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USPTO event: Together in Innovation-Inner Space and Outer Space

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 11:00am to 12:15pm

00 pm ETThe world needs your ideas. Learn how to unleash them from teams of innovators who will expand our knowledge of inner and outer space. Register for the first free installment of Together in Innovation. Every unique combination of skills and experience offers a novel point of view. We can’t afford a small talent pool in an increasingly complex age. Fortunately, we can expand that pool to include more students with a sense of wonder, inventors nurturing the next big ideas, and entrepreneurs with a drive for success. 

Don’t miss this chance to hear from successful creators, each with fascinating backgrounds that shaped their careers. You will learn about resources available to communities nationwide, best practices for innovating, and ways to protect your hard work as you follow your own path.


(Subject to change; all times ET)

2–2:05 p.m. Welcome 

  • Matthew Palumbo, Office of Innovation Outreach, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

2:05–2:40 p.m. Inner space with the award-winning Nanodropper team

  • Mackenzie Andrews, Co-founder and Chief Commercialization Officer
  • Elias Baker, Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer
  • Jennifer Steger, Ph.D., Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer

2:40–2:45 p.m. Break

2:45–3:10 p.m. Outer space with Inspiration4 crew

  • Sian Proctor, Ph.D., astronaut, geoscientist, explorer, and space artist
  • Chris Sembroski, astronaut, data engineer, and Air Force veteran

3:10–3:15 p.m. Wrap up

  • Matthew Palumbo, Office of Innovation Outreach, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

This program is presented by the Office of Innovation Outreach. For more information, please contact

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Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and a Grant with the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. All opinions, conclusions, and/or recommendations expressed herein are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA or the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact the California SBDC closest to you.