“What is the best way to take our inventions forward?” asked Monica Jablonski, professor of ophthalmology at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “I need to reeducate myself on decisions of how to go forward.”

Jablonski, an inventor of a novel macular degeneration treatment, was one of more than 70 participants at the Invention to Venture workshop held at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center campus on Nov. 11, 2011.

The event was organized by the University of Tennessee Research Foundation and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, a non-profit with a mission to support technology innovation and entrepreneurship within universities.

Jablonski said that several years ago she would have never dreamed she would be attending a workshop about technology and entrepreneurship. Her father was a blue-collar worker, and she was the first in her family to go to college.

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