Future of Urban Innovation Summit


The future of urban innovation June 9, 2015 New York City


Join US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, 
USPTO Director Michelle Lee, Columbia President Lee Bollinger, and many others at Columbia University


The  Future of Urban Innovation summit will be held at Columbia University on June 9, 2015. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce, the USPTO and Columbia, the summit brings together entrepreneurs, business leaders, academics, government officials, and thought leaders on the innovation ecosystem to engage on the present and future state of innovation and how government, academics, and industry work together to spur economic growth. Featured participants include:

  • Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce
  • Michelle K. Lee, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 
  • Lee Bollinger, President of Columbia University
  • Alejandra Castillo, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
  • Eric Gertler, Executive Vice President and Managing Director for the Center for Economic Transformation at the NYC Economic Development Corporation
  • Maria Gotsch, President and CEO, Partnership Fund for New York City
  • Orin Herskowitz, Executive Director, Columbia Technology Ventures
  • Julie Kirk, Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Economic Development Administration
  • Tom Maniatis, Co-Founder, Genetics Institute, ProScript Pharma, Acceleron Pharma; Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University
  • Rajit Manohar, Founder of Achronix Semiconductor Corporation; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cornell Tech
  • Lita L. Nelsen, Director, Technology Licensing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Greg Pass, Chief Entrepreneurial Officer, Cornell Tech
  • Frank Rimalovski, Executive Director, NYU Entrepreneurial Institute
  • Sam Sia, Founder, Harlem Biospace, Claros Diagnostics; Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Columbia University
  • Brent Stockwell, Co-Founder of CombinatoRx; Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry, Columbia University
  • Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Co-Founder of Epibone; Mikati Foundation Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Professor of Medical Sciences (in Medicine), Columbia University
  • Chris Wiggins, Co-Founder of hackNY; Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics, Columbia University
  • Other leaders in government, academia, and industry, pending confirmation (see bios here)

The event includes sessions on:

  • Federal, State, and City Strategies for Promoting Technology-based Economic Development;
  • The Role of the University in the Urban Technology Cluster
  • Trends in Early-Stage Intellectual Property and R&D
  • Innovations in Startup Formation, Support, and Funding
  • VCs, Startups, and Industry “Talk Back”
  • Demos from 20+ student startups from around NYC

We encourage you to register as soon as possible, as there is limited space available and we would love for you to join us. Tickets are $175; please register using this link register now. For more information, please contact: futureofurbaninnovation@uspto.gov or 646-496-7668.

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)