SPEAKERS

PRELIMINARY AGENDA

DAY 1 - OCTOBER 25

For Members, Non-Members, Partners and SACC Regional Chamber Representatives

REGISTRATION & BREAKFAST

 

OPENING REMARKS

Christina Björnström, President, SACC-NE, VP Marketing & Investor Relations, TerraNet AB

Johan Marcus, President, SACC-USA

 

INTRODUCTORY SPEECH BY Swedish minister for enterprise & innovation MIKAEL DAMBERG

 

NEW BUSINESS IN NEW ENGLAND - KEYNOTE SPEECH WITH ROBERT LANGER, MIT

In recent years, Boston has become one of the most talked about business centers in the world. Boston has created an ecosystem that is highly conducive to trade, investment, and innovation, making it the third most-invested-in city in the U.S. This session starts with a keynote speech from one on the world’s most renowned Professors, Robert ‘Bob’ Langer, whose lab churned out more than two dozen companies in the past two decades!

The speech by Professor Langer will be followed by a panel discussion about what the region has to offer and how your connection to New England can help generate new business.

Speakers:

Lawrence Andrews, President, Mass Growth Capital Corporation

Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary, State of MA

John Barros, Chief of Economic Development, City of Boston

Elizabeth Steele, Senior Director of Economic Development & Global Affairs, MassBio

THE FUTURE OF ACADEMIA - FROM RESEARCH TO COMMERCIALIZATION

Many of the world’s most successful companies had their start in a scientific research lab or a college dorm room, such as Facebook, Dropbox, and Akamai. In this session, learn from world renowned academics and entrepreneurial leaders their secrets to achieving a successful path from research to commercialization.

Speakers:

Erik Gatenholm, Co-founder and CEO, Cellink

Timothy J. Oyer, President & Managing Partner, Wolf Greenfield

Lauren Foster, Associate Director, MIT Technology Licensing Office.

 

LUNCH hosted by wolf greenfield

 

KEYNOTE SPEECH WITH TORBJÖRN HOLMSTRÖM - SMART SOCIETIES - TRANSPORT OF THE FUTURE

Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor Research & Technology Volvo Group, Former CTO, CEO of Volvo Group

In this session, Torbjörn Holmström, Senior Advisor Research & Technology Volvo Group, will present the vision on what’s next for Volvo and the greater car industry. This includes autonomous driving and management of data from self driving and what they mean for us all.

 

PERPETUAL INNOVATION AS A DRIVER FOR SUCCESS

More and more, companies must regularly innovate their business models and management principles to keep up with the newest advancements in tech, research, and thought leadership. In this session, learn from exciting business leaders how to ingrain innovation at the core of everything you do while you stick to your company’s mission and values.

Speakers:

Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation 360

Fredrik Anderson, President & CEO, Cellmark

Torsten Jansson, CEO & Founder, New Wave Group

 

cutting edge tech developments in what we eat

While the entire food industry is looking to polish its sustainability rating, consumers are increasingly looking for more innovative and healthy options. We will use this session to explore the most cutting edge developments in food tech, delivery, and the industry as a whole as well as the impact it has on you and your lunch.

Speakers:

Amanda Mayo, Chief Gastronomic Officer, Just Add Cooking

Robert B. Pojasek, Assistant Professor in Sustainability, Harvard University

Laurent Adamowicz,  Founder and President of EChO, Former Chairman and CEO of Fauchon

Julia Paino, Founder, Swoffle, Founding Partner, NextGen Venture Partners

 

THE BUSINESS OF DISRUPTION

In the tech-sphere, ‘disruption’ refers to innovations that lead to new
markets and value networks after having displaced established leading firms and products. Learn from top tech executives on how they have disrupted their industries and how you can do the same.

Rasmus Goksor, Co-founder and CEO, Bison

Myra White, J.D, Ph.D, Professor, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Business School, award-winning professor, author and columnist

Hitendra Patel, Manager of IXL Center, Professor of Innovation and Strategic Growth, Partner at Clinton Global Initiative, Professor of Innovation, University of Toronto, Professor of Growth and Innovation, Hult International Business School

Michael Bartels, Vice President of Listing Services, Nasdaq

 

towards accelerated medical innovation- TED talk by Jeff Karp,  Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Jeff Karp, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School, Cofounder of Alivio Therapeutics, Editorial Advisory Board Member, TEDMED, Cofounder, Frequency Therapeutics

 

DAY 2 - OCTOBER 26

Only SACC Regional Chamber Representatives