Registration and buffet lunch
Prof. Yves Flückiger, Rector of the University of Geneva followed by Prof. Howard Riezman, Department of Biochemistry, Director of the NCCR Chemical Biology, University of Geneva, Switzerland & Prof. Raymond G. Riezman, University of Iowa, USA.
Welcome & introduction
Session: Public and private funding in basic research / Systems of innovation / Scientific concentration / Diverse centres of innovation (chairman: Prof. Venki Ramakrishnan)
Dr. Claire Craig, Director of Science Policy at the Royal Society, London, UK.
Innovation, science and technology: a policy perspective
Prof. Patrick Aebischer, Neurodegenerative Studies Laboratory, EPF Lausanne and Former President of the EPFL, Switzerland.
The responsibility of academia in translating research into innovation
Prof. Maria Leptin, Director of EMBO, Heidelberg, Germany.
Risk and diversity in basic research
Prof. Matthias Egger, President of the National Research Council of the SNSF, Bern, Switzerland.
The contribution of basic research to innovation and growth
Dr. B. Ravikumar, Vice President and Deputy Director of Research, Federal Reserve of St. Louis, USA.
Openness, Protection and Technology Adoption
Roundtable discussion led by Dr. Claire Craig
Transfer to the hotel and installation
Transfer to Yvoire (restaurant)
Dinner by the Geneva lakeshore at Yvoire
Session: Seeking financing at the pre-seed stage / Venture capital / Competition and innovation / Intellectual property (Chairman: Dr. Carsten Fink)
Prof. Kai Johnsson, Full Professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering, EPF Lausanne, Switzerland. Former co-Director of the NCCR Chemical Biology. Director at the MPI Heidelberg, Germany.
Paths from basic research to start-ups
Prof. Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation at EPFL, Switzerland, Full professor at the College of Management of Technology at EPFL, Chair of Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization (ENTC), Switzerland.
How to identify the most promising market opportunities
Prof. Hugo Hopenhayn, Department of Economics, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
The direction of innovation (joint with Francesco Squintanini, University of Warwick)
Dr. Francesco de Rubertis, Founder and Managing Partner of Medicxi, Geneva, Switzerland
Mathematics and game theory in venture capital
Dr. Carsten Fink, Chief Economist of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva, Switzerland.
The role of patents in university technology transfer
Roundtable discussion led by Dr. Carsten Fink
Session: Industry - academic relations / Industry strategy / Economics of technology policy (Chairmen: Prof. Monika Mrazova and Prof. Anja Schulze)
Prof. Marie Thursby, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Strategy at Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia, USA.
Sharing scientific results: conflicting incentives
Mr. Amir Naiberg, Associate Vice Chancellor, Chief Executive Officer Technology Development Group and Chief Executive Officer & President of Westwood Technology Transfer, UCLA Technology Development Group.
Technology transfer & echo systems
Dr. Hans Widmer, Program Director at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Switzerland.
Industry/academic relations from the industry perspective
Prof. Dietmar Harhoff, Director at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany.
Tracing the path from science to innovation
Cancelled // Prof. Peter Rupert, Director of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
Labor, leisure and technology
Roundtable discussion led by Prof. Monika Mrazova, Institute of Economy and Econometrics, GSEM, University of Geneva, Switzerland and Prof. Anja Schulze, Department of Business administration, University of Zurich, Switzerland.
Walking dinner at Brocher Foundation
Session: Going to the local/global market (Chairman: Prof. Raymond G. Riezman)
Prof. Dominique Foray, Chair in Economics and Management of Innovation (CEMI), EPFL, Switzerland
A few secrets about innovation in Switzerland: the good and the less good
Clare Fairfield, Chairman of the Venture Capital Institute, Managing Director at Concerto Ventures.
Global innovation interrupted: evolving beyond the economics of the Silicon Valley experience
Prof. Wolfgang Keller, Department of Economics, University of Colorado, USA. Research associate of the CESifo network, the NBER and the CEPR.
International technology transfer and spillovers
Prof. Peter Egger, KOF Swiss Economic Institute, ETH Zurich, Switzerland.
The Economic Geography of Innovation Incentives
Roundtable discussion led by Prof. Raymond G. Riezman, Research Professor of Economics Emeritus, University of Iowa, USA.