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2004 Forest Products Techno-Business Forum :
Innovation * Transfer * Deployment

Cosponsored by the Center for Paper Business and Industry Studies
and the
Institute of Paper Science and Technology at Georgia Tech

October 26-27, 2004 , in Atlanta , GA

About the 2004 Forum:

The Forest Products Techno-Business Forum is the first event of its kind, with the specific goal of illustrating the potential of IPST and CPBIS in contributing to the industry via enhanced techno-business innovation, transfer, and deployment. The combined technical expertise at IPST and the industry-specific business knowledge created at CPBIS provide the industry a unique resource in innovation.

The Forum kicked-off with a Keynote Address by Dr. Kathryn Shaw who spoke on "Innovation: The Role of Human Resources Revolution as a Productivity Driver." The first panel session was on Technology/Business-Based Opportunities for the Forest Products Industry . Panelists commented on industry trends and drivers - from both the analyst's and industry's perspective - and the government's perspective, including Agenda 2020. Economic realities and business/scientific/technological challenges and needs were presented.

The second panel session was on Nanotechnology as an evolving new business opportunity in new materials. Panelists presented the technical realities and opportunities as well as factors needed to fully evaluate the business potential of this new technology. The Biorefinery panel session presented the societal and economic challenges and opportunities in commercialization of biorefineries, and then key risks and drivers were discussed from panelists offering different perspectives.

The final panel presented different perspectives on Improving Industrial Performance through Academic Research . Presentations and discussion focused on how to break down barriers between academic, government and industry and to identify better ways to express industry needs, enhance communication, facilitate techno-business innovation, transfer, and deployment.

Click here for the agenda and presentation materials.

About the Participants:

Business and technical leaders from Abitibi-Consolidated, Bowater , Georgia -Pacific, Graphic Packaging, MeadWestvaco, Rayonier, Tembec, Weyerhaeuser and many other companies attended the forum.

Forum Outputs:

Given the high interest level in the panel sessions, summary articles are being prepared. Please check back for new postings.

Agenda of the 2004 Techno-Business Forum:

Forest Products
Techno-Business Forum Agenda

 

TIME

ITEM

SPEAKERS

Tuesday,
October 26,  2004

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

1:00

Welcome and Keynote: Innovation

Recorded Webcast

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Welcome:
Jim Frederick, IPST

Phil Jones, CPBIS

Keynote:
Kathryn Shaw, Stanford "Innovation: The Role of Human Resources Revolution as a Productivity Driver"

 

2:45

Technology / Business-Based Opportunities for the Forest Products Industry

Recorded Webcast

PDFs of Slides-->

Panel:
Lanny Vincent (Moderator)

Peter Ruschmeier, Lehman Bros.
"The State of the Industry"

Lori Perine, AF&PA
"Agenda 2020: Enabling Industry Opportunities for Innovation"

Dave Knox, MeadWestvaco
"An Industry Perspective"

Paul Grabowski, DOE
"Office of Biomass Program"

 

7:30

Dinner Speakers

Recorded Webcast

Host:
Dr. George W. Mead II

Keynote:
Katherine Buckman Davis





TIME


ITEM


SPEAKERS

Wednesday,
October 27, 2004

Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center

8:00

Evolving Industry Opportunities: New Materials through Nanotechnology

Recorded Webcast

PDFs of Slides-->

Panel:
Lanny Vincent (Moderator)

Jim Frederick, IPST

Colleen Walker, CPBIS
"Nanotechnology: A True Business Opportunity?"

Z.L. Wang, GT
"Nanotechnology"

Art Ragauskas, IPST
"Nanobiomaterials"

Phil Jones, IMERYS "Nanotechnology Workshop for the Forest Products Industry"

 

10:00

Evolving Industry Opportunities:New Processes

Recorded Webcast

PDFs of Slides-->

Panel:
Lanny Vincent (Moderator)

Jim Frederick, IPST

Phil Jones, IMERYS

Michael Farmer, CPBIS
"Biorefinery and National Forest Policy"

Gerard Closset, Agenda 2020 "Advancing the Forest Biorefinery"

Anders Röj, Volvo
"Biorefinery: An Automotive Industry Perspective"

Matthew Realff, GT ChBE "Systems Integration"

 

12:15

Improving Industrial Performance with Academic Research

Recorded Webcast

PDFs of Slides-->


Panel:
Lanny Vincent (Moderator)

Jim Frederick, IPST

Phil Jones, IMERYS

Doug Reeve, Univ. of Toronto
"A Case History"

Markku Karlsson, Metso
"How to Share Knowledge and Innovative Research"

Paul Grabowski, DOE
"Improving Industrial Performance - Government Perspective"

Jim Meindl, GT MiRC
"Improving Microelectronics/Semiconductor Industry Performance with Academic Research"

Don Ratliff, GT ISYE
"National Academy of Engineering 2003 Study"

Frank Murray, GP
"The Forest Products Industry"


 

 

 
 
 

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