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2015 MIT Startup Ecosystem Conference

Accelerating Serial Innovation
December 1, 2015
 
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Martin Aboitiz
Founder & CEO, Healthjump
Martin Aboitiz has had a productive career in entrepreneurship and venture management as an engineer with extensive experience in information technology, sales and marketing and venture finance. He is an active angel investor, having participated in approximately 15 companies to date. Prior to Healthjump he was the Founder and President of Intermedia Comunicaciones SA. Martin transitioned from engineering to venture management at Bun SA, an industrial snack food production and marketing company in Argentina that was acquired by Pepsi Foods International in 1993. As President of Bun he enabled the company to become a prime acquisition target, conducted the sale negotiations and worked under new management during the transition. Later he founded Intermedia Comunicaciones SA where he was President and CEO. Intermedia was one of the first ISPs in Argentina (the ISP group was sold to SkyOnline in 2004) and currently remains an IT services firm with an international presence. Early Healthjump ideas sprung from data integration and SaaS services developed for Intermedia customers.
Martin has been an angel investor with varying degrees of participation in successful ventures in and out of the United States. Notable investments include EXOS Inc. acquired by Microsoft to provide the base technology for the MS Flight Simulator force feedback control, Telecom Americas a wireless telco acquired by TelMex, and Netegrity a web security software company; these companies provided returns in the 3x – 10x range. Other less successful venture investments were made over the years that are not as well remembered yet provided valuable venture experience.
Martin holds a MS in Civil Engineering from Colorado State University and a BS in Civil Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Martin has served on various Board of Directors and industry trade groups over the years and is a Regional Chair for the MIT Educational Council (honored with the Morgan Award). He is married with four children, a habitual cyclist and light bicycle mechanic.
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Joshua Adler
Founder & CEO at Sourcewater, Inc.
Joshua Adler is a serial entrepreneur, angel investor, veteran dealmaker and world-class communicator who has founded energy, medical technology, Internet, and real estate development companies, raised, managed and invested hundreds of millions of dollars, and served as a senior economic policy official for the United States. His degrees are from Yale and MIT.
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William Aulet
Managing Director
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
MIT Sloan School of Management
Bill Aulet is the managing director of the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship at MIT and also a senior lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. The center is responsible for entrepreneurship across all five schools at MIT starting with education but also extending well outside the class room with student clubs, conferences, competitions, networking events, awards, hackathons, student trips and most recently accelerators.

Bill teaches at least three different classes per year (introductory to advanced entrepreneurship classes) in addition to his responsibilities of running the center. His work has won numerous awards and most recently, in April 2013, Bill was awarded the Adolf F. Monosson Prize for Entrepreneurial Mentoring at MIT.

During his three year tenure as the head of the Trust Center, he has conceived, designed, and overseen the implementation of many new innovative programs including: MIT Clean Energy Prize, Trust Center TV, Energy Ventures Class, Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (REAP), MIT Entrepreneurship Review, Entrepreneurial Product Marketing and Development Class, Linked Data Ventures Class, Founders Skills Accelerator, t=0 Entrepreneurship Festival, Beehive Cooperative, Entrepreneurs Walk of Fame, Corporate Innovators Sponsor Group, Applications of Advanced Entrepreneurial Techniques "GSD Ninjas," and Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator.

Prior to joining MIT, Bill had a 25 year track record of success in business himself. He has directly raised more than $100 million in funding for his companies and more importantly has led to the creation of hundreds of millions of dollars in market value in those companies.

Bill started his career at IBM getting training and experience in technical, marketing, sales, financial, and international business operations and management. After 11 years, he was named an MIT Sloan Fellow which resulted in him attending MIT for a one year degree program. Upon graduation, he resigned from IBM and became a serial entrepreneur running two MIT spinouts as the president/chief executive officer (Cambridge Decision Dynamics and then SensAble Technologies). The latter became a two-time Inc. Magazine 500 Fastest-Growing Private Company. With a presence in over 20 countries, SensAble also won more than 24 awards and was featured in FortuneMagazine, BusinessWeek,TheWall Street Journal, and many other publications for its innovative products and strong business foundation.

In 2003, he was recruited as chief financial officer to co-lead a turnaround of Viisage Technology, a security technology company with a dual focus in the areas of drivers’ licenses and facial recognition. During his tenure of two and a half years, Viisage developed a new strategy, overhauled its operations, made three major acquisitions, executed two major fundraising rounds and as a result, its market value increased from $50 million to over $500 million.

Today, in addition to his work at MIT, Bill works with individuals and companies to become more successful through innovation-driven entrepreneurship. From single entrepreneurs trying to launch new ventures all the way up to large multi-billion dollar corporations seeking to achieve their goals through entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation, the same fundamentals have been successfully applied. He also serves on the board of directors or advisors for a number of companies. He is a regularly featured speaker at management leadership programs on topics such as entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, entrepreneurial marketing, technology innovation, creating sustainable and rapid profitable growth, financing strategies, and operational excellence. He writes as much as possible in places such as Xconomy.com, MIT Sloan Experts, The Boston Globe, the Kauffman Foundation, The Huffington Post and the MIT Entrepreneurship Review.

A former professional basketball player, Bill lives in Belmont, Massachusetts with his wife and has four grown sons. Mr. Aulet holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvard University and an SM from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Natanel Barookhian
Founder & Managing Partner, TechU Angels
Natanel founded TechU Angels and today leads the Firm’s global investment activities. Previously, he worked in principal investing at L Capital Partners and IDT Corporation, and was formerly an advisor to the CEO of Reliance Technology Ventures, Ltd., a leading venture investor in Asia. As a serial entrepreneur, Natanel has led startups in a range of industries; including cement sciences and digital media. Natanel earned an MBA from MIT Sloan in corporate finance and entrepreneurship, where he was distinguished as the grand prize winner of the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition, long considered the most prestigious university level competition in the world. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the MIT Enterprise Forum of NYC and is a Mentor to the MIT-China Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum.
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Benjamin Bau
Founder of RedBand
Ben is the Founder of RedBand Inc., a software as a service platform that can be used to model data-intensive business planning scenarios. Ben is passionate about building high performance technology products and teams. He has over ten years of experience building software products and the teams that develop them.

Before founding RedBand, Ben was an Executive and General Manager at Vecna Technologies (www.vecna.com). There he led the development and implementation of a Patient Portal and Patient Kiosk product that serves millions of patients. Prior to that role, he was the VP of Software Development responsible for the development team, software architecture, and technology stack across numerous projects and products. Ben has often spoken in conferences about the application of technology to solve complex problems.

Ben has a Computer Science and Electrical Engineering degree from MIT.
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Leonardo Bonanni
Founder & CEO, Sourcemap
Dr. Bonanni is an entrepreneur, a scholar and an advocate for supply chain sustainability: in 2011 he founded Sourcemap Inc., the first supply chain mapping company; he has taught sustainability at MIT, Parsons, Columbia University and NYU, and he has been named among American?s ?Most Influential People in Business Ethics? and ?Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs.? He holds a PhD from the MIT Media Lab and has a background in engineering and design.
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Gustavo Bottan
Founder of OPT4America
GUSTAVO BOTTAN is the founder of OPT4America, an organization that connects foreign graduates from US universities to early stage start-ups and entrepreneurial organizations. It supports them with dedicated mentoring to create a global mindset in American start-ups, a positive experience in the US for the foreign interns, and developing networks for international business development.

