Conflict of Interest: When Faculty Start Their Own Companies — Feb. 18

The WARF Gilson Discovery Series presents,”Conflict of Interest: When Faculty Start Their Own Companies,” a panel discussion featuring UW-Madison faculty, entrepreneurs and legal counsel, on Monday, Feb. 18. Presentation and discussion will be at 5 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m.


This experienced group of UW-Madison panelists includes individuals from all sides of this highly controversial issue, which poses challenges for campuses, companies and laboratories across the country. Brian Fox, chair of the Conflict of Interest Committee, and Kathy Irwin, distinguished legal counsel for the university, will provide an overview of the process and discuss some cases on the Madison campus. Faculty entrepreneurs Nick Abbott and Jim Dahlberg have successfully navigated these issues and will offer advice gained from their experiences.


The event takes place at the Fluno Center for Executive Education, 601 University Avenue. RSVP to Devon Cournoyer at (608) 890-1621 or send an email to by February 15 to receive complimentary parking at the Fluno Center. For more information, visit


The Gilson Series is hosted by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, with funding provided by a gift from the late Dr. Warren Gilson.