Wednesday, August 30, 2023 at 4:00 PM CDT
Thursday, August 31, 2023 at 6:00 PM CDT

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The University of Chicago 
5640 S Ellis Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

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Felix Lu 
University of Chicago - Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering 

2023 Industry Networks Day - Innovation Ecosystems 

This event brings together curious innovators and researchers to learn, share, network, and discover new areas of interest, collaboration, and synergies and how to better understand and leverage various innovation ecosystems.

The connections and conversations started here will help guide thinking about what is missing from current partnership and collaborations, introduce new talent and ideas, and bring together solutions across themes and traditional boundaries. I hope you will join us at this exciting event!


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Wednesday, August 30th, 2023: Afternoon research poster session


Thursday, August 31st, 2023:

8 - 9 am Breakfast and Networking

9 am Opening statements

  • Industry Keynote 1 (Pete Dulcamara)
  •  PME panel discussion - Why is the PME unique?

  • Coffee Break

  • Faculty-Industry partnerships (Stuart Rowan / Rudy Wojtecki)
  •  Panel on Space Innovation ecosystems


12:35 pm Lunch


  • Panel Discussion - How can commercialization of new technologies be more efficient?
  • Faculty Keynote - Professor Po-Chun Hsu

  • Coffee Break

  • Panel Discussion - How can big companies innovate like startups?
  •  Industry Keynote 2 (Adrian Defante)


4:45 pm Closing remarks

5:00 pm Facility tours


6:00 pm Dinner out on town

Who is this event for? 

This is event is for all curious innovators, managers, scientists, and engineers.

What is this event all about? 

This event brings together corporate and university innovators and researchers to learn, share, network, discover collaboration potential and discuss the facets that make up a robust innovation ecosystem.

Where will this event take place?

This event will be held on the campus of the University of Chicago. More details to come.

Why should I attend this event?

Listen, converse, and get to know academic and industry thought leaders - More importantly, these conversations will lead to deeper discussions on research infrastructure and bottlenecks to overcome to facilitate more seamless and productive partnerships. The dinner socials are a place to relax and connect with other event attendees, but also a place to ride out rush hour traffic! We encourage you to stay and enjoy the conversations!

When will this exciting event take place?

It starts with the late-afternoon poster session on Wednesday, August 30th and ends at the end of the day on Thursday, August 31st, 2023. A dinner out at a local establishment is planned for further socialization and networking for those who are interested. Please RSVP for this on the registration page by August 17th, 2023.