How Will the Obama Administration and New Congress Support Innovation Amid An Economic Crisis?

Exerpts from the 12/1/08 Washington D.C. briefing.

VIDEO Fred Block's comments

VIDEO Panel One Rebuilding the U.S. Innovation System

Rebuilding the U.S. Innovation System.

The speakers on this panel address both the strengths and the weaknesses of the current U.S. innovation system. Several speakers address the "valley of death"--the great difficulty that small, high tech, firms face in getting financing while they are trying to transform a new technology into a commerical product. Several speakers address initiatives that the government has taken and could take to accelerate the movement of key technologies into widespread deployment.

Fred Block, Professor, Department of Sociology, University of California, Davis

David Douglas, Senior Vice President, Sun Microsystems

Victor Hwang, Managing Partner, T2 Venture Capital

Nicole Biggart, Dean, Graduate School of Business, University of California, Davis