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Texas Enterprise Speakers Series

Texas Enterprise Speakers Series


November 2014
Wednesday, 19th
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11:30am-1:00pm, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Room 203

Innovation of new products drives competitive advantage across industries. Generating ideas is the first step. Closing the gap between idea generation and product commercialization is a complex blend of vision, business savvy, experimentation, failure, and success.

The cost of developing new products is challenging traditional business approaches to product development. Increasingly, partnerships between industry and academic institutions/startups are driving new technologies to the marketplace. In 2009, more than 60% of Merck’s revenues could be attributed to alliance products and patents.

The landscape for successfully developing new products continues to require business strategy as well as a culture of innovation and creativity. Cost constraints, regulations, and competitive pressure are compelling companies to rethink how to be nimble in a new environment. Partnerships and collaborations between industry and academia are overcoming these challenges and providing a new competitive advantage for emerging technologies.


January 2015
Friday, 23rd
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11:30am-1:00pm, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center

Texas Enterprise Speaker Series featuring Clay Johnston, M.D., Ph.D., Dean 

While industries of all kinds are evolving and thriving with the help of new technologies, health care is lagging far behind and awash in missed opportunities. It’s time to focus on creating and nurturing a new kind of healthcare ecosystem that encourages grassroots input, quickly identifies low-hanging fruit, convenes the right partners to maximize effectiveness, and is nimble enough to experiment and scale rapidly. 

In areas such as medical education, population health, informatics and digital health, there’s an incredible opportunity to rethink old models and support creative collaborations that become engines of change – all with a focus on improving health.