Alpheus Bingham

Alpheus Bingham, Ph.D. (Waltham, MA), board member and co-founder of InnoCentive, Inc., founded several open and networked organizations, including YourEncore, Coalesix, Maaguzi, Indigo Biosystems, Seriosity, and Chorus. A Visiting Scholar at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, he serves on the boards of Fast Track Systems and Collaborative Drug Discovery. He spent 25+ years at Eli Lilly in R&D and related roles.

Donald deBethizy

Donald deBethizy is founder, president, and chief executive officer of Targacept, Inc. Using new computational drug discovery technologies and focusing on novel biological targets, Targacept is developing therapies for numerous central nervous system disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer's, anxiety, depression, and pain. Targacept was spun out of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in 2000, raising record levels of first- and second-round venture financing along the way. For his leadership in founding Targacept, Ernst & Young recognized Dr. deBethizy as an "Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year" in 2002.

Michael Lord

Michael Lord is Associate Professor of Management and Director of the Flow Institute for International Studies at Wake Forest's Babcock School of Management. His work focuses on expansion into emerging markets, high-tech acquisitions and spinouts, global strategy, and venture creation.

Dr. Lord has served as director of the China portion of Babcock's East Asia Management Program. He is a member of the Strategic Management Society, the Academy of Management, the Academy of International Business, and the Southern Management Association, among other organizations, and received Babcock's prestigious teaching award in 2001. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Inder Sidhu

Inder Sidhu is Senior Vice President of Strategy and Planning for Worldwide Operations at Cisco, the $40 billion worldwide leader in networking for the Internet. A member of the company’s Operating Committee, Inder also co-leads Cisco’s Emerging Countries Council, which drives business success in fast-growing geographies like China, India, Brazil, Mexico, and the Middle East. From 2006-2009, Inder co-led the Enterprise Business Council, which is responsible for Cisco’s corporate business, representing about half of the company’s total revenue. Before joining Cisco in 1995, Inder was with McKinsey & Company, an international management consulting company. He has also worked at Intel and Novell.

Dwayne Spradlin

Dwayne Spradlin (Waltham, MA), President/CEO of InnoCentive, led Hoover’s Inc., was President/COO of Starcite, Inc., and directed PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ E-Business and Emerging Technology practice.

Jeffrey Wager

Jeffrey Wager is founder and managing member of CPP Advisors, an innovation-focused advisory and consulting firm. CPP structures and facilitates strategic transactions to support clients' innovation commercialization needs, including venture investments, licensing deals, partnerships, M&A, and spinouts. Dr. Wager's advisory and consulting practice focuses on the life sciences and spans the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Previously, he led due diligence and investment management activities for leading venture firms in the U.S. and Japan. Dr. Wager continues to serve as an advisor or board member for many of the organizations he has advised or helped found.

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Luke Williams

Luke Williams is a leading consultant, speaker, and educator in the areas of innovation strategy and disruptive thinking. For more than a decade, he has worked internationally with industry leaders like American Express, Sony, General Electric, Crocs, Virgin, Disney, and Hewlett-Packard, to develop new business models, products, services, and brands.


Williams is a Fellow at frog design--one of the most influential innovation companies in the world--and an Adjunct Professor of innovation at NYU Stern School of Business. He speaks throughout the international community, and his opinions have been featured in BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and The Wall Street Journal.