Welcome & Opening Keynote Address: Making Innovation Drive the Bottom-line: Success Stories from the American Innovation Index™

Thursday, November 15, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Room #: Grand Ballroom I

While innovation is fueled upstream by factors such as R&D, culture and human capital, it only matters when the benefits are recognized and rewarded downstream by the customer.

The American Innovation Index™ (Aii) is the first comprehensive study to quantify and rank innovativeness as experienced by customers, telling us much about succeeding through innovation. This new study has shown that ...

General Session #1: Measure Twice, Invest Once: Analytics Can Cost You a Bundle if You Don’t

Thursday, November 15, 10:10 - 11:00 AM

Speaker(s): Figen Ülgen, PhD

Room #: Grand Ballroom I

In every industry analytics is making its mark—more than ever today with cheaper storage, faster processing and intense focus on a variety of analytics algorithms. Whether you are a healthcare CTO, a financial institution COO or the founder of a startup born in the Cloud, the opportunity cost of not investing in analytics at the core of your business is ...

Exceptional R&D Presentations in Spite of PowerPoint: How to Communicate in the Digital Age

Thursday, November 15, 11:15 - 12:00 PM

Speaker(s): Mark E. Jones, PhD

Room #: Vesey

“Death by PowerPoint” is in the lexicon for a very good reason. Presentations can be simply deadly. Giving a great presentation is about engaging an audience, understanding who they are and what they hope to gain by listening to you. Today, data presentation is especially important in scientific and technical presentations. Crafting graphics that are “mind ready” and easily absorbed ...

Emerging Trends in Life Science: Advances in 3D Cell Culture

Thursday, November 15, 11:15 - 12:00 PM

Speaker(s): Anthony Frutos, PhD

Room #: Madison

Two-dimensional or 2D cell culture models have been utilized for decades in the process of drug discovery and development due to their ease of use and established compatibility with high throughput screening techniques. In the last several years, however, three-dimensional or 3D cell culture models and tools have emerged that are increasingly being adopted by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies because ...

General Session #2: Corporate R&D Spending: Art or Science?

Thursday, November 15, 2:50 - 3:40 PM

Room #: Grand Ballroom I

The management science behind R&D spending decisions had been stagnant for decades. With the advent of big data and associated analytical capabilities a decade ago, progress is now being made. 

There are high-level challenges. First, how does one overcome the long periods of time between initial investment and the realization of results? For fast-cycle companies, the elapsed time is ...

Lift-Off: How Fostering Industry Partnerships Fueled a New Cutting-Edge University Laboratory for Aerospace Advanced Manufacturing

Thursday, November 15, 3:50 - 4:30 PM

Room #: Vesey

MSU Denver has been preparing students to become part of Colorado’s urban workforce for over 50 years. The Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building is a true partnership with Colorado’s industry leaders in advanced manufacturing and aerospace. Not only did the University engage industry in the programming and design of the labs, but also in building the curriculum for its new Advanced ...

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 ...

General Session #5: New Ideas in Innovation: Project 2020 and the Jobsite of the Future

Friday, November 16, 11:15 - 12:00 PM

Speaker(s): David J. Wilson, MS

Room #: Grand Ballroom I

A global engineering, construction and project management company, Bechtel delivers landmark projects that create long-term progress and economic growth. The company believes that the key to innovation is to learn safe, learn fast and learn forward. Its core innovation strategy involves a six-step internal process to test assumptions, integrate solutions in the business, and ensure a steady stream of diverse ...

Fostering the Next Generation of R&D Professionals: UC/Los Alamos Entrepreneurial Postdoctoral Fellowship Creates New Business Leaders

Friday, November 16, 2:40 - 3:30 PM

Speaker(s): Antonio Redondo, PhD

Room #: Madison

The UC/Los Alamos Entrepreneurial Postdoctoral Fellowship is a unique program to mentor new entrepreneurs while at the same time creating new companies from exciting R&D advancements. It is targeted at existing postdoctoral researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory to gain skills in entrepreneurship and commercializing technology. This program incorporates training and mentoring during the first six-month period, culminating in ...

R&D Evaluation Approaches for Efficiency and Effectiveness

Friday, November 16, 2:40 - 3:30 PM

Speaker(s): Bruce Chehroudi, PhD

Room #: Vesey

R&D managers in the U.S. Federal Government are responsible for the performance of their divisions. They not only need to be aware of current evaluation methods, they also should be able to choose the most appropriate ones for strategic planning and continuous improvement. Considering that in 2018 nearly $553 Billion, or 2.8% of the GDP, is spent on ...