During his career, he has developed global perspectives and understanding of diverse industries and business functions.
As an engineer, he worked in a number of industries including: oil & gas, pulp and paper, food machinery, information technology, and non-intrusive inspection/security in technology development and deployment, sales and marketing, and project management roles.
As a Senior Executive, he worked in corporate strategy and international business development for American and European Fortune 500 companies.

As an Independent Consultant, he advised private industry and government organizations in strategy and management matters. Has published in many technical and commercial magazines and has been a guest speaker at conferences around the world.
For a number of years most recently, he has applied his experience in developing global businesses and broad-networks around the world, to discover entrepreneurial opportunities through cross-linking of industries and markets, including in the education field.
He is committed to the development of young talent and entrepreneurs. Participates as judge in start-up competitions, mentors students and is an education counsel for the MIT undergraduate admissions’ office.

Gustavo is a graduate of MIT’s Sloan School of Management (M.S. Management) and the University of Buenos Aires (B.S. Industrial Engineering). He has also studied Pulp & Paper Sciences at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Sweden and at the University of Maine. He also completed studies in Management at Indiana University Kelly School of Business.

In his younger years at St. Andrew’s Scots School in Argentina, he graduated with dual degrees (Argentine Baccalaureate and Cambridge UK “O and A” Levels) and was an avid sportsman playing soccer, rugby, track & field, and swimming.

He has conducted business in Spanish, English, Swedish, French, Italian, and Portuguese. Having been connected to China since 2003 and developing a fondness and understanding of Chinese culture and its people, visiting many Chinese provinces and developing connections with government and private sector, he learned beginner’s Mandarin.
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Alain Briancon
CEO and Co-Founder of Kitchology
As CEO and Co-Founder of Kitchology, Alain has overseen the evolution of the solution since its inception, bringing to the (kitchen) table almost 30 years of acumen in machine learning, wireless and technology development. Prior to Kitchology, he served as President and CEO of Horizon Analog, CTO of NTERA Inc. and CTO of InterDigital Communications Corp. He also worked at numerous roles with Morotola and various companies in the wireless space. He received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Supérieure d’Electricité in Paris and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is a prolific inventor with more than 220 patents and patent applications.

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Vladimir Bulovic
Associate Dean for Innovation, School of Engineering
Fariborz Maseeh Professor of Emerging Technology
MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Vladimir Bulovic joined the faculty of MIT in July 2000 and is the Fariborz Maseeh (1990) Professor of Emerging Technology and the MIT School of Engineering’s Associate Dean for Innovation. He leads the Organic and Nanostructured Electronics Laboratory and is co-director of the eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Center and MIT’s Innovation Initiative. Bulovic’s research interests include studies of physical properties of organic and organic/inorganic nanocrystal composite thin films and structures, and development of novel nanostructured optoelectronic devices. He is an author of over 140 research articles (cited over 10,000 times) and an inventor of over 50 U.S. patents in areas of light emitting diodes, lasers, photovoltaics, photodetectors, chemical sensors, programmable memories, and micro-electro machines, majority of which have been licensed and utilized by both start-up and multinational companies. He is a founder of QD Vision, Inc. of Watertown MA which is producing quantum dot optoelectronic components, of Kateeva, Inc. of Menlo Park CA which is focused on development of printed organic electronics, and Ubiquitous Energy, Inc. which is developing nanostructured solar technologies. Prof. Bulovic received his M.S. Degree from Columbia University in 1993 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1998. He is a recipient of the U.S. Presidential Early Carrier Award for Scientist and Engineers, the National Science Foundation Career Award, the Ruth and Joel Spira Award, Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Award and the Bose Award for Distinguished Teaching, he was named to Technology Review TR100 List, and in 2012 he shared the SEMI Award for North America in recognition of his contribution to commercialization of the quantum dot technology. In 2008 he was named the Class of 1960 Faculty Fellow in recognition of his contribution to Energy Education, in 2009 he was awarded the Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellowship, MITs highest teaching honor, and in 2011 he was named the Faculty Research Innovation Fellow for excellence in research and international recognition.

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Sandro Catanzaro
Co-Founder, Senior Vice President of Analytics and Innovation
DataXu, Inc.
Sandro is co-founder and SVP of Analytics & Innovation at DataXu, the leading platform for Digital Marketing Analytics. He works creating and market testing new products in the confluence of Big Data, Real-time decisions and Marketing. Sandro is an MIT alum (SDM '04, AA '06), where he worked developing the technology at the core of DataXu's automated decision platform. Before attending MIT, he has been linked to entrepreneurship, creating companies in CPG (McCollins Tea, Peru, sold to Unilever), Industrial machinery and Rubber (Peru), Bycicle manufacturing (Argentina). He is a Mech Eng BS, from University of Buenos Aires. Born in Lima, Peru, Sandro has been living in Boston since 2004.
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Maren Cattonar
Assistant Director, Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation
As the Deshpande Center’s Assistant Director, Maren Cattonar is responsible for the Center’s grant programs and providing innovation support to faculty and students. She also manages relationships with catalysts, industry and international programs.

Prior to joining the Deshpande Center, Ms. Cattonar was a Senior Industrial Liaison Officer at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Office where she managed a portfolio of companies in aerospace and defense, energy, and insurance.

Previously she was with Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems as the manager of technology strategy and portfolio developments, and the manager of sector mergers acquisitions and divestitures. Her responsibilities included managing collaborative technology efforts with Government FFRDCs, strategic relationships with businesses, and developing new business models to foster innovation. Ms. Cattonar was also a systems engineer on strategic missile defense programs, and a program manager for advanced technology programs.

Ms. Cattonar received B.S. degrees in Engineering and Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and her M.S. degree in the Management of Technology from University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School and School of Engineering and Applied Science.
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Elaine Chen
Entrepreneurs in Residence, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Elaine is a startup veteran and innovation and entrepreneurship consultant who has brought numerous hardware and software products to market. As founder and managing director of ConceptSpring, she works with executives and leaders of entrepreneurial teams to create product strategies and roadmaps, and to formulate aggressive but achievable program plans to implement the company’s vision.

Elaine is also a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she teaches entrepreneurship, primary market research, and leadership development in startup settings. She is the author of the book, Bringing a Hardware Product to Market: Navigating the Wild Ride from Concept to Mass Production.

Elaine has previously served at the VP level in engineering and product management at several startups, including Rethink Robotics, Zeo, Zeemote and SensAble Technologies. She has built, grown and nurtured several technical organizations from the ground up. She is a coinventor on 22 patents, and has managed IP portfolio strategies for several startups. Her experience spans many industry verticals, including consumer electronics, collaborative and industrial robotics for manufacturing and warehouse applications, design software for product development and medical and dental applications, IT solutions for apparel design, manufacturing and retail, as well as consumer-facing hardware and software solutions in omni-channel retail.

