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2015 MIT Digital Health Conference

September 16-17, 2015
 
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Brian Anthony
Principal Research Scientist
Director, Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program
Co-Director, Medical Electronic Device Realization Center (MEDRC)
Deputy Director, MIT Skoltech Initiative
Group Lead, Device Realization, Computational Instrumentation@MIT
MIT Laboratory for Manufacturing and Productivity
Dr. Anthony is Director of MIT’s Master of Engineering in Manufacturing Program, Co-Director of the Medical Electronic Device Realization Center, and Deputy Director for the MIT Skoltech Initiative. With over 20 years experience in product realization – Dr. Anthony won an Emmy (from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences) in broadcast technical innovation – Dr. Anthony designs instruments and techniques to monitor and control physical systems. His work involves systems analysis and design, calling upon mechanical, electrical and optical engineering, along with computer science and optimization, to create solutions.

The focus of Dr. Anthony’s research is in computational instrumentation - the design of instruments and techniques to measure and control complex physical systems. His research includes the development of instrumentation and measurement solutions for manufacturing systems and medical diagnostics and imaging systems. In addition to his academic work, he has extensive experience in market driven technology innovation, product realization, and business entrepreneurship and commercialization at the intersection between information technology and advanced manufacturing. His teaching interests include the modeling of large-scale systems in a wide variety of decision-making domains and the development of optimization algorithms and software for analyzing and designing such systems. He has extensive experience in market driven technology innovation as well as business entrepreneurship.
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Dennis A. Ausiello
Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Chief of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)
Dennis A. Ausiello, MD, is the Jackson Professor of Clinical Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and chief of Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College and his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has made a substantial contribution to knowledge of epithelial biology in the areas of membrane protein trafficking, ion channel regulation and signal transduction. He has published numerous articles, book chapters and textbooks and currently serves as the co-editor of The Cecil Textbook of Medicine, now in its 23rd edition.

A nationally recognized leader in academic medicine, Ausiello was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science in 1999 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Boston Globe on health subjects, including human genetics, clinical trials and the relationship between the academy and industry.

Ausiello served as chief of the MGH Renal Unit and oversaw its development into one of the most sought-after research and training programs in the world. As chief of medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, a position he has held since 1996, he leads one of the strongest departments of medicine in the country with a clinical, research and education budget exceeding $500 million annually. He is closely involved with the Partners HealthCare System, linking the resources of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide comprehensive health care. He oversees the training of more than 150 house officers, 500 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, and dozens of students at Harvard Medical School, many of whom have gone on to careers as physician-scientists. Ausiello was also director of the MD/PhD Program at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology until 1999. He served as chair of the Executive Committee on Research of the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he oversaw a research budget of $350 million annually.

As an internationally recognized scientist, Ausiello has been the recipient of two MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health and has served as a counsel member of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases Advisory Council and the National Advisory Council on Aging.

Ausiello is particularly interested in the training of inquisitive physicians and translational investigators and is the architect and director of the recently implemented Harvard initiative in Patient-Associated Science: Training, Education, Understanding, and Research (PASTEUR), a program designed to introduce Harvard medical students and select Harvard undergraduates and graduate students to the excitement, challenges and opportunities of patient-oriented research and to cultivate the development of the next generation of reflective physician-scientists.
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Dimitris Bertsimas
Boeing Leaders for Global Operations Professor of Management
Co-Director, Operations Research Center (ORC)
MIT Sloan School of Management
Dimitris Bertsimas is currently the Boeing Professor of Operations Research and the co-director of the Operations Research Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has received a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1985, a MS in Operations Research at MIT in 1987, and a Ph.D in Applied Mathematics and Operations Research at MIT in 1988. Since 1988, he has been with the MIT faculty.

