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CoverKansas has always been a state of strong views, especially when it comes to politics. One only has to visit the Kansas statehouse and view the famous John Steuart Currey painting Tragic Prelude, depicting a fiery-haired John Brown, to get an idea of the passion that lies beneath the surface of Kansas politics.

While Kansas has long been a “red” state, the governor’s office has see-sawed between the parties and for nearly 50 years state government has been a balanced coalition between moderates in both the Democrat and Republican parties.

In the mid-1980s, in fact, a non-partisan coalition of government, university and business leaders came together in the midst of economic crisis to form a new vision for Kansas. With the three main industries in the state—agriculture, oil and gas and aviation—faltering simultaneously, the coalition sought to diversify the state’s economy by focusing on commercializing new technologies. Bioscience was a key component of that strategy.

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With high unemployment rates and the critical need for job creation, performance indicators for economic development activity are needed now more than ever.

Richard A. Bendis, President and CEO, Innovation America and Les J. Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Studley, Inc.  (Fall 2011)

FourLegs

The four legs of the economic development stool: attraction efforts (luring new employers to an area); retention efforts (keeping employers in the area and assisting them to grow); reinvention efforts (providing assistance to employers undergoing change — think Bell Labs, Kodak, Polaroid); start-up growth efforts.

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Internationalization is one of the best strategies for innovative start-ups to grow their business. Science based incubators can facilitate this process by providing excellent ‘sending’ and ‘receiving’ services that make tenants “jump high and land softly”. This will result in high-tech clusters from all over the world coming closer together.

This year's Annual Conference on Science Based Incubation of The Technopolicy Network will take place from the 28th till the 30th of November 2011 in Auckland, New Zealand. The Innovation Tour “Modern Science Meets Middle Earth” will take place on the 30th of November and last a whole day.

In addition to the conference we will offer various workshops for Incubator Managers. These will focus on topics like Fund Raising and Impact Measurement.

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The Association of University Research Parks, with over 170 member parks from North America and abroad, invites you to share your knowledge, expertise and experience with your colleagues and other professionals at our 2011 International Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. As usual, this year’s conference will provide innovative ideas for beginning to advanced professionals.

Overview

University Research Parks must be sustainable and connected to compete in the 21st century’s global economy. Are your stakeholders, (including university, research park, government, and industry partners) linked in the most effective ways to maximize exposure and transfer of knowledge? Does your research community encourage entrepreneurship to maximize results? Our annual conference in New Orleans will be the forum in which to examine best practices in this area and find strategies to build an entrepreneurial culture by increasing ties between universities, research parks, government, and industry partners.

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The U.S. must move quickly to develop a national innovation strategy if it is to remain competitive in the global economy, a panel of experts said at the AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy.

They also outlined the roles that regions, universities, and government can play in developing such a strategy.

“I’m optimistic that we will end up getting it right,” said Rob Atkinson, president of the Information and Technology Innovation Foundation (ITIF). “The real question is, we don’t have all day to do that. We’ve probably got about 10 years. If we don’t get it right in 10 years, we basically will end up like the U.K., (with) very little manufacturing and then struggling to catch up again. It’s just a very, very hard thing to do once you’ve lost it.”

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Discovery Conference

On May 18 and 19, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) hosted Discovery 2011, a signature innovation conference for Ontario. It enables “key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities.”

I attended the conference on May 19. In addition to meeting exhibitors and commercialization experts, I attended an interesting discussion panel on exemplary and emerging commercialization models. OCE described the session and its participants as follows:

At the inaugural International Commercialization Forum, held in Ottawa in March, a group of thought leaders and practitioners from 18 countries discussed exemplary practices in commercializing research outcomes and effective innovation models. Participants shared the most compelling novel ideas to improve the state of global innovation. At the Forum’s conclusion, 48 organizations with a common vision focused on openly sharing knowledge and expertise, formally established the International Commercialization Alliance to work together on projects of global interest. This session will provide a synopsis of thought-provoking insights gained from the discussions and an overview of the Alliance established and where it goes from here.

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As a result of globalizing trends, clusters are becoming more global as well. To stay competitive new strategies have to be utilized. One successful approach has been the use of openness between the various actors in the local systems.

This year’s conference of the Technopolicy Network will therefore be on Open Innovation for Regional Development to explore how this shift will impact your region and what you can do to profit from this change.

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5-6 May 2011

Washington, DC

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Metro: Federal Triangle (Orange and Blue Lines)

The annual AAAS Forum on Science and Technology Policy is the conference for people interested in public policy issues facing the science, engineering, and higher education communities. Since 1976, it has been the place where insiders go to learn what is happening and what is likely to happen in the coming year on the federal budget and the growing number of policy issues that affect researchers and their institutions. Come to the Forum, learn about the future of S&T policy, and meet the people who will shape it.
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May 11-13, 2011 | Saint Petersburg, Russia

Aim of the Forum – constructive discussion of issues and international experience in formation of the economics, based on knowledge

Task of the Forum - assistance to innovative development of countries on international and national level through:
  • Creation of constantly operating international platform for meetings of "the innovative West" and "the innovative East" with a view of wide discussion and exchange of experience by governmental, scientific-educational and business groups for the development of economies based on knowledge;
  • Elaboration of recommendations on effective and mutually advantageous cooperation of authorities, business and a science with a view on introduction of innovative approaches and innovations in all life spheres - social and economic, scientific-educational, culture and so on;
  • Case-studying of the leading countries experience in the field of innovations, development and diversification of innovative economies, stimulation of processes of innovative transformations in science, education and society;
  • Assistance to formation of net and cluster structures in innovative sphere.
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The Midwest Technology Exchange (mtechx) is a collaborative conference focusing on the development and commercialization of Midwestern technologies which have been developed in collaboration with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). This conference will be an inclusive two-day meeting that will bring together Army funded principal investigators in the Midwest region, technology transfer experts, company representatives, venture capitals, economic developers, military and civilian experts to collaborate on advanced methods to achieve tangible commercial success and develop an infrastructure to help advance technology development and commercialization of Army fund- ed projects in the Midwest. For more information and registration visit www.mtechx.org.

