Driving Innovations That Benefit the World

Lewis (Lou) Von Thaer

Lewis (Lou) Van Thaer is President and CEO of Battelle, the world’s largest independent non-profit applied science and technology organization. With a team of over 40,000 highly skilled and trained employees, Battelle provides companies and governmental agencies with comprehensive scientific solutions, serving multiple markets, including health care, industry, national security, infrastructure, and the environment.

In Driving Innovations that Benefit the World, Mr. Von Thaer describes what’s next in the R&D landscape as companies recover from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Citing examples of practices that have contributed to Battelle’s success, he describes how small and midsize companies can get help in establishing a focus and thriving as the economic landscape changes. He also outlines the many ways that Battelle is working to develop the next generation of thinkers and doers through its education programs that mine talent from underserved populations in the community.