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AIPLA/NYU Conference on Innovation Clusters
February 26, 2016
NYU School of Law, Lipton Hall
New York City, NY
Registration/Breakfast Reception                            8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
Program                                                                   9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Networking Luncheon                                              1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Innovation experts from industry, government and academia will discuss the rise of successful technology clusters in Silicon Valley, Israel and elsewhere, and whether there's a "special sauce" that others can copy to develop their own regional innovation centers.
The topics for discussion include:

·       What nurtures innovation and what gets in the way?
·       What roles do the private sector, universities, and government play?
·       How do cultural factors affect the dynamics of cluster development?
·       Whether the opportunities for developing innovation clusters have changed over time.
Confirmed speakers include:
·       Fiona Murray (Associate Dean of Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Alvin J. Siteman (1948) Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Faculty Director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship; Co-Director of MIT’s Initiative for Innovation; Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research).
·    Dan Breznitz (Professor and Munk Chair of Innovation Studies and Professor in the Department of Political Science; Co-Director of the Innovation Policy Lab at the Munk School and the Director of Academic Research; advisor on science, technology, and innovation policies to multinational corporations, governments, and international organizations, including the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, TEKES, IFC, Fundación Chile, the United Nations, and the US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation).
·    Zur Shapira (William R. Berkley Professorship of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Management at New York University Stern School of Business; Co-Author of “The Evolution of a New Industry A Genealogical Approach”).
·    Phil Budden (Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan, affiliated with MIT’s Technological, Investment, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management Group; co-teacher of a course on entrepreneurial ecosystems known as the Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab (REAL)).
·    Frank Rimalovski (Executive Director of the Innovation Venture Fund and the NYU Entrepreneurial Institute).
·     David Rose (Serial entrepreneur; venture capitalist; CEO of Gust, which operates the standard collaboration platform for over 300,000 startups and 50,000 early-stage investors: author of the New York Times best selling book "Angel Investing: The Gust Guide to Making Money & Having Fun Investing in Startups").

·    Michael Burstein (Assistant Professor of Law, Cardozo School of Law, whose research focuses on the institutional structures - both private and public - that shape innovation).
      Israel Shamay (Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Economy of Israel, Executive Director Strategic Initiatives, Head of the Americas Operations)
      Adam Schwartz (Director of the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute)
     Jeffrey Dachis (CEO and Founder of ONE DROP; founder of Dachis Group, later acquired by Sprinklr; co-founder of Razorfish)
     Amir Orad (CEO of Sisense; former CEO of NICE Actimize; former VP of Marketing at RSA; co-founder and former EVP Product/CMO of Cyota, later acquired by RSA Security; founding board member at BillGuard)
Organized by:
Anne Hassett (Executive Director, NYU School of Law, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy); Rivka Jungreis (Executive Counsel, U.S. IP Litigation, Teva Pharmaceuticals; Co-Chair, AIPLA IP Practice in Israel Committee); and Frederick H. Rein (Partner, Goodwin Procter LLP)