Since the 1990s he has started several successful companies in the areas of financial services, asset management, health care, publishing, analytics and aviation. His research interests include analytics, optimization and their applications in a variety of industries. He has co-authored more than 170 scientific papers and he has co-authored three graduate level textbooks. He has supervised 56 doctoral students and he is currently supervising 16 others. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering, and he has received several research awards.
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Leo Celi
Research Scientist
MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science
Dr. Leo Anthony Celi is an internist, an intensivist, and an infectious disease specialist, who has practiced medicine in 3 continents, giving him broad perspectives in healthcare delivery. In addition, he pursued a master’s degree in biomedical informatics at MIT and a master’s degree in public health at Harvard University. He founded and directs Sana at the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. His research interests are in the field of clinical data mining, health information systems and quality improvement. He currently holds a faculty position at Harvard Medical School as an intensivist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and is the clinical research director for the Laboratory of Computational Physiology at the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. Finally, he is one of the course directors for HST.936 at MIT - health information systems to improve quality of care in resource-poor settings.
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617-253-8653

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Zen Chu
Senior Lecturer
MIT Sloan School of Management
Zen Chu believes that now is the best time in history for healthcare entrepreneurs and engineers to create the data, systems and products to help medicine scale and serve more patients with higher quality at lower cost. He created and teaches the MIT Healthcare Ventures graduate courses within the pioneering Health Science & Technology (HST) program, a joint initiative between MIT, Harvard Medical School and the Boston academic hospitals. As faculty director for the HackingMedicine.MIT.edu health innovation leadership initiatives, Zen mentors physician entrepreneurs, early-stage startups and health corporations adapting to global digital healthcare transformation, changing healthcare incentives, growth in emerging markets, and new disruptive technologies that re-engineer medicine.

As Managing Director of Accelerated Medical Ventures, Zen specializes in building early-stage medical technology and healthcare service companies, usually serving as co-founder and first investor. AMV’s portfolio spans Boston, Silicon Valley and China, including PillPack.com, Figure1.com, 3D-Matrix Medical [JASDAQ: 7777], Curoverse Genomics, PathFinder Regenerative Medicine [OTCQB: PFND], BitGym.com, DirectDermatology.com and a few companies still in stealth mode.

Alongside four world-renowned MIT biomaterials professors, Zen co-founded 3D-Matrix Medical Inc., serving as the first CEO for the venture-backed MIT regenerative medicine company whose injectable gel drug delivery products are treating patients and enabling new regenerative medicine research, with a successful IPO in 2011. He has managed and led new ventures for Harvard Medical School, Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Bioengineering, NetVentures and Hewlett-Packard.

Zen earned a Masters of Public & Private Management from Yale University and a BS in biomedical/electrical engineering from SMU. He's married to a serial entrepreneur/venture investor and they are raising three aspiring entrepreneurs in Brookline, MA.
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Ernest Fraenkel
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering
Associate Member, Broad Institute
MIT Department of Biological Engineering
Ernest Fraenkel is combining structural analysis, bioinformatics and biochemistry to predict the interaction of proteins. He expects that this work will ultimately lead to a better understanding of how signals propagate in cells, providing insight into the biology of cancer and development.

Fraenkel received his Ph.D. in Biology from MIT in 1998, and came to the Whitehead Institute from Harvard University. Fraenkel is a 2001 Leonard T. Skeggs Jr. Fellow and has received fellowships from the Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Research Fund and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

