WIPO Forum 2013

From Inspiration to Innovation: The Game-Changers

Geneva, Switzerland - International Conference Center Geneva (CICG)
September 24, 2013 - 3:30 p.m. Video, WIPO Forum Geneva 2013 Video

Photos (from left to right): Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center — Sanjay Lonial — Blue Brain Project/EPFL — Erik-Jan Ouwerkerk

What would you change to ensure that future generations see widespread improvements in nutrition, in shelter, and in new therapies to heal troubled minds and bodies?  Important breakthroughs are already on our doorstep and the WIPO Forum 2013 is bringing together four visionary innovators, each disrupting current paradigms in a quest to improve some of the most basic elements of the human experience: food, shelter, and health. Their achievements are astonishing.

The question for policy-makers is how do we foster a creative environment that promotes the kind of ground-breaking work done by the WIPO Forum 2013 panelists, while ensuring that the improvements lift up our entire communities? What do the innovators of the future need from us – now?

Join us for an interactive session on the second day of the Fifty-First Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO and hear our panelists’ stories:

  Anthony Atala
A practicing surgeon and pioneering researcher in the area of regenerative medicine, he is currently focusing on growing new human cells, tissues and organs, including livers,  kidneys, heart valves, bone and muscle.

Diébédo Francis Kéré
A renowned architect involved in the development of local materials and techniques,  through the adaptation of new technology, unites modernity and tradition, providing economic  and ecological building solutions for local situations in a global context.

  Henry Markram
Coordinator of the Human Brain Project, a new research initiative aiming to build a complete virtual brain to provide a better understanding of how the mind works, discover new treatments for brain diseases, and inspire new computing technologies.
  Gopalan Sunderraman
The driving force behind the corporate initiative on Breakthrough Management and Disruptive Innovation in several businesses  across Godrej and the intellectual father of the “ChotuKool” cooling system,  a red 45-liter plastic container that can keep food cool for days using only a 12-volt battery.
The WIPO Forum will be moderated by:       
  Inga Michler
Economist and journalist.

The WIPO Forum will take place from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm (Plenary Room), at the International Conference Center Geneva (CICG), 17 rue de Varembé, 1211 Geneva (+41 22 791 9111) - Map PDF, Map of the CICG. Attendance is open to all accredited Member State and Observer delegations.

A live webcast of the WIPO Forum will be available.

Questions or comments for the panelists may also be submitted at: wipo_forum@wipo.int.