Special Innovation Day keynotes bookend the annual event

Innovation Day at Research Week takes place Thursday, May 5 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Two exciting speakers bookend a day rich in panels that celebrate innovation and partnerships. Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., starts the day off at 10 a.m., and Graciela Gomez Cowger, J.D., caps off the event. This will be an energizing day!

Innovation Day morning keynote, 10-11 a.m.

Paul R. Sanberg, Ph.D., D.Sc., president, National Academy of Inventors (NAI)
University Distinguished Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery and Brain Repair, University of Southern Florida Health

Introduction by Danny Jacobs, M.D., M.P.H., FACS, president, OHSU

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An inventor on 111 patents. Sanberg’s work has been instrumental in translating new pharmaceutical and cellular therapeutics to clinical trials and commercialization for Tourette syndrome, stroke, ALS, Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s disease.

Sanberg is the author of more than 600 scientific publications, has served on editorial boards for more than 30 scientific journals, and has received numerous scientific awards. He is a fellow of AAAS and AIMBE, AAAS-Lemelson Invention Ambassador, Florida Academy of Sciences Medalist, Florida Inventors Hall of Fame inductee and serves on the National Medal of Technology and Innovation nomination evaluation committee, Smithsonian Innovation Festival selection committee, and APLU Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness, and Economic Prosperity advisory board.

Innovation Day Keynote: Thursday, May 5, 3:45-4:30

Innovation, diversity and equity in innovation, Graciela Gomez Cowger, J.D., chief executive officer of the law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Chief executive officer of the law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, Gomez Cowger is a widely known and award-winning patent attorney and has served as president of the Oregon Patent Law Association. She’s committed to being active in her communities in Vancouver, Washington and Portland, Oregon. She served as co-chair and board member for the Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber, Commissioner of the Latina Commission for the Hispanic National Bar Association, past president and board member for the Oregon Hispanic Bar Association.

Gomez Cowger was appointed to the State of Washington’s Women’s Commission to help improve the lives of women in Washington by addressing issues such as domestic violence, childcare and support, sexual discrimination and harassment in the workplace, equal compensation and job pathways in employment, and the specific needs of women of color. She also serves as a member of the Washington State University Vancouver Advisory Board.

Introduction by Marguerita Lightfoot, Ph.D., associate dean for Research at the OHSU-PSU School of Public Health