30 Years of PRRS

30 Years of PRRS: A Platform for Progress-Pijoan LectureA Platform for Progress - Pijoan Lecture Dr. Michael Rahe delivers the presentation by Dr. Michael Murtaugh for the Pijoan Lecture at the 2018 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference. As a scientist Dr. Murtaugh approached understanding porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSv) using molecular biology and immunology, building on the idea of platforms for progress [video].

Dr. Rebecca Liu - Cooperation, Competition, and Coopetition

Cooperation, Competition, and Coopetition - Dr. Rebecca Liu, from the 2017 Allen D. Leman Swine Conference, September 16-19, 2017, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA.

SwineCast 0932, Elanco's New Vaccine Innovation Center Looks To The Future

SwineCast 0932 Show Notes:
  • John Blue talks with Aaron Schacht, Vice President of Elanco’s Global Research and Development about the challenges of innovation, location and Elanco's focus on world food needs by 2050.

Dr. David Edwards - Animal Biotechnology: Innovation Stifled by Inaction

Animal Biotechnology: Innovation Stifled by Inaction - David Edwards, PhD Director, Biotechnology Industry Organization, from the 2014 NIAA Annual Conference titled The Precautionary Principle: How Agriculture Will Thrive, March 31 - April 2, 2014, Omaha, NE, USA.

The Future of America, What Does It Hold?

What does the future of America hold? Some good perspective from a recent video series at the Wall Street Journal titled "America: A Portfolio of Ideas" featured several different perspectives and is highly recommended. To give you a feel for what it holds we share this brief audio featuring John Naisbitt (Megatrends) and Gloria Naisbitt on the influence of culture on our trading relationship with China.

SwineCast 0456, Use Competition To Motivate Innovation

Download mp3SwineCast 0456 Show Notes:

  • Dr.  Fiona Murray at MIT's Sloan School of Management recommends setting up a competition to get those creative, problem solving juices flowing in your organization.  

SwineCast 0364 for December 15 2008

SwineCast 0364 Show Notes:

  • Special leadership training conversation with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer at Stanford University   

SwineCast 0287 for March 18 2008

SwineCast 0287 Show Notes:

Six sigma and innovation.

In 2005 I had the fun time of listening to Tim Brown (CEO of IDEO) and Tom Kelley (Art of Innovation and IDEO). Before the start of the talk I took the chance to ask Tim this question: How do innovation and 6 sigma coexist?

Creating an innovation environment

There is no magic innovation gene or bullet.

You can create the environment in which "innovation" can happen.

The environment must include:

  • the ability to fail and try again,
  • recognize that not all things will succeed,
  • there must be a way to "escape" the cultural bubble in existence,
  • formality at the beginning of idea creation must be relaxed (no forms, business cases, project management plans, etc...),
  • people from varied backgrounds (experience, expertise, domain knowledge, etc.) must be able to interact on a regular basis,
  • less money is better than more (this forces you to think about ways to get stuff done), and
  • quick prototyping (aka the IDEO way) is explicitly encouraged.

However, the environment alone will not guarantee innovation. People must be willing, able, excited, engaged, diving into, running full speed, jumping up and down, tumbling, springing at the opportunity the environment allows/supports. The barrier to participate in such an environment must be zero; Any barriers one has to cross to get to such an environment reduces the innovation spark just a bit.

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