SOURCE: MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge

March 02, 2009 09:00 ET

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Presents Session on the State of Energy Storage

Panel of Experts to Discuss the Evolution and Opportunities for Disruptive Energy-Storage Portable Applications

CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - On March 17, the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge will feature a timely discussion of the innovations in energy storage to fuel new, power-intensive hand-held electronics, electric vehicles and other types of transportable energy consuming devices. Featuring a panel of experts who are at the front lines of industry developments, the discussion will reveal opportunities, drivers and obstacles to development and scaling of new energy storage technologies.


Mouli Ramani is a vice president of business development for Lilliputian Systems, the developer of Silicon Power Cell™ technology that will deliver a small form-factor battery replacement for Consumer Electronics devices. Lilliputian Systems was founded by former researchers of MIT who secured exclusive licenses from MIT and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. The company obtained its original funding in 2002. Prior to joining Lilliputian, Ramani was vice president of business development for Polychromix and earlier the vice president of strategic marketing for Nortel. Ramani is a graduate of Duke University, The Fuqua School of Business.

Nick Sugimoto is a principal with Honda Strategic Venturing, the venture investment arm of the global Honda R&D organization. Sugimoto oversees a broad spectrum of technology investments including alternative energy, advanced materials, information technologies and wireless communications. Previously, Sugimoto consulted Japanese angel investors in identifying opportunities in the U.S. Sugimoto received his engineering degree from University of Tokyo and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.

Kef Kasdin is a general partner at Battelle Ventures and Innovation Valley Partners, with her focus on investments in communications and energy technologies. Prior experience included 3Com Corporation, where she was appointed 3Com's first executive in residence. Kasdin sits on the Boards of Directors of Aldis, Ampulse, Planar Energy Devices and Rajant. Kasdin received her degree in Operations Research from Princeton University and an MBA from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

Jeff Chamberlain is a senior account manager for Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy's largest research centers. Argonne's extensive areas of research includes energy resources to ensure a reliable supply of efficient and clean energy for the future, developing advanced technologies for nuclear reactors, batteries and fuel cells, transportation and electric power generation and storage. Prior to Argonne, Chamberlain was general manager of FSB. He received his degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

The panel discussion will be moderated by Douglas Banks, editor of Mass High Tech, with an introduction by Peter Rothstein, executive in residence, Flagship Ventures.

When: Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Networking: 5:30 p.m.
Program: 6:15-8:00 p.m.
Reception: 8:00-9:00 p.m.

Where: Stata Center (Bldg. 32), Kirsch Auditorium, 32 Vassar St., Cambridge

Sponsors: Hamilton, Brook, Smith & Reynolds

Registration and information:

Pricing: Forum members: $20; Non-members: $30; The MIT community and students from all universities, free with college ID.

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