Session Descriptions

 

 

Plenary Sessions

REDUCE THE DRAG IN YOUR LIFE, BUSINESS & COMMUNITY

Michael Gullion, MBA, Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, SCI, a Sanmina Company

Ever feel the "drag"? You know, it's the thing, person or bureaucracy that holds you back from thoroughly enjoying your job, life or community and embracing true success, empowerment and joy. 

Do you desire to a make a change and live your life to the fullest, embrace your role and make an impact in your community? Then, join us for this plenary session and let's be inspired!

Michael Gullion, responsible for leading the technology segment and overseeing business development functions at SCI Technology, will provide new strategies to reduce the drag.

 

THE DISNEY DIFFERENCE AT YOUR RESEARCH PARK

Wayne Olson, President and Owner, Wayne Olson Consulting, LLC

Engaging with your ‘customers’ is not as easy as it seems. For the research park executive, whether its university and government leaders or start-up entrepreneurs and research park tenants, you wear many hats and need to please and engage each diverse group. Wayne Olson will provide the Disney Difference, the secret sauce of anticipating and pleasing each demographic while being true to your goals and objectives.

Visit with Wayne during the Welcoming Reception plus plan to purchase his recent book, “The Disney Difference” to make an impact on your team.

 

INSPIRATION & LEADERSHIP IN LIFESCIENCES

James (Jim) R. Hudson, Co-Chairman, HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology


Honored as the EDPA 2017 Innovation Award Recipient, Jim Hudson is the humble, inspirational life sciences leader and visionary who has helped shape not only HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, but the Huntsville community and its economy.

Per a study conducted by the Center for Management & Economic Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology has meant more than $1.85 billion to Alabama's economy in the past decade. As a matter of fact, in the past two years alone, the economic impact has been more than $500 million.

During AURP's 2017 International Conference, Hudson will speak on Inspiration & Leadership in Life Sciences and will share the remarkable story of HudsonAlpha Institute of Biotechnology, in addition to his vision behind the thriving arts and entertainment venue in Rocket City, Lowe Mill, CityScapes and so much more.

 

TRANSFORMING TECH TRANSFER

David Winwood, PhD, RTTP, Associate Executive Director and Chief Business Development Officer, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University
James (Jim) Woodell, PhD, Vice President, Economic Development & Community Engagement, Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Brian Darmody, Past President, AURP; Associate Vice President for Corporate and Foundation Relations, University of Maryland

Panelists representing industry, academia, and research will be exploring current trends in the field of transferring technology out of the labs and into the marketplace. Panelists will report on the recent studies conducted with AUTM, BIO, and also the findings of APLU, all reporting on the current tech transfer trends and most importantly the impact of tech transfer within our university research parks. Join us for this hot topic with our all-star array of panelists.

 

LEGACY OF CREATING AN ATTRACTIVE RESEARCH PARK

Farhan Al-Shahrani, PhD, Manager, Tenant Affairs, KAUST Research & Technology Park
Eyad Kutbi, Manager, Strategy & Planning, KAUST Research & Technology Park

Inspired by the establishment of two major industrial districts 50 years ago, KAUST was created from scratch in nearly 1,000 days as an international beacon of knowledge. The unprecedented challenge was also to simultaneously launch and operate a research park. The KRTP with its ingenuity was able to overcome the challenges, attract more companies, service smart master planning, clusters, offering attractive subsidies, fund and entrepreneurial programs.

 

COLLABORATING WITH INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PARKS

I-Hung Li, PhD, President, Nanjing iLink Incubator, Ltd.
Ariel Jones, Manager, City of Knowledge
Eyad Kutbi, Manager, Strategy & Planning and Development, KAUST Research & Technology Park
Majed Bakhsh, Head of Strategic Planning for Information Technology, KAUST IT
Laura O’Blenis, Managing Director, Canadian Association of University Research Parks (AURP Canada) (Moderator)

While North America provides many diverse networks for research parks, it’s important for research parks to think globally if strategic growth and innovation is a priority. Our international members will discuss the unique collaboration opportunities and networks that live outside of North America. Learn about multiple international networks and the value they bring to research parks and how international partnerships are forged and the steps to take to ensure that it’s a perfect fit. Hear best practices and lessons learned from other parks that have looked outside of North America for meaningful strategic collaborations and international collaborative partnerships.

 

HOW TO ATTRACT INDUSTRY TO YOUR PARK: INSIGHTS FROM SITE SELECTOR PROFESSIONALS

William (Will) N. Hearn, Senior Vice President, CBRE Consulting Group Atlanta
Robert (Bob) Hess, Executive Managing Director, Consulting, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank Global Corporate Services
Matthew Szuhaj, MBA, Managing Director, Deloitte Consulting LLP
David Zaharchuk, Global Public Sector Leader, IBM Global Business Services
Joseph Burchfield, Regional Consultant, Alabama, Economic Development, Tennessee Valley Authority (Moderator)

In our fireside chat, hear from our site selection experts with over 75 combined years of experience in global consultation on issues of expansion, consolidation, relocation, divestiture and so much more. Discover what’s important to these professionals and the companies that they represent when completing a site selection assignment. Plus they want to learn from you. What are our research park and innovation district priorities that these leaders can consider for a mutually beneficial transaction.

