Archive: 2008 Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day

June 3, 2008
Sheraton Boston Hotel

View the 2008 Notebook for detailed information about the Conference Agenda, Speaker Biographies, Sponsor Information, Company Profiles, and Exhibitors.

Conference Description

From Ideas to Industry - Creating the next generation of great products and companies from Massachusetts research in life sciences

Alnylam, Genzyme, BiogenIdec, Boston Scientific, Sirtris, Confluent Surgical. These are just a few of the multimillion dollar commercial life sciences ventures that have grown in Massachusetts based on innovative research undertaken in the State. Each started as a compelling idea and a few committed researchers and now improve the health of millions every year. Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day is a first-of-its-kind event. It is a celebration of the achievements of some of the most creative and brilliant minds in the State, as well as an opportunity to inspire, educate and connect people in the Innovation and Entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Listen to keynote speeches by Nobel Laureate Craig Mello and Josh Boger, CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. There will be a celebration of the work of Dr. Judah Folkman, the world leader in angiogenesis by  Dr. Don Ingber of Children’s Hospital Boston. Walk into the Innovator’s Marketplace featuring resources for all the aspects of starting a Company. Dr. Phillip Sharp, Nobel Laureate, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology & Co-founder of Biogen and Alnylam Pharmaceuticals; Jim Collins, Professor & Co-Director of the Center for BioDynamics, Boston University; and Christoph Westphal, CEO and Vice Chair, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. will discuss their perspectives on the next 30 years of life sciences development

Gain insight into starting a company by listening to three major, recent case studies of significant business successes presented by Alan Crane, President & CEO, Tempo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Venture Partner, Polaris Ventures and Amar Sawhney, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Confluent Surgical. You can also network with a Who’s Who of Massachusetts life sciences. Every major stakeholder in the Commonwealth in life sciences is involved in jointly organizing this event - including the major universities, research centers and hospitals

Get answers to some fundamental questions - What technologies are currently emerging which have the potential to change the industry? What are the major problems and questions in life sciences that our researchers should be focused on solving over the next 10 years? Over the next 30 years? There will be poster presentations of cutting edge research from across the State.