SOURCE: Larta Institute

April 13, 2007 21:12 ET

Industry, Strategic Venture Groups Source Cutting-Edge Innovations at Larta Institute's 2007 Venture Forum

Intel Capital to Sponsor Closing Reception and "Best of Show" Awards

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 13, 2007 -- Nearly 1,000 technology and life science innovators, venture capital firms, government agency representatives and corporate investors will meet in San Francisco May 1-2 at The Venture Forum's (http://www.theventureforum.com/) annual event to connect early stage innovators with funding sources. Since its inception 13 years ago, The Venture Forum has facilitated $600 million in venture capital, corporate and government investment, thereby helping innovators move high-value technologies closer to commercialization.

The Venture Forum, produced by Larta Institute, is recognized as a premier resource for large companies, strategic venture arms of corporations, and other capital providers to uncover the innovations of tomorrow.

"The Venture Forum provides a strong platform for Intel Capital to interact with leading technology entrepreneurs from around the globe," said Sriram Viswanathan, Intel Vice President and General Manager, WiMax Program Office. "We look forward to working with the organizers to make this event a big success." Viswanathan will participate in The Flat Earth panel discussion on May 1 and Intel Capital is hosting the closing cocktail reception and best of show awards on May 2. Awards will be given to outstanding presenting companies in the applied engineering and life science sectors.

Venture Forum attendees will include top technology sourcing, investment, and licensing executives from Intel Capital, Samsung Ventures, Johnson & Johnson, Honda Ventures, Burrill & Company, Roche Diagnostics, Technology Partners, Allergan, Physic Ventures, BASF Venture Capital America Inc., Research Corporation Technologies, Inc., DuPont, Advent Technologies, Yahoo! Inc., Lilly Ventures, Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Cargill Ventures, Genzyme Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Sharp Corporation, BD Ventures, Siemens Venture Capital, Khosla Vantures, SAP Ventures, Kodiak Ventures, Arch Venture Partners, Village Ventures, Charles River Ventures, NovaQuest, Paramount BioCapital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, Mohr Davidow Ventures, Maverick Angels, Life Science Angels, IBM Healthcare, Partech Ventures, Medtronic, Boeing, and others.

The 2007 Forum will feature companies from Larta's commercialization practice, which advises innovative companies spinning out of, or funded by:

--  The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
--  Leading U.S. universities and research institutes
--  Leading research institutes around the world: New Zealand (Foundation
    for Research, Science & Technology), Taiwan (Institute for Information
    Industry), Korea (R&D Centers under the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, and
    Energy), and emerging entrepreneurs from the Russia/Ukraine defense
    complex.
    
Forum Overview

Now 13 years strong, The Venture Forum is the largest -- and longest running -- showcase of early stage innovation and entrepreneurship on the planet. It is the must-attend event for those seeking access to untapped quality deal flow from around the world.

Venture Forum presenting companies are drawn from Larta's robust pipeline, and prepared by Larta's world-class mentors to deliver presentations focused on a solid business proposition, excellent science, and strong growth potential for an audience of investors, partners and customers.

Venture Forum Advisory Committee members include top technology sourcing, investment, and licensing executives from Samsung Ventures, Johnson & Johnson, Burrill & Company, Intel Corporation, Technology Partners, Allergan, Unilever Technology Ventures, BASF Venture Capital America Inc., Research Corporation Technologies, Inc., DuPont, Advent Technologies, Yahoo! Inc., Lilly Accelerators, Pfizer, Boston Scientific, Cargill Ventures, Genzyme Corporation, Merck & Co., Inc., Sharp Corporation, BD Ventures, and Siemens TTB.

Attendee Registration

Registration for the two-day event is $995. Register early to receive a 20 percent discount. To register, go to http://www.theventureforum.com/registration.asp.

Credentialed Media: To register for a press pass, please contact Abigail Pohlman at apohlman@larta.org or 213-765-4836.

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on sponsorship opportunities contact Carlos Gutierrez at 213-765-4833 or email at cgutierrez@larta.org.

About Larta Institute

Larta Institute's mission is to increase economic development through the improved transition of scientific and technological breakthroughs from the laboratory to the marketplace, where they can solve problems, enhance economic opportunities, advance medical care, and better people's lives. Larta Institute is an independent, private, nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation registered in the State of California.

Since 1993, companies helped by Larta Institute have raised over $1.5 billion in capital. Its programs serve thousands of businesspeople each year. Larta accelerates the transition of cutting-edge technologies to the marketplace by connecting innovators to investors and companies, and leveraging its extensive network of relationships and resources.

Larta Institute was originally formed in 1993 through legislation enacted by the State of California to assist small companies developing innovative technologies. The Institute has expanded dramatically since then to serve thousands of clients in a wide variety of technology sectors globally.

For more information contact Rohit Shukla, CEO & Founder, at rshukla@larta.org

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