less execution. Prior to joining ConAgra Foods, Dr. Bolles led worldwide research and development for PepsiCo Beverages and Foods. He has a Ph.D. and an M.S. in food science and a B.S. in microbiology, all from Michigan State University. He holds several patents and has won numerous awards for his contributions to the world of food science.
Brendan Boyle is a partner and chief invention officer at IDEO. Mr. Boyle’s passion is promoting entrepreneurial thinking (and entrepreneurial doing) throughout IDEO’s eight global offices. He focuses on incubating start-ups within IDEO and spinning them out to become independent companies. With a background in engineering and design, he founded Skyline, a toy invention company acquired by IDEO and now the firm’s Toy Lab. Mr. Boyle’s experience includes the invention and licensing of more than 150 toys and consumer products. Additionally, Mr. Boyle stewards key client relationships such as PepsiCo and ConAgra Foods. He is also one of IDEO’s spokesmen: he is a highly requested public speaker, has published articles on brainstorming and innovation in the workplace on ABCnews.com, and co-authored The Klutz Book of Inventions. He is a consulting associate professor at Stanford’s d.School where he teaches a class he started called “From Play to Innovation,” and he was recently named Stanford Knight Favorite Professor. He also sits on the board of the National Institute for Play. Mr. Boyle holds an M.S. from the Joint Program for Design at Stanford, as well as a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Michigan State.
Richard Brenner, Ph.D., is assistant administrator for technology transfer at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), representing the Secretary of Agriculture on issues pertaining to the management of intellectual property arising from U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research, and with delegated authority for licensing inventions developed through intramural research from any of the USDA agencies. Dr. Brenner is the agency representative to the Federal Laboratory Consortium (FLC) for USDA and the Interagency Working Group for Technology Transfer convened monthly by the Department of Commerce; he also represents USDA on the White House Innovation and Entrepreneurship working group, established by the Obama administration in December 2009. Career awards include Outstanding Senior Scientist, USDA Award for Superior Service, ARS Technology Transfer Awards, an FLC Technology Transfer Award, and the “Pollution Prevention Project of the Year” award in 1999 under the Stra-