Marlborough leaders say they are impressed with the number of local companies working on patents, some more familiar than others. About 150 businesses received invitation letters to the event.
“I got this sense there was this whole set of innovations happening which we’re not connected with,” but should get to know, said Arthur Bergeron, chairman of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation board of directors. “They’re not on the radar screen. But they are our future.”
The types of innovative companies range from life sciences to medical devices, officials said.
Goals of the summit include learning about the companies and why they are in Marlborough, having businesses learn about each other and figuring out how the city can help them grow.
City Council President Arthur Vigeant and Mayor Nancy Stevens are both working to encourage participation in the summit.
“We have so many small companies, start-up companies, that are really getting into amazing technologies,” Stevens said.
The mayor said she is excited to bring companies together. She pointed out that big companies start small.
“Hopefully some can feed off each other, help each other out,” Vigeant said.
The Marlborough Economic Development Corporation is developing the agenda for the event, which will include breakfast, lunch and a keynote speaker.
Greg Bialecki, the state Housing and Economic Development secretary, plans to attend, said Marilyn Whalley, executive director of the state-chartered Marlborough corporation.
Mirick O’Connell will present its business innovation award to the company that best demonstrates the commercialization of a technology. Information sessions are scheduled to include discussions about information protection, intellectual property and funding.
Lincoln Property is providing the 100 Campus Drive event space for free, Whalley said.
The Campus is a good location because of the business environment there, said Bergeron, an attorney with Mirick O’Connell.
Vigeant said he hopes other councilors go to the summit.
“I’m pretty excited,” he said. “I think it’s going to be a great event.”
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