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Wendy York-Fess

Assistant Dean, Executive Director of CIRCLE (Center and Initiatives for Research, Curriculum and Learning Experiences)

Stanford Graduate School of Business

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Wendy York-Fess is the Executive Director for CIRCLE, a 50 person group that coordinates quantitative academic research support services, corporate data acquisition and curriculum development for the GSB faculty. As the chief architect of this new unit, Wendy has created an organizational structure to facilitate innovative and large-scale faculty-directed research. Prior to this position, Wendy was the Managing Director of Programs for Executive Education at the GSB.

 

She holds a B.A. with Honors, and Distinction (high GPA) from Stanford University and a M.B.A from Harvard Business School.

 

Wendy’s work experience spans from entrepreneurial (where she lead five companies from start up/early stage to sale/merger) to corporate (Bank of America and Bechtel Power Corporation).  She has worked in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, accumulating 20+ years of direct P&L responsibility, as well as an additional 5+ years as a venture capitalist, managing a private portfolio with a market capitalization of $100M.   Her specialties are strategic planning, change management and the development of highly effective teams.

 

Named a Legacy Ventures Encore Fellow in 2011, Wendy serves as a board member and advisor to three non-profits.

 

 

 


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INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Structuring to support innovative academic research: Case study of the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Professor Jim Patrick

Senior Vice President, Chief Scientist, Head of Research

Cochlear

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Jim was a member of Professor Graeme Clark’s original Cochlear Implant Research Team (1975 – 1981) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, which invented the world’s first multichannel cochlear implant. In 1981, he was a founding member of Cochlear Limited, which is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions and where he is currently Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientist. im was a member of Professor Graeme Clark’s original Cochlear Implant Research Team (1975 – 1981) at the University of Melbourne, Australia, which invented the world’s first multichannel cochlear implant. In 1981, he was a founding member of Cochlear Limited, which is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions and where he is currently Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientist.


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KEYNOTE: What industry needs in a partnership for long-term sustainability
PANEL DISCUSSION: How do you reward your staff when entering collaborations with industry

Ian Smith

Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure)

Monash University

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Ian is Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure) and has responsibility for the oversight and management of the universities technology transfer and innovation activities, research alliances and research infrastructure as well as developing and implementing strategies to meet future university technology transfer, research, and research infrastructure needs. Ian is an accomplished medical researcher and is recognised as a leader in his field. This research has resulted in over 240 publications and many patents. Ian receives regular invitations to speak at international meetings, many as a plenary speaker. His research has had a direct impact on human health and has led to changes in clinical practice. Ian is a co-founder of a proteomics-based, publicly listed, biotechnology company and he continues to collaborate and consult widely with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. Ian serves on six international editorial boards and over the years he has held office-bearing positions in a number of national and international societies and has had an active involvement in the organisation of numerous national and international scientific meetings.

 

Finally, he has held and continues to hold, a variety of national and international senior government and non-government advisory board/committee memberships.


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Working together to deliver industry focussed research and research infrastructure
PANEL DISCUSSION: How do you reward your staff when entering collaborations with industry

Anthony Murfett

General Manager Growth Centre

Department of Industry & Science

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Anthony Murfett has extensive experience in designing and managing large Australian Government funding programs and providing policy advice on industry and innovation policy, with a specific focus on elements that can improve the productivity and competitiveness of industry, such as collaboration.

 

Anthony is currently the General Manager of the Growth Centres Branch, within the Australian Government’s Department of Industry and Science. The Branch is responsible for sectoral industry policy and the policy, design and implementation of Industry Growth Centres, a key initiative in the Australian Government’s Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda.

 

Anthony has previously been responsible for matters such as policy advice on industry programmes such as the Australian Government’s Entrepreneurs’ Infrastructure Programme and for specific matters such as IP policy. Anthony has also been responsible for the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) programme and worked across a number of areas relating to industry and research within the Australian Public Service. This has included the Australian Research Council (one of the Australian Government’s Research Funding Bodies) and IP Australia (the Australian Patent Office).

 

Anthony has completed the Senior Executive Fellows Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and recently completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.


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Industry Growth Centres – Driving industry competitiveness

Securing your institution’s future

Collaboration between industry and researchers is increasingly becoming a critical component of future innovation. Collaborating with industry provides your university future opportunities having a competitive advantage in the marketplace; enables students with employment and generates increased impact from research.


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  • How to focus on the commercialisation of the research
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  • How to approach industry to secure partnerships
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  • How to establish successful long-term partnerships
Day 1

Professor Jim Patrick

Senior Vice President, Chief Scientist, Head of Research

Cochlear

Professor Brien Holden

Chief Executive Officer

The Vision Cooperative Research Centre

Wendy York-Fess

Assistant Dean, Executive Director of CIRCLE (Center and Initiatives for Research, Curriculum and Learning Experiences)

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Day 2

Ian Smith

Vice-Provost (Research and Research Infrastructure)

Monash University

Dr Steven Brodie

Open Innovation Manager

UNSW Innovations

Peter Hoj

Vice-Chancellor and President

University of Queensland

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