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Shiri Breznitz
Munk School of Global Affairs, Canada

Iain Buchan
Microsoft Research

Maureen McKelvey
University of Gothenberg, Sweden

Panel Speakers

Helen Lawton Smith

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Birkbeck, University of London

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John Goddard

Professor of Regional Development Studies (Emeritus), Newcastle University

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Jan Youtie

Georgia Tech Enterprise Innovation Institute

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Christiane Gebhardt

Vice President, Malik Institute

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Maureen McKelvey

University of Gothenberg, Sweden

Maureen McKelvey is Professor of Industrial Management at the Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, School of Business Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her research focuses on the development and use of knowledge at the interplay between innovation management and entrepreneurship with science and engineering. She has published extensively in journals including Research Policy and Small Business Economics, as well as books with Routledge, Oxford, Cambridge, and Edward Elgar. She was recipient of the 1994 Schumpeter Prize, given by the International Joseph A. Schumpeter Society. She has held many high level positions in expert groups and written reports, for Swedish organizations as well as for the OECD and EU. In 2017, Professor McKelvey was granted a Distinguished Professor research program, from the Swedish Research Council. (www.handels.gu.se/iie)

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Shiri Breznitz

Associate Professor, Munk School of Global Affairs, Canada

Shiri M. Breznitz, an economic geographer, specializes in innovation, technology commercialization, and regional economic development. Her research is at the critical intersection of theory and policy to fit the new realities of globalization. Dr. Breznitz’s work has informed policymaking at the local, national, and international levels. She has advised on the role of universities in the larger story of innovation, on the economic impact of biotechnology, and on the role of clusters in driving innovation. In addition, Dr. Breznitz is one of the section editors for Economic Geography at the Geography Compass Journal.

 

Breznitz’s book, “The Fountain of Knowledge” with Stanford University Press (July 2014), analyzes universities’ relationships with government and industry, focusing on the biotechnology industry as a case study. She has also, co-edited the book “University Technology Transfer:  The Globalization of Academic Innovation,” with Routledge Press (September 2015). In 2018, Dr. Breznitz co-led the University of Toronto’s first Alumni Impact surveys.

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Iain Buchan

Microsoft Research

Professor Iain Buchan is Director of Healthcare Research for Microsoft Research in Cambridge UK. His role is to take a ten-year view of how advanced informatics can transform self, clinical and population healthcare.

Before joining Microsoft in October 2017, Iain was Professor in Public Health Informatics and led the Centre for Health Informatics that he founded at the University of Manchester after training in clinical medicine, pharmacology, public health, biostatistics and health informatics. He raised over £100m of research income in 15 years at Manchester, was awarded a MRC Centre and was one of the founding directors of the UK Farr Institute for Health Informatics Research. He also conceived the Connected Health Cities programme, which has become a blueprint for place-based digital health interoperability in the UK. His civic work also includes policy research to reduce inequalities in health and to mobilise health data with deep public involvemet (e.g. Twitter #DataSavesLives).

Iain has also written software for over 30 years (e.g. www.statsdirect.com).

Internationally, he is a Fellow of the American College of Medical Informatics and works through global networks towards toward a future of more globally interoperable, and thus more accurate, modelling with large-scale health data – for discovery science, for actionable analytics in health systems, and for citizen-driven healthcare.

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