Business Wire Founder Speaks at NASA Goddard's 20th Annual New Technology Reporting Program

Press Release From: Goddard Space Flight Center
Posted: Monday, November 12, 2012

Lorry Lokey, founder of Business Wire, was the guest speaker at the 20th Annual New Technology Reporting Program held by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, in Greenbelt, Md., on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, Md. This annual event is held to recognize NASA Goddard innovators who have actively supported and participated in NASA Goddard's new technology reporting and technology transfer efforts.

Under Lokey's leadership, Business Wire grew from its founding in 1961 to become a leading international news release wire service, with 30 offices throughout the world. Business Wire achieved its success by leveraging advances in computer science, satellites, and the internet, and understanding how these disparate fields intersect.

Lokey spoke on innovation and best business practices for managing science and technology. According to Nona Cheeks, chief of NASA Goddard's Innovative Partnerships Program Office, "We are honored to have Lorry Lokey visit NASA Goddard during our 20th year of recognizing NASA Goddard innovators for their technology advancements that have benefited the U.S. space program and other public and private technology challenges. As the pioneer of an innovative practice in communicating information, Lorry's influence of fundamental efficiencies in how businesses share and manage knowledge has resulted in greater opportunities. Such a vision and practice correlates well with NASA's expectations to disseminate information on our scientific and technological findings with the intent of further use by the public and private sector."

Over the past 12 months, NASA Goddard innovators disclosed more than 250 new technologies. Many have been screened and assessed for reuse in the space program as well as potential applications in the commercial sector. Nona Cheeks states that "Lorry's insight and experience is ideal for NASA Goddard to glean new approaches to capturing scientific and technology advancements and sharpen our focus on new ways for technology transfer, knowledge transfer, and information sharing."

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