2nd Annual PPM Forum:
Delivering Value from Innovation

May 3, 2018

UCSD's Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine



Network with the region's leading experts in R&D, NPD and Innovation.

The birthplace of California, San Diego is home to some of the most innovative and collaborative organizations. San Diego's 2nd Annual PPM Forum took place at UCSD's Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine in La Jolla from 4pm to 8pm on Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Leading executives presented on topics including selecting the right innovation strategy, strategic portfolio management, resource management, and executing projects. This event provided an opportunity for attendees to share experiences and learn best practices.

Over 40 people gathered to listen and partake in the presentations and panels, and grow their network during this complimentary event. Registrants were from organizations such as Abbott, Actavis, Arena, Bumble Bee Foods, Cubic, Dell, General Atomics, Hologic, Nokia, PwC, Qualcomm, Solar Turbines and more.


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Featured Presentations



Aligning your Portfolio with Innovation Strategy


Selecting the Right Innovation Strategy




On the Agenda




Registration & Networking




Welcome & Introductions
David Gustafson, Vice President of Business Development, Planisware




Selecting the Right Innovation Strategy
Kenneth B. Kahn, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing and Senior Associate Dean, School of Business, Virginia Commonwealth University

To truly manifest innovation and reap its benefits, one must recognize that innovation is three different things: innovation is an outcome, innovation is a process, and innovation is a mindset. In this presentation, innovation as an outcome is the focus, with the recognition that outcomes can include product innovation, process innovation, marketing innovation, business model innovation, supply chain innovation, and organizational innovation. The strategy considerations posed by each type of outcome are discussed to help broaden a company’s opportunities for innovation and overall success.




Panel Discussion: Resource Management 2.0

  • Jeff Knight, VP Clinical Operations and Program Management, Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Paul Moscoso, Project Management Resources Leader at Nokia
  • Ruben Flores-Saaib, Director of Commercialization at UC San Diego

One of the key aspects of delivering on value from strategic innovation is to finds ways to streamline Resource Management. This panel will discuss ways to enhance resource capacity management, how to assess and mitigate resource risks, finding skilled resources in a tightening labor market, and how to enhance resource utilization in a cross functional organization.




Networking, hors d'oeuvre & drinks




Aligning your Portfolio with Innovation Strategy
Michael Menke, President, Value Creation Associates

Portfolio management is a (business) process to evaluate and select the best mix of investment projects to achieve your strategic goals. Therefore, portfolio management is a key tool to execute strategy. Excellent portfolio management balances three overarching objectives: strategic alignment, maximum return and strategic balance. Strategic alignment requires understanding gaps and challenges in your strategy and what investments are required to address them. Maximum return requires testing the financial viability of these investment projects and whether together they deliver the strategic objectives. Strategic balance assures that these investment projects taken together are reasonable in terms of risk, timing of results and support of existing businesses. This presentation will expand on this and show some of the main tools to be successful.




Panel Discussion: Executing Projects with Value-Driving Strategy

  • Christopher Gajda, Senior Director & Program Leader at Arena Pharmaceuticals
  • Noel Sobelman, Partner at Kalypso

Once the strategic initiatives are in place, we then go about delivering the business case value propositions. This panel will discuss how to monitor a project’s value and benefits during the project, who is best responsible in the organization for delivering on the value and benefits, ways to streamline communication of value and benefits to the business owners of the project, and what processes and/or tools can help enhance the delivery of the envisioned value and benefits.




Q&A, networking and wrap-up






Thursday, May 3, 2018
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine
Conference Room
2880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037

Driving directions


Planisware reserved complimentary parking for guests in the East parking lot. For a map, click here.


Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine