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Research Triangle Region’s innovative Triple Helix business model featured at international conference


Research Triangle Region’s innovative Triple Helix business model featured at international conference

The Research Triangle Park (RTP) Interim President and CEO Liz Rooks and other regional leaders will be among the featured speakers and panelists at the 9th Triple Helix International Conference ( that begins July 11 and runs through July 14 at Stanford University in Stanford, Calif.

Rooks will be among featured speakers for a plenary session on “Building Innovation Ecosystems: Global and Regional Factors” with panelists from three U.S. regions considered to represent model innovation ecosystems in which Triple Helix forces have emerged, thrived and been sustained. Panelists will discuss the factors that shaped their region and the economic engines that drive their innovation and business growth.

Rooks will join other regional representatives from business, government and academia in a panel discussion discussing how university partnerships foster economic competitiveness.

The panel will examine the leadership and policies of local and state governments that created The Research Triangle Park more than 50 years ago and transformed the region’s intellectual assets into one of the world’s most innovative and vibrant economies by using a triple helix business development model. 

N.C. State University Vice Chancellor James J. Zuiches will chair the session and speak on the topic, “University Partnerships Foster Competitive Economic Clusters.” Other panelists are:

  • John Hardin, executive director of the N.C. Board of Science and Technology, speaking on “Innovation and Competitiveness: The Role of Government”
  • Charles Hayes, president and CEO of the Research Triangle Regional Partnership discussing “The Shape of Things to Come: Designing and Implementing a Successful Development Plan”
  • Joe Novak, RTP site executive for Cisco Systems Inc., on “The Perspective of the Corporate Partner: What Works for Cisco”
  • Liz Rooks, interim president and CEO of The Research Triangle Park on “Reinventing RTP as a Mature Enterprise” 

Triple helix refers to a business development model that tightly links business, government and academia in a collaboration to drive innovation and economic growth. The Research Triangle Region is considered a model for this type of collaboration.  

The Triple Helix conference, focused on the theme “Silicon Valley: Global Model or Unique Anomaly?” is expected to draw more than 250 academics, policymakers, business leaders, venture capitalists, business angels, consultants and entrepreneurs from more than 40 countries. Participants take part in a wide range of activities, from panels to workshops to academic paper presentations, designed to advance knowledge and create bridges and networks that promote collaboration.

For more information about Triple Helix in the Research Triangle Region, visit