Rich Bendis is an entrepreneur, corporate executive, venture capitalist, investment banker, innovation and technologybased economic development leader, international speaker and consultant in the technology and healthcare industries. He currently serves as the founding President and CEO of BioHealth Innovation, a central Maryland publicprivate partnership focused on accelerating the growth of commercially relevant science. He is also the founding President and CEO of Innovation America (IA), a national publicprivate partnership focused on accelerating the growth of innovation economy in America. As one of the most recognized experts in the field of innovation economy, Mr. Bendis has served on numerous distinguished boards and task forces including the White House U.S. Innovation Partnership Advisory Task Force, the Small Business Innovation Research Committee, and the National Association of State Venture Funds board; State Science and Technology Institute, and the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Institute as a national/regional Judge. Mr. Bendis has provided global consulting services to many countries, states, cities and regions, along with international organizations including the United Nations, NATO, UK Trade and Industry, European Commission, French Embassy, the German Marshall Fund, The Canadian Consulate, METI, AKEA, the International Science Parks and Innovation Expert Group and other global entities. He is an international speaker on Building Innovation and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (voted 2012 and 2014 Top 5 Innovation Speaker by Speakers Platform) and the Editor and Publisher of innovationDAILY and WEEKLY, an e-newsletter/blog reporting on global trends on innovation with over one million unique visitors in over 185 Countries (voted 4th Best Innovation Blogger in The World by Blogging Innovation).