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The Innovation Policy Forum

Learning from Each Other:  U.S. and European Perspectives
on Small Business Innovation Programs


Lecture Room
National Academy of Sciences
2100 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 

March 19, 2015



9:00 AM          Welcome
                         Luis Proenza, University of Akron, and Co-Chair, National Academies Innovation Policy Forum

9:15 AM          Panel I: Harnessing the Potential of SBIR
                         Moderator: Gail Cassell, Harvard University, and member of the National Academies Innovation Policy Forum

                          From Concept to Practice:  The NAS Assessment of SBIR 
acques Gansler, University of Maryland, and Chair, National Academies Assessment of SBIR 

          Leveraging SBIR to Meet Defense Needs
                          Kenyata Wesley, Department of Defense 

          Making SBRI work for the United Kingdom
                          Stephen Browning, Innovate UK

10:15 AM        Coffee Break

10:30 AM        Panel II:  Programs to Bridge the Valley of Death
                         Moderator: Ginger Lew, Cube Hydro Partners, LLC, and member of the National Academies Innovation Policy Forum

         Europe’s  Horizon 2020 Program
                         Iker Ayerbe, European Commission

Role of the European Investment Bank and Fund
                         Thomas Barrett, European Investment Bank

Fostering Translational Research
                          Michael Weingarten, National Cancer Institute 

11:30 AM        Panel III:  The Innovator’s Perspective
                         Moderator:  Nagesh Rao, Small Business Administration                       

         Vinod Veedu, Oceanit
                         Steve Sasson
                         Mrim Boutla, MTMCareers  

12:15 PM        Lunch   

1:15 PM          Panel IV:  Measuring Progress
                         Moderator:  Giuseppe E. Gramigna, Small Business Administration 

         Performance of European Innovation Partnerships
                         Nick Vonortas, The George Washington University

         Building the SBA Data Portal
                         John Williams,  Small Business Administration

          U.S. Navy Initiatives for SBIR Data
                          Robert Smith, U.S. Navy

2:15 PM          Coffee Break

2:30 PM          Panel V: Small Business Innovation as a Strategy for Growth
                         Moderator:  Tom Guevara, Economic Development Administration

          Encouraging Kentucky’s New Entrepreneurs
                          Mahendra Jain, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation

                          Securing Ohio’s Economic Future
                          Bethia Burke, Fund for Our Economic Future

                           Leveraging SBIR in the Netherlands
                           Patries Boekholt, Technopolis Group

           Italy’s Innovation for Growth Strategy
                           Stefano Firpo, Ministry of Economic Development – Italy 

3:40 PM          Roundtable
                         Opening Remarks:  Alan Wm. Wolff, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, and Co-Chair, National Academies Innovation Policy Forum 
                         Rising to the Challenge: U.S. Innovation Policy for the Global Economy

Jacques Gansler, University of Maryland, and Chair, National Academies Assessment of SBIR

                         Bill Greenwalt, Senate Armed Services Committee
                         Jere Glover, Small Business Technology Council
                         Thomas Barrett, European Investment Bank
                         Stephen Browning, Innovate UK
                         Tom Guevara, Economic Development Administration


 4:30 PM          Adjourn to Reception