The R&D 100 Conference Concludes With Unique New Events, Insightful Discussions

R&D 100 Staff
Nov. 16, 2018, 11:51 a.m.

The final section of 2018 R&D 100 Conference will conclude Friday, Nov. 16, featuring the unique “Tech Match Sprint” event, as well as insights on mentoring new entrepreneurs and evaluating R&D initiatives.

The two-day conference takes place at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando in Orlando, Florida. The 2018 R&D 100 Awards Gala—where the 2018 R&D 100 Awardees will be announced—will take place following the conclusion of the conference later Friday evening.  

“The Tech Match Sprint,” (1:15 - 2:30 p.m., Grand Ballroom) is a follow-up to the Tech Scout Relay Panel, which occurred Thursday, Nov. 15. At the Tech Scout Relay Panel, a group of individuals associated with Technology Scouting efforts spoke about issues surrounding the identification, the channeling and the leveraging of emerging technologies into business opportunities to deliver organic growth, initiate spin-off companies and support open innovation.

At Friday’s Tech Match Sprint each of the invited technology transfer professionals will present “real” technologies that are readily available today in this unique exercise, which will demonstrate how these new technologies can be and are presented to interested parties for subsequent transfer and licensing. This session will be a customized, rarely seen inside look—from the point of view of a variety of types of organizations—into the inner workings of technology transfer. Each professional will present up to four sprints, and each sprint will last approximately five minutes.

The event includes: Andrea Adkins, Assistant Director in the Office of Technology Transfer at the University of Central Florida; Matthew Simon, Licensing Manager for Engineering & Physical Sciences at the University of New Hampshire; Peter Christiensen, PhD, the deputy director for licensing in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s technology commercialization group; and Vicki A. Barbur, PhD, Senior Director, IP and Technology Commercialization, Commercial Business at BATTELLE.

Inspiring innovation  

Following “The Tech Match Sprint” will be two breakout sessions, both in the “R&D Innovations & Leadership” track. 

One, “Fostering the Next Generation of R&D Professionals: UC/Los Alamos Entrepreneurial Postdoctoral Fellowship Creates New Business Leaders” (2:40 - 3:30 p.m., Madison) highlights the UC/Los Alamos Entrepreneurial Postdoctoral Fellowship, a unique program designed 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 a focused six-month full-time Fellowship aimed at creating a new business in Northern New Mexico. This presentation—given by Antonio Redondo, PhD, Director, Richard P. Feynman Center for Innovation at Los Alamos National Laboratory—will highlight this entrepreneurial program and demonstrate how it provides a different dimension and new experience for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The other breakout session, “R&D Evaluation Approaches for Efficiency and Effectiveness,” (2:40 - 3:30 p.m.; Vesey), presented by Bruce Chehroudi, PhD, Vice President of Advanced Technology Consultants, focuses on strategies for R&D managers, particularly those in the U.S. federal government.

In his talk, Chehroudi will discuss why a portfolio of R&D evaluation methods is important.

The U.S. Federal Government R&D expenditure was about $117.7 Billion in FY18. Because of this, and the highly competitive nature of global R&D, Chehroud feels it is imperative that R&D program managers involved in the federal government be fully aware and understand the strengths and short-comings of evaluations tools and choose the best ones for performance assessment of their R&D activities. Evidence generated by using a variety of R&D evaluation methods would improve program planning and implementation and strengthen the defense of programs with the OMB and Congress.

A deeper look at the GFF

For the first time, this year’s conference also features a special panel that will take a closer look at the findings of the 2019 Global R&D Funding Forecast. This annual in-depth report is created by the editors of R&D Magazine and is published annually at the beginning of each new year as a public service for R&D executives, scientists, engineers and research managers for the preparation of their annual R&D budgets and the evaluation of the current R&D environment. Conference attendees received a preview of the report on Thursday, Nov. 15.

Day two will feature the panel “Digging into the 2019 Global R&D Funding Forecast: Exploring Leading Strategies for Creating New R&D Budgets,” (11:15 a.m. - 12 p.m., Grand Ballroom).

The panel includes Bradford L. Goldense, CEO of Goldense Group, Inc; Clifford L. Renschler, PhD, Director of the Component Science, Engineering and Production center (CSEP) at Sandia National Laboratories; James Wang, the General Director of Strategy and R&D Planning Office for Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in Taiwan; and GFF creator and R&D Magazine contributing editor Tim Studt.

The panel will share how R&D budgeting trends impact their own organizations and work in the field. Looking at the executive highlights of R&D Magazine’s GFF preview as well as their own experiences, they will dig deeper into the trends to watch.

“We are thrilled to offer this new addition to our 2018 R&D 100 Conference lineup,” said Bea Riemschneider, VP of Content and Events–Innovation for Advantage Business Marketing. “We hope this interactive panel will provide conference attendees with the valuable insights they need to really utilize the 2019 Global R&D Funding Forecast to make better and more strategic R&D budget decisions in 2019 and 2020.”

The R&D 100 Conference will be followed by the R&D 100 Awards Gala, where the 2018 R&D 100 awardees will be recognized. The full list of finalists can be found here.

Registration and check in for the R&D 100 Awards will begin at 4 p.m., followed by the R&D 100 Awards Cocktail Reception at 6 p.m. The R&D 100 Awards Dinner and Ceremony will take place from 7-10:30 p.m. followed by an after party until 12:30.

About the R&D 100 Conference and R&D 100 Awards

In 2015, the R&D 100 Conference was launched as an educational event that both celebrates the historic R&D 100 Awards and provides an educational opportunity that is unique for the R&D community. The R&D 100 Conference features multi-disciplinary General Sessions specially geared for today’s R&D leaders—and up-and-coming leaders—to help them tackle the most important challenges facing the R&D community right now. The conference creates a rare collaborative space where ideas flow and networking is truly special.

The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovations awards program in research and development for the past 56 years, honoring pioneers in science and technology. The 2018 R&D 100 Awards will be presented at the R&D 100 Awards Gala event on the evening of Nov. 16.

Together, the 2018 R&D 100 Awards Gala event and the 2018 R&D 100 Conference explore significant strides in R&D, offering an enriching experience for R&D professionals of all levels and specialties. For registration and conference details visit:

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