Kathleen Coviello and Chris Sugden are just two of the speakers scheduled for the Innovation Forecast scheduled for Thursday, February 11. (See story, page 25.)

Eric Steager, director of corporate development and innovation; and managing director of strategic innovation portfolio for Independence Blue Cross.

Jonathan Rochelle, director of product management for Google. Rochelle, who joined Google in 2005, launched and is responsible for the development of Google Apps, Google Docs, Google Slides, and other collaborative software.

Kevin Shea, director of information technology for Janssen Healthcare Innovation, which is part of the Jansssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

Stacey Kimmel, director of R&D, global science and technology for Campbell Soup Company. She is leading the effort to create ingredient technology.

Joseph Coyne, principal of the Samsung Global Innovation Center. Coyne sources, researches, and negotiates deals with early and growth stage software and services investments.

Sanjay Macwan, senior vice president and chief technology officer for NBC’s Media Labs unit, an organization that works with academic research groups, startups, and global venture capitalists to create technology and new business models.

Dave Sorin, managing partner of McCarter & English’s East Brunswick office. He is head of venture capital and emerging growth companies for the firm.

Brett Topche, of MentorTech Ventures. He is experienced in private equity, and has spent much of his career focusing on investments in ecommerce, digital media, mobile applications, and other technology ventures.

Shahram Hejazi, a life science investor and entrepreneur, has founded and or directed more than a dozen startup companies. A venture partner with BioAdvance, he leads investments in medical technologies.

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