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Unleashing American Innovation

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Please join us April 19, 2018, for a special event for the future of American innovation.

We are inviting top thought leaders from across government, industry, and academia to gather in Washington, D.C., to discuss how we can work together to address systemic barriers to catalyze the full potential of American innovation.  The United States invests about $150 billion each year on federal R&D, but are the American taxpayers reaping the full benefit of that investment?

The Unleashing American Innovation Symposium is about highlighting the nation’s journey to a new level of innovation performance.  This path will seek the best models and approaches for converting the results of federally-funded R&D and intellectual property into new companies and jobs as well as entirely new industries that bring new products, technologies, and better healthcare to the American people.  The symposium will also explore barriers that limit industry’s access to federal R&D and ways to maximize the economic, security, and societal benefits to the nation.

AGENDA ( download PDF )

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM    Registration / Networking

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM    Opening Remarks

  • Welcome and Introduction:  Honorable Dr. Walter G. Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, “Unleashing American Innovation”

  • Opening Address: Honorable Wilbur L. Ross, Secretary of Commerce, “Accelerating American Leadership”

  • Leadership Perspective:  Honorable Margaret Weichert, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget, “The President’s Management Agenda”

  • U.S. Innovation:  Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer, “Cross Agency Priority: From Lab-to Market”

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM 

Session 1:  Federal Perspectives

Moderated by Michael Kratsios, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer


  1. Honorable Dr. Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, and Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology, “Innovation: Return on Investment (ROI)”
  2. Honorable Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, “U.S. Innovation and Intellectual Property”
  3. Honorable Dr. France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation, “Convergence Accelerators: A New Model for Research to Innovation”
  4. Dr. Christopher Austin, Director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, “Innovation for Healthcare”

10:30 AM to 11:30 AM

Session 2: University Perspectives

Moderated by Honorable Dr. Marcia McNutt, President, National Academy of Sciences, Introductory Remarks


  1. Dr. Mark Kamlet, University Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Provost Emeritus, Carnegie Mellon University, “Managing University Intellectual Property in the Public Interest
  2. Dr. Paul Sanberg, President, National Academy of Inventors; Senior VP for Research, Innovation, and Knowledge Enterprise and Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida
  3. Honorable Peter McPherson, President, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
  4. Dr. Stephen Susalka, Chief Executive Officer, Association of University Technology Managers

11:45 AM to 12:30 PM

Session 3: Industry Perspectives

Moderated by Katharine Ku, Executive Director, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University


  1. Honorable Deborah Wince-Smith, President and CEO, Council on Competitiveness
  2. William Elkington, President and Chair, Licensing Executives Society
  3. Patrick Kilbride, Vice President, Global Innovation Policy Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

12:30 PM        Next Steps and Adjourn


U.S. Institute of Peace Directions and Parking Information

If you are interested in sponsoring the coffee and continental breakfast, please contact Mary Lou Norris, NIST Conference Services, at 301-975-2002 or by email at Marylou.norris [at] (Marylou[dot]norris[at]nist[dot]gov).

Created March 30, 2018, Updated April 17, 2018