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November 29, 2018, 1pm ET
REACH for Commercialization™: A Program for Women Inventors

February 19-20, 2019
GUIRR Meeting

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Today’s innovation environment is characterized by disruption, accelerated technology development, and globalized access to information, which is a dramatic shift from the largely government-controlled, Cold War innovation environment of the 20th century. The shift from an industrial age to an information age has lowered the barriers to entry into the global economy and compelled institutions to respond with greater efficiency and speed. How are companies, universities, and the U.S. government adapting to the accelerated pace of innovation in the current open information age? How are partnerships between the three sectors being utilized to adapt to the current innovation conditions, and how can they be fostered more deliberately to increase U.S. competitiveness in the global economy? 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
3:00-5:00 pm GUIRR Council Meeting (closed session) - NAS 120
5:00-6:30 pm Networking Mixer - West Court

6:30-8:30 pm


Dinner and Keynote Address - Great Hall

  • Curt Carlson, Founder and CEO of The Practice of Innovation
  • Moderator: C. Dan Mote, President of the National Academy of Engineering
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
8:00-8:15 am 

Welcome Remarks - Lecture Room

  • Laurie Leshin, GUIRR University Co-Chair and President of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
8:15-9:30 am Characterizing the Changes in the U.S. Innovation Environment
  • Wesley Cohen, Professor of Economics and Management at Duke University 
  • Laura Manley, Director of the Technology and Public Purpose Project at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
9:30-10:00 am Break
10:00-11:30 am Industry Adaptations in a Global Innovation Economy
  • Andre Argenton, Vice President of Core R&D at Dow Chemical Company
  • Donna Bell, Director of the USCAR Leadership Group at Ford Motor Company
  • Robie Samanta Roy, Vice President of Technology Strategy and Innovation at Lockheed Martin
  • JoAnn Suzich, Vice President of R&D at MedImmune
  • Ganesh Thakur, former Vice President and Global Advisor at Chevron
11:30 am-12:30 pm Workshop on Value Creation
12:15-1:30 pm Lunch - West Court
1:30-2:45 pm 

Government Support for Research in the 21st Century Innovation Environment

  • Barry Johnson, Director of the Division of Industrial Innovation and Partnerships at the National Science Foundation
  • Kacy Gerst, Chief of Commercial Strategy at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
2:45-3:00 pm GUIRR Activity Updates
Webinars, Federal Demonstration Partnership, and International Research Collaborations Working Group
3:00 pm