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    Program

    8:00 am:  Networking, coffee, breakfast breads
    8:45 am   Welcome and Introductions
    9:00 am:  Morning Session begins with keynote speaker Henry Chesbrough
    Noon:       Lunch and Networking
    1:00 pm:  Afternoon Session begins with Marc G. Stanley
    1:30 pm:  Solar Energy, Biophotonic, and Lighting Breakout Sessions begin
    3:30 pm:  Closing Session begins with Jennifer Ernst
    5:00 pm:  Closing Remarks - Reception to follow

    MORNING
    8:00 am Join us for networking, coffee, and breakfast breads

    MORNING SESSIONS

    Welcome and Introductions

    Opening Keynote Speaker

    9:00 am
    Henry Chesbrough: Open Innovation
    In his bestselling 2002 book, Open Innovation: The New Imperative for Creating and Profiting from Technology, Henry Chesbrough explains why open innovation makes sense and how to structure your innovation strategy to take advantage of its opportunities. His most recent book, Open Business Models: How to Thrive in the New Innovation Environment, describes how to develop business models that successfully take advantage of the value that open innovation offers. Dr. Chesbrough is a professor at UC Berkeley's Haas Business School, where he teaches and runs the Center for Open Innovation, a center on managing innovation and intellectual property.

    Keynote Speakers

    10:00 am
    Robert Byer: Transfer of University Innovation to Industry: Paths and Pitfalls
    As an author of over 500 scientific papers and with 50 patents, Professor Robert Byer, Co-Director, Stanford Photonics Research Center, has been an ongoing innovator in the fields of lasers and nonlinear optics. In his keynote address he will draw on his experience in academia and working with in [add working with] industry to explore how the transfer of information from universities to industry can be accomplished while protecting the interests of the various parties involved. Universities are in the business of education, discovery, and innovation, and most feel a strong obligation to see their innovations benefit society. What are the paths to achieving this goal?

    11:00 am
    John Kao: The Process of Innovation
    Dubbed "Mr. Creativity" and "a serial innovator" by The Economist, Professor John Kao describes his job as "instigator of new things." He is considered a leading authority on the subjects of innovation, organizational transformation, and digital media. He is author of the best-selling Jamming: The Art and Discipline of Business Creativity, a BusinessWeek best-seller that has been published in a dozen languages, and Innovation Nation, published in October, 2007. Professor Kao will address how all companies, large and small, can capitalize on innovation.



    LUNCH and NETWORKING
    Afternoon Speaker

    1:00 pm
    Marc Stanley: The Importance of Innovation in Photonics
    The United States faces a demanding set of innovation challenges that affect our national security, our ability to compete, and our ability to fulfill the expectations of American citizens. The Technology Innovation Program (TIP) was established in 2007 as part of the America COMPETES Act, to help U.S. businesses, institutions of higher education, and other organizations—such as national laboratories and nonprofit research institutes—support, promote, and accelerate innovation in the United States through high-risk, high-reward research in areas of critical national need. Through its competitions and national dialogue, TIP is becoming a unique contributor in the Nation’s strategy for transforming our ability to address societal challenges, that if go unmet will require even greater national investments.


    Solar Energy Breakout Session:
    The Race to Cost Competitiveness
    The content and contacts in this session will help you create a better strategic roadmap to move solar technology to the marketplace, benefiting solar start-ups and current leaders.

    Speakers:

    1:30 pm
    Richard Swanson
    , SunPower, President & Chief Technology Officer
    Toward Grid-Parity Solar Power: Innovation, Efficiency and Market-dynamics
    As a professor at Stanford University, Swanson decided early-on he would chart a path from fundamental physics to the commercial marketplace. One of the most engaging speakers on solar in Silicon Valley, Swanson will share his views on innovation from the perspectives as Founder, President and CTO of one of the world's solar companies. You will hear Swanson share his views on accelerating innovation and the future of PV, and lessons learned from the sometimes torturous path from lab to startup to commercial success.

    2:00 pm
    Peter Borden
    , DMTS, Solar Business Group, Applied Materials
    Making solar affordable: scaling up for mass production
    Borden will describe the innovation process as it applies to scaling photovoltaic manufacturing to a level that can start to impact energy markets. He will discuss drivers, factors that temper innovation, motivations for companies with the resources to drive scaling, and future potential.

    2:30 pm
    Scott Elrod
    , PARC, Vice President, Director Hardware Systems Labs
    The Horse Race Among Silicon PV, Concentrator PV and Thin Film
    PARC VP and Cleantech Program Manager Scott Elrod will describe how PARC is working with visiting technologists, embedded business development staff, and resident early-stage startups to commercialize a portfolio of cost-reducing solar innovations. Scott will describe PARC's efforts in silicon PV, concentrator PV and thin-film devices, and will offer his view on the potential of each to reach near-term "grid parity".




    Biophotonics Panel Breakout Session:
    Innovation in process and procedure

    In this breakout session, experts in innovation will join a select group of achievers who have learned how to accelerate the movement of ideas to the marketplace, in the complex field of healthcare, where alliances and process innovation are as critical to success as a clearly better technology. 

