In this panel, a team of innovation experts will discuss how open innovation can be used effectively as an R&D tool. What measures do you take to form the best possible team, and do you promote or hire externally? How do you identify key goals, and ensure they stay relevant? When and how do you begin to measure impact, and what is the true measure of success?
Business Networks Leader
The Clorox Company
Navin Kunde is a proud member of the Clorox Open Innovation team, which delivers external perspective and capability to the company by connecting internal stakeholders to external experts and partners. These connections help business leaders and project teams fill their knowledge and capability gaps, enabling them to make decisions and execute with speed and confidence. Before joining Clorox, Navin worked at The Corporate Executive Board advising Fortune 500 innovation and operations executives across the globe, prior to which he was an engineer at The Cessna Aircraft Company. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Associate Director, Consumer Science
Anna Erixon is Associate Director for Consumer Science, Global Medical Affairs at Bayer HealthCare. Her role includes leading global claims innovation strategies for Skin Care and Sun Care brands, and translating the science into language that connects emotionally with the consumer. Leveraging her R&D expertise in the areas of new product research and claims substantiation, Anna has developed and led claims programs in both corporate and contract laboratory environments. Additionally, she has consulted extensively within the HealthCare industry, helping companies develop a robust pipeline to drive product innovation and differentiation.
Leader, AI & Knowledge Discovery
GE Global Research
Dr. Gustafson founded the Knowledge Discovery Lab at the General Electric Global Research Center in Niskayuna, New York. The vision of the Knowledge Discovery Lab is using Artificial Intelligence to capture knowledge from data, processes and people, and to leverage that knowledge for expert and cognitive systems. As a former member of the Machine Learning Lab and Computational Intelligence Lab, he develops and applies advanced AI and machine learning algorithms for complex problem solving. He received his PhD in computer science from the University of Nottingham, UK, where he was a research fellow in the Automated Scheduling, Optimisation and Planning Research Group. He received his BS and MS in computer science from Kansas State University, where he was a research assistant in the Knowledge Discovery in Databases Laboratory. Dr. Gustafson is a member of several program committees, several journal editorial boards, and a Technical Editor-in-Chief of the journal Memetic Computing. In 2006, he received the IEEE Intelligent System’s “AI’s 10 to Watch” award. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of Data Fellows for the National Consortium for Data Science, based out of University of North Carolina.
Director, Innovation & Business Development
Craig Damlo is an innovation expert specializing in new product and technology development. With a background in innovation and aerospace product development, Craig is Director of Innovation and Business Development for the Zodiac Aerospace, part of Zodiac Aerospace. He started his career in aerospace at Cessna Aircraft as part of experimental test flight as a design engineer followed by oxygen system development for a variety of aircraft platforms. He earned his undergraduate degree from Baker University in Baldwin City, KS, and a graduate certificate from Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA. Currently, Craig is helping to introduce design thinking into the world of aerospace.