Elaine holds a BS and an MS in mechanical engineering from MIT.
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Michael Chen
Co-founder, Belleds Technologies
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John Chisholm
MIT Worldwide Alumni Association Chair & President
John Chisholm has three decades of experience as an entrepreneur, executive, angel investor, and, most recently, author. As president and chair of the worldwide MIT Alumni Association, he is an ex officio member of the MIT Corporation (board of trustees). He also serves on the Corporation Development Committee and is a trustee of the Santa Fe Institute. He is author of Unleash Your Inner Company: Use Passion and Perseverance to Build Your Ideal Business (Greenleaf, 2015). He serves on the Global Partners Council of the Institute for New Economic Thinking, the advisory board of the Gruter Institute for Law & Human Behavior, and on MIT Corporation Visiting Committees for Social Sciences and the Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, as well as the MIT Corporation Joint Advisory Committee. He advises entrepreneurs through the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, the Thiel Foundation 20under20 Fellowship, and the Plug and Play Tech Centers. He has been recognized with the Lobdell and Bronze Beaver Awards for extraordinary volunteer service to MIT. The author or co-author of two patents, he holds EECS SB/SM degrees from MIT and an MBA from HBS.
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Trish Cotter
Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Program Director, Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator (GFSA)
Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship
Trish Cotter is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at MIT and Director of the Global Founders’ Skills Accelerator (GFSA) at the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship where she mentors students through the accelerator process for their start-up ventures. In addition, she is a lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management on topics related to entrepreneurship.

Prior to MIT, Trish was an executive at IBM after they acquired Netezza (a data analytics provider) in 2010 for $1.8B. She was the President Netezza LLC, SVP of Operations and a company officer at Netezza. Prior to Netezza, she was the VP of Manufacturing and a company officer at Visual Networks; a company she helped take public in 1998. Trish has a background in engineering, and has held various engineering and management positions at Honeywell, Computervision, Sun Microsystems and Stratus.

Trish has been a speaker at various conferences and events, including the T-Summit Conference, Northeastern University’s “Women who Inspire” speaker series, SCORE, The Boston Club breakfast program, and Year Up’s Business Leadership event. She’s also a Year Up mentor helping urban, low-income young adults to go from poverty to professional careers in a single year.

Trish has been named Emerging Executive of the Year by the Mass Technology Leadership Council in 2009 and won a Stevie Award for Customer Service Executive of the Year in 2011. In addition, she received a NorthFace Scoreboard Award for World Class Excellence in Customer Satisfaction, as selected by voting customers from 2006 through 2011.

Trish has earned a BA in Business Administration from Boston College, an MBA from Northeastern University, an AMP from Harvard Business School, and a M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. After completing her doctorate in work-based learning at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, I thought it might be interesting for the next chapter of my life to merge two of my passions – education and entrepreneurship – which have come together nicely at MIT.

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Andrej Danko
Co-founder & CTO at Shortlist
Andrej is a technology executive, engineer, entrepreneur and hands-on leader with 15+ years of experience in Fortune 500 and start-up environments. He managed large, high-performing and culturally-diverse teams across the globe delivering outstanding value to thousands of enterprise customers world-wide.

Andrej has significant managerial and hands-on business strategy, finance, R&D, and operations experience in enterprise software. His specialty is in business and product globalization strategies: internationalization and localization.

He co-founded and is currently building Shortlist, a new technology platform for senior-level talent discovery. Andrej is an MIT Sloan Fellow ‘14, CS PhD, Senior Member of IEEE, and MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition judge.

He spends his free time hiking, scuba diving and helping others in their entrepreneurship endeavors. Andrej is an alien of extraordinary ability (this is a funny US CIS visa classification name).
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Adam de Sola Pool
CEO Environmental Investment Partners
With over 16 years experience being an early stage venture capitalist in central European environmental, cleantech and renewable energy SME’s Adam knows how to both provide capital (debt and equity) as well as coach management teams into being growth stage companies. Of the 20 environmental and renewable energy companies Adam has invested in and mentored: 6 have been listed, 4 have been sold, 3 remain private, 4 have been liquidated and 3 are still partially owned by Adam. Equity stakes have ranged from 2% to 50%.

Recently, Adam has been applying his start up mentoring and emerging market skills in America and Myanmar where he has been assisting in the establishment of renewable energy businesses.

Adam enjoys being an early stage venture capitalist / angel investor.

With new opportunities in the USA, in 2013, Adam has started spending a majority of his time in Cambridge MA.
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Nathan Eagle
CEO of Jana
Nathan Eagle is the co-founder and CEO of Jana, the largest provider of free internet in emerging markets. Nathan graduated from Stanford University with a B.S. in mechanical engineering and master’s degrees in management science and engineering and electrical engineering. His Ph.D. from the MIT Media Laboratory on reality mining was declared one of the “10 technologies most likely to change the way we live” by the MIT Technology Review. Nathan was also named a Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum in 2014 and also holds an adjunct assistant professor position at Harvard University.

The idea for Jana was born out of Nathan’s experience as a Fulbright professor in Kenya. He and his students developed a system for rural nurses to text centralized blood banks when supplies were low, but the system’s success was hindered by the cost of data — the expense prevented nurses from sending the SMS. When the system was upgraded to automatically reimburse them for data used, the nurses enthusiastically returned to the system. Jana was born out of this insight that smartphones can be used not only for global communication, but also data sponsorship.
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Alan Edelman
Professor of Applied Mathematics
MIT Department of Mathematics
Alan Edelman is Professor of Applied Mathematics (since 2002), and in 2004 was Founder of Interactive Supercomputing. He received the B.S. & M.S. degrees in mathematics from Yale in 1984, and the Ph.D. in applied mathematics from MIT in 1989, under the direction of Lloyd N. Trefethen. Following a year at Thinking Machines Corp and at CERFACS in France, Edelman went to U.C. Berkeley as a Morrey Assistant Professor and Lewy Fellow, 1990-93. He joined the MIT faculty in applied mathematics in 1993.

Edelman's research interests include high performance computing, numerical computation, linear algebra and stochastic eigenanalysis (random matrix theory). He has consulted for Akamai, IBM, Pixar, and NKK Japan among other corporations. A Sloan fellow, Edelman received an NSF Faculty Career award in 1995. He has received numerous awards, among them the Gordon Bell Prize and Householder Prize (1990), the Chauvenet Prize (1998), the Edgerly Science Partnership Award (1999), the SIAM Activity Group on Linear Algebra Prize (2000), and the Lester R. Ford Award, (2005).
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Farzan Fallah
President at idelan inc.
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Wafik Farag
Founder & CEO, SkyPrise
Dr. Wafik Farag is a visionary business and information strategist. Currently at SkyPrise, Inc., Dr. Farag’s consulting capacity integrates multi-discipline technologies for clients to smartly capitalize on the “business of information” converting it into competitive business growth. He has served during his career marquis clients such as Mercedes Benz AG, Pemex, Lockheed Martin, NASA – CIESIN, Swiss, Wisconsin Power & Light, CVS, British American Tobacco (BAT), Cisco, David. H Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI), and Bell South.

As a business executive, he provides leadership consulting to Fortune 100, mid-cap, and startup companies, both domestic and international. Dr. Farag is the inventor of a game-changing paradigm: “Dynamic Information” enabling novel business strategy to deliver real world value for companies in flux. His US patent on dynamic information paradigm empowers fortune 500 customers to craft fresh solutions, creating value in areas such as Big data, cyber security, healthcare, mobile computing, energy and water resources, smart cities, oil & gas exploration, financial instruments, machine 2 machine (M2M), Internet of Things (IoT), travel, mobile technology, the digital enterprise, and sustaining change in supply management.

Dr. Farag was a co-founder of Justa Inc., an information infrastructure company, gained several clients in the health care and financial industries, later on it was acquired by Wallaware Inc. Dr. Farag was also formerly a Director at Perot Systems where he advised global Fortune 100 companies on strategies for process optimization to improve productivity, during which time PerotSystems (Dell) went public. Prior to PerotSystems, Dr. Farag lead into production, several successful multi-million dollar information integration projects when he joined International Integration Inc (iCube) as a start-up, grew and went public, later acquired by Razorfish Inc,.

