The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovations awards program in research and
development for the past 55 years, honoring
pioneers in science and technology. In 2015,
the R&D 100 Conference was launched as
an educational event that both celebrates the
historic R&D 100 Awards and provides an
educational opportunity that is unique for
the R&D community.
This year, the third annual conference
takes place at the Walt Disney World Swan
Resort in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 16-17, and
culminates in the R&D Awards gala event on
the evening of Nov. 17. This annual meeting
provides a unique opportunity to network
with the industry leaders that are making an
impact on today’s R&D world.
The theme of the conference is “Emerging
Capabilities in R&D” and it will explore
these in-depth across various industries
& Autonomous Systems. Professionals from
industry, government, and academia will
gather to network, learn, and collaborate
during the two-day conference. Throughout
the R&D 100 Conference, cross-disciplinary
sessions address a variety of important
new developments. Keynote speakers and
breakout sessions provide informative
presentations on R&D trends, case studies,
and more as the conference creates a
collaborative environment for sharing ideas
and networking with industry peers.
An important aspect of this year’s
conference revolves around General
Sessions and a special Technology Transfer
Forum that will focus on R&D Strategies &
Leadership. The Opening Keynote, “Perils,
Pressures and Productivity: How R&D
Needs to Reposition Itself” by Scott Kirsner
kicks off the conference on Thursday, Nov.
16, at 9:00 a.m. with a look at R&D from a
CEO’s point of view and how R&D leaders
can exceed expectations.
“How to Succeed in R&D and Business:
Lessons Along the Journey” by Pete Rudak
will explore leadership and management
techniques. Bradford Goldense will present
“Optimizing R&D Performance Through
Metrics,” a close look at measures and how
they support strategy.
On Friday, Nov. 17, Dr. Layton H.
Smith will present “Reimagining the Drug
Discovery Process: Disruptive Innovation
in Microcosm,” and the R&D Technology
Transfer Forum (TTF): Unlocking the
Potential, with speakers Ben Gibson, Sr.,
Daniel Lockney, Michael J. Paulus, Ph.D,
Nick Dougherty, and Vicki A. Barbur,
Ph.D., will analyze the complex world
of technology and leveraging success.
“Sustaining Innovation: Managing the
Challenges and Markets” by A.N. Sreeram,
Ph.D., will focus on industry funding and
return on the R&D investment.
Together, the 2017 R&D 100 Awards gala
event and the 2017 R&D 100 Conference
will explore significant strides in R&D,
offering an enriching experience for R&D
professionals of all levels and specialties.
For registration and conference details visit
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