Since 2018, Emory leaders have labored intently with the Council on Competitiveness, composed of trade CEOs, college presidents and nationwide lab administrators. The council has an extended historical past of working to establish and advocate for suggestions that promote U.S. innovation capability and functionality.

C. Michael Cassidy, director of the Emory Biomedical Catalyst, who was Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) president and CEO earlier than becoming a member of the college in 2018, is a council advisor. In his role at Emory, Cassidy leads efforts to boost innovation, entrepreneurship and growth of mental property, in addition to figuring out and creating areas of frontier analysis. Cassidy has been deeply concerned with the council throughout twenty years and was named a senior fellow when he retired from the GRA. 

“By providing real-world perspective to Washington policymakers, the council’s private-sector network impacts decision making across a spectrum of key issues, including the cutting edge of science and technology, the democratization of innovation, resiliency and the future of education and work, as well as the shift from energy weakness to strength to support U.S. manufacturing,” Cassidy says.

Not lengthy after his arrival in August 2020, Emory President Gregory L. Fenves agreed to be a commissioner on the council and to resume the college’s membership. Joining him in representing Georgia are the presidents of Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.

“I am grateful to Mike Cassidy and other Emory leaders for building a strong relationship with the Council on Competitiveness,” says Fenves. “Research universities like Emory are at the heart of the American innovation ecosystem. Our faculty and researchers make breakthroughs across a wide range of fields while helping to train the entrepreneurial workforce of the future, which supports the economic vitality, quality of life and health of the nation.”

The council’s evolution

The Council on Competitiveness traces its roots to 1986 and the Reagan-era Commission on Industrial Competitiveness, chaired by Hewlett-Packard CEO John Young. When that fee ended its work, Young created the private-sector Council on Competitiveness.

A high-water mark for the council was the 2004 report “Innovate America: Thriving in a World of Challenge and Change.” Three years later, President George W. Bush signed the America Competes Act — laws that in half arose from the “Innovate America” report and the work of the council’s National Innovation Initiative. The act has had broad-ranging impression on scientific and technological development in the U.S., notably in STEM training and analysis.

The 10x push

The council’s flagship effort at present is the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers, a multiyear effort begun in 2019 to focus on the challenges and alternatives related to American innovation and competitiveness. Among the fee’s targets for the following decade are to offer authorities leaders a policy-recommendation roadmap; speed up annual productiveness progress and push U.S. residing requirements to the highest of worldwide rankings; and tackle, suggest and doubtlessly launch personal, public and public-private options to particular nationwide and world challenges. 

Alongside Cassidy are 5 different Emory college and employees members, who serve on the next working teams or committees:

  • Developing and Deploying at-Scale Disruptive Technologies — Cassidy co-chairs this group, which incorporates Carolyn Meltzer, William P. Timmie professor and chair, Department of Radiology, School of Medicine, and government affiliate dean of Faculty Academic Advancement, Leadership and Inclusion, School of Medicine
  • Exploring the Future of Sustainable Production and Consumption — Ciannat Howett, affiliate vp, Resilience, Sustainability and Economic Inclusion; and Paul Root Wolpe, director, Emory Center for Ethics, and Raymond F. Schinzai Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics
  • Optimizing the Environment for the National Innovation System — Rob Kazanjian, Asa Griggs Candler chair and professor in group and administration, Goizueta Business School, in addition to educational director of the Roberto C. Goizueta Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Outreach and Engagement Committee — Cameron Taylor, vp, Government and Community Affairs

For Howett, working with the National Commission on Innovation and Competitiveness Frontiers has introduced with it the uncommon alternative to work alongside different nationwide leaders in sustainability from the company sector, nationwide labs, well being care, governmental companies and academia. 

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to craft recommendations for the administration and Congress to boost our country’s innovation in green chemistry, renewable energy, alternatives to plastics and other new materials, policies, processes and devices across a range of sectors that reduce consumption of limited resources and the impact on our global community,” she says.

Among key points the working teams have recognized are the wants for the U.S. to strengthen its resiliency in the face of COVID-19; for universities to amplify a tradition of know-how switch, commercialization and trade engagement; and for the U.S. to safe its capabilities in strategic/important applied sciences.

Kazanjian describes the method of serving on the National Innovation System working group as “both challenging and rewarding to work with leading academics and business executives to address the most critical impediments to innovation at the firm, industry and global levels, and then to propose responsive national policies. The focus throughout has been to put forward pragmatic approaches that would foster increased competitiveness over the long term.”

In December 2020, the fee launched “Competing in the Next Economy: The New Age of Innovation,” a name to motion for native, state and nationwide policymakers to affix the personal sector in optimizing the U.S. for a brand new and difficult innovation actuality.

According to Taylor, policymakers rely on the recommendation and steerage of consultants to additional nationwide targets. “The Council on Competitiveness plays a central role in convening thought leaders and ensuring that they emerge with the type of groundbreaking policy recommendations seen in ‘Competing in the Next Economy,’” Taylor says.

She cites three suggestions in the report which are mirrored in Biden’s infrastructure plan — particularly, supporting a return of federal research-and-development funding to 2% of gross home product; creating a public-private, nonprofit American Innovation Investment Fund on the $100 billion stage; and investing not less than 2% of infrastructure stimulus on innovation infrastructure. Additionally, she notes, policymakers on each side of the aisle respect the council’s experience and focus associated to pro-growth financial insurance policies.

“Emory can contribute so much to this conversation,” says Cassidy, “especially in the areas of sustainability and resiliency; diversity, equity and inclusion; and disruptive technologies. It is a privilege to be involved in helping government and private-sector leaders strengthen the nation’s innovation capabilities and drive long-term productivity growth and inclusive prosperity.”



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