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Research to the Real World

What is the pathway from innovative research to real-world application?
How do you navigate the complex interplay of research and business plans in order to achieve market success?
In this session we ask the 'do or disappear' questions, while providing examples of tried and true innovation centre models. Listen to our speakers share their recipes for success on how to navigate the interplay of research and business and how to use entrepreneurship programs to grow your company.
Keri Damen from MaRS Discovery District is one of the responsible figures for putting Toronto and Waterloo in Canada on the map as two of the world's top ten best start-up cities. They will speak about the strategies and the programs used to help tech companies start, grow and succeed.

Pedro Oliveira will discuss his work with user driven innovation in general and his recent work on Patient Innovation, a new project designed to allow patients to share and develop their own solutions to healthcare problems, in particular.

Kjell Håkan Närfelt will discuss how we can become omre successful in fostering R&D-based ventures. 



Dr Pedro Oliveira

Associate Professor, Entrepreneurship & Innovation; Portugal


Keri Damen

Director, Entrepreneurship Programs; Canada


Kjell Håkan Närfelt

Chief Strategy Officer at VINNOVA; Sweden


Earl Miller