How Ideas Out of the Lab Have Helped Grow U.S. Industry

KCMN Events

KCMN November Meeting

Clara Asmail, Senior Technical Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) Creative applications of R&D can sometimes yield profitable commercial success in unexpected areas.  The motivation that initially drives technology development does not necessarily predict the journey for innovations that can end up in excitingly different uses. Come hear how having an open mind to opportunities can help your company.  Specific examples of how technologies from one technical field have leaped into seemingly unrelated commercial areas will be discussed as will some tips on how to find your own diamond in the rough.

Jim Baxendale, Director, Whiteborard2Boardroom Whiteboard 2 Boardroom connects entrepreneurs and established businesses to technologies available for licensing at institutions of higher education and corporations in the bi-state region to stimulate applied research, leverage innovation in the marketplace, and accelerate the commercialization of technology. Jim will discuss how his local resource has helped institutions take ideas from the lab and apply them to established companies to help them grow their business.

 Tuesday, November 10, 2015

7:30-9:00 AM

Hilton Garden Inn, 520 Minnesota Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas


Cost is $20 for members and $25 for  manufacturing company guests, $50 for non-manufacturing company guests. Guests may attend 2 meetings before having to join as a member.  Sign up today at BY CLICKING HERE, or contact Donna Gordon at 816-304-7958, or



Clara Asmail develops approaches to provide small R&D and manufacturing businesses with the services and access to resources to help them grow and improve their productivity. She works with SBIR awardees to cultivate partnerships with the MEP network in order to enhance the commercialization of SBIR research results. From 2001 to 2010, Clara managed the NIST SBIR Program and facilitated the commercialization of federal technology by leveraging the SBIR funding with access to federal research assets: SBIR TT. Previously, Clara was Project Leader for Optical Scatterometry at NIST and published 19 peer reviewed articles. Clara holds: M.S., Optical Sciences, University of Arizona, M.S., Physics, Tulane University, B.S., Physics, Fordham University. Her patented technology is the subject of the longest lived and highest revenue license in the history of NIST.

James Baxendale is responsible for cataloging a large pool of innovative technologies from bi-state academic and other research organizations to make them known to entrepreneurs and established companies in the bi-state region as licensing opportunities. He facilitates co-development projects between academic institutions, hospitals and industry. His role also includes mentoring university and high school students in regional entrepreneurship programs and assembling a network of talented individuals to serve as CEO’s of newly formed startup companies.


Mid-America Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise are our NIST Network Affiliate Sponsors. The event is open to area manufacturers and their suppliers.

After more than 26 years, MEP continues to innovate, meeting the challenge of developing new programs, services, and partnerships to help manufacturers flourish in the 21st century. MEP is a part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a U.S. Department of Commerce agency.

Due to our need to cover costs, no shows will be billed. Cancellations will be accepted no later than 3 business days prior to an event, but you are welcome to send a substitute. If  you have paid online and cancel before the deadline, contact us for event credit for a future  meeting.