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Innovation Symposium Program

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Welcome by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye, U.S. Senate
Build it, and they will come; invest, and it will grow, Inouye told the audience. Hawai‘i has the intellect, inquisitiveness and entrepreneurial know-how to invent and incubate knowledge sector, he said. Read the senator’s remarks

Welcome by Sen. Daniel K. Akaka, U.S. Senate
Akaka expressed optimism about Hawai‘i’s opportunities, but cautioned against losing the spirit of aloha. Noting the name of the symposium, he said that calling on the wind of each ahapua‘a unleashes great power.

Lunch Address by Gov. Neil Abercrombie, State of Hawai‘i
“We are totally and completely committed” to the innovation economy, the governor said. “I believe M.R.C. (Greenwood) has the vision. I believe we have the faculty and researchers and business entrepreneurial background to succeed.” Watch the video

Panel Presentations

The Global Challenge and the Opportunity for Hawai‘i

From left: Moderator Tyrone Taylor, president of Capitol Advisors on Technology, with speakers Ginger Lew,
Charles Wessner and Carl Bonham

The Innovation Imperative and Global Practice

Charles Wessner, director of technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, the National Academies
Markets don’t always fund good ideas, and venture capital isn’t a panacea, Wessner said. Hawai‘i could be seen as an innovation state, but it will take investment from the state as well as the federal government to help attract the private investment necessary to succeed.
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State and Regional Economic Context

Carl Bonham, executive director, UH Economic Research Organization, and associate professor of economics, UH Manoa
Hawai‘i has always been a one- or two-industry state, from sandalwood to whaling in the 1800s and sugar and pineapple to tourism in the 1900s, Bonham observed. We don’t make much of anything anymore.
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Focusing Federal Resources: Obama Administration Innovation Initiatives

Ginger Lew, senior counselor, White House National Economic Council
Recognizing that commercialization is of paramount importance, the Obama administration will be targeted and strategic in deploying funding, Lew said. Regional innovation business clusters have potential to create favorable economic outcomes.
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Leveraging Federal Programs and Investments for Hawai‘i

From left: Barry Johnson, Roger Kilmer, Starnes Walker and, Daniel Oliver, far right, with UH President
Greenwood; Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz moderated the session

Manufacturing Extension Partnership: The Network Effect

Roger Kilmer, director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership, National Institute of Standards and Technology
There is a need both to determine the science needed to address specific questions and to examine basic research to discover information of interest, Kilmer said. Expect synergy between government, industry and academia—it is important to national security.
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The Role of DoD in Building Hawai‘i’s Innovation Economy

Starnes Walker, chief engineering and technical director, University of Hawai‘i
U.S. Department of Defense Strategic Technology Capability thursts provide opportunities that can fuel an innovation economy in Hawai‘i, the former Department of Homeland Security director of research said. For example, priority enabling technology areas include information, navigation and detection systems and electromagnetic spectrum management.
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The Military and Higher Education

Vice Adm. Daniel Oliver, U.S. Navy (Ret.), and president, Naval Postgraduate School
Graduate education is a strategic investment for the military, Oliver said. The military depends on civilian institutions to educate its officers and for basic research in areas from energy to weather that have applications in military technologies and operations.
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Infrastructure for the 21st-century Economy: The Role of EDA

Barry E. A. Johnson, senior advisor, U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration
Our international competitors are using and benefiting from the business cluster model, he said. Best practices for cluster development include regional leadership, customized focus, strong partnerships, commitment to collaboration, an understanding of markets in their context and self-sustainability.
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Small Business, Universities and Regional Growth

From left: President Greenwood with Katharine Ku, Barry Weinman, moderator Keiki-Pua Dancil, Mary Walshok,
Luis Proenza

The Stanford Experience

Katharine Ku, director, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University
You can’t count on the technology transfer office for university operating money, Ku emphasized. Few inventions make a lot of money, winners are hard to predict, the payoff comes years down the line (it took the Stanford office 15 years to break even) and success requires an entrepreneurial and risk-tolerant environment. Still, it is an appropriate, important endeavor for academia.
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Universities and Economic Development: Lessons from the New University of Akron

Luis Proenza, president, The University of Akron
The University of Akron was able to transform the campus, revitalize the neighborhood and create partnerships and an investor network, Proenza said. They did it by focusing on what was relevant and in the public good, emphasizing connectivity and being productive.
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Converting University Research into Start-up Companies

Barry Weinman, co-founder, Allegis Capital
Focus on the unfair advantages and privatize the technology transfer process, Weinman advised. Evaluate faculty on new businesses created as well as articles published and payoff, on the philanthropical gifts from successful entrepreneurs as well as royalty income.
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Improving Industry Partnerships

Mary Walshok, associate vice chancellor of public programs and dean of extended studies, University of California, San Diego
Once a tourism-dependent “bust city,” San Diego is home of one of the country’s top 10 research universities, 50 research organizations and 1,600 technology and bioscience firms. It took hiring world-class faculty, pooling private resources, fostering an entrepreneurial culture, developing talent in relevant skills and ensuring the city was a place people would want to live.
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Current Research Strengths
Security and Sustainability: Energy and Agriculture Opportunity

From left: Moderator William Harris, president and CEO Science Foundation Arizona, and President Greenwood
with speakers Daniel Goldin, Sylvia Yuen, Brian Taylor, Robert McLaren and Maurice Kaya

