7 – 8:30 a.m.

UIDP27 Registration

7:30 – 9 a.m.


8 – 8:55 a.m.

First-Time Attendee Orientation

This session will provide an overview of the UIDP and our operational model. It is recommended that representatives of new UIDP member organizations and all first time meeting participants attend this informational session.

Speakers: Tony Boccanfuso, UIDP, Angie Florentine, UIDP, Megan Brogan, Facebook, Geanie Umberger, Purdue

8 – 8:55 a.m.

Project Ideation Session

Speakers: Liz Kennell, UIDP, Gretchen Baier, Dow, Dan Kramer, Ohio State

9 – 9:15 a.m.

Welcome & Morning Kick-Off

Speakers: Julio Ottino, Northwestern University & Mark Schmidt, Deere & Co.

9:15 – 10 a.m.

Unique Ways to Develop a Strategic Partnership

The academic-industry partnership model with big pharma has significantly evolved over the recent years. The scope of the partnership, risk sharing and translational challenges are quite different today than ever before. To ensure success in addressing complex patient needs, researchers from both academia and industry are learning to work closely and leverage each other's expertise to align academic research goals and bring products to market sooner. This discussion will provide perspectives from both Northwestern and U Chicago formed a strong working relationship with AbbVie addressing some of the following points:

What does the innovation ecosystem look like and how is it different from the coasts?
How has the academic-industry partnership evolved over the years and how specifically in Chicago?
 What does the academic institution look for in partners in the healthcare industry?
What does the AbbVie look for in partners in the healthcare industry?
What does success look like?

Speakers: Moderator: MaryJo Chamberlin-Tharp, AbbVie, Jeff Masters, Northwestern University, Alan Koncarevic, University of Chicago, Shankar Subramanian, AbbVie

10 – 10:20 a.m.

Varian's Approach to University Engagement

Varian is a leader in developing and delivering cancer care soltuions and is focused on creating a world without fear of cancer. University engagement plays a critical role in our success. Varian's large and robust university collaboration program provides access to key thought leaders, helps us understand unmet customer needs and jobs to be done, brings knowledge into the company, helps us explore novel solutions to important problems, and extends our R&D horizon beyond 3-5 years.

Speakers: Scott Johnson, Varian Medical

10:20 – 10:30 a.m.

Breakout Session Overview

Speakers: Liz Kennell, UIDP

10:30 – 11 a.m.


 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

UIDP Project Breakout Session #1

UIDP Project: Communicating U-I Collaborations

The UIDP recently released a quick guide that provides insights for non-communication professionals on issues to consider when promoting academic-corporate collaborations.

Speakers: Elise Carbonaro Kim, Maryland


Contracting - GDPR 

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will become law in the European Union in 2018. What is GDPR and why do I care? Practical information for universities that have medical schools and those who do not.

Speakers: Lisa Lorenzen, Iowa State University


The Role of Corporate Relations in Medical Schools

The role of corporate relationships in medical schools and healthcare systems is growing. The impact on industry-university relations is unique when it comes to HIPAA, IRBs, DUAs and BAAs. In addition, these sorts of collaborations have an impact on healthsystem operations. For universities with medical schools, they face some unique opportunities and challenges when working with companies. This session will explore contemporary approaches and consider strategic and regulatory issues.

Speakers: Sharon Markman, University of Chicago, Moderator: David Liebovitz, University of Chicago Medicine, Nimesh Jhaveri, Walgreens Company, Frank Naeymi-Rad, Intelligent Medical Objects, Neil Weissman, MedStar Health Research Institute


Structures to Maximize Industry Engagement - Issues for Universities to Consider

As illustrated in the UIDP Internal Structures report, there are numerous academic and corporate offices involved with managing relationships between the sectors. There are also many organizational structures currently being employed by companies and universities. This session will consider university structures to maximize, broaden and deepen corporate relationships across the entire campus.

Speakers: Mindy Cohen, Higher Talent, Crystal Leach, University of Georgia, Dushyant Pathak, UC Davis


Data-driven Solutions for University-Industry Matchmaking and Partnership Advancement

Matchmaking as well as strengthening partnerships in the university-industry space relies on the ability to empirically and systematically identify subject matter experts, networks of scholars, leading-edge research activity and other content supporting specific organizational academia. Academic Analytics provides a platform available to academia, industry and government—already trusted by over 90 top universities in the U.S.—that utilizes our robust database of over 350,000 scholars around the world. The platform provides the ability to perform thematic searches on curated researcher profiles containing journal articles, conference proceedings, book publications, patent data, federally-funded awards, honorific awards, clinical trials, and scholarly/industry-related affiliations.

Speakers: Introduction: Cherise Kent, Rutgers, David Ramsey, Academic Analytics

12 – 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Nurturing the Established Relationship Through Business Transformation

Dow Chemical and IBM are two established companies with long-standing ties to academia. Both companies have undergone profound changes in recent years, with IBM shifting business models and Dow undergoing a super merger, along with a planned super split. This session will explore how both companies have responded to changing environments and organizational upheaval while still maintaining and building upon existing university partnerships.

