Benchmarked policies, laws, and programs designed to encourage value-added food processing, as part of an unpublished supplement to an economic-impact study of MU Extension.
Researched and summarized laws and policies in Arkansas, Indiana, Iowa, and Kansas and also described food innovation center programs at Cornell, Kansas State, Michigan State, Oregon State, Rutgers, and University of Nebraska Lincoln.
Conducted stakeholder interviews with business incubators statewide and academic laboratories at Harvard (including affilated hospitals) and UMass as part of the first-ever comprehensive evaluation of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.
Benchmarked state- and metro-level “innovation centers” that are structured as public/private or industry/university partnerships, as part of an unpublished study conducted by TEConomy Partners for the Maryland Excel initiative, a collaboration between the State of Maryland and the Hopkins and University of Maryland systems.
Consultancy services related to the modification of technology transfer processes at Czech Technical University in Prague (CTU aka ČVUT), supported under European Union Structural Funds project No. CZ.02.2.69/0.0/16 014 0000650.
Benchmarked research parks and economic-development initiatives at comparable lab settings worldwide, and contributed knowledge on available state-government support mechanisms, as part of a visioning study conducted by TEConomy Partners for a research park to be associated with a major federal laboratory.
Conducted all benchmarking research for a report commissioned by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). The report highlights pro-innovation initiatives being undertaken by 18 nations (plus the European Union at the transnational level) that are challenging U.S. global leadership in the advanced biopharmaceutical industries. Work delivered as a subcontractor to TEConomy Partners.
Cover page of the TEConomy Partners report for PhRMA. For the full report, click the image.
Conducted stakeholder interviews with the directors of four state associations which share certain interests with the New York State Economic Development Council (NYSEDC). Wrote an analytical summary of opportunities for alliances between these groups and NYSEDC, for use in strategic planning by the Executive Director and Executive Committee of the Board.
Benchmarked a series of major medical-research prizes, and suggested alternative methodologies for sourcing candidates, as part of a project by TEConomy Partners to advise a health-system foundation on a contemplated new prize.
Uncompensated, pro bono service on advisory board to the NYS Commissioner of Economic Development Development on aspects of the “research development program” administered by the Division of Science, Technology and Innovation at DED/Empire State Development Corporation. [UPDATE 4/2018: Because of work I am conducting for Weill Cornell Medicine, I have recused myself from advising on any round in which the latter institution applies for funding.]
Key advisor/seed-round-investor in DirectDep, a cloud platform enabling lawyers and their staffs to book individual court reporters for depositions in real time, with many time-saving and quality improvement features enabled by the technology.
Benchmarked six centers at leading universities elsewhere in the nation as part of a project to plan initiatives in both plant sciences and food processing at North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
Key advisor/seed-round-investor in Calcbench, a startup that leverages the extensible business reporting language (XBRL) to provide advanced analytics on reports made by publicly traded companies to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Performed extensive data analysis and benchmarking on competing university efforts in Big Data science in preparation for The Ohio State University’s issuance of a call for proposals through its Discovery Themes competition.
Benchmarked globally prominent agbioscience research institutions and regional competitors as part of a strategy project for La Trobe University and its R&D partner, the State of Victoria (Australia) Department of Primary Industries.
Benchmarked five major bioscience R&D institutes and several smaller programs for Indiana BioCrossroads (a cluster project of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership) as part of a strategy project to design what became the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute.
Conducted extensive stakeholder interviews with startup companies as part of a broader project for the (former) Louisiana Economic Development on how to pursue “blue sky” sectoral strategies in areas with limited competition.
Benchmarked the strategies of three other states that, like Nebraska, were considering integrating to some degree their departments of commerce or economic development and labor or workforce development.
Conducted in-depth stakeholder interviews on possible reforms in the drug development pipeline as part of a project for the Council on American Medical Innovation, including also assessment of mechanisms used in other nations to promote biomedical innovation.
Benchmarked bioscience cluster development strategies in more than 30 states as part of a project on “driving state economic growth” for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association (PhRMA).
As part of an assessment of the potential for the Tennessee Valley Authority to contribute to development of value-added R&D in the automotive sector, benchmarked six in-region university efforts in automotive technology R&D.
Researched national best-practice lessons in each of the programmatic areas being developed in a broader strategic project for Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) on behalf of the (former) Governor’s Life Sciences Advisory Board.
Benchmarked seven research parks/innovation districts around the nation as part of a project for Hillsborough County (Florida) to envision a research park adjacent to the University of South Florida in Tampa.
Benchmarked a dozen military base-closing/re-use processes as part of a Battelle Internal Research and Development (IRAD) project to develop automated tools for use by the company’s defense-business sector.
Conducted extensive local stakeholder interviews and benchmarked Syracuse against five regions with similar strategies for in the energy and environmental cluster, as part of a broader project for the Metropolitan Development Alliance of Syracuse and Central New York (now CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity) resulting in creation of the “Greencore” strategy.
