Mr. Joseph D. Downing is Senior Advisor at the John Adams Innovation Institute, a division of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ MassTech Collaborative. He manages investments in university research designed to produce and disseminate outcomes that increase the competitiveness of key industry clusters.
Mr. Downing has worked directly in the intersections of businesses, government and universities, identifying and managing risks for senior decision makers in both investment and operating settings. Prior to his current position, he invested and raised capital with two investment companies to meet the needs of growth companies and the development of new technologies.
From 1994-1996, Mr. Downing held an Administrative Appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School where he was a member of the University Partners Program and a Special Projects Officer at Harvard’s Center for Business and Government.
In the late 1990’s, Mr. Downing was an Adjunct Faculty in the Graduate Finance Department at Boston College’s Carroll School of Management. He also served as Conference Director for Boston College’s conference on the IPO market, “Does the U.S. IPO Market Suffer from Discriminatory and Anti-Competitive Behavior?” and its Symposium on “New Technologies, Financial Innovation, and Intermediation”.
Mr. Downing is the co-author, with William J. Wilhelm, Jr., of Information Markets: What Businesses Can Learn from Financial Innovation (Harvard Business School Press.) which explains the effects of technology on the creation and deployment of intellectual capital in business strategy. He holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, an MBA from New York University and an M.S. from Boston College.