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Former Utah Governor to Keynote 2nd Annual Utah Technology Innovation Summit

The Utah Science Technology and Research Initiative (USTAR) announced the Honorable Michael O. Leavitt—who served as the governor of Utah, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency—will give the keynote address at the Utah Technology Innovation Summit on Apr. 1 at the Little America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

“We are honored to welcome former Governor Mike Leavitt as our keynote speaker,” said Barbara Araneo, Ph.D., acting executive director of USTAR. “His expertise at the convergence of policy and innovation in both life sciences and energy will provide invaluable insights to our conference attendees about opportunities to build Utah’s innovation ecosystem.”

Former Governor Leavitt spent sixteen years in public service as a leader in both state and federal government. Throughout his career, Leavitt has been recognized and valued as a champion of innovative strategies to ensure long-term economic growth, whether as a governor who saw the future of workforce development in online higher education, an EPA administrator who championed higher standards for air pollutants, or as a secretary of Health and Human Services who recognized the need to reform healthcare.

Currently, he is focused on the advancement of value-based health care through Leavitt Partners, a family of businesses that provides investment support, data and analytics, member-based alliances, and direct services to clients to support decision-making strategies in the value economy.

During the Summit, innovators, decision makers, thought leaders, investors and entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to discuss best practices to catalyze innovation in government and business. Breakout sessions will explore topics such as building Utah’s future through genomics, addressing Utah’s air quality challenges through technological innovation and international opportunities for Utah’s deep technology companies.

The 2019 Utah Technology Innovation Summit will build on the success of last year’s sold-out conference, which included speakers such as U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, U.S. Congressman Ben McAdams and Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

The 2019 Utah Technology Innovation Summit will culminate in a lunchtime plenary session with an address from Leavitt and the presentation of the Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology. Now in their 32nd year, the Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology are the highest civilian award bestowed by the State to Utah to residents who have provided distinguished service or made significant contributions in scientific and technological fields.

Early bird registration is now available for the Summit. Tickets and the schedule can be found at Additional speakers and panelists will be announced in the coming weeks.

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