Advancing University Innovations
The “Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship” conference aimed to better educate faculty to recognize opportunities for innovations and to develop models that will foster cross-university and university-industry collaborations.
The three-day conference was organized by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, along with the Technology Transfer Society. The conference featured leading authorities who have pioneered major breakthroughs in advancing university-based innovations. In attendance have been more than 175 top academicians, and economic development and technology transfer officials in the area of innovation policy and entrepreneurship.
Among the keynote speakers were: Professor Josh Lerner, Harvard University, on Our Broken Patent System; Professor David Mowery, University of California at Berkley, on Bayh-Dole After 25 Years; Dr. Orna Berry, Gemini Israeli Funds, on A State of Innovation; and Professor Paula Stephan, Georgia State University, on The Entrepreneurial Puzzle: Exploring The Gender Gap.
The following topics have been included: Entrepreneurial Universities; Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policy; The Role of Universities in National Innovation Systems; Technology Transfer and Regional Economic Growth; Women in Science and Women Entrepreneurs, among others.
“University laboratories hold great promise for spurring breakthrough discoveries that will positively impact our world, but they are not reaping the full benefits of their research efforts,” said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. “We all have an interest in seeing that the potential of university research is fully realized. And we at Kauffman want to see that, as a result, entrepreneurship is cultivated to the greatest extent possible.”