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Clark Freifeld
CTO and co-founder, Epidemico
Affiliate Faculty, Boston Children's Hospital
Clark Freifeld is CTO and co-founder of Epidemico and Affiliate Faculty at Boston Children's Hospital; his work focuses on the use of text processing and machine learning for understanding population health. Freifeld co-created HealthMap, a multilingual, real-time disease outbreak monitoring system and has co-authored over 20 journal articles in the field of health informatics. He earned his PhD in biomedical engineering from Boston University where his thesis on medical product safety surveillance won the Societal Impact Best Thesis award. He also holds an MS from MIT, and a BS in Computer Science and Mathematics from Yale University.
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Robert Goldberg
Founder and CEO
Neumitra
Robert Goldberg, Ph.D., used neuroimaging for over a decade to examine the human brain and how frontal cortex mediates activity in and from sensory-motor regions. His published research has appeared in The Journal for Neuroscience, Psychological Science, and Current Opinion in Neurobiology. As a researcher in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, he became interested in connected technologies for brain health based on his own family history. In 2010, Robert founded Neumitra with colleagues at MIT to measure and manage the autonomic nervous system during daily life demands by quantifying the effects of acute and chronic stress on health, productivity, and happiness. He leads the development of their medical biomodules and the integration with personal applications on mobile phones and population health risk factors in cloud computing. Located in Boston, Robert is committed to fostering bridges between the technology and medical communities to impact how we continuously address brain health throughout daily life. Neumitra’s technologies have taught him he’s really an introvert by nature and the importance of a good night’s sleep, and a good song, on managing his own stress. Whereas it is too late for his own family, Robert hopes that by quantifying daily stress for everyone, the world will find greater compassion and care for each other.
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Sheryl Greenberg
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Sheryl Greenberg initiates and promotes the interactions and development of relationships between academic and industrial entities to facilitate the transfer of new ideas and technologies between MIT and companies. By understanding the business, technology and commercial problems within a company, Sheryl identifies useful resources and opportunities at MIT.

Prior to MIT, Sheryl created, and then directed, the Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer at Brandeis University. In the process of managing intellectual property protection, marketing and licensing, she has promoted the successful commercialization of technologies as diverse as new chemicals and manufacturing, biotechnology, food compositions, software, and medical devices. She facilitated the founding and funding of new companies as well as creating a profitable technology transfer program. She was also a Licensing Associate and Co-Manager of Intellectual Property at Massachusetts General Hospital, and has cellular, biochemical and genetic research experience in both, academic and corporate environments. She has been an independent intellectual property and business development consultant, is a U.S. Patent Agent, and currently serves the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation as Co-Chair of the Islet Research Program Advisory Committee and grant reviewer.
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John Guttag
Dugald C Jackson Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
From January of 1999 through August of 2004, Professor Guttag served as Head of MIT's Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department. He served as Associate Department Head from Computer Science from 1993 to 1998. EECS, with approximately 1800 students and 125 faculty members, is the largest department at MIT.

Professor Guttag currently co-heads the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory's Networks and Mobile Systems Group. This group studies issues related to computer networks, applications of networked and mobile systems, and advanced software-based medical instrumentation and decision systems.

Professor Guttag has also done research, published, and lectured in the areas of software engineering, mechanical theorem proving, hardware verification, compilation, and software radios.

In addition to his academic activities, Professor Guttag has had long-term consulting relationships with a number of industrial research and advanced development organizations. He has also worked for many years as a consultant specializing in the analysis of information systems related business opportunities and risks. He currently serves on the technical advisory boards of Vanu, Inc., on the Board of Directors of Empirix, Inc., and on the Board of Trustees of the MGH Institute of Health Professions. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the ACM.

