General Session #4: Innovate at Speed: Sustaining Innovation in a World of Rapid Change

Friday, November 16, 10:10 - 11:00 AM

Room #: Grand Ballroom I

We all feel it—the pace of technological change and industry disruption is dizzying and only seems to be accelerating. Tech start-ups are being born worldwide at a rate of nearly 200 per hour. While a number will not make it to their fourth birthday, their inherent nimbleness challenges established industry players to be not only innovative, but also able to innovate at speed.

Corning Incorporated has a long history of innovation. Founded in 1851, the company has applied unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics and optical physics to deliver ground-breaking inventions that solve tough customer problems—from bulb-shaped glass for Thomas Edison’s incandescent lamps to tough transparent Gorilla® Glass for Steve Jobs.

This presentation will focus on how Corning leverages classic R&D principles with evolving innovation methodologies to innovate at speed.

Key take-aways include:

  • The value of a focused and cohesive portfolio.
  • How sustained investment in R&D allows innovation for today’s businesses while

creating tomorrow’s growth drivers.

  • Why close collaboration with customers is critical for faster discovery and understanding of the critical factors affecting the opportunities they are pursuing.
  • Innovation processes and systems also benefit from applied innovation.


Christie McCarthy, MSA, is the Director of New Product Realization for Corning Life Sciences. In this role, she is responsible for the division innovation strategy and new product delivery from ideation to commercialization. Christie has 18 years of commercial and business development experience across a range of Corning divisions, including Corning Display Technologies, Corning Environmental Technologies and Corning’s Emerging Innovations Group.

Prior to Corning, she served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Navy. Christie received a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill, and an MSA in financial management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.