NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership centers are working with universities, federal labs, and other partners to accelerate the use of technology among manufacturing clients. One of MEP’s key tools is Technology-Driven Market Intelligence (TDMI), which guides the collection and analysis of market information about a specific technology and its potential opportunities for commercial success, either as a product or a process. This approach has benefits for companies and for state officials: it enables companies to understand market opportunities when adopting technology which can then lead to increased sales and company growth; States can better understand the existing market for a technology that — when adopted by existing or new clusters of companies in that State — can lead to economic growth. This panel will describe the process, the roles of partners, and showcase ways MEP that companies and states are benefitting from the process.
Dave Cranmer, NIST Extension Partnership (moderator)
Tom Culver, Senior Innovation Advisor, Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
Dion Jackson, Associate for USC Center for Economic Development in the Price School of Public Policy, USC
Gene Russell, President & CEO, Corporation for Manufacturing Excellence (Manex)