Benchmarked metropolitan-region strategies for bioscience development as part of an Internal Research and Development (IRAD) project at Battelle, designed to complement Battelle’s biannual survey of state-level strategy and build further business with the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO).
Benchmarked the commercialization strategies of six university-based programs in a project for the Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Center for Crops Utilization Research.
Benchmarked eight centers supported through the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program as part of a broader project for Maricopa County Community Colleges to strengthen curricula in sectors targeted for economic development in Arizona’s advanced-manufacturing roadmap.
Conducted extensive stakeholder interviews as part of a broader project for the Ben Franklin Technology PArtners of Southeastern Pennsylvania, intended to provide strategic vision to its Mid-Atlantic Nanotechnology Alliance (MANA) funded under a U.S. EDA award.
Benchmarked multiple state strategies to promote the formation of bioscience-focused university research parks in a project for the Georgia Research Alliance. Followed on a general bioscience strategy survey four years earlier.
Benchmarked civic leadership-development programs in six regions for the Flinn Foundation (Phoenix), as part of a project to reposition its statewide grant-making in this area. Overall project resulted in creation of the Arizona Center for Civic Leadership.
Researched and wrote benchmark profiles of bioscience cluster-development programming in more than half the states for successive editions of a state-policy survey document published regularly by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (2001, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010).
Benchmarked the strategies of four competing states as part of a broader project to assist Mass Insight in developing strategic alliances and roadmaps for the Commonwealth’s critical technology sectors.
Benchmarked five regional arts and culture strategies for the Flinn Foundation (Phoenix), as part of a project to re-orient the foundation’s arts & culture programming so it could better support regional strategy.
Benchmarked seven similar mid-sized industrial cities as part of a broader strategy for the Metropolitan Development Alliance of Syracuse and Central New York (now the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity).
Benchmarked university research parks in six regions as part of a state-sponsored strategy project for East Baltimore Development Incorporated, resulting in strategy for a research park adjacent to The Johns Hopkins University medical campus.
Surveyed the strategies used by various U.S. states to finance university-research initiatives and seed-stage venture-investment funds, in a project for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership. Special focus on deployment of dedicated lottery and tobacco-settlement revenues.
Benchmarked six research parks based on agricultural research, as part of a broader strategy project for the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (the OSU agricultural science campus at Wooster) to develop what has become the BioHio Research Park.
Benchmarked eight competing regions with bioscience strategies built around downown medical districts and research parks, as part of a broader strategy project commisioned by Memphis Tomorrow on behalf of the (former) Memphis Biotech Foundation (now Bioworks).
Conducted extensive in-field stakeholder interviews as part of a bioscience cluster strategy for the Bio Economic Technology Alliance (BETA) hosted by the Economic Development Council of Western Massachusetts.
Conducted extensive interviews with the board and stakeholders of the Flinn Foundation (Phoenix), over a multiyear period, to assess prospects for re-aligning the Foundation’s investment program to support its programmatic efforts in bioscience development.
Benchmarked the interface between seven federal laboratories and their respective state-level initiatives in technology commercialization, as part of a broader project for the Ohio Aerospace Council, envisioning the sector’s future relationship with the NASA Glenn Center in Cleveland.
Benchmarked leading national programs in genetic epidemiology as part of a project to assist MetroHealth system in Cleveland (a teaching affiliate of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine) in expanding its capacity for translational research.
Benchmarked six state strategies for science and technology-based economic development in a project for the (former) Ohio Department of Development that was designed to indicate a statewide strategy for Ohio.
Benchmarked seven state bioscience strategies (and their relationship to the largest cities in each state) and nine “captive” university technology-commercialization funds, as part of a statewide strategy for biosciences developed for the State of Missouri and commissioned by the Danforth and Kauffman Foundations.
Conducted a program review for the Blandin Foundation of the SOTA TEC Fund, an entity intended to commercialize technologies developed at University of Minnesota for the benefit of Grand Rapids, Minn., and other regions of rural Minnesota.
Facilitated a focus-group session convened by the Metropolitan Development Alliance (MDA) of Syracuse and Central New York (since reorganized into the CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity) to assess potential strategies for a business incubator in environmental technology.
Benchmarked for Butler University (Indianapolis) three peer institutions in the areas of programming for undergraduate research, centers for technology entrepreneurship, and professional master’s and joint degrees.
Benchmarked 14 industrially oriented bioscience research institutes at leading U.S. universities as part of a project for both Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh to design a joint bioscience commercialization program, then called BioVenture.
Conducted stakeholder interviews and performed data analysis in support of a project for the Long Island Association to design a series of “Millennium Centers” to knit together Long Island’s research institutions.
Conducted an in-depth benchmarking of 15 private foundations around the nation and their approaches to regional strategies for economic development, as part of a broader project for the (former) Danforth Foundation. This work underpinned the Danforth Foundation’s sponsorship of the St. Louis region’s strategy for leadership in the plant and life sciences.