Jeffrey D. Lindsay, Ph.D., is Head of Intellectual Property for APP-China (Asia Pulp and Paper) in Shanghai, China, where he works with teams in Asia to advance innovation and IP. Before moving to China, Jeff was Director of Solution Development at Innovationedge (Neenah, Wisconsin). He is also the former Corporate Patent Strategist and Senior Research Fellow at Kimberly-Clark Corp. He is an innovation enthusiast with over 100 patents in numerous areas. Prior to 13 years of experience in the innovation community at Kimberly-Clark, Jeff was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology on the Georgia Tech Campus. Jeff is a registered U.S. patent agent with a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. Jeff is outgoing chair of the Forest Bioproducts Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Jeff blogs at and

Cheryl A. Perkins is a sought-after keynote speaker and innovation thought leader who has traveled the world for more than 25 years to present her expertise in innovation to executives and innovation leaders. Cheryl is the founder and President of Innovationedge, a strategic global innovation consultancy that helps executives define their strategy and deliver breakthrough innovations, and helps inventors create strategic corporate partnerships for commercial success. Before founding Innovationedge, Cheryl served as Kimberly-Clark’s Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, where she led the global health and hygiene company’s innovation and enterprise growth organizations. Cheryl was named by BusinessWeek as one of the “Top 25 Champions of Innovation in the World.” She is also Chair of the International Congress on Co-Development, a leading forum advancing open innovation. Cheryl blogs at

Mukund R. Karanjikar, Ph.D., is a senior associate at Technology Holding LLC (Salt Lake City, Utah), a firm specializing in commercialization of breakthrough innovations focused on the area of energy and environment. Prior to Technology Holding, he was a consultant assisting energy companies in creating innovation alliances. He also worked with Chevron Technology Ventures LLC (Chevron Corporation) and Rallis India Limited (a TATA enterprise). He has published articles on topics including idea management, new product development and open innovation. Mukund has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, India. He serves on proposal review boards of the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, and is Chair of the Management Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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