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On September 14, USTAR hosted a panel at the prestigious Science Diplomacy 2018 conference in Washington, D.C.

The panel, Think Locally to Impact Globally: Science Diplomacy at the State Level—which was written, proposed, and coordinated by USTAR—was led by former USTAR executive director Ivy Estabrooke, Ph.D., who now serves as the executive director for corporate executive programs at PolarityTE. During her time at USTAR, Estabrooke guided the agency to either meet or exceed its five-year performance metrics in just two years, including more than $123 million in follow-on funding for USTAR-supported companies.

Science Diplomacy 2018 was the fourth annual conference hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Center for Science Diplomacy. The conference brings together scientists, engineers, policymakers, and diplomats from around the world to discuss emerging and timely issues of science diplomacy.

Panel experts included June Chen, M.D., a leading technology business consultant, and co-owner of Church & State, a Utah non-profit business and entrepreneurship incubator; Juan Manuel Romero, vice president of innovation and technology transfer at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; and Dan Wee, Ph.D., CEO and founder of T3S Technologies, a Utah biotech company that utilizes a revolutionary platform to enable development and drastically reduce production costs of a range of protein products for use in the pharmaceutical industry.

During USTAR’s panel, speakers discussed the strategic role of technology-based economic development and explored the value of state agencies, national governments, nonprofit organizations, and businesses prioritizing international collaboration.

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