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2019 MIT Japan Conference

January 25, 2019
 
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Polina Anikeeva
Class of 1942 Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Polina Anikeeva received her BS in Physics from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University in 2003. After graduation she spent a year at Los Alamos National Lab where she worked on developing photovoltaic cells based on quantum dots. She then enrolled in a PhD program in Materials Science at MIT and graduated in January 2009 with her thesis dedicated to the design of light emitting devices based on organic materials and nanoparticles. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University, where she created devices for optical stimulation and electrical recording from neural circuits. Polina joined the faculty of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT in July 2011, where she is now a Class of 1942 career development associate professor. Her lab focuses on the development of flexible and minimally invasive materials and devices for neural recording, stimulation and repair. Polina is also a recipient of NSF CAREER Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, and the TR35 among others.
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Adam Behrens
CEO
Cambridge Crops
Adam Behrens is CEO of Cambridge Crops and has spent his career developing and translating polymer-related technologies in the areas of agriculture, healthcare, and nutrition. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral associate in the Langer Lab at MIT, where he still retains affiliate status. Behrens managed several projects, including the scale-up and clinical trial design/implementation of a nutrient stabilizing fortification technology. He was named to the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2017. Behrens holds a BS in chemical engineering and a PhD in bioengineering from the University of Maryland.
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Marcus Dahllöf
Program Director
MIT Startup Exchange
Marcus leads the MIT Startup Exchange, which facilitates connections between MIT-connected startups and corporate members of the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP). Marcus manages networking events, workshops, the STEX25 accelerator, opportunity postings, and helps define the strategic direction of MIT Startup Exchange. He is a two-time tech entrepreneur (one exit in cybersecurity), and has previously held roles in finance, software engineering, corporate strategy, and business development at emerging tech companies and Fortune 100 corporations in the U.S., Latin America, and Europe. Marcus was a member of the Swedish national rowing team and he is a mentor at the MIT Venture Mentoring Service.
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Jack Dunn
Cofounding Partner
Interpretable AI
Jack Dunn is a cofounding partner of Interpretable AI. He has developed many novel analytics approaches, including the Optimal Trees methodology, and has considerable experience applying machine learning and AI to problems in both research and industry settings. Dunn holds a PhD in operations research from MIT.
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617-253-0788

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John Fisher
Principal Research Scientist
MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
John Fisher is Principal Research Scientist at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research focuses on information-theoretic approaches to machine learning, computer vision, and signal processing. Application areas include signal-level approaches to multi-modal data fusion, signal and image processing in sensor networks, distributed inference under resource constraints, resource management in sensor networks, and analysis of seismic and radar images. In collaboration with the Surgical Planning Lab at Brigham and Women's Hospital, he is developing nonparametric approaches to image registration and functional imaging.

