STARS 2013 Presentations

Dr. McGrathKeynote Address
Robert T. McGrath, Ph.D.

The Innovation Ecosystem: Fostering Research & Commercialization

One can envision the “Innovation Ecosystem” as a collection of companies, non-profits, government organizations, and educational institutions that work together to create economic impact in one or more markets.  Such Ecosystems across the country take various forms and approaches as they wrestle with the difficult problems of migrating basic research into high-value commercial products.  Fostering government / industry / academic partnerships is a theme common to many such Ecosystems.  The presentation will provide examples of innovation ecosystems and associated partnerships within selected institutions, and will discuss recent and developing programs within several federal agencies designed to stimulate innovation by advancing such partnerships.

Dr. McGrath serves as vice president at the Georgia Institute of Technology and director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI). Prior to joining GTRI in 2011, he worked in a number of capacities with Battelle Memorial Institute supporting a variety of R&D programs, national laboratory and university partnerships, STEM education initiatives and the Battelle-managed National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he served as deputy director.  Full Bio

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