Professor Guttag earned an A.B. in English and an M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University, and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
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Thomas Heldt
Hermann von Helmholtz Career Development Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Prof. Thomas Heldt joined the MIT faculty in July 2013 as the Hermann von Helmholtz Career Development Professor in MIT's Institute for Medical Engineering and Science (IMES) and as Assistant Professor of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering. He received the PhD degree in Medical Physics from MIT's Division of Health Sciences and Technology. At IMES, Prof. Heldt directs the Integrative Neuromonitoring and Critical Care Informatics Group. His research interests focus on signal processing, mathematical modeling, and model identification to support real-time clinical decision making, monitoring of disease progression, and titration of therapy, primarily in neurocritical and neonatal critical care. In particular, Prof. Heldt is interested in developing a mechanistic understanding of physiologic systems, and in formulating appropriately chosen computational models for improved patient care. His research is conducted in close collaboration with clinicians from Boston-area hospitals and colleagues at MIT's Medical Electronic Device Realization Center.
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Manolis Kellis
Professor, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Institute Member, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Manolis Kellis is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT, an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT where he directs the MIT Computational Biology Group (compbio.mit.edu). He has helped direct several large-scale genomics projects, including the NIH Roadmap Epigenomics project, the comparative analysis of 29 mammals, the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) project, and the Genotype Tissue-Expression (GTEx) project. He received the US Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (PECASE), the NSF CAREER award, the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship. He obtained his Ph.D. from MIT, where he received the Sprowls award for the best doctorate thesis in computer science. He lived in Greece and France before moving to the US.
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Morris Kesler
Chief Technical Officer
WiTricity Corporation
Morris joined WiTricity in 2007 as Chief Engineer before being named vice president of research and development in 2013. Prior to joining WiTricity, he was a founder of Wide Net Technologies, Inc., which developed unique optical communication and sensing systems for both government and industry. His work at Wide Net Technologies included the simulation, design and testing of secure high-speed communications systems for fiber and free space applications, and the development of novel nano-photonic devices for communications and sensing. Morris was a post-doctoral fellow at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory where he studied semiconductor quantum well lasers. He holds over 30 patents and has published over 40 technical journal and conference papers. He holds a B.S. (1984), M.S. (1984), and Ph.D. (1988) from MIT in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Office of Corporate Relations. The Office of Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 67 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2015.

In that capacity, Mr. Koster and his staff work with the leadership of MIT and senior corporate executives to design and implement strategies for fostering corporate partnerships with the Institute. Mr. Koster and his team have also worked to identify and design a number of major international programs for MIT, which have been characterized by the establishment of strong, programmatic linkages among universities, industry, and governments. Most recently these efforts have been extended to engage the surrounding innovation eco-system, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Mr. Koster also serves as the Chairman of the University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP), an organization that seeks to enhance the value of collaborative partnerships between universities and corporations.

Mr. Koster graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in geology and economics in 1974, and received a M.S. from the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1980. At the Sloan School he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, Mr. Koster worked as a management consultant in Europe, Latin America, and the United States on projects for private and public sector organizations.
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Matteo Lai
Co-founder and CEO
Empatica
Matteo Lai is the co-founder and CEO of Empatica, a company focused on wearable computing for the medical space, based in Cambridge, MA and Milan, Italy. Matteo studied Engineering and trained as an Architect, holds a Double MSc degree in Architecture and a Master in Innovation Management.
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Retsef Levi
J Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Management
Professor of Operations Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
Retsef Levi is the J. Spencer Standish (1945) Professor of Operations Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is a member of the Operations Management Group at Sloan and affiliated with the Operations Research Center. Before coming to MIT, he spent a year in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center as the holder of the Goldstine Postdoctoral Fellowship. He received a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Tel-Aviv University (Israel) in 2001, and a PhD in Operations Research from Cornell University in 2005. Levi spent more than 11 years in the Israeli Defense Forces as an Officer in the Intelligence Wing and was designated as an Extra Merit Officer. After leaving the Military, Levi joined and emerging new Israeli hi-tech company as a Business Development Consultant.

Levi's current research is focused on the design of analytical data-driven decision support models and tools addressing complex business and system design decisions under uncertainty in areas, such as health and healthcare management, supply chain, procurement and inventory management, revenue management, pricing optimization and logistics. He is interested in the theory underlying these models and algorithms, as well as their computational and organizational applicability in practical settings. Levi is leading several industry-based collaborative research efforts with some of the major academic hospitals in the Boston area, such as Mass General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Children’s Hospital, and across the US (e.g., Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC Prebyterian Hospital System and the American Association of Medical Colleges). Levi is the lead PI on an MIT contract with the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) to develop systematic risk management approach to address risk related to economically motivated adulterations of food and drug products manufactured in China. He has also been involved in developing operational risk and process safety management methodologies for various organizations, in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and oil industries. Levi received the NSF Faculty Early Career Development award, the 2008 INFORMS Optimization Prize for Young Researchers and the 2013 Daniel H. Wagner Prize.
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Una-May O'Reilly
Principal Research Scientist
Leader, Evolutionary Design and Optimization Group
Director, The Alfa Group: Any Scale Learning for All
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