Speakers: Moderator: Jim Bray, Northwestern University, Judy Kelly, IBM, Gretchen Baier, Dow Chemical

2 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Argonne's Partnering Approaches

Find out how National Laboratories bring industry, university and laboratory scientists together for impactful research. Examples are IBM's work with Argonne and the beam line for Dow's work in catalysis. 

Speakers: Pete Beckman, Argonne National Laboratory

2:20 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Striking the Right Balance Between Technology and Human Experiences on College Campuses

With the rise of automated technologies such as Amazon's Alexa and social media chatbots, it's more important than ever to maintain a human-like experience to satisfy today's GenZ college student. While tech-savvy, Generation Z values experiences that are personal, customized and trust-worthy. This session explores how to strike the optimal balance between a digital focused technology strategy without sacrificing the human element. 

Speakers: Meredith Rosenberg, Chartwells

2:45 – 3:15 p.m.


3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Breakout Session #2

Contracting Open Q&A Discussion

Do you have a burning question about University/Industry contracts or projects in the human health or emerging technology area that you wish you could get answered right now? Are you trying to verify something someone told you that you're not quite sure about? Do you have an odd situation that requires a creative solution? Do you have a creative solution that you'd like to share? Ask/join us! You can submit a question, comment, or issue to the registration desk ahead of time or during the session.

Speakers: Elaine Brock, UIDP, Mike Ludwig, University of Chicago, Simran Trana, Corteva


UIDP Project: Creating & Maintaining High-Impact Industry Days at Universities

Many universities make significant investments in arranging dedicated industry days where company representatives are invited to a campus to hear about specific R&D projects and learn of a university or college's capabilities. These events require careful planning to ensure success and this session will feature a case study from a recent gathering at Penn State. With sufficient interest, this concept may evolve into a formal UIDP project.

Speakers: Priya Baboo, Penn State & Camille Noel, Varian medical


Contract Basics for non-JDs/Experts

Many academic-corporate partnerships are highly dependent upon the ability of each party to successfully negotiate research agreements that protect the interests of both parties. The UIDP member representatives have devoted considerable time and energy to develop the Contract Accords to increase understanding of how to navigate each of the clauses commonly found in these contracts. This session will provide a basic, general overview of these terms and resources that can be used to gather additional information on successful negotiation strategies. 

Speakers: Keither Spencer, GSK, Michael Carr, UIC, Sierra Clark, NU


Industry Access to Core Facilities

This session will focus on how scientists and engineers in industry can take advantage of research core facilities at universities. Topics will include the fee-for-service model, pricing structures, technical support, lab service agreements and customer satisfaction. The presentations will describe opportunities for corporate partnerships and how to leverage these for mutual benefits.

Speakers: Phil Hockberger, Northwestern University, Richard Minshall, UIC, George Langen, University of Chicago


UIDP Project: Scholarship Programs

Scholarship programs funded directly through industry are increasingly being used to bolster strategic parnterships. This session will program objectives, administration, and metrics for value.

Speakers: Ellen Kosik-Williams, Corning & Suzanne DeMers, Rochester

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Transition Break

4:30 – 4:50 p.m.

Partnering with Academia: Principles & Examples

P&G's Connect + Develop Open Innovation Network supports & enables global innovation in our 4 business sectors spanning 10 product categories. Our partnerships with academic institutions and national laboratories are a key component of R&D efforts. Having both broad strategic partnerships and more focused, specialized partnerships enables P&G to address short- and long-term innovation priorities. Principles for successful partnerships and a few examples will be shared.

Speakers: Pete Ellingson, Procter & Gamble

4:50 – 5:10 p.m.

Building Innovation Ecosystems for Industry Collaborations

The Polsky Center at the University of Chicago manages the University's IP portfolio, teaches entrepreneurship, and launches companies, all in close partnership with industry leaders and civic leadership. The Polsky Center is developing a new Innovation District for Chicago, which will serve as a catalyst for growing multi-disciplinary and corporate collaborations. This session will discuss how the University of Chicago is expanding support for entrepreneurs and innovators.

Speakers: Kristin Barrett, University of Chicago

5:10 – 5:25 p.m.

Corteva Agriscience: Growing the Next Generation

Our historic parent companies, The Dow Chemical Company and DuPont have long histories of creating legacy partnerships with universities. As Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont, not only will the tradition of collaborating with universities continue, but we will seek to expand our efforts in new and market-shaping ways. From providing scholarships and leading the industry in outreach, to sponsoring tresaerch and supporting endowments, we will work to enable the youth of today to become the next generation of problem solvers.

Speakers: Ronda Hamm, Corteva Agriscience

5:25 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

General Session Wrap-Up/Reception Overview

5:30 – 8 p.m.


Day 3: Thursday, September 13