He also served as an advisor to several venture capital firms, such as Warburg Pincus, conducting investment due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, evaluating technologies and developing winning business models. Similarly, he mentors technology startups as an advisor for IBM Global SmartCamp, MIT enterprise forum (MITEF), and The Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC). He holds a US patent in managing dynamic contextual-information to deliver next generation solutions. Wafik is frequently called upon by government organizations as a domain expert. As part of a leadership circle for a US presidential initiative "Global Innovation in Science and Technology" (GIST) he advises on acceleration and commercialization of start-ups; he also reviews grants for the National Science Foundation (NSF). Dr. Farag received both his MS and PhD in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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Catherine Fazio
Managing Director, Laboratory for Innovation Science and Policy
MIT Innovation Initiative
Catherine Fazio is the Managing Director of the Laboratory for Innovation Science and Policy at the MIT Innovation Initiative. She directs the launch and strategy of this newly-formed research laboratory which studies the factors shaping innovation outcomes and investigates how to accelerate innovation in service to the world. Catherine previously served as a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP. Among other activities, she formulated the strategy and directed operations for multiple, billion dollar arbitrations, served as lead antitrust counsel on a range of multi-national mergers and acquisitions, and counseled clients on risk mitigation strategies. Catherine was also a trial attorney for the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, where she led several significant merger investigations and worked to preserve competition in numerous industries. Catherine serves on the Development Committee for the Atrium School in Watertown, Massachusetts. Catherine received a J.D. from Stanford University, an M.B.A. from the Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership at MIT, and a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.

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Jim Freedman
Technology Licensing Officer, MIT Technology Licensing Office
Jim Freedman has been a Licensing Officer at the TLO since 2006, managing patents and licensing issues for Chemicals, Chemical Engineering and Material Science, particularly in areas of chemical catalysts, nanomaterials and water technologies. He also serves as liaison between the TLO and multiple large corporate and university research alliances. Jim has been involved in various aspects of the ecosystem that drives the Institute’s entrepreneurship culture including the Deshpande Center for Innovation, the MIT Enterprise Forum, iTeams, the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, Mass Clean Energy Center and the Boston Chapter of LES (past co-chair). Prior to coming to MIT, Jim worked in research, development, manufacturing and customer support functions at Polaroid Corporation, Spectra Incorporated and Presstek Corporation, all aimed at bringing chemical-based products and systems into the market. He has Chemistry degrees from Harvard and Columbia Universities and a Masters in Management from Boston University.
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Jeff Freilich
Assistant Director, CSAIL Alliances
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Dale Fried
Founder and CEO of 3DEO
Dr. Dale G. Fried is Founder and CEO of 3DEO, Inc., a startup company commercializing Geiger-mode lidar technology. Previously, at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, he was co-program manager and technical lead for the DoD MACHETE ladar sensor, the world's most capable ladar system. Earlier he was technical lead for the ALIRT Geiger-mode ladar, a groundbreaking system which has mapped over 600,000 square kilometers at 1 m resolution for the DoD. Dr. Fried earned the PhD in Atomic Physics at MIT in 1999 for the experimental realization of Bose-Einstein condensation in trapped atomic hydrogen. He has been granted seven patents and has co-authored numerous publications.
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Craig Gardner
President, Coventry Associates, Inc.
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Phil Giudice
Chief Executive Officer, President and Board Member
Ambri
Phil Giudice is the CEO of Ambri. Ambri, formerly the Liquid Metal Battery Corporation, is a technology company creating cost-effective and reliable grid-scale electricity storage solutions, enabling lower energy costs, widespread wind and solar renewable resources, and less generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. Phil has more than 30 years' experience in the energy industry as a geologist, consultant, executive, and state official.

Phil serves on the US Department of Energy’s State Energy Advisory Board. In addition, he is a board member for the energy business leadership trade group Advanced Energy Economy as well as the efficiency start up FirstFuel.

He recently received the inaugural Innovation Award from the Northeast Energy and Commerce Association.

Prior to Ambri, Phil served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Undersecretary of Energy and as Commissioner of the Department of Energy Resources, the state agency with primary responsibility for fulfilling Governor Deval Patrick's vision for a clean energy future.

Prior to his service in the Patrick-Murray Administration, Phil was senior vice president and board member at EnerNOC, a start-up providing electricity demand-management services to businesses, institutions, utilities, and grid operators that became a public company in 2007. He was previously a senior partner and leader of Mercer Management Consulting's global energy utilities practice for 20 years. He started his career as a metals exploration geologist with Freeport-McMoRan and with Chevron.

Phil is also active in the nonprofit realm. He helped found the Center for Effective Philanthropy and served as Board Chair for 8 years. He currently serves on the President's Council of ACCION. In addition, he completed full terms on the boards of City Year Boston, First Parish Church of Wayland, and the Haitian Health Foundation. He was also the founding chair of Boston Cares.

Phil is a geologist (B.S. from University of New Hampshire and M.S. in Economic Geology from the University of Arizona) and a management professional (M.B.A. from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College).
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Lori Glover
Managing Director-Alliances, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Executive Director CyberSecurity@CSAIL
Executive Director BigData@CSAIL
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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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JC Gutiérrez-Ramos
Chief Executive Officer
Synlogic
Dr. Gutiérrez-Ramos joins Synlogic from Pfizer where he served as Group Senior Vice President and global head of the BioTherapeutics Research. In that role, he held responsibility for more than 25 novel programs across the full spectrum of clinical development, re-launched efforts in Rare Disease Discovery and Development and founded the Centers for Therapeutic Innovation. He oversaw and enhanced the biologics platform for the company from early discovery to entry in manufacturing. He previously held the position of Senior Vice President and Head of the Immuno-inflammation Center for Drug Discovery (iiCEDD) at GSK, where he founded entrepreneurial units such as Epinova and Tempero focused in translating novel areas of science (Epigenetics, Tregs, etc) into therapeutics. Prior to his work in the pharmaceutical industry, JC held senior leadership positions at several biotech companies; He was Senior Vice President and Head of R&D at Avidia Inc. and Peptimmune Inc. where he led a significant efforts focused on the discovery of novel protein therapeutics and peptides for autoimmune disease, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes. He began his career in the drug industry at Millennium Pharmaceuticals serving as Vice President of Inflammation Drug Discovery. In that capacity he was responsible for advancing preclinical candidates in inflammation and immunology into human clinical trials and advancing compounds (small molecules and antibodies) from discovery through clinical development. JC began his career in academia as part of the Faculty at the Genetics department of Harvard Medical School. He was member of the Basel Institute for Immunology in Basel, Switzerland, and a fellow at the Max-Plank Institute in Freiburg, Germany. He has co-authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications. JC holds a PhD in immunochemistry from the Autonoma University in Madrid, Spain.
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Nevan Hanumara
Research Scientist
MIT Mechanical Engineering’s Precision Engineering Research Group
Dr. Hanumara is a Research Scientist in MIT Mechanical Engineering’s Precision Engineering Research Group, pergatory.mit.edu and Program Manager for the MIT Tata Center for Technology + Design, tatacenter.mit.edu. His research and teaching focuses on humans-centered mechanical design, with application in medical settings, emerging markets and anywhere person and machine interact. Nevan has project management expertise, works internationally and is a proponent of entre/intrapreneurship as a mechanism for technology commercialization.
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Steve Haraguchi
Executive Director at MIT Innovation Initiative
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Catherine Havasi
Co-Founder & CEO
Luminoso Technologies
Dr. Catherine Havasi Co-Founded Luminoso Technologies, Inc. in 2010 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Havasi has been researching language and learning for nearly fifteen years. She is a research scientist in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics at the MIT Media Lab. She co-founded the Open Mind Common Sense project, which uses information about the world to understand natural language text and make computers easier to use.
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Charles Herder
Co-Founder, Gigavation
Charles Herder is in the field of embedded systems authentication and computer architectures. He has been published in IEEE and other publications in fields including embedded cryptosystems, physical chemistry, single-photon detection, and power management. His prior experience at Texas Instruments includes developing embedded systems authentication technology and serving as a technical lead for the development of proprietary power management and authentication systems for Dell, RIM, Cisco, and Phillips. He holds a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), a BS in EECS, and a BS in Physics all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is an active volunteer, including as Speakers and Panels Lead for the MIT Sloan CIO Symposium, and is a frequent invited speaker at events including the TU Automotive Conferences and MIT R&D Conferences.
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Christine Hsieh
Co-founder, Salubris Analytics
My vision is to deliver simple, deeply personal, indispensable experiences that make a difference in people's lives. I see this occurring through a continuous, integrated practice of building at the intersection of empathetic design, cutting-edge technology, and business.

