Batten Institute

Carl J. Schramm



Bio: Carl Schramm is president and chief executive officer of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Before joining the foundation in April 2002, he was chairman of Greenspring Advisors in Baltimore, a merchant banking firm he founded to support business development in health care and insurance. Previously, he founded HCIA, the nation’s largest provider of data to the health care industry and now a division of Soluscient. He also was a cofounder and vice chairman of the board of Patient Choice Health Care in Minneapolis. From 1992 to 1996, he served as executive vice president of Fortis, where he oversaw health care operations and was president of Fortis HealthCare. He was CEO of the Health Insurance Association of America, where he established the association’s “Insurance for All Americans” initiative and created HiWire, an information exchange.

Mr. Schramm was an entrepreneur in residence at the Kogod School of Business at American University and professor of health policy and management in the School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. He founded the Johns Hopkins Center for Hospital Finance and Management and served as the center’s director from 1980 to 1987. He has authored more than 60 refereed journal articles and two books and is editor of the American Assembly volume on health care costs. He holds a bachelor’s degree from LeMoyne College, a master’s and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Expertise: Technology Transfer and the Role of the Entrepreneur 


Fellowship Focus: During his Batten Fellowship, Carl Schramm will collaborate with his Darden faculty hosts, Bob Bruner and S. Venkataraman, and Tim Garson, dean of the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, to produce an executive briefing on innovation and technology transfer. A champion of entrepreneurship, Mr. Schramm posits that entrepreneurial activity is at the core of American society. The soundness of the U.S. economy, he argues, depends on the ability to commercialize discoveries made in research institutions across the country. He sees the entrepreneur as a crucial agent of such technology transfer. But policymakers, researchers, and entrepreneurs do not have a thorough and accurate understanding of the process of technology transfer and the roles of the various contributors. And public policy in the area has not been revisited since the explosion of high-tech innovations. He calls for a national dialogue on how public and private policy can facilitate technology transfer both for the research institutions supplying innovations and for the entrepreneurs hoping to bring those innovations to market.

He will give two presentations on these themes, one as part of the Batten Institute’s Business Innovation Speaker Series and the other to the Medical Center faculty. He will also speak to the Charlottesville Venture Group and to Darden faculty about teaching and research in innovation and entrepreneurship, and he will be a guest lecturer in the second year research elective on Technology Transfer. During his fellowship, he will also contribute an article to the Batten Briefings

Contact Info

Appointment: 2003–2004

Publications & News


The Entrepreneurial Imperative: How America’s Economic Miracle Will Reshape the World (and Change Your Life)  

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