The Global Academic Innovation Network (GAIN) Announces 2020 Plan

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The Global Academic Innovation Network (GAIN) launched a plan on Columbus Day to return a culture of innovation from the New World back to its historic roots in the Middle East.

On Columbus Day, Richard C. Litman, the Founder of the Global Academic Innovation Network (GAIN), announced GAIN's 2020 plan to help universities and businesses in emerging countries connect with their counterparts in more developed parts of the world.

Global circumstances have shifted in the last 500 years so that the New World and the Old World have become one world united by a more ancient type of discovery -- innovation. Twenty-first century explorers are not found on ships like the Nina, Piñta or Santa Maria, but are steering through uncharted waters in laboratories at universities and research centers, and at spin-off companies in business incubators and technology parks.    In the current era, the quest for technology and entrepreneurship is more important than staking a claim to new territories.

"Through improved communication technologies and online networks, international relationships can transcend geographic boundaries to unite the Old and New Worlds as one world with a vibrant knowledge based economy,"says Litman, a U.S. patent attorney and bank chairman based in Arlington, Virginia. He continues: "The focus is on 2020. It is about doing today what is needed for the knowledge based economy of tomorrow."

GAIN's international membership includes experts in every step of the process to commercialize technology developed at universities and research laboratories. Among the more than 2000 members in its online group, there are private equity investors and venture capitalists, as well as technology transfer professionals from universities and research centers, scientists, incubator managers, research park directors, economic development executives, academic and corporate leaders, and experts in relevant fields -- from all corners of the world.

GAIN was formed to fuel innovation, technology transfer and entrepreneurship around the world through international collaboration, commercialization and economic development of advanced technologies involving medicine, energy, the environment and communications. Litman says: "International technology development and commercialization is needed to solve global problems."

Driven by a desire for a knowledge-based economy, the first phase of the plan is for today's innovation and innovators to accelerate the growth of an innovation culture where innovation was born centuries ago, the Middle East, where there is a growing desire to embrace these historic roots as the path for a peaceful and prosperous future.

In launching the 2020 Plan, GAIN is looking for technologies, businesses, and unique approaches to help enlightened leaders in this region. Litman is at work developing new opportunities for university spin-off companies that co-locate or relocate to this historic region where the scientific method and many of the earliest principles of astronomy, mathematics and navigation were born.
Of particular interest are companies focused on advanced technologies relating to petroleum, water, sun or sand, or involve alternative energy, wireless communications, multimedia, education or health care, such as the diagnosis or treatment of cardiovascular disease, diabetes or genetic disorders.

Litman is attending three international conferences this month in his quest to get the message out. He will represent a Saudi university at the first conference from 15-17 October in Houston, Texas. It is the 2009 Global Consortium of Entrepreneurship Centers Conference, hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. From 19-20 October he is attending a Technology Transfer Conference offered by the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Amman, Jordan.

From 25-26 October he will attend the first international conference on entrepreneurship at the Entrepreneurship Center at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. By the end of the next decade, the goal is for innovation and technological progress to return full circle to the birthplace of innovation, and as before, spread from there throughout the emerging regions of the world.

About the Global Academic Innovation Network (GAIN):
With over 2000 members in its online international technology transfer group, the Global Academic Innovation Network (GAIN) makes connections for universities and businesses from around the world for collaboration, commercialization and economic development of advanced technologies involving medicine, energy, the environment and communications.

David Johnson, Director of Communications
Global Academic Innovation Network (GAIN)
703-486-2000 Ext. 607


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