Kendall Square Convergence 2016

June 1, 2016
9:00am – 7:00pm


Kendall Square Convergence 2016 is a full-day showcase of life science innovations coming out of Cambridge’s Kendall Square. What Silicon Valley is to bytes and chips, Kendall Square is to genes and cells: a crossroad where leading research university and hospital academics, healthcare financiers, biotechs and pharma companies converge to spur the next generation of health care solutions. At Kendall Square Convergence 2016, leading academics and biotech luminaries will share their latest breakthroughs, views of Kendall Square’s impact on patients’ lives, and their insights on the emergence of Kendall Square as a center for scientific and commercial discovery.

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9:00am – 9:30am Registration Check-in and Continental Breakfast
9:30am – 9:45am Welcome Remarks (Watch Video)
Andrew W. Lo, MIT
9:45am – 10:15am Morning Keynote: The Origins and Future of Kendall Square (Watch Video)
Phil Sharp, MIT
10:15am – 11:30am Session I: Gene Control Medicines for Diseases
BLANK TEXT Drugging Transcription (Watch Video)
Rick Young, MIT
BLANK TEXT Fireside Chat (Watch Video)
Nancy Simonian, Syros Pharmaceuticals
Rick Young, MIT
BLANK TEXT Taming a Master Regulator (Watch Video)
Angela Koehler, MIT
11:30am – 11:45am Break
11:45am – 1:00pm Session II: Immune Engineering/Immunotherapy
BLANK TEXT Engineering the Next Generation of Cell Therapies for Cancer
Darrell Irvine, MIT
BLANK TEXT Fireside Chat
Darrell Irvine, MIT
Ulrik Nielsen, Torque
BLANK TEXT Use of Genetically-Engineered Models of Cancer to Investigate Tumor-Immune Interactions (Watch Video)
Tyler Jacks, MIT
1:00pm – 2:15pm Lunch Break
2:15pm – 3:30pm Session III: Nanomedicine
BLANK TEXT Nanolayered Delivery Packages – From Wound Healing to Cancer (Watch Video)
Paula Hammond, MIT
BLANK TEXT Fireside Chat (Watch Video)
Paula Hammond, MIT
Ken Mandell, LayerBio
BLANK TEXT Using Deep Vision to Detect Tiny Ovarian Tumors (Watch Video)
Angela Belcher, MIT
3:30pm – 4:00pm Break
4:00pm – 5:15pm Session IV: Common Health Challenges and Uncommon Solutions
BLANK TEXT Gastrointestinal Drug Delivery Devices for Extended Drug Release (Watch Video)
Robert Langer, MIT
BLANK TEXT Fireside Chat (Watch Video)
Robert Langer, MIT
Terry McGuire, Polaris Partners
BLANK TEXT From Bugs to Drugs: Lessons Learned from Fecal Microbiome Transplants in Recurrent Clostridium
Difficile Infection
(Watch Video)
Eric Alm, MIT
5:15pm – 5:45pm Science-Based Innovation and Venture Creation – Reinventing the Biotech Value Chain (Watch Video)
Noubar Afeyan, Flagship Ventures
5:45pm – 7:00pm Reception