During my PhD in behavior/cognitive science (@Harvard-MIT Health Sciences & Technology), I studied and developed new uses for personal media and everyday technologies within healthcare. I was particularly driven by the concept of "personalized medicine", which led me to the idea of human-centered design and its power to create meaningful and lasting experiences in people's lives. To further develop my exposure to human-centered design, I completed team projects with the MIT Media Lab's Tangible Interfaces group. I sketched concepts, created storyboards and interaction design prototypes, and wrote narratives within a framework of human-computer interaction.

These projects deepened my understanding of the need to consider humanly designed affordances and perceptions for new technologies, especially within health. Having a comfort with analysis and technology from previous education in physics and programming, combined with a passion for designed experiences, I am currently the co-founder a new smartphone healthcare IT venture. We are creating a service that combines behavior science principles, personalization algorithms, and mobile media messaging to improve health.
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Laura Indolfi
Entrepreneur in residence at MGH Cancer Center
CEO of PanTher Therapeutics
Innovative and imaginative biomedical researcher with a keen interest in entrepreneurship, business and the translational aspects of life science technologies. I hold a BS and MS in Materials Science and a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the Università di Napoli Federico II, Italy. I also enrolled as Special Student in the Biomedical Enterprise Program from the Sloan School of Management at MIT.

My scientific expertise spans a broad range of therapeutic areas (cardio, cancer, inflammation, regenerative medicine) and approaches (drug delivery, cell therapy, implanted devices). Together with my strong technical background, I have hands-on business managerial know-hows on defining a product’s overall market, competitive positioning and evaluating strategic future opportunities. The enclosed profile demonstrates my creative problem-solving experience from my academic work as well as my leader role in managing cross-functional teams.

Strongly motivated to apply my scientific, technology evaluation and strategy skills developed during my training in a managerial position within a highly interdisciplinary and intellectually challenging environment. U.S. Permanent resident (Green card holder).
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Birago Jones
President and Founder, MIT Media Lab Alumni Association
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Jane Kelly
Data Science Lead
BuzzFeed
Jane Kelly is BuzzFeed's Data Science Team Lead. Starting as a Information Designer in 2012, Jane leads a growing team of Data Scientists to develop the company's analytics tool and product integrations with social platforms. Previously, Jane served as Content Strategist at Squrl, a video discovery platform. Jane holds a degree from Colgate University and lives in New York City's Lower East Side.
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Joel "Yoel" Kelman
COO & Cofounder of Ecovent at TechStars
Yoel is co-founder and COO of Ecovent, which he started while pursuing his MBA at MIT Sloan. Prior to Ecovent, Yoel spent five years working in financial and economic consulting in New York and Tel Aviv and was a “wearer of many hats” at PLYmedia, a Tel-Aviv startup. He doesn’t like to tell people that he is a CPA, and loves trying new sports and activities.
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Scott Kirsner
Editor & Co-Founder, Innovation Leader
Scott Kirsner is a journalist who writes about innovation and entrepreneurship. His “Innovation Economy” column appears Sundays in the Boston Globe, and he is also editor of the site Innovation Leader (www.innovationleader.com), , which focuses on R&D, product development, corporate venturing, and new initiatives within large companies. Scott has been a regular contributor to Fast Company, BusinessWeek, Variety, and Wired. His books include Fans, Friends & Followers: Building an Audience and a Creative Career in the Digital Age, a technological history of Hollywood. He can be reached at scott@innovationleader.com and his Twitter handle is @ScottKirsner.
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David Knezevic
Chief Technology Officer
Akselos
Dr. Knezevic, from Perth, Western Australia, is the CTO of Akselos. In this role, he has coordinated the delivery of simulation frameworks to the Power Systems and Mining industries. He holds a Ph.D. from Oxford (Rhodes scholar) and was a post-doc at MIT where he worked on Akselos' core technology. He was a Lecturer at Harvard University for three years before joining Akselos full time.

David represents Akselos at numerous prestigious conferences, like the ASME TurboExpo 2015, and the ‘Analysis, Simulation, and Systems Engineering Software Summit (ASSESS)’ in 2015, an invitation-only summit for 40 thought-leaders in the field of simulation technology. He has access to a vast network of leaders and practitioners who play a role in shaping the future of the field.

David is a co-author (with colleagues from MIT) of the patent "Methods and apparatus for constructing and analyzing component-based models of engineering systems" that is one of the foundations of Akselos' technology.

In September 2011, Dr. Knezevic was part of the team that won the largest Deshpande innovation grant at MIT, which led to the launch of Akselos.
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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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Natalie Kuldell
President, The BioBuilder Educational Foundation
Instructor, MIT Department of Biological Engineering
Dr. Natalie Kuldell teaches in the Department of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She develops discovery-based curricula drawn from the current literature to engage undergraduate students in structured, reasonably authentic laboratory and project-based experiences. She completed her doctoral and post-doctoral work at Harvard Medical School, and taught at Wellesley College before joining the faculty at MIT.

Dr. Kuldell is the director of a web-based resource called BioBuilder to teach synthetic biology, as well as the president of an educational non-profit organization called the BioBuilder Educational Foundation that aims to convert current research into teachable form. She runs BioBuilder summer workshops to train teachers in the engineering of biology and ways to teach it.

Outside of her BioBuilder work, she is also a scientific adviser for two web-projects to teach the nature and process of science, namely Understanding Science and VisionLearning, and a regional hub coordinator and core member of COPUS, a grassroots organization to promote the public understanding of science. Her research examines gene expression in eukaryotic cells, focusing most recently on synthetic biology and redesign of the yeast mitochondria.
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Donna Levin
Entrepreneur in Residence, Martin Trust Center
Co-Founder & VP, Policy, CSR and Global Workplace Solutions, Care.com
Donna is one of the co-founders of Care.com, the world’s leading online site for helping families find and manage family care. During the course of her tenure with the Company, Donna has played key roles in building and leading numerous high performing teams, including senior care planning and care concierge. As Vice President of Operations, Donna built and launched all of the Company’s operational systems, policies, and procedures, and led the way on safety protocols, playing a fundamental role in scaling the Care.com platform.

As Vice President, Public Policy, CSR and Global Workplace Solutions, Donna advocated for programs and changes, at both the enterprise and government levels that will help families manage the costs and challenges of care.

