September 17, 2017 San Juan, P.R.

Sheraton Convention Center

Empowering the scientific and technological communities as drivers for sustainable economic development.

* limited capacity

What is Forward Summit?

Puerto Rico’s first research and innovation summit designed to showcase premier science and technology projects. We believe in enabling effective networking to enhance collaborations. By attending Forward Summit, you will experience the latest technological and scientific discoveries among local and international attendees.

“Forward” means onward, moving ahead, progressing, and advancing toward a successful conclusion. And that’s exactly what we’re doing with innovation in science and entrepreneurship in Puerto Rico.


Learn about the latest discoveries in Puerto Rico and beyond, and how science and innovation driven entrepreneurship are changing the way we do business today.


Immerse yourself in full day of talks, panels and demonstrations from over 25 speakers including experienced researchers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and academics from the local and international community.


Participate in networking opportunities and encounters among researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors during and after the event.

Organizing Committee

  • Greetchen Díaz, Ph.D.

    Director of the Grants Program
    Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust
  • Lupe Vázquez

    Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
    Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust
  • Natasha DeLeón-Rodríguez, Ph.D.

    Outreach and Education Specialist
    Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust


  • Lilliam Casillas-Martínez, Ph.D.

    Associate Dean of Research Affairs
    University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
  • Elizabeth Plaza

    Founder and Chairwoman of the Board
    PharmaBioServ Inc.
  • Jonathan Friedman, Ph.D.

    Director of the Puerto Rico Photonics Institute
    Research Professor
    Universidad Metropolitana
  • Ubaldo M. Córdova-Figueroa, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    Department of Chemical Engineering
    University of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez
  • Yaihara Fortis Santiago, Ph.D.

    Director of Science Alliance
    The New York Academy of Sciences
  • Betty Enriquez

    Director New York State Office of Trade and Tourism at Empire State Development

Our Purpose

To empower and enable the scientific and technological local ecosystem.

To create new ventures in the scientific industry.

To promote economic development through the integration of innovation and technology in science-related businesses.

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