratories and maintains a contract research portfolio spanning consumer and industrial, energy and environment, health and pharmaceutical and national security. Battelle is interested in collaborating with small businesses (both traditional and nontraditional), commercial industry, defense contractors, and universities on procurement opportunities.

Charlie Benway, Director, Massachusetts Innovation Bridge
Massachusetts has a highly educated workforce, world class universities, and cutting edge companies. Meanwhile, federal government agencies are launching initiatives to make the world safer, healthier, and stronger. Now, through the Mass Innovation Bridge (MIB), all these elements can work together. With support from the Baker-Polito Administration, the Innovation Bridge connects local businesses, non-profits, and academic institutions with federal opportunities. Through opportunity identification and matching, technical exchanges, educational resources, networking events, and ongoing support, MIB helps you make the most of every opportunity.

Dr. Peter A. Schulz, Associate Technology Officer, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
MIT Lincoln Laboratory is a federally funded research and development center chartered to apply advanced technology to problems of national security. An MIT Lincoln Labs representative will be available to discuss internally-developed technologies available for licensing, as well as technologies MITLL is looking to source from external innovators.

Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center @ Hanscom Air Force Base
Hanscom AFB, the only active duty AFB in New England, has an important role as an acquisition installation that acquires critical warfighting and support systems for the Air Force. Hanscom AFB is looking for innovations across a wide variety of technology areas and seeks new partnerships with industry, small businesses, academia, non-profits, FFRDCs, and all levels of government to deliver the innovations.


When: June 16, 2016; 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA 01852

What: Evening networking event. Attendees receive two drink tickets for complimentary beer, wine or soda. Light hors d' oeuvres will be served.

Registration: Attendees can register for just the evening networking event or full conference. To learn more about the full conference program, click here.  To register, click here:


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