Donna has a 15-year career as a social entrepreneur. Previously VP of Operations at Upromise, an online service that helps families save for college, she has also held several leadership positions across a broad range of technology and start up organizations including Furniture.com, Turning Point Software (acquired by Metamore Worldwide), and Thomson Financial.

Donna is currently on the Board for the Center for Women and Enterprise, WBUR, Boston’s NPR news station, The Alliance for Business Leadership and Zero to Three.

Donna holds a B.A. from Emerson College and is pursuing her MBA at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
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Natan Linder
Co-founder of Tulip
Natan is an entrepreneur with extensive experience building product driven technology-based companies. He is a Co-founder of Tulip a Digital Manufacturing MIT spin-off. In 2011 he cofounded Formlabs a desktop 3D printing company, prior to that he served as Lead UI Designer for Rethink Robotics. Natan's background is in Embedded Engineering, Mobile, IoT, HCI and Product Design. A 15 years industry veteran, he worked for Sun Microsystems, and was the Co-founder and General Manager of Samsung Electronics Israel Mobile R&D Center. He was also an Entrepreneur in Residence at Jerusalem Venture Partners. Natan holds a BA in Computer Science from the IDC in Herzliya and an S.M. in Media Arts and Sciences from MIT. Currently PhD student in the Fluid Interfaces group at the MIT Media Lab. His research is focused on digital manufacturing interfaces, robotics, augmented reality and enterprise software architectures.
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David Lucchino
CEO & Entreprenuer-in Residence, Entrega Bio
David Lucchino serves as the interim President and Chief Executive Officer of Entrega, a biotechnology company based in Kendall Square that was co-founded by Robert Langer and PureTech Ventures. He also holds an Entrepreneur in Residence position at PureTech Ventures, a science and technology commercialization company.

Previously he was the Chief Executive Officer and President of Semprus BioSciences until its acquisition by Teleflex Medical, Inc. (NYSE: TFX). He then served as a Vice President executing the post-M&A integration plan for eighteen months. David co-founded Semprus BioSciences while attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Robert S. Langer, Sc.D., the David H. Koch Institute Professor.

Under his stewardship, Semprus BioSciences grew from two to 50 employees, secured $28.5 million in venture capital financing as well as $8.4 million in federal funding and received approval from the FDA and European regulators for its first medical device product within five years of the company founding.

Prior to co-founding Semprus, David was a Senior Associate at Polaris Venture Partners, a multibillion dollar venture capital fund based in Boston. Previously, David co-founded and served as Managing Director of LaunchCyte, an investment firm that specializes in acquiring and developing biomedical intellectual property.

David began his career as a technology marketing executive. He earned his MBA as an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also earned a Master of Science degree from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Denison University.
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Sanjay Manandhar
Founder & CEO
Aerva
Sanjay founded Aerva with the express intention of bringing an intuitive solution for networks and enterprises to manage digital displays and also allow mobile devices to interact with the displays (indoor, outdoor and the web). He has 15+ years of product development experience, starting his career in software engineering/product development at Siemens, NYNEX and other high tech firms. He has also worked in Europe in finance and advanced product development as VP of Innovation at Rubus, built a team in late 1990’s working on Smart Search, 3D characters with natural language, wireless applications using WAP, SMS and mobile handsets. Sanjay has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT and an Master’s degree from the MIT Media Lab, as well as an MBA from INSEAD in France. Sanjay enjoys treks in the Himalayas and across the world.
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Salvatore Mascia
Founder & CEO
CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals
Salvatore Mascia is the Founder & CEO of CONTINUUS Pharmaceuticals. He was the former Strategic Project Manager at the Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing, where he led the integration of the first end-to-end continuous manufacturing process for pharmaceuticals. At the end of the project, he was presented with the “Leadership Award” that recognized his leadership role at the Center. Salvatore has gained experience in strategic management and fund raising in addition to leadership skills via various roles of responsibility within the entrepreneurial ecosystem. Among those, he co-founded “Professionisti Italiani a Boston” in 2009, and served as President of the “Cambridge University Technology and Enterprise Club” in 2006/07. He also ran a pharmacy business for 2 years. Salvatore completed a post-doc at MIT in Chemical Engineering and holds a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Cambridge, UK and a BS and MS in Pharmacy (summa cum laude) from University of Perugia, Italy.
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Peter Miller
Co-Director, MIT Venture Mentoring Service
Peter Miller is a mentor and as a Co-Director oversees VMS’s coordination with investment sources. Peter has more than thirty years' experience in the entrepreneurial community, beginning by helping found a large local consulting and research firm (Abt Associates) while in the Masters' program at MIT's Sloan School of Management. Peter has worked with several successful software and Internet firms. He has quarterbacked business plan creation and successful fund-raising for six companies; and been board chairman of the International MIT Enterprise Forum. Mr. Miller’s current job is COO of Genomic Healthcare Strategies, a firm focused on strategy and IP in personalized medicine.
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Adam Paxson
President & CEO
DropWise Technologies Corp.
Dr. Paxson (MIT Course II PhD ’14, S.M. ’11, S.B. ’09) is an expert on advanced dropwise condensation technologies, with 6 years experience with advanced hydrophobic coatings. He previously co-founded LiquiGlide, which won the 2012 MIT $100k Audience Choice and was one of the TIME Magazine Best Inventions of the Year. He completed his PhD in the lab of Prof. Kripa Varanasi in Mechanical Engineering, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, MIT Energy Fellow, and Martin Family Sustainability Fellow, co-author of 9 journal publications, and co-inventor of 11 patents.
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Alex Pentland
Toshiba Professor of Media Arts and Sciences
Head, Human Dynamics Group
Director, Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
MIT Media Laboratory
Alex "Sandy" Pentland directs MIT's Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program and advises the World Economic Forum, Nissan Motor Corporation, and a variety of start-up firms. He previously helped create and direct MIT's Media Laboratory, the Media Lab Asia laboratories at the Indian Institutes of Technology, and Strong Hospital's Center for Future Health.

Forbes magazine declared Pentland "one of the seven most powerful data scientists in the world," along with the founders of Google and the CTO of the United States. Pentland is among the most-cited computational scientists in the world, and a pioneer in computational social science, organizational engineering, mobile computing, image understanding, and modern biometrics. His research has been featured in Nature, Science, the World Economic Forum, and Harvard Business Review, as well as being the focus of TV features including "Nova" and "Scientific American Frontiers." His most recent book is Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread — The Lessons from a New Science.

Interesting experiences include winning the DARPA 40th Anniversary of the Internet Grand Challenge, dining with British Royalty and the President of India, staging fashion shows in Paris, Tokyo, and New York, and developing a method for counting beavers from space.
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Christina Qi
Co-Founder & Partner
Domeyard LP
Christina Qi co-founded Domeyard LP, a quantitative hedge fund based in Boston. Domeyard leverages computational models to execute trades at extremely low latencies, deploying capital globally across multiple asset classes. Domeyard is backed by the founders of one of the largest hedge funds in the world ($55 billion in AUM) and pioneers behind one of the largest public internet companies in Asia.

