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ICES Seminar Series: The Role of the SBIR

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Article Posted On 9/4/2013

Dr. Charles Wessner - director of the Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program at the National Academy of Sciences - will speak on "Bringing Ideas Across the Valley of Death: The Role of SBIR," on Friday, September 13, in the Singleton Room, Roberts Hall.

Lunch will be served in the Atrium of Roberts Hall at 11:45 a.m. and Dr. Wessner's talk will begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Singleton Room. If you intend to attend, please sign up here. Space is limited and a head count for food is needed.

Abstract: Dr. Wessner is our leading national expert on the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) program. As director of the Academy's Program on Technology, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship, he led a multi-year study of the program designed to review the program's operation, achievements, and challenges for the U.S. Congress. This six-volume study played a crucial role in the recent renewal and expansion of the program. His talk on "Bringing Ideas Across the Valley of Death: The Role of SBIR" will present the results of his research and captures current developments in innovation policy in Washington.

Biography: Dr. Wessner is recognized nationally and internationally for his expertise on innovation policy, including public-private partnerships, entrepreneurship, early-stage financing for new firms, and the special needs and benefits of high-technology industry. He works closely with the U.S. Congress, the White House, and major agencies and departments of the U.S. Government. As an outgrowth of his work with the U.S. Government, he advises technology agencies, government ministries, and the prime ministers of countries in Europe and Asia. In addition, he cooperates closely with international organizations and lectures at major universities in the U.S. and abroad. The overarching goal of his work is to develop a better understanding of how we can bring new technologies forward to address global challenges in health, climate, energy, water, infrastructure, and security. Reflecting his commitment to international cooperation, he was recently nominated as an Officer of the Order of Merit by President of the Republic of France.