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Oct. 3 Research Expo Will Showcase Innovations by U of M and Local Companies

For release: September 12, 2013
For press information, contact Gabrielle Maxey, 901/678-2843

The Memphis Research and Innovation Expo will showcase the global advances being made at the University of Memphis and at local research-oriented companies. The expo will be held Thursday, Oct. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FedEx Institute of Technology on the U of M campus.

Admission is free and open to the public. Paid parking is available in the Innovation Drive garage across from the FedEx Institute.

Among the projects featured will be a drinking water analyzer, a software program that can assess childhood obesity, and a conversational intelligent tutoring system that mimics human behavior.

A.G. Lafley, chair and CEO of Procter & Gamble, will be the featured speaker. During Lafley’s tenure, sales doubled, profits quadrupled, market value increased by more than $100 billion, and its portfolio of billion-dollar brands grew from 10 to 24. Consistently praised for his focused and progressive leadership, Lafley received the Edison Achievement Award for Innovation and was named to President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

Also speaking will be former FBI and CIA counterterrorism expert Philip Mudd, who will discuss global risk and security. The speaker sessions will begin in The Zone at 9:30 a.m. Seating is limited.

At 1 p.m. a panel of local entrepreneurs will discuss issues with launching a high-growth startup in Memphis. The panel will share their experiences with raising capital, strategic partnerships, business plans and marketing.

For more information, visit or call 901-678-5105.

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