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SPIE CEO Arthurs leads DOE policy discussion analyzing export control impacts

24 July 2009

Dr. Robert Atkinson, President of the ITIF; Dr. Charles Wessner, Director of the Program on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the NAS; Dr. Ralph Taylor-Smith, General Partner, Battelle Ventures L.P.; and Dr. Cynthia McIntyre, Senior VP, Strategic Operations,Planning and Development, Council on Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, DC, USA -- SPIE CEO Eugene G. Arthurs moderated a panel discussion on effective policy for innovation in technology on 24 July at an event sponsored by the Department of Energy Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS), and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) in Washington, DC.

"There was a widespread consensus that more government action is needed to bolster the U.S. innovation ecology, to serve the national interest in a number of ways," Arthurs said. "There was concern over how short-term reactive regulatory action supposedly in the interests of national security was in fact damaging the longer-term national interest."

The topic of the panel was "Analysis of U.S. Regulation: Economic Impacts, Export Controls, Effective Policy for U.S. Interests." Participants included Robin Gaster, Alliance for Science and Technology Research in America; Arti Rai, Duke Univ.; Sean Heather, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Larry Christensen, Miller & Chevalier law firm.

The panel was part of an all-day colloquium entitled "Governance and Regulation: U.S. to Lead or Lag in the 21st Century," part of the HSS Visiting Speaker Program.

Arthurs said that the four panels at the event covered widely different aspects of the complex interactions between regulations and innovation. For example, "Quite often forgotten is the support for innovation that is provided (by regulation) for R&D funding thorough the SBIR program, and the sadly underfunded NIST Technology Innovation Program," he said.

The Visiting Speaker Program series draws leaders from academia, business, public and private enterprise, and other organizations with interests similar to DOE to present on topics such as organizational theory, the business model of sustainability, resilience in challenging circumstances, and issues of global importance.

See photos, slides, and other presentation materials from the 24 July panel: http://hssoutreach.energy.gov/collaboration/VisitingSpeakerCalendar.htm

Photo: From left, Robert Atkinson, President of the ITIF; Charles Wessner, Director of the Program on Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the NAS; Ralph Taylor-Smith, General Partner, Battelle Ventures L.P.; and Cynthia McIntyre, Senior VP, Strategic Operations,Planning and Development, Council on Competitiveness

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