Management of Innovation & Technology Seminar
RMIT City Campus - Thursday 18 th May 2006 -

Managing Innovation in a Biotechnology Company  
Effective management of innovation is a key driver of value creation and growth. Innovation is the process by which a company can develop or extend businesses and products, and thereby increase value and differentiate itself in the market. A cornerstone for the successful management of innovation in business and product development is the establishment of research and development collaboration teams. Central to this, is the management of intra and inter team communication and competition. Companies that invest in research and development collaboration activities must commit to the processes enhancing communication and competition. The purpose of this talk is to give an overview of the various steps involved in creating the environment that can lead to enhanced intra and inter team communication and competition: where to start and what to focus on. - Click here to view Ian Brown's presentation -

Guest speakers:

Ian is Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Cygenics Ltd, a listed Healthcare and Biotechnology company. He has extensive experience in life science business development both nationally and internationally, including senior management positions with Chromogenix AB (Kabi Pharmacia) in Sweden and with Instrumentation Laboratory SpA in Italy, before returning to Australia in late 2000. As a member of the Cygenics executive, he has managed the corporate restructure and IPO on the ASX, and a number of M&A and JV transactions. Ian has a Graduate Diploma of Business Administration and has completed the International Executive Programme at INSEAD ( Fontainebleau, France). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and the Australian Institute of Management (FAIM)

Science & Technology Attaché French Embassy

Ian Brown
CEO Cygenics Ltd

Robert is Science & Technology Attaché at the French Embassy in Canberra. Prior to his arrival in September 2004, he was Science & Technology Attaché in Japan. Previously, he was Professor in Physics at the University of Picardy, Amiens and Director, for 5 years, of the Laboratory of Condensed Matter Physics, University of Picardy, Amiens. Robert is a Graduate in Chemical Engineering (National Chemical Engineering School of Marseilles), has a PhD Physical Sciences, Paris and a National Doctor in Physical Sciences, Paris. He is the author of many publications in his field of research in Spectroscopic and dielectric properties of advanced materials, and more specifically of insulators, ferroelectrics, etc.

Management of Technology in France
After a long tradition of high-level academic research, the French government have realised, in 1998, that research and development were the keys of economic prosperity in advanced countries. And conversely, the investment of companies into research activities is needed to promote further high level innovation.
Between 1999, when the first incubators were created with the aim of building up spin-offs and start-ups, and nowadays, with the creation of competitiveness clusters and new funding agencies, France has developed a general thought about what could be a good and integrated system of innovation and management of technology.
The purpose of this talk is to give an overview of the various steps of the building-up of the French system of innovation over the last seven years: where did it start, and where does it go; the challenges and the risks.
- Click here to view Dr. R. Farhi's presentation -

Robert Farhi