SkyQuest welcomes Dr. Ashley Stevens, President Focus IP Group, LLC, on the Strategic Advisory Board

Dr. Ashley StevensDr. Stevens with over 25+ years of academic and industrial experience across different functions like commercial development, sales, marketing, product management, strategic planning and acquisition mergers, Dr. Stevens serves as an expert for different matters of intellectual property and technology commercialization. Dr. Stevens is serving as the president of Focus IP Group. For 15 years, he led Boston University’s Office of Technology Transfer. During his tenure at Boston University, the Office of Technology Development spun out over 50 companies based on the University’s research, a number of which raised substantial amounts of capital, and the University’s licensing income climbed steadily.

Prior to entering the technology transfer profession, Dr. Stevens worked in the biotechnology industry for nearly ten years.  He was a co-founder of Kytogenics, Inc. and of Genmap, Inc., and was Vice President of Business Development for BioTechnica International.  He started his career with The Procter & Gamble Company, where he held a number of positions in commercial development, sales, marketing, product management, strategic planning and acquisitions and mergers.

Dr. Stevens publishes and lectures frequently on many aspects of technology transfer, including the Bayh-Dole Act, the economic impact of technology transfer and its role in economic development, the contribution of academia to the discovery of new drugs and vaccines, the role of technology transfer in global health and technology valuation in different countries – Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Singapore and S. Africa. He was the recipient of the Bayh-Dole Award at the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) 2007 Annual Meeting and became President of AUTM in March 2010.

He is a lecturer at Health Sector Management Program – Boston University and has been recently appointed a Guest Professor at Osaka University, Japan, where he teaches G-TEC, an intensive summer course on technology commercialization.  He has also taught in Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Singapore and S. Africa.

Dr. Stevens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Natural Sciences, a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in Physical Chemistry from Oxford University. He is a Certified Licensing Professional and a Registered Technology Transfer Professional.

Mr. Carson Wen, Chairman – Sancus Capital, Joins SkyQuest strategic Advisory Board

Mr. Carson Wen, Chairman – Sancus Capital, Hong Kong

CarsMr. Carsen Wenon Wen has more than 30 years of experience in business, corporate, and securities law. He is a partner of the Jones Day, a leading global law firm, and also the Chairman of Sancus Capital Limited. He has advised international clients on mergers and acquisitions of listed and private companies in multiple industries and represents international and Hong Kong companies in their direct investments in China. He has also assisted PRC state-owned and private enterprises in their offshore acquisitions, listings and other corporate finance activities. He also provides advice on regulatory and strategic issues. Mr. Wen has been named as a leading adviser on Chinese law, mergers & acquisitions and capital markets work in Who’s Who of the Law, Asia Pacific Legal 500, Asia Law Leading Lawyers, Chambers Asia and China’s Top 200. He is also named in the International Who’s Who and Who’s Who of the World.

Mr. Wen is a member of the Business Advisory Council of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). He is also a Director of the Pacific Basin Economic Council. He is also Guest Professor of the Law School of Zhonghan University (also known as Sun Yat-Sen University), which is the leading university in Southern China.

Mr. Wen has represented Hong Kong since the Handover as a Deputy of the National People’s Congress. He is a Justice of the Peace and was also awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the HKSAR Government. Mr. Wen was Vice-Chairman and now Senior Adviser of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong (DAB), the largest political party in Hong Kong and also holds leadership positions in various professional and community organizations in Mainland China and Hong Kong, including Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Zhong Hua Construction Foundation and Committee Member of the China M & A Association, China Africa Business Council and the California Association of China and Hong Kong.

Mr. Wen was awarded the Bronze Bauhinia Star (BBS) by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government for his contribution to economic ties between Hong Kong, Mainland China and the rest of the world.

Technology & IP Management Workshop, Bangkok – Thailand, 2-3 September 2013

We are glad to announce successful completion of a two days workshop in Bangkok, Thailand, on Technology & Research Management Workshop with Thailand Center of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) organized on 2nd and 3rd September 2013. This workshop provided a holistic view and understanding of various significant aspects of Technology & Research Management.

The sessions were conducted by SkyQuest team including the managing director,Mr. Akash Bhavsar, Director – Euro Asia, Mr. David Furst and Advisor – SkyQuest Technology Group, Dr. Ashley Stevens. All the speakers with their immense experience & expertise in diverse domains from different geographic regions presented participants with different global perspectives regarding technology & research management through scenarios in Asia, Israel and the US. All the speakers contributed their bit with different regions thus cumulatively gave an overarching outlook of the technology transfer practices globally.

    From Left to Right: Mr. David Furst, Mr. Akash Bhavsar, Mr. Nares Damrongchai & Dr. Ashley Stevens.

 The workshop sensitized the researchers from academia and professionals from industry regarding nuances of technology management right from maintaining laboratory note books to strategically capitalize on one’s intellectual property through licensing; various factors to be considered for evaluation, principles of valuation and its approaches, techno-legal agreement and its analysis along with the significance of post deal monitoring and practical aspects associated with Technology Transfer.


