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Media Advisory 16-010

This is why 'Innovation Matters'

National Science Foundation invites media to Capitol Hill event to learn why innovation makes a difference to scientific progress and U.S. economy

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News media are invited to attend "Innovation Matters," a special June 15 briefing on Capitol Hill highlighting ties between basic research and the means through which intellectual property is created, protected and commercialized. The intersection of those two elements is critical to developing new knowledge and driving the U.S. economy.

The briefing will explore topics in the educational video series "Science of Innovation." The event will be hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF); the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); the technical professional group IEEE-USA; and NBC Learn, the educational arm of the NBCUniversal News Group, in coordination with the Congressional Caucus on Intellectual Property Promotion and Piracy Prevention; the Congressional STEAM Caucus; and the Congressional Maker Caucus.

Last February, NSF released six new "Science of Innovation" videos in partnership with NBC Learn and USPTO, following a set of 11 videos they released in 2013. The videos tell how the creative process leads to patented innovations by focusing on leading-edge, NSF-funded technologies. Those include 3-D bioprinting, origami structures (folding technology, from robots to space solar arrays, with benefits including improved deployment and inexpensive manufacturing) and virus-made batteries (organisms that can latch onto metals, forming structures that can be used to make tiny batteries).

The briefing will feature short segments from the videos and presentations by innovators profiled in the series and experts from NSF and USPTO, who will discuss how advanced manufacturing technologies make inventing and entrepreneurship more accessible for larger portions of the population.


Innovation Matters Capitol Hill Briefing


Wednesday, June 15, 12-1:30 p.m.


Rayburn House Office Building
Transportation Committee Room, #2253
45 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20002

Hosted by:



Chris Katopis
IEEE Photonics Conference Co-chair


Pramod Khargonekar
NSF Assistant Director
Directorate for Engineering

Mark Miano
Executive Editor and Co-Founder
NBC Learn

Dana Robert Colarulli
USPTO Governmental Affairs


Angelique Johnson
Micro-Fabrication for Cochlear Implants


Mary Frecker
Origami Structures
Penn State University


Emanuel Sachs
3-D Bioprinting

Journalists interested in attending the event, or arranging interviews with speakers about their work, should contact NSF's Bobbie Mixon to arrange onsite interviews:, (703) 292-8485.


Media Contacts
Bobbie Mixon, NSF, (703) 292-8485, email:

Program Contacts
Susan M. Mason, NSF, (703) 292-7748, email:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2019, its budget is $8.1 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 50,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards.

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