2014 University of Virginia Investing Conference to Examine Investing in the Innovation Economy

22 September 2014

By Matt Charles

As disruptive innovation shakes up industries at an accelerating pace, how can investors identify true innovation and understand its investment implications to realize returns?

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business Richard A. Mayo Center for Asset Management will host the seventh annual University of Virginia Investing Conference (UVIC) 13-14 November 2014.

Asset management experts and global thought leaders, convened by Darden’s top-ranked faculty, will gather to analyze the global investing landscape, which is influenced more than ever by disruptive innovation — making it difficult to predict the drivers of future growth. UVIC will explain what’s ahead in digital health care, cybersecurity, technology and energy and analyze the current and future economic outlook. The speakers and panelists will provide ideas for investing successfully in the innovation economy and will address asset selection, portfolio allocation and risk management.

“We’ll delve into what products could revolutionize industry and why,” said Darden Dean Bob Bruner. “The ‘why’ is an often overlooked, but most important, factor, as it provides a sound rationale for investing in these areas.”

Featured speakers will include:

  • Kyle Bass, Managing Partner, Hayman Capital Management, LP
  • Peter Diamandis, M.D., chair and CEO, X PRIZE Foundation, and co-founder & vice chair, Human Longevity Inc.
  • Ned Hooper (MBA ’94), partner, Centerview Capital
  • Nancy Lazar, partner, Cornerstone Macro
  • Kathy Warden, corporate vice president and president, Northrup Grumman Information Systems

Industry experts will take a close look at three topics:


  • Robert J. Hariri, M.D., Ph.D., founder, chair and chief scientific officer, Celgene Cellular Therapeutics (moderator)
  • Robert J. Hugin (MBA ’85), chair and CEO, Celgene Corporation
  • Samuel D. Isaly, managing partner, OrbiMed
  • Bryan Johnson, investor & director, Human Longevity Inc. and founder, Braintree


  • W. Barnes Hauptfuhrer (MBA/JD ’81), CEO Chapter IV Investors (moderator)
  • Robert Craine (MBA ’79), president & CEO, Lynx Production Company Inc.


  • Ned Hooper, partner, Centerview Capital (moderator)
  • Charles R. Cory (MBA ’82), chair of global technology banking, Morgan Stanley & Co. Incorporated
  • John Siegel, partner, Columbia Capital
  • Michael Sola, vice president & sector portfolio manager, T. Rowe Price

UVIC will kick off Thursday, 13 November with the final rounds of the third annual Darden @ Virginia Investing Challenge, hosted by the Darden Capital Management club. The Challenge will bring together 15 teams of students from top MBA programs to compete in a stock pitch competition.

Darden Capital Management is a student-run organization the purpose of which is to prepare its membership for careers in investment management and research as well as other functions within the financial markets. The club’s assets under management have grown to over $6,500,000 — held in five funds — making it one of the largest programs of its kind.

Corporate sponsors of UVIC include: Discovery Capital Management LLC, Fort Washington Investment Advisors Inc., Sands Capital Management, Wilkinson O’ Grady Global Asset Management, Panning Capital Management LP and T. Rowe Price.

The event is open to the public; registration fees apply.

About the University of Virginia Darden School of Business

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.


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