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The Innovation Policy Forum

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The Academies Innovation Policy Forum acts as a focal point for a national and international dialogue on innovation policy.  The Forum brings together representatives of government, industry, national laboratories, research institutes and universities -- foreign and domestic -- to exchange views on current challenges and opportunities for U.S. innovation policy and to learn about the goals, instruments, funding levels, and results of national and regional programs and discuss their lessons for U.S. policy and potential impact on the composition of the U.S. economy.  The Forum provides the opportunity to regularly exchange information on current and potential policy initiatives to advance innovation and the development of the knowledge economy in the United States and abroad.

Forum Members
Alan Wm. Wolff, Co-chair
Senior Counsel
McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP
Luis M. Proenza, Co-chair
President Emeritus
The University of Akron
Susan Athey (NAS)
Stanford Graduate School of Business

William Bonvillian
Director, MIT Washington Office
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Michael G. Borrus
Founding General Partner
XSeed Capital 
Gail H. Cassell (IOM)
Senior Lecturer
Department of Global Health and Social Medicine
Harvard Medical School

E. William Colglazier
Visiting Scientist
Center for Diplomacy
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Carl J. Dahlman
Head of Global Research
OECD Development Centre

Frank DiGiammarino
General Manager of Innovation and Global Expansion
Amazon Web Services
Jerry S. H. Lee (member, ex officio)
Health Sciences Director
Deputy Director, Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives (CSSI)
Deputy Director, Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG)
Office of the Director
National Cancer Institute
Ginger Lew
Managing Director
Cube Hydro Partners, LLC
David T. Morgenthaler
Founding Partner
Morgenthaler Ventures
Benjamin P. Riley (member, ex officio)
Principal Deputy, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Rapid Fielding
Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering
U.S. Department of Defense

Michael Russo
Director, Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs
Lawrence C. Schuette (member, ex officio)
Acting Director, Office of Research (Discovery & Invention)
Office of Naval Research
Laura D’Andrea Tyson
Professor of Business Administration and Economics
Director, Institute of Business and Social Impact
Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley

Nicholas Vonortas
Director, Center for International Science & Technology Policy
Associate Professor, Department of Economics
George Washington University

Meeting & Events

U.S.-India Roundtable on Manufacturing Innovation
September 9, 2015
Washington, DC

Learning from Each Other: U.S. and European Perspectives on Small Business Innovation Programs
March 19, 2015
Washington, DC
Agenda and Registration

Meeting of the Innovation Policy Forum (CLOSED)
February 10, 2015
Washington, DC

Reinventing U.S. Advanced Manufacturing: A Review of the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership 2.0 Report
October 27, 2014
Washington, DC
Agenda and Webcast

Medical Devices Innovation: Opportunities, Threats, and Challenges
September 10, 2014
Washington, DC
Agenda and Presentations

Meeting of the Innovation Policy Forum
March 25, 2014
Washington, DC

Workshop on Evaluating the Implications of the MIT Final Report on Advanced Manufacturing
November 1, 2013
Washington, DC
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Workshop on U.S.-China Policy for Science, Technology, and Innovation
October 23, 2013
Washington, DC
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Meeting of the Innovation Policy Forum (CLOSED)
July 8, 2013
Washington, DC
Meeting Global Challenges - U.S. Innovation Policy
June 10-11, 2013
Berlin, Germany
Advancing International Innovation: The Role of the State Department
May 2, 2013
Washington, DC


Forum Staff

Sujai Shivakumar (Email)

Program Officer
David Dierksheide (Email)

  • Office of Naval Research (Founding Sponsor)
  • National Cancer Institute
  • Department of Defense
  • IBM