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

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

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, 1:00 - 1:50 PM

Speaker(s): Bradford Goldense

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 ...

2018 Global R&D Funding Forecast

Thursday, November 16, 4:00 - 4:50 PM

Speaker(s): Tim Studt

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 Address

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

General Session #3

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

R&D Technology Transfer Forum: Unlocking the Potential (Part 1)

Friday, November 17, 11:15 - 11:45 AM

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 Technology Transfer Forum: Q&A

Friday, November 17, 11:45 - 12:00 PM

R&D Technology Transfer Forum: Unlocking the Potential (Part 2)

Friday, November 17, 12:00 - 12:30 PM

Changing the Culture: Accelerators and Incubators as Catalysts for Disruptive Innovation

Nick Dougherty, Program Director, PULSE@MassChallenge

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 ...

General Session #4

Sustaining Innovation: Managing the Challenges and Markets

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

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

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 ...

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