University of California, Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology Publishes Global Technology Leaders Roadmap

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Roadmap Presents Major Initiatives from Academia and Industry Addressing Energy & Technology as well as Health & Quality of Life

The University of California, Berkeley's Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology today unveiled the Global Technology Leaders Roadmap, which offers research-based solutions to some of the world's most significant challenges. Presented at the inaugural A. Richard Newton Global Technology Leaders Conference at UC Berkeley in November 2008 by luminaries from a range of disciplines, the initiatives identify pathways to solutions in the health sciences, energy and technology fields.

The Global Technology Leaders Roadmap addresses the expected social impact, industry size and time required to mainstream adoption of solutions to each challenge. Posted today on the website of the UC Berkeley Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (http://cet.berkeley.edu), the roadmap features a set of short videos introducing each roadmap initiative by the academic and industry experts.

The goal of the Global Technology Leaders Conference is to identify meaningful problem areas that are not only worth solving, but are also likely to result in new industry. The following topics discussed at the conference are now presented in the roadmap:

Energy and Technology

  •     "Oil Independence via Sustainable Mobility," Shai Agassi, Founder and CEO, Better Place
  •     "Thermoelectrics for Efficient Energy," Arunava Majumdar, Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, UC Berkeley
  •     "Affordable Zero Energy Home," Tom Siebel, Chairman, First Virtual Group

Health and Quality of Life

  •     "The Promise of Synthetic Biology," Jay Keasling, Professor, Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
  •     "Cost-Effective and Personalized Healthcare," Regis Kelly, Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biomedical Research (QB3) and Paul Camuti, President and CEO, Siemens Corporate Research Center
  •     "The New War on Cancer," Frank Douglas, Senior Fellow, Kauffman Foundation and Irving Weissman, Director, Institute of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University

"The Global Technology Leaders Roadmap presents both world-class academic research as well as private sector approaches to generating benefits to society and creating industry," said Ikhlaq Sidhu, Co-Chair of the Global Technology Leaders Conference and Industrial Engineering & Operations Research professor at UC Berkeley. "By publishing this roadmap, we are extending the discussion to technology and business leaders as well as academics and policymakers worldwide to maximize the impact of this conversation."

Sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the annual A. Richard Newton Global Technology Leaders Conference will be held this year on November 19 during Global Entrepreneurship Week, held November 16 - 22.

"We are eager to see how the roadmap is adopted and executed," said Lesa Mitchell, vice president of Advancing Innovation, Kauffman Foundation. "Due to the current economic crisis, the need to focus our research and commercialization efforts has become even more critical."

About the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology, University of California, Berkeley
Through teaching, programs, and research, the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (CET) equips engineers and scientists with the skills to lead, innovate, and commercialize technology in the global economy. UC Berkeley faculty and students have started more than 200 UC ventures in areas such as IT, biotechnology and clean energy. More information on the CET : http://cet.berkeley.edu/

About the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. It also works to prepare students to be innovators, entrepreneurs and skilled workers in the 21st century economy through initiatives designed to improve learning in math, engineering, science and technology. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has more than $2.4 billion in assets. More information is available at http://www.kauffman.org.

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