Professor Jerome S. Engel is an internationally recognized expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, lecturing and advising business and government leaders around the world. Most recently he has focused on lean innovation entrepreneurship and developing innovation ecosystems globally. In the current event, he will share his insights on how this can be part of innovation in biology, health care and life science.
Time: 18:15 - 19:00 Wednesday 17 October 2018
Place: Auditorium 2, Helga Engs Hus, UiO, Sem Sælands vei 7, 0371 Oslo
The pace of change is ever accelerating, and the role of technology innovation in our everyday lives is clear. Consumer electronics immerses us in a stream of perpetual upgrades and invades every aspect of our lives. So what about health care and the life sciences? These fields certainly have their own vectors of innovation, be it in the fundamental science of biology or the new tools of manipulation, such as synthetic biology and biological engineering. Breakthroughs such as CRISPR hold huge promise, yet the pace of innovation and impact on society seem to move at a glacial pace. Are we on the cusp of a new, faster cycle of innovation, where the “lean innovation” lessons learned in electronics will impact the pace of discovery and innovation in biology, health care and the life sciences? We will investigate what we have learned about the application of “lean innovation” to the challenges of the life sciences. We will identify trends for cross-industry impacts that have the possibility for disrupting long-established norms and the businesses, organizations, and professionals that practice them.
Professor Jerome S. Engel is an internationally recognized expert on innovation, entrepreneurship, and venture capital, lecturing and advising business and government leaders around the world. Most recently he has focused on lean innovation entrepreneurship and developing innovation ecosystems globally. After a successful business career, Professor Engel joined the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley in 1991 to found the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where he currently serves as Senior Fellow and Founding Executive Director Emeritus. At Berkeley he fostered the creation of an internationally distinguished program that provides entrepreneurship education across the University and its constituent community. He is a leader in the Lean Innovation movement, which together with collaborator Steve Blank he brought to national and international prominence as founding National Faculty Director of the National Science Foundations’ I-Corps, a US government program that develops entrepreneurial technology commercialization teams at leading universities across the United States. This methodology has since been embraced by the National Institute of Health and leading institutions around the world. He is an Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the Haas School of Business and instructs in both the School's MBA and Executive Education programs, specializing in Entrepreneurship, Corporate Innovation, New Venture Finance, and Venture Capital. He serves on the Boards of Directors and Advisory Boards of several entrepreneurial ventures, venture capital firms, universities and innovation centers around the world. An author and frequent speaker, he has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio and other global media.
Professor Engel’s awards and recognitions include the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance Lifetime Educational Achievement Award, the Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advance the Discipline of Entrepreneurship, among others. His most recent research and publications focus on the nature in innovation processes in firms, communities and global networks. Professor Engel’s recent book, Clusters of Innovation: Entrepreneurial engines of economic growth around the world explores the workings of entrepreneurial economies in in Germany, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, Israel, Japan, Taiwan, China, Colombia, Mexico, Brazil and of course Silicon Valley. He is a CPA and received his undergraduate degree at Penn State University and his graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School.