2021 Event Agenda

Please note, the exhibit hall will be open throughout the summit. Agenda is subject to change.

Monday, November 8 • Day 1

8:00 AM

Registration & Exhibit Hall Opens

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

NYSTAR Breakout Sessions

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Welcome and ESD Updates

• Matt Watson, Senior VP and Executive Director, Division of Science, Technology, and Innovation (NYSTAR)
• Pravina Raghavan, Executive Vice President, Empire State Development

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Keynote Speakers

• Guha Bala, President, Velan Ventures
• Joshua Ness, Senior Manager, Verizon 5G Labs

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch and Exhibits

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Economic Development in New York State
Leveraging NYS Programs for Growth

Across New York State, a range of state and local economic development organizations play a vital role in business retention and expansion. They’re often the first call for a company or entrepreneur seeking technical assistance and financial incentives to grow their businesses. Hear from panelist about how these groups support the growth of New York State’s manufacturing and technology sectors, generating high-paying jobs and shaping our state’s economic future and competitiveness.

• Ryan Silva (moderator), Executive Director, NYSEDC
• Lauren A. Merkel, Vice President, International Affairs, Empire State Development
• Greg Hart, Director, Economic Development, Workforce Development Institute (WDI)
• Brian Gerling, Adjunct Professor, Syracuse University College of Law Innovation Law Center
• Joan Powers, Director, SBDC, SUNY Onondaga Community College SBDC

Track 2: National Trends
The Future of Advanced Electronics and Packaging

Panelists will share their insights into the novel approaches and materials that will shape the future of electronics packaging and manufacturing. They’ll also discuss key emerging application areas like flexible electronics, collaboration with customers on design to accelerate path to market, and industry trends including multi-sourcing.

• Terry Clas (moderator), Business Development, Empire State Development
• Shadi Shahedipour-Sandvik, Ph.D., Interim Vice President, Research & Graduate Studies, SUNY Polytech Institute
• Mark Poliks, Director, Flexible Hybrid Medical Device Manufacturing (FlexMed)
• Michael Hennessey, Head, Danfoss Silicon Power US
• Nancy Stoffel, Platform Leader for Flexible Hybrid Electronics, GE Global Research

Track 3: Disruptive Technology
Quantum Leap for New York

Quantum technologies will enable revolutionary advances in sensing, computing and communication. They hold the potential to exponentially increase today’s computing capabilities and change the paradigm of communication, making it possible to address much more complex issues than what we can tackle today – from more effective drug discoveries and deep learning to highly secured communications. Achieving breakthroughs in quantum technologies is of paramount significance for the security and economic competitiveness of New York State and our nation. In this session, you’ll hear from organizations that are enabling leading-edge quantum technology development and preparing the future workforce for the emerging quantum information and communications industries.

• Heather Hage (moderator), President and CEO, Griffiss Institute
• Satyavolu Papa Rao, Ph.D., Vice President of Research, NY CREATES
• Noel Goddard, Ph.D., CEO, Qunnect
• Mark A. Tolbert, CEO, TOPTICA Photonics AG
• Michael Hayduk, Deputy Director, Air Force Research Lab Information Directorate

Track 4: Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund
Commercialization Competition

As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub holds an annual Commercialization Competition. Companies throughout New York State compete to demonstrate the commercialization potential of their technology or product, with an opportunity to win up to $50,000. This competition is intended to help small and medium (SME) size manufacturing and technology companies further develop their prototype in an effort to pursue additional investment and customers as well as strengthen their “go-to-market” strategies, as they move from new product/production method to marketplace.

2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Break

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Economic Development in New York State
The Capital Landscape: Funding Technology Innovations

In this session, panelists will discuss key elements of the capital raising landscape. Whether your business is still developing its new technology, proving its feasibility, evaluating new markets, or enjoying a growth trajectory, it’s critical to understand the full marketplace of capital funding and how to position yourself for outside investment. Hear directly from start-ups that have obtained the financing they needed to start and grow their companies, including through government grants, angel capital, venture capital, small business loans, and private equity.

• Nasir Ali (moderator), CEO and Co-Founder, Upstate Venture Connect
• Evaguel Rhysing, CEO, UAT
• Norma Powell Byron, President, Ashlwan Energy

Track 2: National Trends
Sustainability in our Water and Food Systems

New York State has a wealth of water resources, and they are strategically important to our global economic position, including the productivity of our prime farmland and food industries. The health of our water systems and our agricultural economy are inextricably linked. In this session, you’ll hear about innovations that protect our waters and promote sustainable food production.