Getting to Space: Innovative Satellite Launch Program

Brian Taylor, dean, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, UH Manoa
A new economic driver for Hawai‘i is rocket science, Taylor said, describing his school’s Space Flight Laboratory, which is involved “from soup to nuts” in developing and testing spacecraft and instrumentation, providing launch and mission support and handling satellite data download and analysis.
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Astronomy Development and its Contribution to Economic Development in Hawai‘i

Robert McLaren, associate director, Institute for Astronomy, UH Manoa
Spin-off companies related to imaging devices for telescopes at Mauna Kea and Haleakala not only contribute to the economy of Hawai‘i, but inspire children who realize high technology jobs are available in the islands, McLaren said.
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Building Hawai‘i’s Smart Software Capacity

Daniel Goldin, chairman and CEO, The Intellisis Corporation, and former NASA administrator
Knowledge formation is rapidly outpacing data storage, necessitating smart software, such as artificial intelligence and data analysis. Hawai‘i can capitalize on its location, Asian and military connections, research strengths and broadband plan to become a center for smart software development, but only if it acts on its languishing broadband plan, secures local investment, creates a trained workforce and transcends parochial attitudes that make it difficult to launch businesses and interdisciplinary academic programs, Goldin stressed.
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Hawai‘i: A Model for Clean Energy Innovation

Maurice Kaya, project director, Hawai‘i Renewable Energy Development Venture
Hawai‘i’s goal is to move to 70 percent clean energy by 2030. If done correctly, the state can become a world leader in the innovation and application of the technologies needed to get there, Kaya said. The university has a significant role in making that happen.
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Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Challenge and Opportunities

Sylvia Yuen, dean, College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, UH Manoa
The success of sustainable agriculture rests on research and technology, Yuen said. With 11 of the world’s 12 soil types, 10 of its 14 climate zones and the ahapua‘a model for interactive impacts, Hawai‘i can create the model for feeding a growing population, but it will mean getting the best young minds to be agriculturalists.
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Medical Opportunities in Hawai‘i

From left: Jerry Lee, Hank Wuh, moderator and UH Manoa Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Art Ushijima
and Jerris Hedges

Clinical Trials in Hawai‘i

Art Ushijima, president and CEO, The Queen’s Health Systems/The Queen’s Medical Center
Clinical trials bring novel therapies to patients, advance care and create opportunities for commercialization, Ushijima said. Success requires having established and funded researchers, providing adequate infrastructure and resources, collaborating on strategic partnerships and developing expertise in the path to market. It also requires willingness to take some risk.
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Innovation in Healthcare: RMATRIX and Beyond

Jerris Hedges, dean, John A. Burns School of Medicine, UH Manoa
Hedges reviewed JABSOM research programs and facilities including RMATRIX, which seeks to move knowledge from the laboratory to the bedside in conditions of particular concern in Hawai‘i. Personalized medicine, which considers genes and cultural aspects in identifying the best treatment for a given patient, also has potential here.
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Advancing Innovation and Convergence in Cancer Research

Jerry S. H. Lee, deputy director, Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives, National Cancer Institute
Cancer researchers have published more in the last 10 years than in the 90 years prior, but has it helped patients? NCI is looking to mathematicians, engineers and physicists for better ways to analyze genetic data and has launched new programs in recent years that may produce benefits within the next five years, Lee said.
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Biomedical Innovation with Global Impact in Hawai‘i

Hank Wuh, CEO, Skai Ventures/Cellular Bioengineering
There’s nothing sexy about being a start-up. As the underdog, you have to be nimble, creative and fearless, advised Wuh, who looks for innovations around the world that can be developed into enterprises here.


Next Steps for Hawai‘i

From left: Charles Wessner, moderator M.R.C. Greenwood, Peter Ho, Colleen Hanabusa, Donald Straney,
Mazie Hirono and Dick Rosenblum

In a wrap up roundtable moderated by UH President M.R.C. Greenwood, she reiterated her support for an entrepreneurial curriculum at the university and called on panelists for their thoughts. Watch the video

U.S. Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono said education needs to begin early so that children become engaged in technology well before college.

U.S. Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa advised looking at what we do better than anyone else and funneling resources there.

Peter Ho, president and CEO of the Bank of Hawai‘i and chair of the Asia Pacific Economic Council 2011 Hawai‘i Host Committee, said the coming meeting is an opportunity to remind local residents that we are part of the Asia Pacific region as well as the United States and inform visiting leaders of our expertise and efforts in clean energy and health and life sciences.

Dick Rosenblum, president of Hawaiian Electric Co., said developing clean energy creates jobs, supports tourism and creates intellectual capital. “When we figure that out, we will have answers other people in the world will need and we can be the exporter of knowledge,” he said.

UH Hilo Chancellor Donald Straney said the university can contribute by providing start-up companies with access to cutting edge equipment and turning the tensions that arise in cultural concerns into positives rather than constraints.

“You get it. You get the need for innovation,” The National Academies’ Charles Wessner said. “You have superb opportunities in energy, space and health. You have a congressional delegation that gets it,” though they need to ensure that there are funds to delegate.

Provide the university president with authority and resources as well as responsibility, give the university seed funds and clear the regulatory environment of junk, he emphasized. The legislature needs to provide reforms and resources.

“You need focus, speed and critical mass, and I think you can bring that together.”

“This is not a time to discuss what we could do,” agreed Greenwood. “Now is the time to do what we know we need to do.”