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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

7:00 AM - 4:30 PM Registration Desk Open
Exhibit Table Displays
Speaker Ready Room
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM Breakfast with Networking Activities
Rise and shine, take in some java and get your networking on! Interactive games are on the program to accelerate your connections and spur the interchange of discovery.
All attendees are welcome to participate!
8:15 AM - 8:30 AM WELCOME ADDRESS 
Ángel Cabrera,
PhD, President, Georgia Institute of Technology
Introducer: Greg King, CEcD, Associate Vice President for Economic Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

PLENARY SESSIONS
8:30 AM UNIVERSITIES AS A CATALYST FOR INNOVATION 
Sethuraman "Panch" Panchanathan
, PhD, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Arizona State University
Chaouki Abdallah, PhD, Executive Vice President for Research and Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology
Moderator: Greg King, CEcD, Associate Vice President for Research and Innovation, Georgia Institute of Technology
Universities are essential and uniquely positioned to support and advance grand challenges and accelerating innovation with industry. With deep talent pools, wide arrays of facilities, and access to creative thinking and problem-solving, universities should dedicate their resources in support of such projects and leverage people, programming and place.

9:15 AM - COMMUNITIES OF INNOVATION DRIVING UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS 
Leah Burton
, Director of Centennial Campus Partnership Office and Industry Alliances, NC State University
Andy PorterDirector of Enterprise Security Architecture, Merck
Andrew Zager, Director of Identity & Access Management, Merck
Moderator: Tony Boccanfuso, PhD, President, UIDP 
The importance of industry-university partnerships to an institution’s overall research enterprise is increasing and gaining more attention than ever before. This session will consider contemporary approaches being used by universities to attract companies to their parks, and explore how companies are leveraging these opportunities to meet their business and workforce goals. Speaker will share some unique partnership approaches and highlight an example from the region in a conversational setting.

9:45 AM - THE ART OF THE DEAL: FINANCE AND STRUCTURING  
Terri Finister, Partner, Murray Barnes Finister LLP
Craig Harmon, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
Ted Matozzo, Vice President, Public Finance Investment Banking, BofA Securities, Inc., Bank of America, N.A.
Moderator: Kevin Byrne, MBA, Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation  
There is no typical when it comes to structuring the deal. Pull up a seat to learn from and engage with our financing and structuring experts - the lumineers that ignited a community that is now Tech Square. From underwriting and legal groundwork, to bond structures, to real estate and construction, these stakeholders will discuss the unique background and fiscal foundation of Tech Square that set a community ablaze with innovation.

10:15 AM - BENCHMARKING REPORT 2019: THE AURP-TECONOMY PARTNERS STUDY 
Mitch Horowitz
, Principal and Managing Director, TEConomy Partners, LLC
Cassie Branum, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Urban Designer, Associate Principal, Perkins and Will
Moderator: Carol StewartAssociate Vice President, Tech Parks Arizona, University of Arizona; President, Campus Research Foundation
Working in conjunction with Mitch Horowitz, TEConomy Partners’ Managing Partner, glean the true and impactful power of your park, innovation district and community. The data presented from recent surveys will measure our research communities’ progress since the 2012 study. Mitch will give us a sense of what is trending in our sector and provide a preview of what will be included in our final impact report.

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM NETWORKING BREAK
11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

MAKING AN ECONOMIC IMPACT: RESEARCH PARKS IN KNOWLEDGE CITIES 
Daniel Duncan,
 President, AURP; Executive Director, Nebraska Innovation Campus (Moderator)
Laura Frerichs, Director, University of Illinois Research Park and University of Urbana-Champaign Economic Development
Kate Hier, AIA, NCARB Architect, Laboratory Planner Principal, The Clark Enersen Partners
As an alternative to large city innovation districts, this session will focus on how knowledge cities can leverage university Research Parks for economic growth, using smart design and assets unique to those environments. Two Research Park directors and a higher education architect will present on: 
1) Identifying opportunities for your knowledge city and activating partnerships
2) Designing and developing infrastructure, including specialized facilities
3) Setting up entrepreneurs for future success