  

Concurrent Sessions

CUMMINGS RESEARCH PARK MASTER PLAN

Mitch Horowitz,Vice President and Managing Director, TEConomy Partners, LLC
Erin Koshut, Director, Cummings Research Park
Steven Spalding, Founder and Principal, Point A Consulting
Jeff Williams, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will

In 2016, the Cummings Research Park and Huntsville Chamber of Commerce produced a comprehensive update to its master plan, the first such update in the Park’s 60-year history. This team will address the economic and strategic concerns of Huntsville’s “innovation system” plus the planning, branding and implementation of the Cummings Research Park Master Plan.

 

THE FUTURE OF RESEARCH PARKS AND INNOVATION DISTRICTS

Denis Gauvreau, PhD, Director of International Affairs, GIP Genopole
Jeanne Mell
, Vice President, Marketing Communications and Community Engagement, The University City Science Center
Ray Vaughn, PhD, Vice President for Research & Economic Development, University of Alabama, Huntsville
Cassie Branum, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Urban Designer, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will (Moderator)

This panel will discuss the future of research parks and innovation districts through the experiences and lessons of our three successful research park professionals, Jeanne Mell, Ray Vaughn and Denis Gauvreau, focusing on the lenses of economy, place and culture. This interactive panel will then debate the successes and challenges given these defined lenses.

 

UPDATES & CHALLENGES FROM OUR RURAL RESEARCH PARKS

Daniel J. Duncan, Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus
Shawn Naccarato, JD, MPA, Chief Strategy Office, University Strategic Initiatives, Pittsburgh Pittsburg State University
Marc McGee, Director, Mississippi State University Research and Technology Corporation & Thad Cochran Research, Technology and Economic Development Park (Moderator)

Our rural research park members are living-learning communities focused on entrepreneurship. Each innovative community came about from strong relationships and intentional partnership with linkages across academia, research facilities and workforce development. The leaders will discuss ways that each relationship has grown over time and how current leadership is strengthening partnerships through strategic initiatives. Hear real world applications and prescriptions for collaboration within your city and business community.

 

THE 21ST CENTURY INNOVATION TROIKA: ANGEL INVESTORS, CORPROATE VC/INNOVATION GROUPS AND REGIONAL INNOVATION ORGANIZATIONS

Clare John Fairfield, JD, MBA, Entrepreneurial Finance, Venture Capital Institute
Benjamin Glenn, JD, Shay Glenn, LLP
Faz Bashi, MD, Angel Capital Association; Silicon Valley Life Science Angles
Kevin Byrne, Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation, Inc. (Moderator)

The VC industry long ago exited early stage investing. Creating effective and sustainable innovation ecosystems requires a new approach. Corporate VC/Innovation Groups and Regional Innovation Organizations need to combine with angel investors to create mutually beneficial and sustainable partnerships grounded in competence and not wishful thinking. Our panelists discuss the approach from perspectives gained through decades of collective global experience as entrepreneurs, angel investors, IP lawyers, venture capitalists, university entrepreneurial center operators and innovation educators.

 

THE CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF CREATING A RESEARCH CAMPUS AS A SELF-SUSTAINING ENERGY HUB

Paul Tyno, Strategic Advisor for Energy Initiatives, Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus
Greg King, CEcD, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
Kenny Smith, M.Eng, MCIBSE, C.Eng, P.Eng, LEED AP, Principal, Integral Group
Leah Burton, Director, Centennial Campus Partnership Office and Industry Alliances, NC State University (Moderator) 

Learn about the challenges and opportunities faced as our respective research campuses have developed as self-sustaining energy hubs or microgrids. Our innovation district leaders, Paul Tyno and Greg King, will address the lack of central governance among independent member institutions; the implications and relationships between the projects’ technical choices and the commercial/financial structure. Kenny Smith will discuss how to best use a customer-to-grid asset, understanding that success can be tied to regulation and incentives or effective market animation.

 

Using Sustainbility and Wellness as a Catalyst for Healthy Communities

Jared Oakes, President and Managing Director, Kaleidoscope Development Advisors
Jackie Kerby Moore, Executive Director, Sandia Science & Technology Park (Moderator) 

Using an ‘all in’ approach with respect to sustainability, health and wellness, Jared Oakes will discuss how this is an excellent catalyst to attract forward thinking companies to your park to meet the desires of their younger work force and residents that seek to live, work, learn ad play in an authentic wellness-driven community.

 

 
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