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Building the Illinois Innovation Economy 

Organized in cooperation
Northwestern University, the Office of Naval Research,
the Department of Energy, and the National Cancer Institute
 DRAFT Agenda
28-29 June 2012
The Allen Center
Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
Thursday, 28 June
8:30AM           Welcome and Introduction
Jay Walsh, Northwestern University*
Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University*
9:00AM           Opening Keynote: The Illinois Innovation Opportunity
The Honorable Patrick Quinn, Governor of Illinois*
9:30AM           Panel I: The Overall Innovation Challenge
Moderator:  Alicia Loffler, Northwestern University*
The Global Innovation Imperative
Charles Wessner, National Academy of Sciences*
An Overview of Federal Cluster Policy
John Fernandez, SNR Denton*
10:30AM         Coffee Break
10:45AM         Panel I Continued
Challenges and Opportunities for the Illinois Innovation Economy
Mark Harris, Illinois Science and Technology Coalition*
A Perspective from the IT Industry
Dennis Roberson, Illinois Institute of Technology*
11:45PM          Keynote: Innovation and the Clean Energy Challenges
Eric Toone, Department of Energy*
12:15PM          Lunch
1:15PM            Panel II: Federal R&D Strategies
Moderator: Tyrone Taylor, Capitol Advisors on Technology*
New Innovation Models at the National Science Foundation
Thomas Peterson, National Science Foundation*
ONR: A Unique Innovation Organization
Chris Fall, Office of Naval Research*
The National Cancer Institute Innovation Strategy
Jerry S.H. Lee, National Cancer Institute*
2:30PM            Coffee Break
2:45PM            Panel III: Illinois Innovation Initiatives 
Moderator: William Testa, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago*
Inspiring Innovation
Julio Ottino, Northwestern University*
Disruptive Environments that Seed Discovery and Promote Translation
Thomas O’Halloran, Northwestern University*
Driving Entrepreneurship in Illinois
Robert Wolcott, Northwestern University*
The Bench to Bedside Story of Oncofertility
Teresa Woodruff, Northwestern University*
Engaging the Public in Support of Science and Technology
David Mosena, Museum of Science and Industry*
4:30PM             Closing Keynote: Bringing Innovations to Market
Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University*
5:00PM              Adjourn to Reception
Friday, 29 June
9:00AM           Welcome and Introduction
Julio Ottino, Northwestern University*
9:05AM           Keynote Addresses
Norbert Riedel, Baxter*
9:35AM           Panel IV: Innovation in Illinois: A Regional Case Study
Moderator: Daniel Biss, State of Illinois*
The Role of Illinois Universities
Robert Easter, University of Illinois*
The Federal Laboratory Contribution
Eric Isaacs, Argonne National Laboratory*
Early Stage Finance and Support in Illinois
David Miller, iBIO*
Capitalizing on the SBIR Opportunity for Illinois
Dan Berglund, State Science and Technology Institute*
11:00AM         Coffee Break
11:15AM         Panel V: New Initiatives and Best Practices in Innovation
Moderator: Chris Fall, Office of Naval Research*
Disruptive Innovation: Measuring Success and Federal Role
Timothy Persons, GAO*
Unconventional Innovative Approaches in Oncology via Physical Sciences Perspectives
Larry Nagahara, National Cancer Institute*
New Initiatives at the University of Illinois
Caralynn Nowinski, University of Illinois*
University Technology Transfer: Lessons from Lyrica
Richard Silverman, Northwestern University*
Innovation Partnerships: The University of Chicago-Argonne Case
Matthew Tirrell, University of Chicago*
12:45PM          Lunch
1:15PM            Luncheon Keynote: Innovation in Chicago
1:45PM            Panel VI: The Industry Perspective on Illinois
Moderator: Van Crocker, Aurasense*
TBD, Abbott Biotech Ventures+
Roger Moody, Nanosphere*
Heidi Hattendorf, Motorola Solutions*
2:45PM            Roundtable: Best Practices, Lessons and Opportunities
Moderator: Charles Wessner, National Academy of Sciences*
Timothy Persons, GAO*
Jerry S.H. Lee, National Cancer Institute*
Chad Mirkin, Northwestern University*
Andy Ross, State of Illinois*
3:45PM            Adjourn