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State of Innovation: Innovation Institutions and University-based Entrepreneurship

February 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

State of Innovation

Are you interested in what it takes to successfully develop a technology and market that technology? Join us for our next State of Innovation Speaker, Dr. James Conley, PhD, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  Professor Conley will highlight how innovation institutions such as the intellectual property system is utilized to advance the productivity and appropriability of University based inventors, creators and brand advocates. Examples will include UCDavis and Strawberries, Univ. of Minnesota (HoneyCrisp) and Washington State Univ.(Cosmic Crisp) in the apples game and Northwestern University in the Life Science space (Lyrica). Curricular efforts by the National Academy to encourage and enable innovation across the University will also be presented.

State of Innovation

Innovation Institutions and University based Entrepreneurship


Thursday, February 6, 2020
Seminar 4:00-5:00pm


Auditorium, room 331
Translational Medicine Institute, 2350 Gillette Drive
Colorado State University


Light Appetizers and Networking to follow


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Dr. James Conley, PhD
Clinical Professor, Kellog School of Management
McCormick School of Engineering (by courtesy)
Northwestern University

Faculty website

James Conley is clinical professor of technology at Northwestern University. He serves on the faculty of both the Kellogg School of Management and the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University. He is a faculty contributor in the Kellogg Center for Research in Technology & Innovation and serves as a Faculty Fellow at the Segal Design Institute (NU IDEA). At present, he is also serving as a Visiting Professor in the chair of technology and innovation management at the WHU in Germany. Beyond academia, he is an appointed member of the United States Department of Commerce Trademark Public Advisory Committee of the Patent and Trademark Office. Professor Conley’s research investigates the strategic use of intangible assets and intellectual properties to build and sustain competitive advantage. Research sponsors include the National Science Foundation, NASA, FAA, NIST, the Department of Defense, Motorola, Daimler-Chrysler, the OECD and others.

Professor Conley teaches courses on Innovation Process Management, Intellectual Capital Management, and other related subjects to both graduate student and executive education audiences. Beyond Kellogg and Northwestern, he serves on the visiting faculty of Kellogg partner institutions such as the Otto Beisheim Graduate School of Management at the WHU in GERMANY, the Schulich School of Business at York University in CANADA, and at the Keio University Business School in JAPAN. He served as the General Electric Foundation Professor and the Pentair-Nugent Professor of Manufacturing and Business Leadership from 1994 to 2000. Professor Conley’s scholarship is informed by professional practice. In 1994, he founded Syndia Corporation together with the late Jerome Lemelson and entrepreneur Roger Hickey. In addition to being an inventor (7 issued US patents and others pending), Conley through Syndia has grown and acquired a portfolio of intellectual properties that Syndia licenses to many entities in Asia, North America and Europe. Additionally, he serves as a Principal at Winnemac Consulting, LLC. Before joining Northwestern in 1994, he spent seven years at the Ryobi Limited Group of companies (link) in JAPAN with management responsibility in product engineering and product development. There, he led substantial Ryobi product innovation programs for both automotive and consumer durable products. He is conversational in the Japanese language.
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