AUTM 2021 Annual Meeting

AUTM Virtual Annual Conference Opens, Features Speakers Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, WIPO Director General Daren Tang

WASHINGTON, DC — March 12, 2021 — Astronaut Ellen Ochoa, the first Hispanic woman to go into space and only the second female Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, will give the keynote address at the AUTM 2021 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, March 16. She will discuss the resonant issues that have defined her historic career and what we can do to ensure that more women and minorities are supported in STEM fields.

Ellen Ochoa Daren Tang Antwi Akom

The media is invited to attend this presentation as part of the four-day Meeting March 15-18, which will also feature:

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Daren Tang, who will engage in a studio interview on Monday March 15, with AUTM CEO Stephen Susalka to discuss WIPO initiatives to expand innovation worldwide and intellectual property as a powerful tool for enterprise growth, jobs and economic development.

On Wednesday March 17, attendees will hear from Antwi Akom, the Director of the Social Innovation Universal Opportunity Lab. Dr. Akom works to improve health outcomes and advance tech equity with our nation’s most vulnerable populations by building new technologies in community and clinical settings, evaluating them, and launching across university and commercial partnerships. Dr. Akom’s Social Innovation Lab is catalyzing a new era of data democratization, participatory health, participatory technology and precision medicine with vulnerable populations around the world. Dr. Akom was named as one of the world’s top innovators by President Obama (2016) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2019).

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The schedule for AUTM’s 2021 Annual Meeting and other background can be found on AUTM’s Media Resource Center.