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ACE Hub Workshop Series: Transitioning Technology into the Marketplace

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 11:00 to 12:30



ACE Hub Workshop Series: Transitioning Technology into the Marketplace
Taking Technology From Lab to Market!

Developing a great technology venture is challenging and exhilarating. ACE Hub is pleased to invite Ms. Debra Beresini, founder and CEO of Invencor inc.,to give a presentation on "Transitioning Technology into the Marketplace”. 

This presentation will:

  • Define the basic tools needed to build a transition plan for taking the technology/product to the market
  • Understand the problem that the product is solving for the market
  • Determine if the best channel for the product is a large established licensing partner or a startup company
  • Building the team and preparing the company for growth will also be discussed

We welcome all researchers, students, faculty, aspiring and established entrepreneurs, investors, and tech transfer practitioners to join us!

Please register here:

  • Date: Dec 4, 2013 (Wed)
  • Time: 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Venue: LT5, 2/F, Cheng Yu Tung Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin
  • Language: English
  • Host: Dr. Bee Leng Chua (Executive Director, HiBEAM)
  • Key Speaker: Ms. Debra Beresini (Founder and CEO, Invencor inc.)
  • Panelist: Mr. Ming Wong (CEO, Lotus Innovative Health Ltd.)
                Mr. Reny Ng (Angel Investor)
  • Rundown:
    10:45am-11:00am  Registration
    11:00am-11:30am  Debra’s Presentation
    11:30am-12:10pm  Panel Discussion with guests
    12:10pm-12:30pm  Q&A

  • Speaker Profile:

    Beresini is an experienced manager, investor and entrepreneur. In 1997, she co-founded invencor, inc., based in the San Francisco Bay Area and has since served as its CEO.  invencor manages both debt and equity funds, provides mentoring and educational programs for venture and private equity investors, consults with entrepreneurial management teams to grow companies and  works with lending institutions that focus on emerging growth companies.

    Beresini works with emerging growth companies across industries-healthcare, life science, and consumer- helping the management teams develop strategies to build sustainable companies. Her work with lending institutions includes structuring internal plans for risk mitigation policies and practices for lending to emerging growth companies.

    Previously, she held senior positions at organizations focused on the investment, growth and financing of startup companies including AR&D Corp (specializing in technology transfer), US Portfolio Leasing- Ford subsidiary (venture leasing), Technology Funding, Inc. (debt and equity financing to emerging companies) and as senior vice president and manager of the National Division at Silicon Valley Bank.

    Under her guidance at Silicon Valley Bank, Beresini and her team built the National Division for the bank opening loan production offices focused on the emerging company market throughout the western United States. Silicon Valley Bank, founded in 1982, was the first bank with a primary focus on emerging companies.  In 2000, Beresini co-founded and became managing director of International Venture Fund LP based in Silicon Valley. In 2013, she was named one of the “100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.


  • Hostess Profile:
    Bee Leng is the Executive Director of HiBEAM, a private and non-profit virtual accelerator that provides mentoring to high technology companies and helps them by connecting them to funding sources. Her goal is to build an Asian strategy for HiBEAM enabling its portfolio companies to raise funds, find new markets and customers, as well as business and research partners. In 2011, she launched the Hawaii Tech Asia program for HiBEAM to bring Hawaii technology companies to Asia to meet prospective investors, customers and strategic partners. She is the Vice-President of the Hong Kong Business Association of Hawaii, and a board member of Entrepreneurs Foundation Hawaii. Bee Leng was founding director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at CUHK.

    Bee Leng earned her Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. She is a citizen of Singapore and lived in Hong Kong for 18 years before going to Hawaii in August 2007. In October 2010, Bee Leng received the Distinguished Alumnus Award of the College of Fine Arts and Communication of the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point and in 2013, she was its Commencement Speaker.

  • Panelist:
    Mr. Ming-Chung Wong is the founder and CEO of Lotus Innovative Health Ltd., a biopharmaceutical company developing anti-angiogenesis inhibitors for neovascular based disease, based in Hong Kong. He previously worked as Chief Operating Officer at Angiogen Inc., a biotechnology company in San Diego, CA, and as a life science and pharmaceutical analyst at Security Global Investors in San Francisco, CA. He has a bachelor’s degree in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, a MBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and did his PhD graduate studies in Biology under Prof. Tony Hunter at the Salk Institute in combination with the University of California, San Diego. Mr. Wong is also the recipient of a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenge Exploration grant and works closely with the Gates Foundation on a variety of different 3rd world projects including sanitation, agriculture, and various other global health issues.


    Mr. Reny Ng is an angel investor, having been a member of AAMA Shanghai Angel Group (recently re-branded as AngelVest) between 2008-2010, and has been a member of HKBAN since early 2012. His main investment and entrepreneurial interest is technology commercialization opportunities from universities in Hong Kong.

    Before starting his own business in investment management and corporate advisory in mid 2006, Reny was a Senior Vice President with Citigroup Global Markets Asia Limited. With his 13-year diverse banking experience spaning from investment banking to investment advisory in the Greater China region, he has been advising private entrepreneurs in Mainland China on financial strategy in the past seven years.

    Reny, a CUHK Business School alumnus, received his Bachelor’s degree in 1991. In addition, he received his Executive MBA degree from Tsinghua University, Beijing in 2008.