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Federal Actions to Accelerate Innovation from Lab to Market

October 15-16, 2019
Using Research and Technology to Address Compounding Disparities

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While some scholars argue that the theory of “disruptive innovation” overlooks socio-economic realities, many across industry, academia, and policy nevertheless embrace the notion that technologies that create new markets and value networks can and do effectively disrupt industries and displace earlier technologies. This GUIRR meeting explored:

(1) what disruptive innovation and disruptive innovators look like today;
(2) how patterns of disruption and business dynamism are changing in a modern world;
(3) how the study of disruption can affect the structure of innovation ecosystems, and
(4) how disruption can inform national science and technology policy in the present and the future.

Meeting Materials

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address 

  • Richard Foster, Managing Partner, Millbrook Management Group LLC; Executive in Residence, Yale Entrepreneurial Institute; Senior Faculty Fellow, Yale School of Management
  • Moderator:  Dr. Jacques Gansler, GUIRR University Co-Chair; Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise, University of Maryland at College Park
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
8:00-8:15 am


Welcome Remarks 

  • Dr. Jacques Gansler, GUIRR University Co-Chair
8:15-10:00 am 

The Disruption Myth: Contextualizing the Debate 

  • Dr. Len Polizzotto, Senior Executive, Practice of Innovation
  • Ms. Judy Shapiro, CEO,
  • Dr. Carl Schramm, Professor, School of Information Studies, Syracuse University
10:30-12:30 pm 

Characterizing Disruption: Meet the 'Disruptors'

  • Dr. Bruce Willner, Chief Science Officer, Graphene Frontiers
  • Dr. George Siemens, Executive Director, LINK Research Lab, University of Texas at Arlington
  • Mr. Emil King, Energy Administration Program Analyst, District of Columbia Department of Energy and Environment
  • Col Dan Wattendorf, Program Manager, Biological Technologies Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)
  • Dr. Thomas Reed, Founder and Chief Science Officer, Intrexon Corporation
1:30-2:00 pm 

Innovating in Disruption-Resistant Legacy Sectors 

  • Mr. Bill Bonvillian, Director, Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Washington, DC Office 
2:00-2:30 pm 

Role of Government in the Innovation Ecosystem 

  • Mr. Paul Zielinski, Director, Technology Partnerships Office at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
2:30-3:00 pm

GUIRR Project Updates

  • Federal Demonstration Partnership, FDP – Ms. Cynthia Hope, Assistant Vice President for Research, Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, University of Alabama
  • International Research Collaboration (I-Group) – Dr. James Casey, Jr., Director, Office of Sponsored Programs, American University
  • Webinar Series – Megan Nicholson, Associate Program Officer, GUIRR
  • T-Summit 2016 – Susan Sloan, Director, GUIRR
  • Other, New
3:00 pm

Keynote Presentation by Richard Foster

Richard N. Foster on Disruption and Economic Progress - Presentation from The Academies on Vimeo.