Innovation Cluster Webinar

Join the U.S. Department of Education for a webinar

Education Innovation Clusters – Learning from Bio St. Louis

2-2:50 PM EST, Friday, December 7, 2012

As part of our ongoing effort to support the formation of Education Innovation Clusters (EICs), we have invited leaders from one of the most successful innovation clusters in the bioscience space to share lessons learned from forming their cluster and how they might be applied to education.

Panelists from BioSTL, a regional organization championing St. Louis bioscience, and partner organizations will discuss key components that were essential at each stage of establishing and strengthening BioSTL.  While the focus of Bio STL is bioscience, we think EICs can learn from their experiences.

Having originally formed in 2001 as the St. Louis Coalition for Plant and Life Sciences, BioSTL is one of the earliest efforts to create and support an innovation cluster.  BioSTL has played a key leadership role in fostering the necessary elements of an innovation cluster to support science, entrepreneurship, and the growth of the bioscience industry in St. Louis.  Their work has spawned a range of new research initiatives and 183 startup companies in the bioscience industry and, along the way, has brought nearly $1 billion in biosciences venture capital to St. Louis.

During the webinar, we will also hear updates on the efforts of some of the EICs since our last meeting in July.  We will include time for Q & A with both the Bio STL representatives, EICs, and Department of Education leaders.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
  • Bio STL: Ben Johnson, Director of Special Projects, BioSTL; Beth Noonan, Vice President, Business Development, Biosciences & Technology, St. Louis County Economic Council; Luis Ortiz, Manager, Business Development, St. Louis Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Southern California EIC: Karen Gallagher, Dean, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
  • Pittsburgh EIC: Ryan Coon and Dustin Stiver, Program Officers, The Sprout Fund
  • John Ayers, Executive Director, Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, Tulane University
  • Amy Barad, Manager of Operations and Special Projects, Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives, Tulane University

We hope you’ll be able to join us!  Please RSVP to  We will follow up with information to access the webinar.



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