CTO Forum 2018

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CTO Forum 2018

Building a 360° Innovation Ecosystem

25 October 2018, Air Liquide Paris Saclay Research Center, Paris, France


Open innovation continues to evolve as companies look to accelerate their development cycle by bringing in academics, start-ups, and customers from their ecosystem to work collaboratively on today's challenges. 

Creating a vibrant Innovation Ecosystem needs to be a strategic choice and requires a 360° approach to be most effective.  The starting point is to leverage your internal ecosystem that already has great ideas, proximity to customers and the organization to go to market.

From their building out to local and national players, and ultimately globally working with multi-nationals and key customers.  This approach presents challenges that must be addressed in order to capture the full benefits:

  • How to capture the innovation mindset of the people in the business
    How to make your R&D centers a place for innovation for the entire company
    How to attract start-ups to work with a large industrial company with a different pace for decision making
    How to collaborate with customers in mutually beneficial projects within the scope of customer/supplier relationship

The CTO Forum will focus on practical examples and allow for discussion of what has worked and pitfalls to avoid in building and fostering your Innovation Ecosystem.

Target Audience

Chief Technology Officers, Chief Scientists
This meeting is limited to 30 people.


Ernst Lutz, EIRMA President, Group Executive Vice President, Business Development, Grundfos
To book your room in the NOVOTEL PARIS SACLAY at the special group rates please sent the completed reservation form directly to the hotel attention of Ms Adelaide Cometto (H0392-SB1@accor.com) with reference EIRMA B-00096295. Group rates are secured until 23 September 2018.


  • Dr Simone Arizzi (DuPont de Nemours)
  • Dr Anne-Christine Ayed (Tarkett)
  • Mr Nicolas Cudre-Mauroux (Solvay)
  • Mr Arnaud de la Tour (Hello Tomorrow)
  • Dr Léopold Demiddeleer (TechBridgeOne S.P.R.L)
  • Ms Gabriele Dobenecker (Empa)
  • Mr Michael Gude (Unilever)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Daniel Michel Judkiewicz (Independent)
  • Ms Laura Koponen (Spinverse Oy Ltd)
  • Dr Petr Krupansky (ComAp a.s.)
  • Mr Olivier Letessier (Air Liquide)
  • Mr Mark Lostak (Air Liquide)
  • Dr Norbert Luetke-Entrup (Siemens)
  • Dr Ernst Lutz (Grundfos)
  • Dr Laura Montagna (SKF)
  • Dr Jarkko Partinen (Outotec)
  • Mr Antoine Petit (CNRS)
  • Dr Shriram Ramanathan (Lux Research)
  • Mr Daniel Ricoult (Corning)
  • Ms Marie-Noëlle Semeria (Total)
  • Dr An Steegen (Umicore)
  • Mr Frans Van Giel (Beaulieu International Group)
  • Dr Daniel Witthaut (Evonik Industries AG)


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