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More than 65 inventors from across the state gathered in April at the West Virginia Regional Technology Park in South Charleston for the kickoff of the West Virginia Inventors Society. The group was formed to help inventors move their ideas from concept to commercialization.

CHARLESTON — Aspiring inventors and people who are just curious are invited to the University of Charleston on Thursday for the next meeting of the West Virginia Inventors Society.

The event is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the University of Charleston Innovation Center. Officials said the society provides a forum for inventors at all stages of the development process to network, evaluate each other’s ideas, connect to entrepreneurial resources and potentially secure investors.

Dave Ramsburg, director of innovation at the University of Charleston, will talk about new entrepreneurial efforts by the university. Steve Johnson, deputy director of the West Virginia Small Business Development Center, will provide an overview of SBDC services to assist inventors, entrepreneurs and established small businesses.

Mark McClung of CBS ArcSafe in Big Chimney will share the story of how his company developed innovative electrical safety devices from an initial concept all the way through the design and prototyping phases to manufacturing and commercialization. Attendees will hear firsthand how McClung transformed a Kanawha County startup from a local garage into a manufacturer of life-saving industrial equipment that Fortune 500 companies, as well as small businesses, have come to rely on worldwide.

The event will be hosted by the Robert C. Byrd Institute, West Virginia Executive magazine and the University of Charleston. Register at For more information, contact RCBI’s Mike Friel at or 304-781-1686.

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