ACTIVATING CORPORATIONS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR STARTUP ECOSYSTEM 
Carie Davis,
Startup Relations & Program Director, Bridge Community
Heather Turney-Navaei, Team Leader for Transformational Innovation Group, Nationwide
Moderator: Jeff Johnson, Director, TechCenter Research Park, Virginia Tech
Corporations can be a critical asset in the development of a sustainable startup ecosystem - they offer real business challenges for startup inspiration, become customers to help startups grow, and have a pool of talent with deep domain expertise who can mentor or join the startup ecosystem as founders. Formerly Global Director of Innovation + Entrepreneurship at The Coca-Cola Company and head of The BridgeCommunity Atlanta, a startup commercialization program in partnership with Coca-Cola and other F500 companies, Carie is currently building a global startup commercialization ecosystem as Techpublic. Carie will discuss lessons learned and ideas to support corporate engagement in your communities.

MEASURING BEYOND THE TRADITIONAL: CAPTURING THE FULL VALUE OF YOUR COMMUNITY OF INNOVATION
Deborah Cummings
, Principal and Senior Director, TEConomy Partners, LLC 
Moderator: Allison Madden, MBA, Director of Research Foundation Operations, University of South Florida Research Foundation
Research parks and innovation districts continually face the challenge of explaining their value to a wide range of stakeholders.  This session will examine how research parks can go beyond traditional measures to better capture the full value they are bringing to developing innovation ecosystems and catalyzing the growth of innovation-based economies.  It will offer both hands-on examples, and recent studies to inform how research parks can effectively implement more contextualized measurement approaches to map, track, and report on the functional benefits they are generating to their diverse set of stakeholders.  

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

LUNCHEON / GENERAL SESSION 
THE FUTURE OF FOOD
Michael Britt, Vice President of Innovation, Southern Company Energy Innovation Center
Mario Cambardella, Urban Agriculture Director, City of Atlanta, Mayor's Office of Resilience
Chef Santana Diaz, University of California, Davis Health 
Moderator: Dr. James Kovach, Chief Innovation Officer, University of California Davis Health
Introducer: Mark Romney, Chief Strategy Officer, University of California Davis Health
Technology touches everything in our lives, including the food on our plates. This session addresses the ins and outs of AgTech, and how both urban and rural university parks and innovation districts can provide the programming and place for collaboration in this important area. With speakers representing a wide variety of stakeholders the session will dive into current trends through the eyes of those experts fully entrenched in the implementation, innovation and regulation of AgTech.

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM NETWORKING BREAK
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

INSIGHTS ON DEVELOPMENT OF A LIFE SCIENCE / BIO SCIENCE REGIONAL ECOSYSTEMS 
Vic Nole, Director, Life Science Incubator, Mayo Clinic Florida
Tiffany Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, Global Center for Medical Innovation
Moderator: Brian Darmody, Chief Executive Officer, AURP
Hear from the panelists the motivation for creating their program, its operating model,  how it is connected into their regional innovation ecosystem and how they engage with the private sector and university programs.  This session will emphasize the role of ecosystem building and some of the unique considerations for these types of programs when establishing and growing an innovation ecosystem.

CONVERGENCE: STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS, FINANCING TOOLS & HIGHER EDUCATION DIVERSITY 
Todd Greene, Executive Director, Atlanta University Center Consortium
Robert K. Jenkins Jr., Senior Managing Director, Renaissance Equity Partners LLC. 
Stan Wall, P.E., Partner, HR&A Advisors
Moderator: Mason Ailstock, Immediate Past President, AURP; Senior Principal, HR&A Advisors 
The world of university led real estate involves a convergence of strategies, capital sources and development plans. It also includes important issues such as diversity, inclusion and access. How do universities and their partners balance the many demands and consider the vast options to deliver mission critical projects? This engaging session includes multiple perspectives on national trends and local applications that will leave attendees with knowledge and resources to inform actions at their own institution.

STRATEGIES TO PROTECT YOUR MOST VULNERABLE IP ASSETS 
Daniel Sineway, Partner, Morris, Manning and Martin, LLP
Hina Mehta, Director, Office of Technology Transfer, George Mason University
Michael Poisel, MS, MBA, Director, PCI Ventures, University of Pennsylvania
Terry Bray, PhD, Director of Technology Licensing, Georgia Tech 
Moderator: Kevin Byrne, MBA, Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation
Attend this can’t miss discussion on strategies in sheltering and safely commercializing your IP technology.  Daniel Sineway, our IP expert and his university-based guest speakers will share their successful tactics of patent procurement, licensing matters and the evolving world of tech transfer issues. This case study format will provide take-aways and initiatives to best secure your valuable research assets.

