Bay Area Innovation System

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BASIC (Bay Area Science & Innovation Consortium)
www.bayareabasic.org • basic@bayareacouncil.org

Bay Area Council Economic Institute

www.bayareaeconomy.org • bacei@bayareacouncil.org
201 California Street, Suite 1450, San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 981-7117 • Fax (415) 981-6408

The Bay Area Innovation System
How the San Francisco Bay Area
Became the World’s Leading Innovation Hub
and What Will Be Necessary to Secure Its Future

A Bay Area Science & Innovation Consortium Report
produced by the
Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Principal Author

Sean Randolph
President & CEO
Bay Area Council Economic Institute
Contributing Author

Olaf Groth
CEO
Emergent Frontiers Group LLC

June 2012

Message from the BASIC Chairman
For more than 50 years, the Bay Area has been a leading center for science and innovation and a global marketplace for the exchange of ideas, delivering extraordinary value for California, the nation and the world. Its success has been based on a unique confluence of research institutions, corporations, finance and people, in a culture that is open to the sharing of new ideas and willing to take significant risk to achieve extraordinary reward. The Bay Area innovation system is also highly integrated, with components that closely interact with and depend upon each other.

The Bay Area Science and Innovation Consortium (BASIC), a partnership of the Bay Area’s leading public and private research organizations, has prepared this report to illustrate how the Bay Area’s innovation system works and to identify the issues that may impact its future success. Ensuring that success will require partnership between the public and private sectors, continued investment in the region’s core assets, and attention by state and federal policy makers.

Mark Bregman
Senior Vice President and CTO, Neustar, Inc.
Chairman, BASIC

Acknowledgements
This report was prepared for the Bay Area Science & Innovation Consortium (BASIC) by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute. Sean Randolph, President & CEO of the Institute, wrote the report with support from Olaf Groth, CEO of Emergent Frontiers Group LLC (www.emergent-frontiers.com). Patrick Kallerman, Research Associate with the Economic Institute, provided additional research support. The Institute thanks the following individuals who shared their time and insights through personal interviews:

• Arthur Bienenstock, PhD, Special Assistant to the President for Federal Research Policy and Director, Wallenberg Research Link, Stanford University
• Jeffrey A. Bluestone, PhD, A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor and Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, UC San Francisco
• Mark F. Bregman, PhD, Senior Vice President and CTO, Neustar Inc. • Robert Carling, PhD, Director, Transportation Energy Center, Sandia National Laboratories
• Sam Chapman, Manager, State and Community Relations,
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
• Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, PhD, Director for Science & Technology, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
• Timothy C. Draper, Founder and Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson • Scott Elrod, PhD, Vice President and Director of Hardware Systems Laboratory, PARC • Michael J. Franklin, PhD, Director, Algorithms, Machines and People Lab, UC Berkeley • Corey Goodman, PhD, Managing Director and Co-Founder, venBio LLC • Everett Kaplan, Senior Manager, Joint BioEnergy Institute • Michael Karasick, PhD, IBM Fellow and Vice President IBM Research–Almaden • Regis B. Kelly, PhD, Director, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences • Erik Lium, PhD, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Office of Technology Innovation & Industry Partnerships, UC San Francisco

• Bruce Margon, PhD, Vice Chancellor of Research, UC Santa Cruz • Chandrasekhar Narayan, PhD, Director, Science and Technology, IBM Research–Almaden • Martina Newell-McGloughlin, DSc, Director, Life and Health Sciences Research, UC Davis, Office of Research

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