The Nature of US Innovation: The Federal Role

December 2, 2008, Noon -1:30 p.m.
B-354 Rayburn House Office Building

Summary

Innovation, the creative power that spurs new technologies, products and processes, is vital for the United States to maintain its economic leadership and preeminence in science and technology, and for continued advances in our quality of life. The federal government's support for research and development, always an important component of US innovation, has grown increasingly more essential over the last two decades. Understanding the innovation system is crucial for crafting federal policies that enhance, rather than hinder, the growth of the US economy. This briefing will explore recent findings on the innovation system and illustrate various models of how federal funding of R&D leads to better products and improved processes.

Sponsors

The American Chemical Society Science & the Congress Project and Corporation Associates


Featured Speakers

Anne DeMasi
Hazard Communication &
Regulatory Specialist
Rohm and Haas Company
(moderating)
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Stephen Merrill
Executive Director
National Research Council’s Board on Science,Technology and Economic Policy
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Fred Block
Professor of Sociology
University of California at Davis
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James Stevens
Research Fellow
The Dow Chemical Company
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W. Shannon McCool
Chairman and CEO
RxBio, Inc.
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