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OCE DiscoveryDiscovery brings together key players from industry, academia, government, the investment community as well as entrepreneurs and students to pursue collaboration opportunities.

Garnering close to 2,500 attendees and more than 325 exhibitors, Discovery is a showcase of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research from sectors such as health, manufacturing, digital media and cleantech, including energy, environment and water.

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Over the past few years there has been an increasing discussion that commercialization of university-based discoveries is essential to help the US recover from the latest economic recession.  As noted by Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke, “How well America moves ideas out of the research lab and into the marketplace will determine whether we remain the most competitive and vibrant economy in the world.”  

 

As any third grade geography teacher will tell you, the Midwestern states comprise a large percentage of the US land mass.  What you won’t find in that geography book is that there is also a considerable amount of medical research occurring in this corridor.  With the majority of biomedical commercialization resources and venture capital located on the two coasts, Midwestern researchers, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and businesses have a need to collaborate to leverage resources effectively. 

On May 8-10 in Omaha, NE, the Midwest Technology Exchange (mTechx) will gather an internationally-renowned panel of speakers to help lead a collaborative conference focusing on the development and commercialization of Midwestern technologies which have been developed in collaboration with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) and the Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC).  Confirmed speakers include, Richard Bendis of Innovation America, Steven G. Burrill of Burrill & Company, Lesa Mitchell of the Kauffman Foundation, Rohit Shukla of Larta, and Jim Jaffe of NASVF.  See the bios of all the speakers here.

This conference will be an inclusive two-day meeting that will bring together Army funded principal investigators in the Midwest region, technology transfer experts, company representatives, venture capitals, economic developers, military and civilian experts to discuss and collaborate on advanced methods to achieve tangible commercial success and develop an infrastructure to help advance technology development and commercialization of Army funded projects in the Midwest.

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NASVF announced this week that the 2011 Annual Conference will be held in Arlington, Texas, October 17-19, 2011. The event was held in conjunction with the World’s Best Technologies Innovation Marketplace and hosted by the 2011 NASVF Conference host, the Center for Innovation based Arlington, Texas. Arlington’s mayor, the Honorable Dr. Robert Cluck, welcomed NASVF to Arlington.

NASVF also hosted a standing room only panel the opening day of the conference featuring several Board members as panelist in a session focused on “Innovation Capital – It’s More Than just Money.” Rich Bendis, President and CEO of Innovation and Board Vice Chair moderated the panel including Kef Kasdin, Partner Battelle Ventures; Rebecca O. Bagley, President and CEO, NorTech; Richard Fox, Partner, Astralis Group, LLC; and Steve Mercil, Founder and CEO Rainsource Capital, NASVF Board Chair.

Board Panel - NASVF board members (L to R) Rich Bendis, President and CEO of Innovation and Board Vice Chair moderated the panel including Kef Kasdin, Partner Battelle Ventures; Rebecca O. Bagley, President and CEO, NorTech; Richard Fox, Partner, Astralis Group, LLC; and Steve Mercil, Founder and CEO Rainsource Capital, NASVF Board Chair present “Innovation Capital – It’s More Than Just Money”
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This month's video feature is by Richard Bendis, Founding President and CEO, Innovation America and The Bendis Investment Group LLC, Pennsylvania, USA. His discussion focuses on creating transatlantic collaborations by selecting strategic complementary partners. Why do Transatlantic Innovation Partnerships work for large companies and for SMEs?
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richard-bendis-hello-there Richard Bendis, president and CEO of Innovation America tells IM about his personal approach to innovation management and how he is helping others to embrace innovation in the interest of encouraging our future leaders.

What is innovation management to you?

I approach innovation management as a practitioner who has had the opportunity to observe and implement innovation strategies and practices in many diversified settings and industries, both in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds. Several years ago I started to discuss the difference between technology management and innovation management, as most people were inaccurately interchanging the terms. As we all know and accept today, innovation management is much broader and could include new systems, processes, services, methods for interaction or communication in addition to development and introduction of new technologies. Effective innovation management can have an impact on  everyone…..anywhere in the world.

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Graduation may still be months away, but it is already a safe bet that few seniors will stay in Rhode Island to begin work. Dan Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, told The Herald last week that the state retains fewer graduates from Brown than from other Rhode Island colleges and universities, where retention rates are "between 10 and 15 percent." But Bridge, a new program spearheaded by the association and its member institutions, aims to increase these numbers.

Bridge is in its formative stages, and much of the work currently being done involves surveying students to gather data that will guide the program. But Bridge's focus is clear — eliminating the disconnect between Rhode Island's opportunities and attractive features and students, who may scarcely travel off College Hill.

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Richard Bendis, Founding President and CEO, Innovation America and The Bendis Investment Group LLC, Pennsylvania, USA.

Creating transatlantic collaborations by selecting strategic complementary partners. Why do Transatlantic Innovation Partnerships work for large companies and for SMEs?

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Why Cleveland?

It's a question local economic development officials have been asked -- and answered -- a lot in the days following President Barack Obama's recent visit to Cleveland with top Cabinet members.

Ray Leach, chief executive of the nonprofit JumpStart Inc., said he has fielded dozens of calls from investors, national foundations and the national media since Obama held the first of several of his "Winning the Future Forums on Small Business" at Cleveland State University on Tuesday.

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