Former Homeland Security Executive Says ‘Covid-19 Has Changed Society’; creative solutions are needed

A former Deputy Secretary for Science and Technology at U.S. Homeland Security says the innovation and creativity is necessary to combat the economic, societal and psychological impact of the novel coronavirus. 

“Covid-19 has changed society,” says Daniel M. Grinstein, a RAND Corporation analyst, author and biodefense expert. “What’s needed are creative approaches to protecting those who are vulnerable, while keeping our society functioning and economy running. One possible solution might be the improvement of two key tasks: diagnostics and the grouping of populations.”

Dr. Grinstein will among eight speakers participating in ‘Living with Covid-19: Identifying, Solving, and Sharing Work-Life Solutions,’ an livestream webinar that is being presented by the Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU) in conjunction with the Institute for Business Innovation at UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business (IBI).

Living with Covid, more precisely, ‘Living with the Impact of Covid-19,’ will take place on Wednesday, September 30 at 1:30-4:00 PM ET to encourage participation in Pacific and European time zones. The registration site will add it to your calendar automatically if you choose that option.

The multidisciplinary forum will draw upon experts in a range of fields, such as engineering, public health, intellectual property, industrial design, economics, policy, and venture capital, to address these and other questions:

– Preventing/curing Covid-19 vs identifying/developing ways to live with it
– Prioritizing virus-related innovation and entrepreneurship
– The role of government and private investment
– Sharing, collaboration, and intellectual property rights

Distinguished speakers include:

  • Daniel Marti, Vice-Chair, Global Innovation Policy Center; Director of Policy, RELX; former White House IP Enforcement Director
  • Charles Cicchetti, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group;
    Fmr Deputy Director of the Energy & Environmental Policy Center, Harvard University
  • Randy Howder, Managing Director, Gensler, global architectural design firm
  • Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law & George Mason, Chairman, IP Forum, Hudson Institute; Board Member, CIPU
  • Gary Lauder, Venture Capitalist and Technology Investor, Lauder Partners
  • Rhonda Shrader, Executive Director, Berkeley Haas Entrepreneurship Program
  • Dan Brown, ‘InstaShield’ inventor; 40+ issued patents; Professor of Engineering Design, Northwestern University

“This national emergency will eventually end,” explains Dr. Gerstein, “but the longer it lasts, the less likely that the pre-pandemic business-as-usual ways will return. Businesses that were teetering on the brink will likely not survive.

“The continued use of virtual interactions in some nontraditional settings such as in schools, work, and medicine will likely continue. Going back to the old ways of long commutes may not be as desirable when one will be able to interact just as effectively without being physically in the same space.”

For the program, go here.

To register for this timely event. Space is limited.

Image source: CIPU

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