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Building The Ohio Innovation Economy


A Symposium Organized by
The U.S. National Academy of Sciences
in cooperation with
The University of Akron, NorTech, Case Western Reserve University,

David Morgenthaler, and Richard Pogue


Pre-Conference Agenda
25-26 April 2011


Founders Ballroom
Intercontinental Hotel
9801 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio


DAY 1: Monday, 25 April


9:00 AM          Welcome and Introduction
                                 Richard Pogue, Senior Advisor, Jones Day
                                Mary Good, Founding Dean, College of Engineering and Information Technology, University of Arkansas at Little Rock

 9:30 AM          Keynote Address
                                  Luis Proenza, President & CEO, The University of Akron 

9:45 AM          Panel I:  The Ohio Innovation Economy in the Global Context
Moderator: Richard Stoff, President, Ohio Business Roundtable

                        Challenges & Opportunities for the Ohio Innovation Economy
                               Ross DeVol, Executive Director of Economic Research, Milken Institute

                        Meeting the Global Innovation Imperative
                                Charles Wessner, Director, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, The National Academies

 11:00 AM        Coffee Break

  11:15 AM       Panel II: Stimulating Manufacturing in Ohio
                                  Moderator: Sridhar Kota, Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing
                         White House Office of Science and   Technology Policy

                         The State Manufacturing Challenge
Eric Burkland, President, Ohio Manufacturing Association

                         Reviving Manufacturing: The Role of NIST
Phil Singerman, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services, NIST

                                 Industry Perspectives: Problems, Needs, Solutions, and Progress
James Griffith, President & CEO, Timken

 12:30 PM         Lunch                       

1:30PM            Panel III: Innovation Clusters and Economic Development
Moderator: Lester Lefton, President, Kent State University

                         Clusters and the Next Ohio Economy: What is Needed
Lavea Brachman, Executive Director, Greater Ohio Policy Center

                         Infrastructure for the 21st Century: How EDA Might Help
John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary, Economic Development Administration 

                        Economic Development in Ohio: The Role of Community Foundations
Ronn Richard, President & CEO, Cleveland Foundation                       

2:45 PM           Coffee Break

 3:00 PM           Keynote Address: Investing in Ohio
James Leftwich, Director, Ohio Department of Development 

3:30 PM           Panel IV: State and Regional Innovation Programs
 Moderator: Rich Bendis, Innovation America

                         Current Trends and Challenges in State Innovation Programs
Dan Berglund, President & CEO, SSTI 

The Role of NorTech: Promoting Innovation and Economic Development

                        Rebecca O. Bagley, President & CEO, NorTech


4:15 PM           Panel V: The New Energy Economy in Ohio

                        Moderator:  Gary Leidich, Executive Vice President, FirstEnergy


                        The Ohio Energy Economy: Needs, Opportunities, and Initiatives

                        David Wilhelm, Founder & President, Woodland Venture Management


                        Federal Initiatives for the New Energy Economy

                        Mark Hartney, Program Director, ARPA-E


                        Building Clean Energy Companies in Ohio: What Needs to Be Done

                        Lorry Wagner, President, LEEDCo


5:00 PM           Adjourn to Reception


DAY 2: Tuesday, 26 April


9:00 AM          Welcome and Introduction

                        David Morgenthaler, Founding Partner, Morgenthaler


9:15 AM          Panel VI: 21st Century Universities: Drivers of Regional Growth & Employment

                        Moderator: William Harris, President & CEO, Science Foundation Arizona


                        Relevance, Connectivity and Productivity: The Akron Model

                        Luis Proenza, President & CEO, The University of Akron


The Economic Impact of Research Universities: The Case Western Reserve Model

W.A. “Bud” Baeslack III, Provost and Executive Vice President, Case Western Reserve University


10:15 AM        Coffee Break


10:30 AM        Panel VII: Biomedical Growth Opportunities

                        Moderator: Baiju Shah, Bioenterprise


                        Biomedical Research and the Health Care Industry

                        Frank Douglas, President & CEO, Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron


                        Bringing Medical Innovations to Market

                        Delos “Toby” Cosgrove, President & CEO, Cleveland Clinic


                        Advancing Cancer Research

                        Anna Barker, Deputy Director, National Cancer Institute, ret.


11:30 AM        Panel VIII: Growing the Ohio Flexible Electronics Industry

                        Moderator: Byron Clayton, Vice President, NorTech


                        The Genesis of a New Cluster

John West, Professor of Chemistry, Kent State University


Role of Regional Academic Institutions in Flexible Electronics Development

Miko Cakmak, Distinguished Professor of Polymer Engineering, The University of Akron


Roll to Roll Manufacturing of Flexible Displays

Albert Green, CEO, Kent Displays


Manufacturing of Curved Liquid Crystal Devices

Bahman Taheri, CEO, AlphaMicron


12:30 PM         Lunch

1:00 PM           Luncheon Keynote Address

The Honorable Rob Portman, U.S. Senate


1:15 PM           Panel IX: Early Stage Finance and Entrepreneurship in Ohio

Moderator: Lisa Delp, Technology Investment Coordinator, Ohio Department of



                        Angel Investing: The ARCHAngel Experience

                        Barry Rosenbaum, Senior Fellow, The University of Akron Research Foundation


                        Innovation Capital and Entrepreneurship in Ohio

                        Ray Leach, CEO, Jumpstart


                        Stimulating Entrepreneurship: The Lorain County Model

                        Roy Church, President, Lorain County Community College


2:15 PM           Roundtable: What Have We Learned and Next Steps

                        Luis Proenza, President & CEO, The University of Akron


                        Dan Berry, CEO, MAGNET

Charles Wessner, Director, Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, The National Academies

William Harris, President & CEO, Science Foundation Arizona


3:00 PM           Adjourn