    Speakers:

    1:30 pm
    David Benaron
    , Spectros Corporation, CEO
    Entrepreneurial opportunities in the biomedical optics marketplace: 2009-2014
    Experiences at MIT, Harvard and U Penn, and Stanford, combined with his entrepreneurial drive and more than a bit of hyperactivity, led to a successful IPO, multiple FDA approvals, introduction and marketing of several medical devices, and establishing a profitable licensing program. Several more startups in various stages are incubating or pupating. These provide Benaron with a valuable insight about what works - and what doesn't - when commercializing biomedical technology. He will explore where emerging opportunities are in optics from drug discovery to healthcare monitoring devices.

    2:00 pm
    Jean-Luc Vanderheyden,
    Ph.D., GE Healthcare, Global Molecular Imaging Leader
    Innovations in Molecular Imaging for Earlier Detection of Disease
    As a global leader for molecular imaging at GE Healthcare, Vanderheyden is responsible for the long range strategy and identification of new imaging technology opportunities and for facilitating the interface between academic research and commercialization of new clinically relevant solutions that impact healthcare. In this session, you will hear how GE views the process of innovation to the point of clinical use and how it integrates teams for innovation.

    2:30 pm
    Barbara Paldus,
    Finesse, CEO
    The Barriers Beyond Innovation: The Challenges Encountered in Bringing Product to Market
    Finesse Solutions CEO Barb Paldus has introduced several optical and spectroscopic technologies into biomedical markets over the last decade. She will discuss the barriers that lie beyond the market identification and technology innnovaton stages, namely the go-to-market and scale-up challenges. How these challenges are met most often determines the difference between success and failure of young start-up companies.
     



    Next-Generation Lighting Breakout Session:
    LEDS and OLEDs
    Continued technical advances play key role in determining the product winners in this field, but innovations in high-volume manufacturing, integration with existing infrastructure and life-cycle cost analysis all require both engineering and business planning now. This breakout session focuses on innovation management across the field of solid-state lighting, valuable to both the inventor and business strategist.

    Speakers:

    1:30 pm
    Peter Visser
    , Philips Lighting, Project Manager, OLLA Project
    OLEDs: the little Brother in the Lighting Revolution
    OLEDs are the first thin and flat light sources, which can be made in any 2D shape, even transparent. Researchers around the globe are working in high speed to increase performances, lifetime and OLED sizes. But what new options will OLEDs offer in the lighting landscape? This talk will update on the status and challenges of OLEDs for Lighting Applications and the ecosystems in which this technology is developing. Special focus will be given on how Europe deploys the open innovation model to advance this exiting lighting technology.

    2:00 pm
    George Craford
    , Lumileds, CTO
    LEDs an Emerging Revolution in Lighting
    LEDs have been available since the 1960s. Recent performance increases have enabled LEDs to begin to compete with conventional light sources for general illumination applications with the promise of new degrees of freedom for lighting designers, and large energy savings. This talk will describe the evolution, status, and future prospects for LED technology, and the barriers that need to be overcome to complete the lighting revolution.


    CLOSING SESSION

    The Paths to Funding

    3:30 pm
    Jennifer Ernst
    , PARC, Director of Business Development
    Converting advanced research into high-value business opportunities
    A growing number of corporations are embracing Open Innovation. As a result, the possibilities for getting new ideas to market through large corporations are also expanding. These relationships are richer and more complex than ever before, but also present researchers unprecedented opportunity for impact. This talk will focus on the unique aspects of working with multi-national corporations in converting advanced research into high-value business opportunities. It will also include the changing roles of internal R&D managers in an open ecosystem.

    4:00 pm
    John Lushetsky
    , U.S. Department of Energy, Program Manager, Solar Energy Technology Program
    The DOE Solar Program: Driving Innovation Through Industry Partnerships
    Mr. Lushetsky will describe the current status and outlook for the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Technology Program and efforts to reduce the cost of solar electricity to grid parity by 2015. Mr. Lushetsky will provide additional detail on DOE's efforts to maximize commercialization efforts through partnerships with industry and opportunities for companies to partner with DOE on solar technology innovations.

    4:30 pm
    Terry Jester
    , Hudson Clean Energy Partners, Entrepreneur in Residence
    Growth Stage Financing for Equipment Manufacturers in the Renewables Sector
    The talk will illustrate typical requirements and financing structures for growth-stage financing of manufacturing companies in the renewables sector - focusing on the capital needs of companies that have completed initial pilot production and product development, and are seeking capital to build initial large-scale commercial production facilities. The talk will explain the expectations that investment firms apply to their evaluation of companies that are seeking capital for these purposes, and will illustrate examples of successful financings at this stage in this sector.


    CLOSING REMARKS AND RECEPTION

    5:00 pm
    Stephen J. Eglash
    , Event Chair, Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist

    6:00 pm
    Networking Reception