Melissaratos opens INBT summer seminar series, June 16

Aris Melissaratos, senior advisor to the president for enterprise development at Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer, will speak at the summer’s first Professional Development Seminar hosted by the Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) on June 16 at 11 a.m. in Maryland Hall 110.

A Hopkins’ electrical engineering graduate (‘66), Melissaratos will discuss the importance of technology on academic development and how it affects the standard of living, opportunities of the future, and solves global discrepancies. Melissaratos claims that he has “lots of warnings and advice” to offer, in addition to the benefit of “50 years of industry” experience.

Wednesday’s talk will include excerpts and topics from his new book, Innovation: The Key to Prosperity—Technology and America’s Role in the 21st Century Global Economy, cowritten with N.J Slabbert, which focuses on the translation side of the industry and how to transfer technology. The book “reveals America’s greatest wealth: its scientific and inventive ingenuity” and discusses how to harness and utilize that wealth for its full potential.

Melissaratos is a whiz at developing and financing a product and creating a business around a product. A true product of a research institute, Melissaratos” book “reminds us of the power and adventure of human intelligence,” wrote Gilbert F. Decker, former Science Advisor to the US Secretary of Defense in a review of the book. Topics to look forward to include: redeveloping the American economy to regain supremacy, upping our competitive edge in the global economy, and making up for our country’s lost manufacturing base with research.

Melissaratos has previously served as the vice president of science and technology and chief technology officer at Westinghouse Electronics corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. He left to join state government in 2003 as Secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development. His list of impressive credentials include holding the vice presidency title at Thermo Electron Corp., founding Armel Private Equity Investments, founding the Greater Baltimore Technology Council (co-chair), and serving as vice president of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce.

Four seminars will be held this summer. To attend any of INBT’s Professional Development Seminars, RSVP to Ashanti Edwards at

For more information: INBT Professional Development Seminar Series, The Aris Institute

Story by Sarah Gubara, Senior, Psychology, Krieger School of Arts and Sciences

Professional development seminars kick off with talks on tech transfer, publishing

Aris Melissaratos


Johns Hopkins Institute for NanoBioTechnology (INBT) will host four free professional development seminars for scientists and engineers this summer. These seminars aim to expand students’ knowledge of issues and ideas relevant to but outside of the laboratory and classroom experience.

Topics include intellectual property, commercialization and entrepreneurship, science journalism and publishing, ‘life after college” and much more. This summer, talks will be held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. on June 16, June 30, July 14 and July 28. Talks on June 16 and June 30 will be held in Maryland 110; talks on July 14 and July 28 will move to Ames 234.

Talks scheduled so far include:

June 16: Aris Melissaratos, senior advisor to the president from Johns Hopkins University Technology Transfer, will discuss what it takes for an research idea to move from bench to the commercial market. Johns Hopkins Technology Transfer is the office that links university researchers and businesses interested in commercializing their inventions.

June 30:  Penelope Lewis, acquisitions editor of the American Chemical Society’s journal, ACS Nano. Lewis, who earned a PhD in Chemistry from Penn State University, will talk about her experience as a scientist moving into the world of academic publishing.

Penelope Lewis

“A career in scholarly publishing can be an interesting and rewarding path for graduate students or postdocs who are looking to move away from the lab bench but still be surrounded by scientific research. In scientific publishing, a doctoral degree or a postdoc is always a great strength and for many positions a requirement. In this talk, I will describe the daily activities involved in working at a non-profit publisher, including the skills and interests that are helpful to succeed in this position,” Lewis said.

All JHU/JHMI and APL faculty, staff and students are invited to attend these free seminars designed to promote discussion and interaction with scientific and engineering professionals. To find out the location and to RSVP for each seminar, please contact Ashanti Edwards at