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McKelvey School of Engineering

The Industrial Innovation Path to Economic Recovery from Covid-19

Friday, September 18 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

You are cordially invited to a virtual conference hosted by The Boeing Center at Washington University's Olin Business School.

The $3 trillion+ (and growing) economic cost of COVID-19 has created the greatest imperative for growth in nearly a century. We know the primary engine of growth is innovation. The conventional approach to stimulating innovation and growth is increased funding for early stage research. Research on its own doesn’t generate growth, however. Growth requires innovation -- converting research into products and services that people purchase. This takes place in companies, where 2/3 of U.S. R&D is conducted.

Unfortunately, interventions to control the pandemic have weakened many companies and permanently changed the conduct of business -- growth has become more difficult just when it is needed most. Therefore, companies can’t carry the growth burden themselves. They need support from investors to fuel their efforts; policymakers to an environment conducive to growth, and academics to provide the evidence base linking all these behaviors to R&D productivity.

This conference brings together all four constituencies to begin charting the innovation path for recovery.

Event Type

Meetings & Conferences


Olin Business School


Business & Entrepreneurship



Event Contact

Evan Dalton | edalton@wustl.edu

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