Prior to Domeyard, Christina started her career at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, UBS Securities, Zions Bancorporation, and Lincoln Labs. She has received accolades from 100 Women in Hedge Funds, PAAMCO, Scientific American, and was featured in Bloomberg, Thomson Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal. Christina is an ongoing guest-lecturer for Nobel Laureate Robert Merton’s MIT class “15.467 Retirement Finance, Lifecycle Investing and Asset Management,” as well as Harvard Business School’s core finance class “Investment Strategies.” She is the protagonist of HBS’s first case study about high frequency trading. Christina has a bachelors in science from MIT.
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John Ritter
EVP Product Development
QD Vision
John Ritter has more than 22 years of experience in developing and commercializing new technologies, and is responsible for all aspects of product development at QD Vision. Prior to joining QD Vision, John was Vice President of Development at E-Ink where his responsibilities encompassed materials, process, and product development and engineering. In this capacity, he successfully developed E Ink's front plane laminate (FPL) product, and transferred the necessary materials, processes and systems to E Ink's manufacturing operations and partners. He also worked closely with E Ink's direct customers (display makers) and end customers (set makers) to ensure that the FPL product functioned in the intended application.

Ritter has an additional 17 years of experience with Corning Incorporated, where he held a variety of technical and leadership positions in development, engineering and manufacturing functions in the optical fiber, photonic components, flat panel display glass, and semiconductor materials businesses. He has significant international business experience, including a three-year work assignment in France.

Ritter holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT.

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Patrick Rivelli
Director, MIT Angels
President & CEO Sonogenix, Inc.
Mr. Patrick A. Rivelli is a General Partner at Mapleleaf Capital Ltd. Mr. Rivelli serves as the President of Sunwestern Managers Inc. He Founded Bioabsorbable Therapeutics, Inc., in 2004 and has been its President and Chief Executive Officer since 2004. Mr. Rivelli was General Partner of AMT Capital Ltd. He served at Sunwestern Investment Group. Previously, he was a Founding General Partner of Sunwestern Investment Fund III (1987), a General Partner of Sunwestern Investment Fund II (1989), and a Founding General Partner of Heartland Capital Fund, Ltd. Mr. Rivelli has over 15 years experience in managing technology based venture investments. He was a Private Investor and Consultant to numerous early-stage technology companies. Mr. Rivelli was a Co-Founder and Senior Vice President responsible for marketing, sales, and engineering for National Micronetics, Inc. In addition, he held the position of Chief Engineer at the Ferroxcube Division of North American Philips and various project management positions at Burroughs Corporation and UNIVAC (now UNISYS). Mr. Rivelli was instrumental in managing the growth of this company from a startup to a $70 million public corporation with over 2500 employees worldwide. He also co-founded RASNA Corporation. He serves as a Director of Bioabsorbable Therapeutics, Inc and EZ-Med Technologies, Inc. Mr. Rivelli serves as Director of five companies, two of these as the Chairman. He serves as a Director of Cormedics Corporation. He served as a Director of MaxServ, Inc., from January 1994. Mr. Rivelli served as a Director of Vista Information Solutions, Inc., since 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University, Boston and a Master of Science in Engineering degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Mr. Rivelli also completed the Executive Management program at Stanford University, Palo Alto.
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Mark Roberge
Chief Revenue Officer
HubSpot Sales Products
Mark is Chief Revenue Officer of HubSpot Sales Products. Prior to this role, Mark served as HubSpot's SVP of Worldwide Sales and Services from 2007 to 2013, during which time he increased revenue over 6,000% and expanded the team from 1 to 450 employees. These results placed HubSpot #33 on the 2011 INC 500 Fastest Growing Companies list. Mark was ranked #19 in Forbes' Top 30 Social Sellers in the World. He was also awarded the 2010 Salesperson of the Year at the MIT Sales Conference. Prior to HubSpot, Mark founded and/or held executive positions at start-ups in the social media and mobile sector. Mark started his career as a Technology Consultant with Accenture.

Mark holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management where he was a semi-finalist in the 2005 MIT $50K Business Plan competition and was awarded the Patrick McGovern award for his contributions to entrepreneurship at MIT. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University. Mark has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, Inc Magazine, BostonGlobe, TechCrunch, Harvard Business Review, and other major publications for his entrepreneurial ventures. He is the author of best selling book "The Sales Acceleration Formula: Using Data, Technology, and Inbound Selling to go from $0 to $100 Million".
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Philipp Schmidt
Director of Learning Innovation at the MIT Media Lab
Philipp Schmidt is Director of Learning Innovation at the MIT Media Lab, where he leads the Learning Learning initiative, teach courses, and conduct research. He is also a cofounder and board member of Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU), a non-profit organization and online community that experiments with new ways of learning. Schmidt served on the founding board of the OpenCourseWare Consortium and co-authored the Cape Town Open Education Declaration. He received Shuttleworth and Ashoka and MIT Media Lab Director's fellowships.
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Jan Schnorr
Chief Technology Officer of C2Sense
Jan Schnorr is Chief Technology Officer of C2Sense. Previously, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Swager laboratory (Department of Chemistry at MIT), and also completed his Ph.D. in chemistry at MIT. During this time, he has worked on functionalized carbon nanotubes and carbon nanotube based chemical sensors. He has published 13 peer-reviewed papers with a total of over 300 citations. He is co-inventor on 6 patents/patent applications including C2Sense’s ethylene sensing and rapid prototyping technology.
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Kalpesh Sheth
Co-founder Yaxa
Security software thought leader and engineering execution leader with experience in designing, developing and delivering complex systems.

Skilled in building high performance teams to drive critical projects and initiatives. Highly technical manager and hands-on contributor with experience in program management and leading R&D projects. Expert in analyzing ROI, margins, resource utilization. customer interaction and relationship management.

Presented and participated as an expert panel member at multiple IEEE conferences and co-authored an ANSI standard.

Co-founder of a funded stealth mode cybersecurity company that provides real-time insider threat prevention solution using advanced Machine Learning (ML) algorithms.
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Reshma Shetty
Co-founder, Ginkgo Bioworks
Reshma Shetty co-founded synthetic biology Gingko Bioworks in 2008 and has helped to grow the company to 50 people and raised $50M in financing. Reshma Shetty has a B.S. degree in Computer Science from the University of Utah and a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from MIT. Reshma has been active in the field of synthetic biology for 10+ years and co-organized SB1.0, the first international conference in synthetic biology in 2004. In 2008, Forbes magazine named Reshma one of Eight People Inventing the Future and in 2011, Fast Company named her one of 100 Most Creative People in Business. In 2014, Ginkgo because the first biotech company to participate in YCombinator.
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Matthew Silver
Founder & CEO of Cambrian Innovation
Dr. Matthew Silver has more than 14 years of experience in technology, commercialization, innovation strategy and engineering design. He has played a key role in building Cambrian’s underlying technology and in guiding the firm to successfully penetrate and scale in commercial markets. Dr. Silver holds three advanced degrees from MIT – M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Technology; M.S. in Technology and Policy; PhD in Engineering Systems. Dr. Silver has published over 15 academic publications and testified before the United States Senate on the government’s role in early stage innovation.
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Harpreet Singh
Co-founder and CO-CEO, Experfy
Harpreet Singh is responsible for Experfy's strategy and operations. He is an entrepreneur with experience leading cross-functional teams in global execution of product development, business strategy, operations, and technology functions. With exceptional emphasis on structured governance, he managed the program management initiatives for sixty technology startups from Citigroup's e-Citi Venture Portfolio Office. In a later role as Director of Technology, also at Citigroup, he architected the infrastructure of global multi-tiered, web-based electronic exchanges. Harpreet subsequently established the Project Management Office (PMO) for FX Alliance, a global foreign exchange platform, where he was responsible for enabling project and risk management functions for New York, London and Tokyo locations. Harpreet earned Master's and PhD degrees from Harvard University, where he currently serves as a faculty member. In 2001, Harpreet co-founded the Sikh Coalition—a civil rights group—in the wake of hate crimes against Sikh-Americans after the September 11 attacks. In 2003, along with Desmond Tutu, Harpreet was honored with the James Parks Morton Interfaith Tribute by the Interfaith Center of New York for his work to help heal local communities on the grassroots level.