Participants at Workshop – Bangkok – Thailand, 2nd & 3rd September 2013

Membership with UN ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC)

Another feather in our cap — we are thrilled to share that our Managing Director, Mr. Akash Bhavsar, has been appointed has been appointed as the member of UN ESCAP Business Advisory Council (EBAC)


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. Consisting of executives and representatives of leading businesses in a wide range of  industries and sectors from across the Asia-Pacific region, EBAC was established in 2004 and has provided substantive support and in-kind contribution to various ESCAP activities ever since.

EBAC members consist of business leaders, CEOs, representatives and experts from or operating in regional member and associate member countries/economies of ESCAP. They conform to and promote ethical and responsible business practices and fully subscribe to United Nations principles and norms. EBAC members also strive towards full implementation of the principles of the global compact and towards global compact membership.

It is a great privilege to represent India along with the likes of Mr. Narayan Murthy,chairman, Infosys and Dr Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD, Biocon, the members of EBAC from India

With this membership, our MD, Mr. Bhavsar will get the opportunity to contribute towards establishment of  a regional sustainable business network, consisting of two task forces:

  • Green Business
  • Social Enterprises and Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSMEs)


On Board with Technology Innovation International (TII) Europe

We are thrilled to share that our Managing Director, Mr. Akash Bhavsar, has been appointed as a member on board of Technology Innovation International (TII), Europe’s premier independent association of technology transfer and innovation support professionals.

About TII and the Association

  • TII creates a vibrant hub for members to share professional experience and good practice, to facilitate business opportunities for them and to support them in their technology transfer and innovation assignments.
  • TII members are promoting or providing high quality innovation support and technology transfer services to firms, with the ultimate aim to develop the knowledge economy and boost the wealth creation process.

The TII Board of Management consists of one representative for each country of the EU27, as well as one member to represent the affiliate members (members based in countries outside the EU). It is a great privilege for an Indian member to represent on board. This appointment is a testimonial to the significant role and contribution of SkyQuest and our MD, Mr. Bhavsar, in the technology transfer ecosystem across borders.

More about TII.

Reality Byte: Mosquitoes kill one child every minute. What it takes to get them all out?

Flying, fierce, fiends – mosquitoes have swarmed our lives. These vector-borne disease transmitting pests are causing immense misery around the world. Malaria, dengue, yellow fever and schistosomiasis are among the top contenders for increasing mortality rates among human inhabitants. Going by recent WHO statistics, over 3.3 billion – nearly half of the world’s human population is at risk. Citizens of developing countries like Africa, Cambodia or India are the most vulnerable, making it the world’s fifth big killer in low-income countries with over 90 per cent of the world’s malarial deaths occurring in Africa alone. Children of these countries are at the greatest possible risk with one child dying every minute due to vector and vector-associated diseases. So how does one tackle this menace?

Mosquito repellent

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Innovation Daily

We are celebrating innovators on the occasion of World IP Day (26th April). As they share their story via Inspire to Innovate, this is a space to reminisce and rejoice, remarkable innovations of the past. Let’s take a sneak-peek into technologies that shape our present day experiences.

26 April 1962:

Sun-ionosphere relationship exploration, set in space

Ariel1 Artificial Satellite

Left: Launch of Ariel 1 on a Thor-Delta rocket. Right: Ariel1 in Space

Launched. Ariel1, the first British artificial satellite.
Ariel1 was designed to contribute to the current knowledge of the ionosphere and of sun-ionosphere relationships. The satellite investigated solar ultra violet and X-radiation, and obtained an energy spectrum of primary cosmic rays.

A detailed report can be read here.
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Foresee electrical faults and stay fire-free

Fire @BSNL Office

Ahmedabad, 18 April 2012:

The recent fire at the BSNL office is a live example of the damage a minor short circuit can induce. Over 20,000 phone lines were dead across four commercial areas of Ahmedabad. Apart from the monetary loss, resources spent on damage control and customers’ inconvenience leaves a scar on the brand image. Recalling from brands, an IPL match on April 10th ’12 between RCB (Royal Challengers Bangalore) and KKR (Kolkata Knight Riders), experienced a twenty minutes delay due to short circuit again.The question is, can we prevent a disaster at such junctions? Yes, a preventive fault system can correct the situation with a blink.

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Ramping up Biotech Business in Gujarat, via simply camping.

Biotechnopreneur™ Camps 2012 (Jan­­­–Mar) unfolded diverse possibilities for aspiring entrepreneurs, future biotech specialists and foresaw potential for the industry to boom, via networking. We travelled from Mehsana to Ahmedabad, Surat to Baroda and Rajkot to nurture entrepreneurship in biotechnology. However, our endeavor still continues—for every now and again a new bio-technology is born to better our lives.

We thank all the participants for bringing in great energy. Here’s a flash back of some fantastic moments that the audience rejoiced with the speakers.

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SkyQuest the Only Workstation for UNDP Promoted SS-GATE

SkyQuest is the only Indian Workstation for UNDP Promoted by South-South Global Assets and Technology Exchange (SS-GATE) a gateway for access to global transaction platform that facilitates market-driven and Transparent Exchange of Technology, Assets, Services and Financial Resources among Private Sector, Public Sector and Civil Society for the inclusive growth of countries in the South.

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