Venture Summit 2013 Speakers Announced!

May 20, 2013

Our Keynote Speaker:

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Gwynne Shotwell, President and COO, joined SpaceX in 2002 as Vice President of Business Development and built the Falcon vehicle family manifest to more than 50 launches, representing over $5 billion in revenue.

Prior to joining SpaceX, Shotwell spent more than 10 years at the Aerospace Corporation. There she held positions in Space Systems Engineering & Technology as well as Project Management.  She was promoted to the role of Chief Engineer of an MLV class satellite program, managed a landmark study for the Federal Aviation Administration on commercial space transportation, and completed an extensive analysis of space policy for NASA’s future investment in space transportation.   Shotwell was named winner of the 2011 World Technology Award for Individual Achievement in Space.

Gwynne received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree from Northwestern University in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics, and currently serves on the Advisory Council for Northwestern’s McCormick School of Engineering.

Gwynne will talk about how this venture-backed company has managed to go where no private company has gone before!

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“HOT Topics” speakers  include:

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(tentative schedule as of June 6)
ChrisAndersonByJoiIto“Come Fly With Me”
Chris Anderson, CEO, 3-D Robotics
Chris will talk about how a 19 year old from across the border started this producer of more drone aircraft than any other company in the world!  Their operations stretch across an international border and represent a resurgence of U.S. manufacturing technology.
Chris is the founder of DYI Drones and for ten years was the editor in chief of Wired magazine.   He is the author of the New York Times bestselling books The Long Tail and Free as well as the new Makers: The New Industrial Revolution. In 2007 Chris was named to “Time 100,” the newsmagazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
rebecca photo “Energy, Innovation & the Environment”
Rebecca Boudreaux Ph.D., President, Oberon Fuels
The United States is on the verge of becoming a net energy exporter.  New technologies are rapidly reducing our carbon emissions as well.  How does technology play a role in both energy independence and an improved environment?
Dr. Boudreaux is the President of Oberon Fuels, a San Diego-based company making DME (dimethyl ether) as a cleaner, alternative to diesel.  Dr. Boudreaux has a broad range of academic and industrial experience, having performed research at MIT, Princeton University, University of Southern Mississippi, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and National Starch and Chemical. She earned a B.S. in Polymer Science (magna cum laude, University of Southern Mississippi) and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Polymer Science and Engineering (University of Massachusetts). Dr. Boudreaux has co-authored six peer-reviewed publications and is a co-inventor on eight patent applications.
Cantor Photo 0511 High Res Version“The $100 Genome and what it means to you”
Charles R. Cantor, Ph.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Sequenom, Inc.
San Diego leads the world in advancing the science of genomics.  Moore’s law is blasted away when it comes to the cost of sequencing genes, with costs falling exponentially every year.  How will we use this new found power to cure disease, and determine our futures.
Dr. Cantor is a consultant to more than 16 biotech firms, has published more than 400 peer reviewed articles, been granted 54 US patents, and co-authored a three-volume textbook on Biophysical Chemistry. He published the first textbook on genomics entitled, Genomics: The Science and Technology of the Human Genome Project.
032309_SCoggeshall_150“Big Data. Big Dilemma”
Stephen Coggeshall, Ph.D.,  Chief Analytics and Science Officer, ID Analytics

While the benefits of big data analytics are significant, the potential for unintended consequences is also considerable. The ubiquitous nature of certain technologies (e.g. smartphones, wearables, and online datastreams) that collect a myriad of data continues to substantially increase prediction accuracy. But with these life-changing advancements come real-world implications: What uses of technology are ethical – or not—when it comes to big data? We are facing growing dilemmas of what we can, may and should do. In a thought-provoking presentation, Dr. Stephen Coggeshall will share his perspective on the emerging collision of possibilities and ethics in the era of massive information gathering.
Dr. Coggeshall has spent his 20-plus year career leading scientists to build practical solutions to difficult business problems using advanced analytics.  He was Group Vice President of the technology development organization at HNC Software, one of the pioneers in predictive analytics.  He also spent 11 years at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in the field of laser fusion.  He has an M.A., M.S., and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
Mault James Color“Calling Doctor Wireless”
Dr. James Mault, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Qualcomm Life
Your healthcare is rapidly going online and mobile. Not just a medical record, but all forms of monitoring, analysis, and data collection. How is a patient or physician to manage all these relationships and get better care?
James R. Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., joined Qualcomm Life as a result of their April 2013 acquisition of HealthyCircles, a Care Coordination and Remote Patient Monitoring Software Platform Company founded and led by Dr. Mault since 2009. Prior to starting HealthyCircles, Dr. Mault was the Director of New Products and Business Development for the Health Solutions Group at Microsoft.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Here Comes the BIOnic Man (or Woman)”
Sharon Presnell, Chief Technology Officer & EVP R&D, Organovo
While the press is filled with headlines of printed guns, Organovo is focused upon saving lives through innovative bio-printing technologies.  How will this change our health and lives?
Dr. Presnell holds a Ph.D. in pathology from the Medical College of Virginia and a B.S. in Biology from North Carolina State University.  She left academia over 12 years ago and has become one of the leading experts in the field of regenerative medicine.
lsmarr_high_res3“Possible Futures of the Internet”
Larry Smarr, Director, Calit2
Dr. Larry Smarr really did help invent the internet!  And at Calit2 is helping to re-invent it.  Is it one internet for all or all the internet for many?
Dr. Smarr received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1975 and conducted observational, theoretical, and computational-based astrophysical sciences research for the next 20 years.  He has been director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UCSD and UCI since December, 2000.
Larry Bio Photo copy “Mother Nature Knows Best”
Larry Stambaugh, Managing Director, San Diego Zoo Bioinspiration Centre
Do you belong in a Zoo? Maybe so, if you are developing new products and technologies! Find out how Mother Nature is the most creative force around.
Larry Stambaugh joined the world famous San Diego Zoo after a long career in the pharmaceutical industry. From 1992 to 2006 he was Chairman, President and CEO of Maxim Pharmaceuticals.