Una-May O'Reilly is a Fellow (elected in 2004) of the International Society of Genetic and Evolutionary Computation, now ACM Sig-EVO. She holds a B.Sc. from the University of Calgary, and a M.C.S. and Ph.D. (1995) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. She joined the MIT's Artificial Intelligence Laboratory as a Post-Doctoral Associate in 1996.

Currently a principal research scientist at CSAIL, she is leader of the Evolutionary Design and Optimization (EVO-DesignOpt) group. This group's name will shortly evolve to the Alfa group: Any Scale Learning for All. The group's research agenda currently focuses on cloud-scale machine learning with genetic programming. The group has knowledge discovery projects in healthcare, MOOCs, wind energy, and exascale computing domains.

Dr. O'Reilly is a 15+ year veteran in the Evolutionary Algorithm community. Her doctoral thesis was the first comparative analysis of Genetic Programming (with respect to simulated annealing and hill climbing) and developed the first schema-based theoretical analysis of genetic programming.

Dr. O'Reilly is a founder of and serves as Vice Chair of ACM SIGEVO. She has chaired both the European Conference on Genetic Programming and GECCO: Genetic and Evolutionary Computation Conference. She is an associate editor of Genetic Programming and Evolvable Machines, on the editorial board of Evolutionary Computation, and action editor for the Journal of Machine Learning Research.

Dr. O'Reilly has a patent for a genetic algorithm technique applicable to internet-based name suggestions. She served as VP of Technology at Icosystem Corporation from Sept 2006 to June 2007. There she directed the development of Nymbler.com.

Evolutionary Design and Optimization Group:
http://groups.csail.mit.edu/EVO-DesignOpt/groupWebSite/
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Rosalind Picard
Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Director, Affective Computing Research
Co-director, Advancing Wellbeing Initiative
MIT Media Lab
Professor Rosalind W. Picard, Sc.D. is founder and director of the Affective Computing Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab and co-director of the Media Lab's Advancing Wellbeing Initiative. She has co-founded two businesses, Empatica, Inc. creating wearable sensors and analytics to improve health, and Affectiva, Inc. delivering technology to help measure and communicate emotion.

Picard holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with highest honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and master's and doctorate degrees, both in electrical engineering and computer science, from MIT. She started her career as a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories designing VLSI chips for digital signal processing and developing new algorithms for image compression. In 1991 she joined the MIT Media Lab faculty. She became internationally known for constructing mathematical texture models for content-based retrieval of images and for pioneering methods of automated search and annotation in digital video including the creation of the Photobook system. The year before she was up for tenure she took a risk and published the book Affective Computing, which became instrumental in starting a new field by that name. Today that field has its own journal, international conference, and professional society. Picard was also a founding member of the IEEE Technical Committee on Wearable Information Systems in 1998, helping launch the field of wearable computing.

Picard has authored or co-authored over two hundred scientific articles and chapters spanning computer vision, pattern recognition, machine learning, human-computer interaction, wearable sensors and affective computing. She is a recipient of several best paper prizes, including work on machine learning with multiple models (with Minka, 1998), a best theory paper prize for affect in human learning (with Kort and Reilly, 2001) a best Face and Gesture paper prize for work with facial expressions (with McDuff, Kaliouby and Demirdjian, 2013) and a best UBICOMP paper for an automated conversation coach (with Hoque et al, 2013). Her paper (with Healey, 2005) measuring stress in Boston drivers was recognized as "best paper of the decade 2000-2009" for IEEE Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Picard is an active inventor with multiple patents, including wearable and non-contact sensors, algorithms, and systems for sensing, recognizing, and responding respectfully to human affective information. Her inventions have applications in autism, epilepsy, depression, PTSD, sleep, stress, dementia, autonomic nervous system disorders, human and machine learning, health behavior change, market research, customer service, and human-computer interaction. In 2005 she was named a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to image and video analysis and affective computing. Picard has been honored with dozens of distinguished and named lectureships and other international awards. She is a popular speaker and has given over 100 keynote talks.

