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What motivates companies to seek innovation outside their organizations? What models are being tried, and how have they worked? This panel of industry leaders will share their experiences in determining when to go outside for R&D, examine models for securing external innovation, provide insight on when different models are most effective, and discuss the challenges of integrating external innovation into the organization.


  • Dr. Mostafa Analoui, Executive Director, Venture Development and Technology Incubation Program (TIP) University of Connecticut

    Previously, Dr Analoui was Head of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Livingston Securities (New York, NY) with investment focus in private and public companies in biotech, medtech and healthcare services. Prior to that he was the Senior Director at Pfizer Global Research and Development. Dr. Analoui is actively involved in investment, management and scientific/business development of nanotechnology, drug discovery/development, diagnostic imaging, and global strategies.

    Dr. Analoui has received his PhD from Purdue University, followed by Post-Doctoral Fellowship at IBM TJ Watson Research Center in NY.

    In addition to industry leadership in biomedical and technology fields, he consults and lectures in US, Europe and Asia. He has also served on various scientific, regulatory, and business advisory committees and boards, including NIH, NSF, PhRMA, NASA, and OECD. Dr. Analoui has authored over 130 publications, including journal articles, book chapters and technical reports. Dr. Analoui is currently Adjust Professor at Brown University (Providence, RI), Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT). He is also senior member of IEEE, SPIE, and RSNA.

  • Carlos J. Barroso, Senior Vice President, Global Research and Development and Quality Campbell Soup Company

    Carlos Barroso leads Campbell’s 500 R&D employees worldwide. Carlos has more than 20 years of global R&D expertise in food and consumer packaged goods. Most recently, he was President of CJB and Associates, his own R&D consulting practice in Dallas, where he worked with Fortune 100 clients to help solve product and innovation challenges.

    Before that, Carlos was Senior Vice President of R&D at PepsiCo, where he oversaw all R&D efforts for PepsiCo Foods, including Frito-Lay North America and Quaker Foods and Snacks, a $27 billion business with more than 800 R&D associates. He played a key role in driving the company’s international growth by leading global new product development and sharing product technology collaboratively across regions. He also directed major long-term innovation plans, including crafting a blueprint for leveraging Open Innovation. He led quality improvement initiatives to drive growth. He also created a leadership training program to build the pipeline for future managers and to foster international cross-training.

    Carlos previously worked in R&D at Procter & Gamble (P&G), where he held roles of increasing responsibility in the company’s paper and coffee divisions in the U.S., Italy, and France.

    Carlos is a member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the American Chemists Society (ACE). He has published articles and presented at conferences worldwide on topics including Open Innovation and Globalization. In addition, his significant expertise in flavor science has resulted in two patents.

    Carlos earned his BS in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he serves as Chair of the External Advisory Board for the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

  • Martha Gardner, Global Quality Leader, General Electric Company

    Dr. Martha Gardner is the Chief Scientist for Statistics, Quality, and Innovation Methods and the Global Quality Leader for General Electric Global Research. In her current role she helps teams develop new conceptual designs for products and manufacturing processes, and then make them robust, reliable, and serviceable through the use of modeling and analytics. She has a Ph.D. in Statistics from North Carolina State University and B.S./M.S. from the University of Alabama.

  • Julia Kitchenka Ferland, General Manager, Shell TechWorks

    Julie Ferland joined Shell TechWorks in March 2015 as Head of Program Management. Previously, Julie was Vice President of Engineering at Hydroid, developing marine robotic systems including REMUS AUV’s. She also held the position of Vice President and Principal Engineer at Maritime Applied Physics Corporation. Julie has focused her career on technology development and deployment, primarily for the US Department of Defense, including projects such as design and construction of the flight deck safety systems on Zumwalt Destroyers, integration of UAVs onto small-deck surface ships, development of unmanned surface vessels, and harvesting energy from subsea thermal vents. She has also served as an Engineering Duty Officer and Surface Warfare Officer in the US Navy, working as a naval architect, a hardhat salvage diver and a gas turbine engineer. Julie holds an Engineer Degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University.

  • Manish Kothari, President, SRI Ventures

    Manish Kothari, Ph.D., is president of SRI Ventures and is a vice president of SRI International. In this role, Kothari leads the creation of high-value venture opportunities and is intimately involved in the venture creation process from concept through market development, team building, technology transition, seed funding, partner and investor identification, and launch.
    Kothari joined SRI in 2013 as a business development consultant and entrepreneur-in-residence. He became a program director in the Robotics Program in 2013. In 2014, he moved to SRI Ventures as director of commercial ventures and licensing, with an emphasis on healthcare, engineering, and physical sciences.

    Prior to joining SRI, Kothari co-founded and was CEO of Mytrus, which offers a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) platform for direct-to-participant clinical trials. Earlier, he was vice president of R&D quality and operations for Simpirica Spine. There, he successfully built a spinal implant for lower back pain and spondylolisthesis. Kothari also held a series of executive roles at Synarc, a global clinical trials medical imaging start-up company.

    He holds multiple patents and is the author or co-author of several peer-reviewed publications and book chapters.
    Kothari received his M.S. degree and Ph.D. in biomechanical engineering from Cornell University, and was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco. His bachelor of technology degree in aerospace engineering (summa cum laude) is from the Indian Institute of Technology.

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