Meeting Senator Murkowski on Innovation and Collaboration

MurkowskiToday I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska).  The 45-minute meeting was brought together by the Packard Center for ALS Research. Our goal was simply to highlight the recent partnership of the Innovative Solutions Consortium and the Packard Center – which we termed “collaborative businessSenator Lisa Murkowski meets collaborative science”.  In this fiscally constrained environment, innovation in science and industry is challenged to fund new ideas to tackle hard problems.  Our approach is simple – two heads are better than one…and four are better than two.

The more collaboration we can encourage and incentivize – the more apt we will be to answer challenges in national security and in science.  One area of interest shared by the Senator, the ISC, and the Packard Center (and yours truly) – is to advance research in neurodegenerative diseases and reveal prospects for new therapies.

I believe that the power of collaboration across industry and science – with the backing of Congressional leaders – will pave the way for answers to our wicked problems.  Every 90 minutes, someone in the United States is diagnosed with ALS.  ALS is one challenge most deserving of our immediate collective attention. Helping form these new powerful communities and bringing them to action on a shared mission is indeed a privilege.

-Michelle Farr

CEO, Zofia Consulting, LLC