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12th R&D Autumn Conference 2018

Turning Innovation into Profitable Business



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October 18/19, Balzers, Liechtenstein

The path from idea to product is long, even if the idea can be developed into an innovative concept. And to transform the concept into profitable and sustainable business is even more challenging. All too often, the prototype vanishes in the closet and the pilot project gets lost in the quicksand of everyday business.

During the 12th R&D Autumn Conference in Balzers we will discuss and analyse methodologies of how to turn an innovative concept into a profitable business. Speakers from different industrial areas will share their learnings and best practices on how to avoid spending money on good ideas without ever realising any profit.

This year our industrial partner will be Inficon, a leading provider of world-class instruments for gas analysis, measurement and control. Inficon has a strong track record of innovative products, we will have a factory tour on Friday morning.

The event will start on Thursday around noon - we will hold our afternoon session in the Hotel Tamina in Bad Ragaz (Switzerland). The hotel is nestled in a picturesque mountain landscape and close to the Tamina Therme hot baths. The hotel combines modern design with natural materials - a real feel good atmosphere!
The Friday session will take place at the premises of Inficon in Balzers (Liechtenstein) and will finish after lunch.

The R&D Autumn Conference has been held every year since 2007. Current technology and management topics have been discussed and investigated in different places in Europe. The basic idea of the conference is to provide a forum for managers from various industries to meet peers, discuss topics of mutual interest and to share best practices.

Conference Programme

Thursday, October 18
13:00 Get Together and Standing Lunch
14:00 Afternoon Session

Welcome & Introduction
Martin PAPING · Managing Director · Kontrapunkt Technology · Konstanz (Germany)

R&D in Small Companies
A Lean Product Development Process to Combine Start-Up Creativity and Market Success
Philip KELLER · Marketing & Product Management · Metrolab Technology SA · Plan-les-Ouates (Switzerland)

Case Study Life Science Industry
Innovation By Good Fortune
Christian KAAS · Managing Director R&D · LORENZ Life Sciences Group · Frankfurt (Germany)

Technology Push
When New Product Development Needs a New Marketing Strategy
Clemens TÜRCK · Technology Innovation Manager · Ravensburger Spieleverlag GmbH · Ravensburg (Germany)

Process Optimization
Profitability in Public Health
Patrick BETZ · Lean and Business Transformation Manager · Spitäler FMI AG · Interlaken (Switzerland)

Case Study Digital Printing
Market Success Through Industrialization Excellence
Alex BRETON · CEO · PrintDreams International · Stockholm (Sweden)

19:30 Dinner

Friday, October 19
08:30 Transfer to Inficon
09:00 Morning Session

Innovation at Inficon
Early Customer Involvement to Transform High Technology to Market Success
Urs WÄLCHLI · General Manager · Inficon Ltd · Balzers (Liechtenstein)

Guided Factory Tour at Inficon

Risk Driven Product Development
Doing the right things in the right order to turn innovations into commercial success
David GRIFFIN · Senior Consultant · 42 Technology Ltd · St Ives (Great Britain)

A New Approach to Boost Patent Creation
Martin PAPING · Managing Director · Kontrapunkt Technology · Konstanz (Germany)

12:30 Lunch
13:30 End of Conference

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