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Andrew Sliwinski
Co-founder and Chief Maker of DIY.org
Andrew Sliwinski is co-founder and Chief Maker of DIY.org – a creative community for kids where he leads both product design and engineering teams. DIY is used by kids and teens around the globe as a way to explore and share their creative passions. Prior to starting DIY, Andrew co-founded Detroit's first hackerspace where he focused on spreading digital literacy. While in Detroit, Andrew worked with area education institutions including the Detroit Public Library, Allied Media Projects, USSF, and Detroit Public Schools to help bring technical and media skills to low income residents. Nationally, Andrew has contributed to discussions on education with the National Writing Project, Mozilla Foundation, and The White House.

An advocate of open engineering practices, Andrew contributes to various open source software projects and has released over 40 individual software libraries. Most notable amongst his contributions have been projects related to natural language processing (NLP), machine learning, and API design. Additionally, he is an active contributor to the Mozilla Foundation's "Open Badges" project. Andrew is a member of both the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).

Trained as a designer and engineer, Andrew has worked with various national and international organizations during his career including: Hewlett-Packard, Volkswagen, Toyota, Universal Music Group, General Electric, and Architecture for Humanity. His work as a creative technologist has been displayed in The Museum of Science & Industry, Carnegie Hall, and The Museum of Modern Art.
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David Strand
President, E14 Fund Management
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Bill Townsend
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Barrett Technology
Bill is Barrett's engineering-driven President & CEO. With the guidance of Barrett’s board of directors, he is realizing a people-centric vision of robotics. Bill assembled Barrett’s adept engineering team to attack the most fundamental challenges in robotics, resulting in patented innovations that will impact robotics for many years to come. Before founding Barrett, Bill created the world’s first haptic manipulator, dubbed WAM™ and designed to be user-centric, during his PhD’88 completed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. He completed his PhD-minor at Harvard Business School and Sloan School of Management on Managing Technical Innovation. Beginning in the 1970s, Bill worked on a series of engineering development projects at GTE Laboratories, Bird Machine, Co., and NASA. Bill has won more than a dozen awards, including the Joseph F. Engelberger Award, for his technical leadership in robotics and has authored many papers and patents on the foundational technologies of robotics.

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Trond Undheim
Senior Lecturer, MIT Sloan School of Management
Founder, Yegii, Inc.
Senior Industrial Liaison Officer & Lead, Startup Initiative
MIT Industrial Liaison Program
Trond heads up the Startup Initiative at MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), facilitating productive relationships between industry and MIT’s startup ecosystem. He is a Senior Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Trond is a serial entrepreneur with Scandinavian roots, and is currently the Founder of Yegii, Inc., the insight network, and Managing Director of Tautec Consulting.

Trond is a leading expert on technology development across industries such as IT, Energy, and Healthcare. His knowledge spans entrepreneurship, strategy frameworks, policy making, action learning, virtual teamwork, knowledge management, standardization, and e-government. He wrote the book Leadership From Below (2008). Trond speaks six languages and is a frequent public speaker on business, technology, and wine.

Trond was a Strategy/business development executive at Oracle Corp. (2008-12), and a policy maker in the EU (2004-8) where he built the ePractice.eu web platform with 120,000 members. He has worked with multinational companies, with mid-caps and startups in Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Indonesia, Norway, the UK, and the US. He has a PhD in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Education
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Dr. Polit. degree in Multidisciplinary Technology Studies
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David Verrill
Executive Director, Initiative on the Digital Economy
MIT Center for Digital Business
David Verrill is Executive Director of the Initiative on the Digital Economy, and its sister organization the Center for Digital Business which he helped launch in 1999. David has worked and consulted at MIT for more than 25 years. Prior to his work at MIT, he was a research scientist at the Center for Blood Research in Boston, focusing on the human immune system. David has also worked at Xerox Adaptive Products, where he was Manager of International Sales and Business Development. He has also helped start two companies, including Winchester International Group and the Hub Investment Group, which continues to invest in startup companies in the New England region. David has degrees from Bowdoin College and the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he received a Master of Science.
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Andy Vidan
CEO, Composable Analytics
Andy has diverse and extensive experience spanning data sciences, information technology and applied physics, with a passion for developing and scaling disruptive technology platforms. At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Andy served as the Associate, CTO, was a key technical contributor to a broad range of homeland security and defense research programs, and was the architect for the Laboratoryís Distributed Disaster Response program, developing advanced information systems for large-scale crisis response and management. Andy has a PhD from Harvard University and a BS from Cornell University.
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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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Jason Whaley
CEO
Manus Biosynthesis
Jason Whaley, a Sloan Fellow '11., has management consulting experience that spans many industries and geographies. While at The Monitor Group (Cambridge, MA),he worked on general strategy projects across the U.S. and Europe.He designed forecasting and advanced analytical systems for clients in the energy, media and chemicals industries in the U.S., France and Belgium. Whaley has also developed knowledge management software tools, principally related to marketing strategy and competitor intelligence in the pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries. Prior to Monitor, Whaley worked as a software engineer atGroup Logic, Inc. in Arlington, VA and at IBM in Research Triangle Park, NC. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science (magna cum laude, departmental honors) from Dartmouth College (Hanover, N.H), where he wrote hishonors thesis on natural language processing and information retrieval.
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Pete Wurman
CTO of Kiva Systems (Amazon Robotics)
Pete Wurman is currently CTO of Kiva Systems, the Boston-based company that pioneered the use of mobile robotics in warehouses and distribution facilities. Pete joined Kiva in 2004 as a technical co-founder with Raff D’Andrea to help founder Mick Mountz bring his vision to life. In May of 2012, Kiva was acquired by Amazon.com and has deployed more than 30,000 robots to Amazon warehouses.

Prior to joining Kiva, Pete was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Pete’s teaching focus was e-commerce systems, and his research focused on electronic auctions (especially combinatorial auctions), multi-agent systems, and resource allocation. Unfortunately, he never got to savor the fruits of earning tenure, as the Kiva opportunity had become too attractive and he moved his family to Boston.

Pete earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Michigan in 1999, and his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from M.I.T. in 1987.
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Todd Zion
Co-founder, President & CEO at Akston Biosciences Corporation
Todd C. Zion, Ph.D. founded SmartCells, Inc. in 2003 to develop SmartInsulin™, the first glucose-regulated, injectable formulation for treating diabetes. As SmartCells’ President and CEO, Todd was instrumental in raising $10M in equity financing from individual investors and $10M in grants to support research and clinical development. In December 2010, Merck and Co. acquired SmartCells for over $500M in cash and clinical milestone payments.

Dr. Zion developed the SmartInsulin™ technology as part of his doctoral thesis work in Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to enrolling at MIT, he worked as a polymer development engineer at Eastman Kodak. Todd graduated from Cornell University summa cum laude with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Zion now enjoys advising technology entrepreneurs through MIT’s Venture Mentoring Service. He also serves on a number of advisory boards including those of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Joslin Diabetes Center, and the Cornell Engineering College Council.
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