Picard has served on numerous international and national science and engineering program committees, editorial boards, and review panels, including the Advisory Committee for the National Science Foundation's (NSF's) division of Computers in Science and Engineering (CISE), the Advisory Board for the Georgia Tech College of Computing, and the Editorial Board of User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research.

Picard interacts regularly with industry and has consulted for many companies including Apple, AT&T, BT, HP, i.Robot, Merck, Motorola, and Samsung. Her group's achievements have been featured in forums for the general public such as The New York Times, The London Independent, National Public Radio, Scientific American Frontiers, ABC's Nightline and World News Tonight, Time, Vogue, Wired, Voice of America Radio, New Scientist, and BBC programs such as "Hard Talk" and BBC Horizon with Michael Mosley. Picard lives in Newton, Massachusetts with her amazing husband and three energetic sons.
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Andrew A. Radin
Co-Founder and CEO
twoXAR
Andrew A. Radin is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of twoXAR, a company dedicated to transforming how large biological datasets are harnessed to accelerate the identification and validation of new medicines. Andrew developed the company's proprietary algorithm and leads product development. Prior to co-founding twoXAR, Andrew held Chief Technology Officer roles at several early stage companies where he managed teams as large as a hundred technologists distributed around the world.

Andrew studied biomedical informatics in Stanford University's SCPD graduate program and holds Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in computer science from Rochester Institute of Technology.
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John Roberts
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
John Roberts joined the Office of Corporate Relations in September, 2013 as Sr. Industrial Liaison Officer.

Roberts comes to OCR with many years of experience as an expert process chemist, a project manager, an alliance manager, and with cross-functional leadership experience in large pharmaceutical companies and biotech companies. In the five years prior to joining the OCR, he worked at Sirtris (a division of GlaxoSmithKline) in Cambridge as VP Pharmaceutics & Strategy. Prior to that, he spent nine years in various roles including four years as Scientific Manager, Outsourced Projects US for GlaxoSmithKline in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Before that, he was at Eisai Research Institute in Andover as Senior Scientist and at Procept Inc. in Cambridge as Principal Investigator, Medicinal Chemistry.

Roberts holds a B.A. Chemistry from Clark University in Worcester, and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from MIT where his advisor was the late Professor Satoru Masamune. His Thesis title was "Total Synthesis of Bryostatin 7". John is fluent in Portuguese and has co-authored many publications and patents.
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Erik Vogan
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer
MIT Office of Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Erik Vogan joined the Office of Corporate Relations on June 1, 2015 as Sr. Industrial Liaison Officer.

Erik comes to the Office of Corporate Relations with many years of experience in research, technology and business development, and partnering, particularly in the area of biotechnology and life sciences. Most recently, Erik has been working as a consultant to Boston-area venture capital and biotechnology companies. Erik is a biochemist and structural biologist with more than a decade of drug discovery experience.

At Beryllium Discovery Corporation, Erik was Vice President of Drug Discovery, leading functions in Business Development and Research. At Permeon Biologics, Erik founded the research laboratory and served as Director, Protein Sciences. Erik has also held positions as Staff Scientist and Head of Structural Biology at Acceleron Pharma and Senior Scientist in the Structural Biology group at Wyeth Research.

Erik earned his B.S. in Genetics at the University of California, Davis and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry at Brandeis University working with Gregory Petsko. Erik performed his post doctoral studies in the laboratory of Stephen C. Harrison at Harvard Medical School and Children's Hospital, Boston.

He has numerous patents, publications, and presentations to his credit.
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