Archive: 2016 Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day

June 2, 2016
Harvard Club of Boston
374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

See the MALSI Day 2016 Notebook for detailed information about the Conference Agenda, Speaker Biographies, Sponsor Information, Company Profiles, and Exhibitors.

Conference Description

The 9th Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation (MALSI) Day is the biggest day for life sciences startups and innovation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is a high-energy, hands-on event which brings together scientific and business leaders to mingle with scientists, post-docs, professors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and venture capitalists. 

Our theme this year: “The Life Sciences Center of the Universe - Making it Work for You”.  

Cambridge/Boston, with Kendall Square as its focus, is the world’s leading life sciences research center. It’s a Life Science Super-Cluster. A vast amount of basic research happens here (and nearby); ever-increasing numbers of large and small pharmaceutical and biotech companies are making it their home; and local venture capital is readily at hand to prime the start-up pumps.
That’s the picture in large focus. But what do things look like at the micro-level? Suppose you’re an academic researcher and you have an idea which, you think and hope, might lead to a new product. Is it a benefit or a liability to find yourself in a place where so much is happening and so many other people have good ideas? Is it good or bad to be a small fish in a large pool?

The conference featured Keynotes, Panels, Innovators’ Marketplace, Networking Reception with leading life sciences CEO’s , and Poster Competition.

Panels and Discussion Sessions included:

  • Startups that got funded in the last 18 months funded
  • Is your Cool Idea Needed?
  • Scientists are from Mars, Business People are from Venus
  •  In the Hub …
  • Proof of Concept
  •  Fledge Funding
  •  Trends in Treating Big Diseases – what is Hot in Cancer, Alzheimer & Diabetes

It was the flagship event of life sciences in Massachusetts, jointly and actively put together by all the major organizations that are involved in starting and supporting the life sciences start-up ecosystem in the Commonwealth.