He received a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering at the Univsersity of Florida in 1987 and 1989, respectively. He earned a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 1997.
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Manijeh Goldberg
Founder & CEO
Privo Technologies
Manijeh Goldberg is the Founder and CEO of Privo Technologies. She has over 20 years of experience in the biomedical industry, in large companies and five startups. Goldberg is responsible for the leadership and overall management of Privo with an innovative drug delivery platform. She has developed US Key Opinion Leader (KOL) relationships, successfully lobbied to get PRV111 into a large, NIH funded clinical study, planned and executed training, and helped drive on-time trial enrollment. Goldberg holds a PhD in biomedical engineering, an MS in biomedical enterprise from Harvard Medical School, an MBA from MIT, and an MS in computer science and mathematics.
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Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli
Toyota Assistant Professor in Materials Processing
MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Rafael Gomez-Bombarelli joined the faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering as an assistant professor in January 2018 and is currently a senior researcher at Kyulux NA, applying Harvard-licensed technology to create commercial organic light-emitting diode products. Gomez-Bombarelli’s research has evolved from experimental mechanistic studies of organic molecules with an emphasis on environmental toxicity, to computer-driven design of molecular materials. By combining first-principles simulation with machine learning on theoretical and experimental datasets, he aims to accelerate the discovery of novel practical materials. At MIT he plans to address the role of molecular transformation in materials discovery in areas such as catalyst design, the environmentally-minded development of novel and replacement chemicals, and designing for stability in advanced materials. Gomez-Bombarelli received the Spanish accreditation for Profesor Ayudante Doctor, and the University of Salamanca’s doctoral thesis award. His work has been featured in MIT Technology Review and The Wall Street Journal. He was also cofounder of Calculario, a materials discovery company that leverages quantum chemistry and machine learning to target advanced materials in a range of high-value markets. He earned his BS, MS, and PhD in chemistry from the University of Salamanca in Spain, followed by postdoctoral work at Heriot-Watt University and Harvard University.
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Jeffrey M. Karp
Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Principal Faculty, Harvard Stem Cell Institute
Affiliate faculty, Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology
Dr. Jeff Karp is a Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and an affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (where he teaches to HST and MIT-Sloan business school students). His work spans the fields of drug delivery, medical devices, stem cell therapeutics, and tissue adhesives. He He has published >100 peer-reviewed papers (with >16,500 citations), has given >275 national and international invited lectures, and has >100 issued or pending national/international patents. Several technologies developed in his lab have formed the foundation for multiple products on the market and currently under development and for the launch of six companies that have raised over $180 Million in funding including Skintifique (a skincare company), Gecko Biomedical (a tissue adhesive company), Alivio Therapeutics (an inflammation targeting company), Frequency Therapeutics (a regenerative medicine company), Molecular Infusions (a cannabinoid company), and Landsdowne Labs (a child safety company). In 2014, Skintifique brought four consumer healthcare products to market that are sold in pharmacies throughout Europe and are globally available. In 2017, Gecko Biomedical received European regulatory approval (CE mark) for its first tissue sealant product and was recognized by Fierce Medtech as part of their Fierce 15 list of 2017. Frequency Therapeutics began human clinical testing in 2017 for its lead program to treat chronic hearing loss and completed a successful Phase I safety study in Australia. The company has also just completed enrolment for a Phase I/II trial in the US.
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Karl Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
Opening Remarks
Day 1, 9:20
Karl Koster is the executive director of MIT Corporate Relations. MIT Corporate Relations includes the MIT Industrial Liaison Program, which celebrated 69 years of service to the Institute and its corporate partners in 2017, and MIT Startup Exchange.

In that capacity, 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. 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 ecosystem, including its vibrant startup and small company community, into MIT's global corporate and university networks.

Koster also served 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.

Koster graduated from Brown University with a BA in geology and economics, and received an MS from MIT Sloan School of Management. At MIT Sloan he concentrated in international business management and the management of technological innovation. Prior to returning to MIT, 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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Oz Locker
SVP of Partnerships
ClimaCell
Oz Locker is the Senior Vice President of Partnerships at ClimaCell, leading the Global Go-To-Market strategy implementation. Prior, he served as an officer in the Israeli Air Force for a decade, heading cross-functional teams and innovation initiatives. During his service, Locker led the implementation and integration of command, control, communication, and computer projects in aerial systems, in cross-branch partnerships. In his free time, Oz enjoys practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, playing chess, and free diving. He holds a BA in economics from Ben Gurion University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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A.J. MacKinnon
Senior Director, Business Development and Strategic Partnerships
Affectiva
A.J. MacKinnon is Senior Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships at Affectiva. In this role, he is responsible for managing Affectiva’s Asia business. MacKinnon has extensive experience living and working in Asia, leading and growing Japan/APAC businesses for Boston-based tech companies, including Nuance Communications and NetSilicon.
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Chad Malone
Chief Strategy and Growth Officer
Figur8
Chad Malone M.D. is the Chief Strategy and Growth Office of figur8. Malone brings more than 20 years of domestic and international experience in biomedical informatics, medical devices and clinical & translational science, incorporating a strong information technology background and experience in healthcare data strategy, clinical practice, and patient outcomes. He has extensive leadership in accelerating startups and executing turnarounds by focusing on technology optimization, new market creation, and devising and executing effective commercial strategies which drive rapid operational and revenue growth.

In any venture, his focus is on the patient. Serving the patient was his impetus for pursuing a second career as a physician. If outcomes, patient experience and clinical workflow optimization are improved through the right technology, the bottom line is an improvement in the quality of life of patients. In the past, Malone served as the Chief Strategy and Growth Officer of eHealth Technologies, VP of Channel Sales at Ingenix (Optum), VP of International Business Development at TenFold. He has been instrumental in accelerating a number of technologies throughout his career, namely, Zipongo (Digital Nutrition), Canary Speech (Early Voice Diagnostics), SolveBio (Genomic Informatics), CoNextions Medical (Orthopedic Device).
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617-253-6314

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Gregory Ornatowski
Senior Director, MIT Corporate Relations
Opening Remarks
Day 1, 9:20
Closing Remarks
Day 1, 5:05
Dr. Ornatowski is currently a Senior Director in the Office of Corporate Relations (OCR) at MIT and the Director, MIT-ILP, Japan. He works with various companies in the automotive, electronics and materials industries. Prior to joining MIT, he worked as a consultant in the Boston area with Standard and Poor's DRI and Harbor Research.

