T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation

Conferences & Symposia
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. CDT (UTC -5)
TMC Innovation Institute
2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Suite X
Houston, TX 77021
United States

Infrastructures for Innovation: Financing Innovation in Houston Today for Tomorrow

Houston has been a leader in the innovation-based economic sector for more than a century. What’s being done, and what needs to be done, to keep Houston on track for the 21st century?
Thought leaders in the technical, entrepreneurial, health-care, and policy arenas from across the country will come together at the T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation to explore
  • Houston’s role in a technologically based society compared with that of tech hubs, such as the Bay Area and Boston
  • How to help Houston build a sustainable financial infrastructure for innovation
  • Philanthropy’s role in sustaining start-ups

Conference Schedule

5:00 p.m.: Registration and Refreshments

5:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks

Gwynneth Ballentine, Digital Health Innovation Lead, TMC Innovation Institute
Robert G. W. Anderson, President and CEO, Science History Institute
Albert Y. Chao, President and CEO, Westlake Chemical

5:45 p.m.: Keynote Address

John “Jack” M. Gill, Chair, Gill Foundation of Texas, and Founder, Houston’s GOOSE Society

6:15 p.m.: Panel 1

Success Stories in Houston Innovation
Moderator: John “Jack” M. Gill
Panelists: Zaffer Syed, Scott Parazynski, Katherine Chambers

7:00 p.m.: Speaker

Balakrishna Haridas

7:10 p.m.: Speaker

Mehdi Razavi

7:15 p.m.: Panel 2

Building and Sustaining a Financial Foundation
Moderator: John “JR” S. Reale Jr.
Panelists: Juliana Garaizar, Jay Zeidman, Guillermo Borda

8:00 p.m.: Closing Reception


Parking for this event is free. The TMC Innovation Institute is located at 2450 Holcombe Blvd., Suite X in Houston, on the corner of Almeda and Holcombe Blvd. Please enter through Entrance Gates 81 off of Holcombe Blvd. and take a blue chip. Park in the lot on the righthand side once through the gate. Parking chips will be validated or collected upon arrival. The Innovation Institute entrance is just past the large “TMC Innovation” sign.


The T. T. Chao Symposium on Innovation is an annual event designed and hosted by the Science History Institute and made possible by a gift from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation in Houston.



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