Weekly Member Update - Monday, March 1, 2021

2021 Virtual Annual Conference Registration Now Open!

The 2021 Virtual Annual Conference will draw from the lessons of 2020 to present new strategies for companies to adapt and grow in the post-COVID world. Organizations forced to pivot quickly have now turned to considering what pandemic-driven changes will become permanent, how to develop a strategic plan that is both stable and agile, and best practices for this new era of innovation management.

2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference - Register Now! 

Join fellow innovation leaders for dynamic discussions and networking! The 2021 Virtual Spring Networks Conference, March 8-11, will feature a blend of webinars and interactive roundtables exploring topics chosen by IRI members. 
The following networks will hold sessions at the meeting:
  • External Technology 
  • Information Services/Information Technology
  • Innovation Leaders
  • Intellectual Assets Management
  • New Business Development
  • Sustainability (new!)
Topics are categorized by network, and most networks meet for a half-day of 3-4 sessions. The External Technology Network and Innovation Leaders Network will each meet for two half-days. Only one network will convene at a time, so there will be no overlapping sessions at this conference. Attendees are welcome to attend any and all sessions that interest them, regardless of which Network is leading the topic.


IRI’s driver of best and next practices in innovation management, Research on Research (ROR), turns 50 this year.  To celebrate 50 years of groundbreaking research, we will be featuring content and testimonials from ROR’s 50 years each week.
Over the years, ROR has brought R&D practitioners together to solve myriad challenges.  Hear from Lou Gritzo, VP of Reseach at FM Global, about his ROR experience. 

The latest Digitalization Transformation Community case study is now available!
Take a deep dive into Brunswick’s IT-led digital transformation story, focusing on transforming the organization (people), modernizing the IT environment (infrastructure), and modernizing business systems (applications).

Help Influence How Federally Funded Technologies Are Brought to Market
PNNL seeks industry mentors
As one of the world’s largest science research enterprises, the Department of Energy helps power and secure America’s future through technological advancement. DOE’s R&D capabilities, and the innovations they enable, help maintain the United State’s role as the global leader in science and technology. Partnerships with industry and technology transfer supports the maturation and deployment of this innovation to move promising technologies from lab to market.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory—one among 17 DOE national labs—has $1.25 billion in R&D funding from sponsors. Much of this research results in intellectual property available for licensing that has the potential to impact nearly every U.S. market. PNNL is currently seeking industry mentors who can provide strategic advice on how to mature these inventions. Examples of mentoring opportunities range from providing in-depth business and technology reviews through comprehensive programs like DOE’s Energy I-Corps, to serving as a judge who coaches and provides feedback to researchers on technology pitches, to participating in one-on-one emerging market and technology discussions with researchers.
If you’re passionate about helping to bring breakthrough technology to markets, consider becoming a PNNL industry mentor. Send an email to PNNL Commercialization Manager Sara Hunt at sara.hunt@pnnl.gov to express your interest. You can view PNNL’s portfolio of intellectual property at https://www.pnnl.gov/available-technologies

Register for our upcoming webinars & events!

Monthly Innovation Leader Coffee Houses
When: Tuesday, March 9, 2021 11:00 am ET
The goal of the Innovation Leader Coffee House video calls is to provide you with the opportunity to quickly benchmark with your peers and make sure you’re not overlooking any key considerations.  The agenda will change each month and participants are asked to come prepared with your questions and ideas to share. 
TRACK Workshop: Business Model Innovation
Speaker: Jim Euchner
When: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 1:00pm – 4:00pm ET
This course is designed to provide enough background for participants to begin developing and testing new business models. It is based a model for doing business model innovation (the business model pyramid), which includes six steps. The course will take participants through each step of the process, with pragmatic advice on how to execute the work in the corporate context. It will include practical tools for quantifying customer value, identifying business model options, assessing risks, conducting experiments to learn about the risks, and organizing for incubation. We will also discuss the challenges of doing business model innovation in large companies and how to build internal support for your business.
DXC Thought Leader Interview 
Who: Bernardo Tiburcio, Global Digital Innovation Leader, DuPont
When: Thursday, March 18, 2021 12:00pm ET
Join IRI's Lee Green as she interviews Bernardo Tiburcio, Global Digital Innovation Leader at DuPont. Bernardo Tiburcio is an Information Technology professional with over 20 years of experience developing and implementing technology solutions for international companies. In his 17 years with DuPont, he has held numerous positions in sourcing and IT, such as Sustainable Solutions CIO, Data & Analytics Leader and Mobility CoE Leader. He is currently the Global Digital Innovation Leader with DuPont, responsible to drive the Digital Transformation program. 

BASF is collaborating with EDF Energy North America to improve the energy balance and reduce CO2 emissions of two of its production sites in Texas. The companies have signed a 35 MW Wind Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) that will bring 25 MW wind power to BASF’s Verbund site in Freeport and 10 MW wind power to the Pasadena site.
French industrial gas company Air Liquide said on Friday it had agreed to collaborate with Japanese trading house Itochu Corp for the development of hydrogen mobility markets in Japan.
Today, Colgate-Palmolive announced an exciting new product innovation - New Colgate Renewal toothpaste, designed by gum care experts to reverse early gum damage for a beautiful, revitalized smile. With technology backed by clinical research, Colgate Renewal targets and repairs early gum issues to help keep smiles healthy into the future. 
The company's ESG Risk Rating from Sustainalytics is a sign of its dedication to creating sustainable packaging.