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM NETWORKING BREAK
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

CONCURRENT BREAKOUT SESSIONS

AMPLIFYING RESEARCH PARK RESULTS AFTER INCEPTION: NURTURE VS NATURE 
David Tyndall, Principal, Gateway Development Services
Moderator: Kevin Byrne, MBA, Past President, AURP; President, The University Financing Foundation
The sharing of lessons learned as the original private developer of Tech Square gained from his roles in property management, marketing and leasing, and community activation. Attendees will leave with an understanding of how small knowledge cities can thrive, as innovation means economic growth.
- Helping attendees understand the limits of physical facilities in shaping the innovation ethos; 
- Offering perspective on the life cycle of an innovation district; and 
- Sharing low capital cost secrets to amplify success.

INCLUSION EXTENDING THE BENEFITS OF RESEARCH ACTIVITY 
Megan Allen, Director of Project and Programs, Oklahoma City Innovation District
Cassie Branum
, AICP, LEED AP, Senior Urban Designer, Perkins and Will
Chris Burke, Director of Community Relations, Office of Government and Community Relations, Georgia Institute of Technology 
Stephen Coulston, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal, Senior Urban Designer, Perkins and Will
Moderator: Mark Romney, Chief Strategy Officer, University of California Davis Health
As research parks and innovation districts provide economic returns for universities and industries, they have an opportunity to also support their surrounding communities. This session will begin with an introduction to the topic and overview of supportive activities from employment strategies to educational programming. Then, two case studies will be presented with best practice concepts and outcomes, including: (1) Georgia Institute of Technology's efforts in Atlanta's Westside and (2) Oklahoma City's efforts east of their downtown.


DEBUNKING TODAY’S TOP COWORKING AND FLEXIBLE WORKPLACE MYTHS 
Melanie Gladwell, Vice President, Americas Head of Flexible Working Solutions, Cushman & Wakefield
Moderator: Merry Hunter Caudle, Program Manager, Economic Development, Georgia Institute of Technology
The  Flexible Workplace sector—and the subsector of coworking—is the most talked about topic in commercial real estate. There are questions about the model, the players and the future. One thing that is certain is that as a growing and influential sector, Flexible Workplace is changing how occupiers, users and investors think about the office. Learn why the demand for tenant-focused, amenitized, technology-enabled, turnkey workplace options is here to stay. Join us to explore today’s top coworking myths and discuss points of view on these topics and more:
•  What’s driving demand for the Flex model?
•  What are industry trends and future outlook?
•  How are occupiers and owners utilizing Flexible Workplace as a strategic tool?

4:45 PM - 5:00 PM Group Breaks from Day Sessions / Refresh for Evening Program
5:00 PM - 5:15 PM Group gather in lobby and departs for CODA
5:15 PM - 9:30 PM

AURP 24TH ANNUAL AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE GALA - CODA
WELCOME: 
COLLABORATION CORE: THE EVOLUTION OF UNIVERSITY-INDUSTRY 
DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS AT TECH SQUARE
Ambrish Baisiwala
, Chief Executive Officer, Portman Holdings
Introducer: Mason Ailstock, Immediate Past President, AURP; Senior Principal, HR&A Advisors

AURP AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE GALA
Receiving one of AURP's worthy Awards of Excellence is the greatest honor bestowed at our conference each year. These awards recognize achievements, cutting-edge and innovative park companies and exceptional park leaders who are lumineers and blazing trails within our communities of innovation. Making this year's gala more special is holding it at the premier mixed-use development: Coda.


Presentation of:

Emerging Research Park • Career Achievement • Innovation • Vision •
Leadership • Appreciation • and the new Rising Star!

Awards Emcee: Stephen Frayser, MBA, Executive Director, STAR Park, Texas State University

The Association of University Research Parks is proud to present the 24th Annual Awards of Excellence where AURP honors industry leaders.

9:30 PM Group walks back to Hotel