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Chemistry Seminars

May 2, 2013
Room 203, Smith Hall 11:00 a.m.

*Pre-seminar reception at 10:45 a.m.

Dr. James C. Weaver

Eastman Kodak Company, retired

The Joys, Tribulations and Economics of Commercializing Science

How does innovation, and in particular technological innovation, happen? Why do some scientific discoveries become the foundation for new products, and even new industries, while others lie fallow for decades? As a scientist and research manager involved with new technology development for over 30 years, Dr. Weaver has been pondering these and other questions about technological innovation. In this talk, Jim will provide a "practitioners perspective" about how new science is commercialized and brought into the marketplace. Using a few specific examples as case studies, he will explore the lessons he has learned as he personally experienced the joys and tribulations of commercializing science. He will then share a working framework that he and his colleagues have developed to think about technological innovation in the context of the theories of innovation that have been evolving over the past several years.