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Innovation and invention drive the American economy, from the light bulb and mass production of automobiles to more recent advances like the smartphone and the coordinated effort to map the human genome. But what new breakthrough sciences and technologies are next on the horizon, and what role can U.S. policy play in creating a positive environment to promote innovative developments?

On Tuesday, June 28, The Hamilton Project at Brookings hosted a forum on the future of innovation in the United States – exploring the challenges to, and opportunities for, furthering advancements to create jobs and spur economic growth.

The forum drew on a wide-range of experts from around the country, including the director of the National Institutes of Health, two former U.S. Treasury Secretaries, one of the nation’s leading private investors in the technology industry, a co-chair of the President’s Advisory Board on Science and Technology, a MacArthur Foundation Genius Award winner, the Chief Technology Officer of the United States, the Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, and a group of prominent U.S. economists.

Following each of the panel discussions, the participants took audience questions.

Event Agenda

  • Welcome

    • Robert E. Rubin

      Co-Chair, Council on Foreign Relations

      Former U.S. Treasury Secretary

  • Panel Discussion: The State of Scientific America

    • Angela Belcher

      Professor of Materials Science Engineering and Biological Engineering, MIT

    • Francis S. Collins

      Director, National Institutes of Health

    • Moderator: Ann Kellan

      Science Correspondent, Cable News Network

  • Panel Discussion: Obstacles and Opportunities for American Science and Innovation

    • Moderator

      Portrait: Michael Greenstone

      Michael Greenstone

      Nonresident Senior Fellow, Economic Studies

    • Tim Bresnahan

      Professor of Technology and the Economy, Stanford University

    • Aneesh Chopra

      Chief Technology Officer of the United States

    • Tyler Cowen

      Professor of Economics, George Mason University

    • Glenn Hutchins

      Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive, Silver Lake

  • Remarks on President Obama’s Regulatory Review Process

    • Cass Sunstein

      Administrator, The Office of Information and Regulatory and Affairs

    • Introduction: Roger C. Altman

      Founder and Chairman, Evercore Partners

  • Panel Discussion: A Path Forward –The Future of Innovation in the United States

    • Eric Lander

      Founding Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Co-Chair of the President’s Advisory Board on Science and Technology

    • Lawrence H. Summers

      Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University; former Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; former U.S. Treasury Secretary

    • Moderator: Greg Ip

      U.S. Economics Editor, The Economist


June 28, 2011

9:00 AM - 12:45 PM EDT

The Liaison Capitol Hill

415 New Jersey Avenue, NW


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