• Catharine Young (moderator), Director, Center of Excellence in Food and Agriculture Innovation (AgriTech) at Cornell University
• Stefan Grimberg, Co-Director, Center of Excellence in Healthy Water Solutions at Clarkson University
• William Jones, VP of Business Development, Crystal Creek Organics

Track 3: Disruptive Technology
Tech-Driven Industry Change

Factory floors across New York State are adopting a range of “smart” and digital technologies that leverage data and even artificial intelligence to increase efficiency, improve sustainability, and make better real-time decisions. Hear from companies and experts about harnessing sensors, data, the Industrial Internet of Things, and AI to enable agile production, predictive maintenance, and other competitive advantages.

• Mark Schmit (moderator), Division Chief for Regional and State Partnerships, NIST MEP
• Henry Cialone, President and CEO, Buffalo Manufacturing Works
• Chris Krampitz, Director of Technology Strategy, MxD

Track 4: Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund
Commercialization Competition

As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub holds an annual Commercialization Competition. Companies throughout New York State compete to demonstrate the commercialization potential of their technology or product, with an opportunity to win up to $50,000. This competition is intended to help small and medium (SME) size manufacturing and technology companies further develop their prototype in an effort to pursue additional investment and customers as well as strengthen their “go-to-market” strategies, as they move from new product/production method to marketplace.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Exhibit and Networking

5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

CEO Roundtable: NYS Innovation at Work

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Reception and Exhibits

Tuesday, November 9 • Day 2

8:00 AM

Breakfast & Exhibit Hall Opens

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM

Keynote Speaker

Gregg A. Lowe, CEO, Cree

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Pitch Session

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Economic Development in New York State
Innovations in Defense and National Security

This breakout session will discuss efforts to coalesce New York State’s defense manufacturing sector, strengthen related supply chains, and ensure that the state stays at the leading edge of defense-critical emerging technologies. The defense and aerospace industries employ nearly 39,000 New Yorkers, generate $11.5 billion in annual sales revenue, and represent nearly $2.4 billion in exports. New York State also has key R&D strengths aligned with U.S. Department of Defense “modernization priorities” including microelectronics, fully-networked command/control/communications, 5G, autonomous systems, artificial intelligence, and quantum science.

Track 2: National Trends
Manufacturing's Post-COVID Future

The pandemic has created significant operational, supply chain, and market disruptions for manufacturers in 2020. Lowered demand and new safety requirements have been costly, but crisis is also generating innovation. Manufacturing representatives will discuss the emerging strategies that are defining their companies’ future and shaping the U.S. industrial recovery, including reimagining supply chains, pursuing new markets, and adopting high-tech solutions on their shop floors.

• Michael Lobsinger (moderator), Senior VP, Business Growth Solutions, Center for Economic Growth
• Joel Dzekciorius, CEO, Centrotherm
• Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute
• Ron Ringleben, VP of Business Development, Currier Plastics, Inc.

Track 3: Disruptive Technology
Biotechnology, Medical Technology, & Personalized Medicine

New York State is home to a world-class life sciences research and industry cluster, propelled by innovative companies and public-private partnerships that are accelerating developments in diagnostics, therapeutics, medical devices, and related products. The strong global growth of the healthcare sector continues to present opportunities for companies that offer technologies and products that improve human health, including the use of biotechnology to advance personalized medicine.

• Win Thurlow (moderator), Executive Director, MedTech
• Jeffrey Champagne, GM – Emerging Categories, K&B Group, Kohler Co
• Norma Nowak, Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences (CBLS) at the University at Buffalo

Track 4: Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund
Commercialization Competition

As part of the Jeff Lawrence Innovation Fund, FuzeHub holds an annual Commercialization Competition. Companies throughout New York State compete to demonstrate the commercialization potential of their technology or product, with an opportunity to win up to $50,000. This competition is intended to help small and medium (SME) size manufacturing and technology companies further develop their prototype in an effort to pursue additional investment and customers as well as strengthen their “go-to-market” strategies, as they move from new product/production method to marketplace.

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Lunch and Exhibits

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Marsh, CEO, Plug Power

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Closing and Commercialization Competition Award Ceremony

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Optional Tours of Mohawk Valley Innovation Assets