Welcome Remarks & Opening Keynote Address

Perils, Pressures and Productivity: How R&D Needs to Reposition Itself

Thursday, November 16, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Speaker(s): Scott Kirsner

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

As the world of R&D becomes even more challenged by internal and external forces, we'll explore—from the CEO’s point of view—how expectations for R&D organizations and labs are changing—and how R&D leaders can exceed those expectations. All individuals involved in the R&D process will be inspired to bring back new ideas to their workplaces and address the question of how ...

General Session #1

How to Succeed in R&D and Business: Lessons Along the Journey

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

Speaker(s): Pete Rudak

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

This presentation will provide guidance, tips and recommendations for delivering great new products into the market - from up-front innovation, to commercialization, launch and business success. The primary focus is on leadership and management techniques, the primary reason why initiatives either succeed or fail!

Discussion will focus on innovation and commercialization concepts that represent “real-world” experiences. The journey begins with Customer ...

General Session #2

Optimizing R&D Performance Through Metrics

Thursday, November 16, 1:15 - 2:05 PM

Speaker(s): Bradford Goldense

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

The saying goes, "You get what you measure." It is no less meaningful now than when it was first coined. In fact, in this increasingly complex and risky global economy, this concept is even more important. Can you articulate your company’s R&D strategy? Do you follow it? Do your measures specifically facilitate and support the stated strategy, or measure ...

General Session #3

2018 Global R&D Funding Forecast: Outlook on Investments & Discovery

Thursday, November 16, 4:15 - 5:00 PM

Speaker(s): Tim Studt

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

R&D investments are the key to innovation—and the long-term and short-term investments made by industry, government and academia for the coming year in 2018 are no less important than for any previous year. These investments are often crucial for ensuring the long-term economic growth and even the survival of many organizations. For 2017, these organizations have been confronted with tightening ...

Keynote: Disney’s Approach to Customer Experience

Friday, November 17, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Speaker(s): Jeff James

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is recognized as a leader in delivering world-class experiences. Want to learn how they do it? Come join us and learn how they use time-tested business methods centered on leadership, employee engagement and service to create a culture of excellence.

For over 30 years, Disney Institute has helped organizations in a wide variety of industries ...

General Session #4

Reimagining the Drug Discovery Process: Disruptive Innovation in Microcosm

Friday, November 17, 10:10 - 11:00 AM

Speaker(s): Layton H. Smith, PhD

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

The drug discovery process and overall strategy for finding new medicines is ripe for disruptive innovation. The combination of economic pressures and difficult scientific challenges have decreased productivity, while costs have exploded. In this context, a new ecosystem is emerging today. Innovative technologies, new business frameworks and consumerism are poised to overcome traditional barriers in early drug discovery and deliver ...

R&D Technology Transfer Forum (TTF): Unlocking the Potential

Friday, November 17, 11:15 - 12:25 PM

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

The federal science and technology budget is sizeable—some $135B of public funds are invested annually to improve security, create jobs, develop higher standards of living, and unlock new discoveries that serve as a foundation for future innovations. The majority of the national investment in S&T today is by the private sector.

These circumstances present an opportunity to leverage successes in ...

R&D TTF: Unlocking the Potential for Technology Transition from Federally Funded R&D

Friday, November 17, 11:15 - 11:25 AM

Speaker(s): Vicki A. Barbur, PhD

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

Government Laboratories, National Laboratories, University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs) and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) are expected to return value to the nation by making their relevant inventions available to commercial industry as appropriate. This transfer of knowledge and technology to both government and the public is especially important when the underlying innovation has been generated through government ...

R&D TTF: Challenges of IP Licensing and Legal Constraints

Friday, November 17, 11:25 - 11:35 AM

Speaker(s): Daniel Lockney

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

Technology transfer is enhanced by stronger levels of patent protection, while acknowledging the necessity of complementary factors such as infrastructure, effective government policies and regulations, knowledge institutions, access to funding and venture capital, skilled human capital and networks for research collaboration. Strategically negotiated technology transfer and licensing agreements can help minimize the risks inherent in technology transfers. Counsel typically include ...

R&D TTF: Commercialization Challenges With Technology Transfer

Friday, November 17, 11:35 - 11:45 AM

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

The license agreement is only the first step in commercializing a technology developed with federal funds. These technologies are often in their early stages, and a licensee will often need to perform additional research and development in addition to building out manufacturing, sales and distribution channels.

An array of resources can be available for licensees, particularly small businesses, to help ...

R&D TTF: Changing the Culture: Accelerators and Incubators as Catalysts for Disruptive Innovation

Friday, November 17, 11:45 - 11:55 AM

Speaker(s): Nick Dougherty

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

Innovation Bridging, Accelerators and Incubators are creating a new class of environments that revolutionize the way in which innovation takes place in R&D programs. The aim of these entities is to emphasize the diversity of ideas, spawn an array of differentiated technologies, and grow the collective capabilities that can be leveraged by others for success.

The challenge to date has ...

R&D TTF: Technology Scouting in the Commercial World

Friday, November 17, 11:55 - 12:05 PM

Speaker(s): Ben Gibson, Sr.

Value propositions in research and tech transfer are analogous to value propositions in consumer and commercial markets. Our work must solve the receiver’s pain points to the extent they are willing to “pay money” to get it.

What we often call obstacles to tech transfer is our inability to understand what the receiver needs to accomplish their mission. We know ...

R&D TTF: Audience Interaction

Friday, November 17, 12:05 - 12:25 PM

Room #: Osprey Ballroom

General Session #5

Sustaining Innovation: Managing the Challenges and Markets

Friday, November 17, 1:30 - 2:20 PM

Speaker(s): A.N. Sreeram, PhD

Room #: Ospray Ballroom

Pessimism pervasive in the media, it seems, seeps into many discussions of R&D these days, as government R&D budgets contract and elimination of marquee programs seems imminent. Focus only on federal support ignores the spending in industry that exceeds all other R&D funding, and continues to grow. Future funding, however, ultimately demands a return on the R&D investment. How do ...

2018 Submissions are Open!