Industries of Tomorrow:
Space, Manufacturing, and Biotechnology

We take a closer look at three industries
undergoing explosive development 

August 16, 2022, 4:30pm-7:30pm
SRI International, Menlo Park

In this session we will look at three industries that will be revolutionized over the next decade — Space, Manufacturing, and Biotechnology. These industries are interesting because their impact on human life and economic development will be so fundamental, and their progress is powered by the rapid development a number of “building block” technologies.

We will discuss:

  • Technologies driving (or holding back) progress in these industries
  • How these industries will reshape how we live and work
  • Geopolitical and cultural implications
  • Obstacles that must be overcome to ensure progress
  • Growth prospects and investment opportunities 


4pm-5:30pm Reception, networking
   Wine, beer, sodas, and light appetizers will be served. 

5:30pm Opening Remarks
   Chris Cowart, Managing Director, Nomura-SRI Innovation Center

5:35pm Modeling Industry Transformation
   Frode Odegard, CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

5:50pm: Industries of Tomorrow Panel Discussion + Q&A

   Rosemary Coates, Executive Director, Reshoring Institute
   Bruce Pittman, VP of Dev. Skycorp, and
      former Chief Systems Engineer, NASA Space Portal
   Frode Odegard, CEO, Post-Industrial Institute
   Chris Cowart, Managing Director, Nomura-SRI Innovation Center
   Dr. Amit Mulgaonkar, SRI International 

7pm: Networking
7:30pm Program Conclusion


Rosemary Coates
Executive Director
Reshoring Institute

Rosemary Coates has been a management consultant for 25+ years, helping over 80 global supply chain and manufacturing clients worldwide. She is an Amazon.combest-selling author with five supply chain management books, including  42 Rules for Sourcing and Manufacturing in China,  the Reshoring Guidebook, and Legal Blacksmith – How to Avoid and Defend Supply Chain Disputes.  Rosemary also works as an Expert Witness on legal cases involving global supply chain disputes. Rosemary is the Founder and Executive Director of the Reshoring Institute, a non-profit and non-partisan organization focused on expanding U.S. manufacturing. She is also the President of Blue Silk Consulting, a global supply-chain management consulting firm. Rosemary serves on the Board of Directors at the University of San Diego Supply Chain Management Institute.

Bruze Pittman
VP of Development, Skycorp

Bruce Pittman has deep background in space and engineering. He served as a research scientist at NASA, where he was awarded the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal.  He also served as Chief System Engineer at the NASA Space Portal at the Ames Research Center.  Bruce is a member of the adjunct faculty at Santa Clara University in the Graduate Engineering School and has provided technical training and consulting services to Fortune 500 companies and government agencies, including NASA and DOE. He has helped found several high tech companies including SpaceHab, Kistler Aerospace and Prometheus II.

Chris Cowart
Managing Director
Nomura-SRI Innovation Center

Chris Cowart serves as the managing director for the Nomura-SRI Innovation Center (NSIC) and is responsible for its operations, creating program content, forming partnerships and working with the member companies. Cowart has been a user experience, design and product executive over the course of his career. He has worked across brands, innovation consulting and venture communities for more than 25 years. Prior to SRI International, Cowart was the Chief Innovation & Strategy Officer at Treasure8, a food tech. He has also been a Venture Partner at Montage Ventures for two funds. A formative part of his work experience includes 14 years at design and innovation consulting firm, IDEO.

Frode Odegard
Chairman and CEO, Post-Industrial Institute

Frode Odegard studies how enterprises, investors, and policymakers can best navigate the transition to a post-industrial civilization and economy. He is the founder of the Post-Industrial Institute, which provides advisory, educational, and strategic services to corporates and investors to help them turn disruption into opportunity. Frode is also the founder of the Post-Industrial Forum, a global community formed to develop and promote a better understanding of the post-industrial transition and how to navigate it. Its members include investors, executives, founders, and policymakers.

Dr. Amit Mulgaonkar
Director of Global Partnerships, SRI International

Amit Mulgaoknar’s background sits at the intersection of hard technologies and fundamentally sound businesses. He focuses on deeply exploring, and building value frameworks and commercial strategies for fields without predicates, ranging from robotics and space, to biotechnology and emerging computational paradigms. A bioengineering Ph.D. by training, Amit has substantial research and engineering experience in ultrasound therapeutics, robotic surgery, minimally invasive surgical systems, as well as orthotics and prosthetics. He spent five-years as a growth-stage technology investor after running a translational medical innovation program chartered by the UCLA Health System, and starting a company bringing AR to interventional medicine. At SRI he focuses on the commercial translation of emerging technologies through the Global Partnerships and Ventures teams.

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