MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Announces Dr. John Kao to Keynote Innovation Summit 2008 - "Power, Drugs and Money"
Strategist and Bestselling Author of "Innovation Nation" to Present Playbook for Reinvigorating American Innovation
CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - December 13, 2007) - The MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
announced that Dr. John Kao will be the keynote speaker for its Innovation
Summit 2008 - "Power, Drugs and Money." Dr. Kao, a leading authority on
innovation, organizational transformation and digital media, will kick off
the day-long event with a presentation on the challenges America faces in
recapturing its innovation edge. He is the author of the bestseller,
"Innovation Nation: How America is Losing Its Innovation Edge, Why it
Matters, and What We Can Do to Get It Back" (Free Press, 2007).
Each year, the Forum's Innovation Summit explores a different theme,
highlighting invention and entrepreneurship in New England. This year's
conference, "Power, Drugs and Money - Local Innovation/Global Impact" will
focus on three interconnected sectors where the region has unique
strengths: clean energy and the environment, life sciences and financial
services. Sessions will explore the role New England plays as a center for
innovation and the global implications of these developments. The event
will be held February 7, 2008 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.
"The goal of this year's Summit is to be a launching point for discussions
on how innovation in New England can make a difference to the nation and
the global economy," said Jim Matheson, general partner at Flagship
Ventures and volunteer chairperson for this year's conference. "I cannot
imagine a more fitting or thought-provoking speaker for this theme than Dr.
"I've taught entrepreneurship and innovation in Cambridge for more than a
decade, and look forward to sharing my insights on how we can jump-start
innovation in the nation and region," said Dr. Kao. "New England has long
been a hotbed of innovation, and this conference will serve as a
springboard for constructive discussions about capitalizing on the
Dubbed "Mr. Creativity" and "a serial innovator" by The Economist, Dr. Kao
is the founder of Kao and Company, which serves top-tier Fortune 500
business leaders as well as many departments of the U.S. government. He has
started several companies in areas as diverse as biotech, innovation
management and e-services. Dr. Kao taught at the Harvard Business School
for 14 years, and he has also served as a visiting professor at the MIT
Media Lab and the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. In
addition to "Innovation Nation," he is the author of "Jamming: The Art and
Discipline of Business Creativity," a BusinessWeek bestseller. Dr. Kao
earned his B.A. degree from Yale College, an M.D. from Yale Medical School
and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.
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About the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge
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organization based at MIT whose mission is to promote and strengthen the
process of starting and growing innovative science- and technology-oriented
companies by providing services and programs that educate, inform and
support the entrepreneurial community.
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