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Day 2 of ISSRDC Online Series to Feature Space Investment, Commercialization, and NASA-driven Programs

By SpaceRef Editor
September 16, 2020
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Day 2 of the 9th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) will take place virtually this Thursday, September 17, bringing together researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs, investors, and the general public to showcase the benefits of conducting research and technology development onboard our nation’s industrial incubator in low Earth orbit (LEO). Each year, ISSRDC is hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), NASA, and the American Astronautical Society.
The day will kick off with a session focused on space-based research that is leading to commercial product applications. Multiple plenary sessions will be dedicated to NASA-driven initiatives like GeneLaband the Cold Atom Lab. Additionally, a session focused on trends within the investment community will be led by executive leadership within Nasdaq. 

Below highlights the sessions, speakers, and timeline for Day 2 of the ISSRDC Online Series:
9:45-10:00 a.m. ET
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
10:00-11:00 a.m. ET
The R&D Continuum: How the ISS is Closing the Gap Toward Commercial Applications
Moderated by Michael Roberts, Interim Chief Scientist, CASIS
Speakers include:

  • Alessandro Grattoni, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Nanomedicine, Houston Methodist Research Institute

  • Matt Lynch, Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble

  • Aleksander Ostrogorsky, Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. ET
Maximizing Spaceflight Biological Data with Omics Database: The NASA GeneLab Database
Speakers Include:

  • Sylvain Costes, GeneLab Project Manager, NASA

  • Samrawit Gebre, GeneLab Deputy Project Manager, NASA

2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Investing in Space: Trends, Opportunities, and Risks
Introduction by Alex MacDonald, Chief Economist, NASA
Moderated by Robert H. McCooey, Jr., Senior Vice President, Nasdaq’s Listing Services
Speakers include:

  • Chad Anderson, Managing Partner, Space Capital

  • Ann Kim, Managing Director, Sector Head, Frontier Technology, Silicon Valley Bank

  • Alex van Hoek, Partner, Apollo Global Management

  • Shahin Farshchi, Partner, Lux Capital

3:15-4:00 p.m. ET
An Overview of the Cold Atom Lab in Orbit
Speakers include:

  • Kamal Oudrhini, Cold Atom Lab Project Manager, NASA

  • Robert Thompson, Cold Atom Lab Project Scientist, NASA

The ISSRDC Online Series is free to the public, but registration is required to join the webcast. To view the full agenda and register for Day 2, please visit the conference website.

For those that were unable to join Day 1 of the ISSRDC Online Series sessions, all panel discussions are available on the conference website to watch on demand. Registration is also required to view previous sessions. 

About the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory: In 2005, Congress designated the U.S. portion of the ISS as the nation’s newest national laboratory to optimize its use for improving quality of life on Earth, promoting collaboration among diverse users, and advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. This unique laboratory environment is available for use by non-NASA U.S. government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. The ISS National Lab manages access to the permanent microgravity research environment, a powerful vantage point in low Earth orbit, and the extreme and varied conditions of space.

SpaceRef staff editor.