Driving innovation through partnerships: Lessons from a public-private partnership initiative

February 9, 2017, 11:00am-12:00pm
Scheller College of Business – Classroom 314

There is so much complexity in the world of innovation that it is often too difficult to take on independently. The purpose of this talk is to provide a foundational understanding of the importance of collaboration through strategic and public private partnerships and its impact on the innovation ecosystem.

Learning Objectives
  • Describe the difference between strategic vs. public-private partnership.
  • Evaluate how the process of innovation can be accelerated in an academic environment through partnerships.
  • Discuss the impact of partnering on the innovation ecosystem.

Sherry Farrugia

Sherry Farrugia
Chief Operating and Strategy Officer, Pediatric Technology Center, Georgia Institute of Technology Partnership Director, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta 

As the COO of the Pediatric Technology Center, Ms. Farrugia manages daily activities associated with the Center, and the overall execution of key business initiatives to improve efficiency, effectiveness and reduce administrative costs. She provides executive level leadership for business and operational functions such as budget planning and organization of team process around a function. This includes providing insight into the innovations, new technologies and start up developed as a result of the partnership.