Commercialization and Job Creation: What Does It Really Take?

October 24, 2011 ▪ 1:00–6:30 p.m. Pacific Time

Co-Located with BIO Investor Forum

The Palace Hotel – Twin Peaks Room
2 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, California 94105

In the midst of turbulent economic times, and at a moment when the U.S. is looking to encourage technology job creation in the coming decade, an increasing number of public and private sector initiatives have been proposed to spur job creation. While the U.S. leads in the area of biotechnology, there is no guarantee this competitive edge will continue.  Moreover, although the U.S. is more prolific in life science discoveries than any other single country in the world, there is a sense that many of these discoveries do not make it to the market place. Experts believe it is through commercialization of these early stage discoveries, that the U.S. will be able to jump start job creation.  

This public policy-focused forum will explore proposals and initiatives intended to do this through the lens of a biotechnology innovator/entrepreneur.  This leadership forum will explore the policies and initiatives necessary to position more university innovations for effective partnering and commercialization.  Leaders in state, federal and regional governments, academia, industry and non-profit philanthropic organizations will discuss how they propose to translate early stage discoveries into jobs, products and ultimately economic growth for their region.