step back and see why some partnerships have been successful, why some have not, and objectively analyze the reasons underlying success and failure.

To address this, the STEP Board has been holding a series of “fact-finding” workshops on a variety of partnership programs. As I have noted, the reports on ATP and SBIR are products of these “fact-finding” workshops.

We also held a conference last year on international science and technology cooperation focused on the U.S.-E.U. Science and Technology Agreement. The conference resulted in specific agreements to enhance cooperation with our European friends. A summary of the conference with the agreement and an overview of the EU Fifth Framework Program are included in our volume, New Vistas in Transatlantic Science and Technology Cooperation.

On September 17, 1999, we issued a workshop report on cooperation between industry and the national laboratories. Sandia National Laboratories asked STEP to gather economists and policymakers to discuss the labs’ plans to develop a science and technology park adjacent to Sandia. The S&T park is seen as a potentially effective instrument to enhance Sandia’s ability to fulfill its mission through partnerships with the private sector. The report summarizing the workshop is titled Industry-Laboratory Partnerships: A Review of the Sandia Science and Technology Park Initiative.

All the publications I have mentioned have been published since June. All are available today at the conference table.

Over the next day-and-a-half, we will talk a lot about biotechnology and computing, with an aim toward identifying synergies between the two sectors, future challenges, and perhaps most importantly, future challenges for policymakers. Based on the deliberations from this meeting, Dr. Moore’s Steering Committee will develop findings and recommendations about the issues discussed in the course of the conference. Your participation in this process is therefore especially welcome.

In developing our report, the STEP Board is keeping with its tradition of providing a forum through which pragmatic policy recommendations are channeled to key decision makers in Congress and the Executive Branch. To be effective in doing this, we need the input of the many distinguished individuals on our program and present here in the audience.

I am pleased to turn the podium over to Bill Spencer, Chairman of SEMATECH, who will describe in greater detail what we hope to accomplish today and tomorrow. Bill is the Vice Chair of the STEP Board and also serves as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee for the “Government-Industry Partnerships” project. As many of you know, Bill was CEO of SEMATECH from 1990 to 1996, and before that directed the R&D operations of Xerox. Bill has been instrumental in putting this conference together. It is with pleasure that I present him to you to describe more fully our goals for the next day-and-a-half.

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