Previously he spent nine years with General Electric, where he held various management positions in business development, strategic planning and marketing in the U.S. and Asia and worked with several of GE's technology-focused businesses. Dr. Ornatowski began his professional career as a management consultant working with the Tokyo office of the Boston Consulting Group.

In addition to his corporate experience, Dr. Ornatowski has taught at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Boston University, and Trinity College. He has also published articles in the Sloan Management Review, Far Eastern Economic Review, The Journal of the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and the Journal of Socio-Economics. He is fluent in Japanese, having lived and worked in Japan a total of 12 years, and has worked extensively with Asian and European companies as well.
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Hyunjun Park
Cofounder and CEO
CATALOG
Hyunjun Park is passionate about using biology to address complex challenges. As cofounder and CEO of CATALOG, he is leading the effort to handle the explosion of digital information, using cutting edge tools of synthetic biology. Park obtained his BS at Seoul National University, PhD in microbiology at the University of Wisconsin Madison, and conducted postdoctoral research in synthetic biology at MIT.
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617-253-2517

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Nicholas Roy
Bisplinghoff Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics
Director, Robust Robotics Group
MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Nicholas Roy is the Bisplinghoff Professor of Aeronautics & Astronautics and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT. His research encompasses artificial intelligence, machine learning, human-computer interaction, and robotics in the air and on the ground. He founded and led Project Wing at Google [X] from 2012-2014, and is currently the director of the Bridge under MIT's Quest for Intelligence. Roy holds a BS in physics and cognitive science from McGill University and a PhD in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University.
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Michael Schrage
Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business;
Visiting Fellow, Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship;
Visiting Fellow, Imperial College Department of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Michael Schrage is a fellow with MIT Sloan School's Initiative on the Digital Economy and the author of ’The Innovator’s Hypothesis’ [MIT Press 2014], ‘Who Do You Want Your Customers To Become?’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2012], and ‘Serious Play’ [Harvard Business Review Press 2000], among others. His research, writing, and advisory work focuses on the ‘behavioral economics’ of models, prototypes, and experiments as collaborative media for managing ‘innovation risk’ and opportunity. His current research explores the interplay of ’network effects’ with innovation and human capital. Schrage’s pioneering work in ‘selvesware’ technologies was designed to augment aspects, attributes, and talents of productive individuals. Current research building on that theme, in collaboration with Google and the Sloan Management Review, addresses the ‘future of KPIs’ and digital dashboards. His particular interest is the future of ‘agency’ in algorithmically-rich networked environments.

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Alexander Shkolnik
Cofounder and CEO
LiquidPiston
Dr. Alexander Shkolnik is cofounder and CEO of LiquidPiston, where he provides operational, strategic and technical oversight toward developing and commercializing a new type of advanced rotary engine. Shkolnik holds a PhD from MIT in computer science, where he was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and continued as a postdoctoral researcher. He had also studied at AIST in Japan (Tsukuba) under an NSF/JSF EAPSI Fellowship. Shkolnik has 50 patents issued or pending and has authored 25 peer reviewed journal and conference publications.
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Dan Sturtevant
Cofounder and CEO
Silverthread
Dan Sturtevant cofounded Silverthread in 2013 to commercialize 15 years of Harvard and MIT research on improving business outcomes for complex software projects. From 2012 through 2015, he researched the empirical foundations of Silverthread’s predictive analytics for design quality and software economics. Sturtevant holds a BS in computer engineering from Lehigh University and an MS in engineering and management and PhD in engineering systems from MIT.
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Jessika Trancik
Atlantic Richfield Career Development Assistant Professor in Energy Studies
MIT Engineering Systems Division
Prof. Trancik earned a B.S. in materials science and engineering from Cornell University (1997), and a Ph.D. in materials science from Oxford University (2002), where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Trancik was a postdoctoral fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and a fellow at Columbia University’s Earth Institute, where she focused on modeling energy systems. She has also worked for the United Nations, and as an advisor to the private sector on the development of low-carbon energy technologies. She has published in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nano Letters, and Environmental Research Letters.

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