Edward Reinfurt

Executive Director of the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation

Presentation

New York State (NYS) has some of the best research assets in the world available to its academic and private sector research community.

NYS's fiscal and economic situation will force us to realign and reassess our scientific and economic development strategies. Over the last eight years, NYSTAR has invested nearly $500 million in acquiring some of the best talent and tools to further scientific and economic opportunities in New York. Now is the time that the academic and business communities use the open innovation model to leverage and make best use of these assets.

Among these assets are two world class supercomputing centers. NYSTAR believes that high performance computing is a critical and necessary component to ensuring NYS's economic and technological leadership position.

Mr. Reinfurt will offer insight to NYSTAR's strategy on leveraging state assets and how we must work smarter and more collaboratively to seize the opportunities associated with solving the challenges facing our state, nation and world.

Biography

Edward Reinfurt serves as Executive Director of the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation.

Under Mr. Reinfurt's leadership, NYSTAR is helping to identify how New York's existing research assets can be leveraged to create greater opportunities for technology development throughout the state. Since 2000, New York State has invested over $1.5 billion in technology investments to enhance the research capabilities of institutions and organizations in New York State. Of this amount, NYSTAR has been directly responsible for over $500 million in technology investments.

NYSTAR has expanded its efforts to serve a greater number and array of businesses in the state by increasing interaction with research scientists throughout the state. As an example of this effort, NYSTAR is now routinely developing customized portfolios of research assets - people, equipment and facilities - that are available to companies in New York State in specific areas of technology identified by the business.

Prior to his appointment at NYSTAR, Mr. Reinfurt served as Vice President of the Business Council of New York State, Inc. The Business Council represents more than 3,000 member businesses, chambers of commerce and professional and trade associations. While at the Business Council, Mr. Reinfurt spent considerable time on a wide range of public policy issues. In 2000, he assembled working groups that brought together leaders from both the business and academic sectors to help formulate a comprehensive Research University Business Initiative (RUBI).

Mr. Reinfurt's expertise in working with New York companies in developing the Council's "innovation agenda" supporting investment in to research activities and strengthening of math and science education has been a huge asset to NYSTAR.

As executive director of NYSTAR, Mr. Reinfurt is a member of the Economic Development Subcabinet of Governor Paterson. He also serves as a member of the New York State Council for Universal Broadband. Mr. Reinfurt is chair of its Governmental Initiatives Action Committee.

Mr. Reinfurt is a graduate of the University at Albany of the State University of New York. He was nominated to serve as executive director by then Governor Spitzer on May 7, 2007 and was confirmed by the New York State Senate on October 22, 2007. Governor Paterson formally requested Mr. Reinfurt to continue to serve as Executive Director on April 22, 2008, a request Mr. Reinfurt gratefully accepted

updated: 2008-09-26