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Building Human Capital To Drive New York's Innovation Economy


for Members

Building Human Capital To Drive New York's Innovation Economy

Monday, April 15, 2013

The New York Academy of Sciences

Presented By

Presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and the New York State Science & Technology Law Center


Transforming laboratory research into commercial products and services is vital to New York's future economic growth. Human capital is integral to this commercialization process and includes not only scientists and engineers, but also other professionals, such as business managers, marketing specialists, financial analysts, and intellectual property and corporate transaction attorneys. This conference will examine unique programs in New York State universities which are building the professional infrastructure needed to support NY’s innovation economy, examine the needs of companies commercializing new technology and explore potential future public partnerships to accelerate human capital development.

*Reception to follow.


Chris Hayter

The New York Academy of Sciences

Theodore M. Hagelin

New York State Science & Technology Law Center


Kenneth Adams

President & CEO and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development

Martin Babinec

Upstate Venture Connect

Greg Gdowski, PhD

University of Rochester

Keith M. Gottesdiener, MD

Rhythm Pharmaceuticals

Bruce Kingma, PhD

iSchool and Whitman, Syracuse University

Rajit Manohar, MS, PhD

Cornell NYC Tech

Brian Model

Stonehendge Growth Capital

Howard Morgan, PhD

First Round Capital

James Spencer

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Mary Twiss

Clarkson University

Lilian Wu, PhD

IBM Global University Programs

Registration Pricing

This event is free, but registration is required.

Presented by

  • NYAS
  • New York State Science & Technology Law Center
  • New York State Science & Technology Law Center


* Presentation times are subject to change.

Monday, April 15, 2013

8:00 AM

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM

Welcome; Conference Introduction
Chris Hayter (NYAS)

9:15 AM

Human Capital Needs In An Innovation Economy: Beyond STEM
Howard Morgan, PhD, First Round Capital

10:00 AM

Coffee Break

10:15 AM

Programs At NY Universities To Build Human Capital
James Spencer, Director RPI Emerging Ventures Ecosystems, RPI
Bruce Kingma, Associate Provost for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Professor, iSchool and Whitman, Syracuse University
Greg Gdowski, PhD, University of Rochester
Mary Twiss, Clarkson University

12:15 PM


1:00 PM

NYS Programs to Support Human Capital Development
Kenneth Adams, President & CEO and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development

1:30 PM

Cornell NYC Tech: New Directions in Building Human Capital
Rajit Manohar, PhD, Assoc. Dean Cornell NYC Tech

2:15 PM

Coffee Break

2:30 PM

Industry Perspective On Human Capital Needs In Creating Technology-Based Companies

Martin Babinec, Founder and Chair of Upstate Venture Connect
Keith Gottensdiener, MD, CEO of Rhythm Pharmaceuticals
Brian Model, Stonehendge Growth Capital
Lilian Wu, PhD, Program Executive, IBM Global University Programs

4:00 PM

Open Discussion: Best Practices for Building Human Capital — University and Industry Collaboration

4:45 PM

Concluding Remarks
Chris Hayter (The New York Academy of Sciences)

5:00 PM


Travel & Lodging

Our Location

The New York Academy of Sciences

7 World Trade Center
250 Greenwich Street, 40th floor
New York, NY 10007-2157

Directions to the Academy

Hotels Near 7 World Trade Center

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140 Washington Street
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Phone: 212.577.1133

The New York Academy of Sciences is a member of the Club Quarters network, which offers significant savings on hotel reservations to member organizations. Located opposite Memorial Plaza on the south side of the World Trade Center, Club Quarters, World Trade Center is just a short walk to the Academy.

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Other nearby hotels

Conrad New York


Millenium Hilton


Marriott Financial Center


Club Quarters, Wall Street


Eurostars Wall Street Hotel


Gild Hall, Financial District


Wall Street Inn


Ritz-Carlton New York, Battery Park