CEO, LaunchPad Central
Andrea Kates is CEO of LaunchPad Central, a technology and innovation company. She is a globally recognized leader in bridging the gap between innovation and commercialization. She has led innovation projects for Mayo Clinic Ventures, Carolinas HealthCare System, Roche, FirstSight Vision, and Embrace. She has been a featured speaker/key opinion leader for the National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps, Cisco’s Global Innovation Summit, TED, Jones Lang LaSalle’s global women’s summit, and the Zurich Insurance global innovation summit. Kates is the author of Find Your Next, based on her original research on innovation from case studies of Sharp HealthCare, GE ecomagination, and other firms.