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2017 KoreaBIOplus Global Conference

New Opportunities for Bio-Ecosystem with MIT Startups
October 23, 2017
 
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617-253-0416

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Jewan Bae
Program Director
MIT Corporate Relations/Industrial Liaison Program
Welcome Remarks
Day 1, 1:30
Jewan joined the MIT Office of Corporate Relations in January 2017. He is a senior Strategic Marketing and New Business Development leader with more than 20 years of experiences in Specialty Chemicals and Construction industries. He is an accomplished business leader with a proven track record in building a team of trust and joint accountability, improving quality of existing business and delivering new business growth by influencing cross-functional teams. His areas of expertise include New Product Introduction Stage Gate Process, Portfolio Prioritization and Resource Planning and Strategic Planning. He especially enjoys interacting with customers and industry leaders, coaching others and learning from others.

Prior to joining MIT, Jewan held various business leadership positions at W, R. Grace & Co. and Air Products & Chemicals, Inc. including Director of Strategic Planning & Process, Director of Sales – Americas and Global Marketing Director. He is a recipient of the US Army Commendation Medal in 1986. He has a B.S. in Ceramic Engineering from Yonsei University, a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Washington State University and a M.B.A. from University of Notre Dame.
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Mark Bathe
Associate Professor of Biological Engineering
MIT Department of Biological Engineering
Mark Bathe is an Associate Professor of Biological Engineering at MIT, an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, and a Member of the Center for Neurobiological Engineering, the Center for Excitonics, and the Center for Environmental Health Sciences. He obtained his Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral Degrees at MIT working in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, and Biological Engineering before moving to Munich to carry out his postdoctoral research in Biological Physics at the University of Munich. He then returned to MIT in 2009 to join the faculty in the Department of Biological Engineering, where he runs an interdisciplinary research group focused on innovative approaches to re-engineer biological machines. Major research thrusts of his group include the development of structured nucleic acid assemblies for messenger RNA and CRISPR delivery and the application of highly multiplexed fluorescence imaging to profile neuronal circuits from human patients for the discovery of therapeutics to treat psychiatric and neurodegenerative diseases.
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Carlos Boto
Chief Operations and Sales Officer
doDOC
Carlos Boto co-founded doDOC in 2015 and serves as Chief Operations and Sales Officer.

doDOC is helping pharmaceutical companies bring new medical products to market faster by turning highly complex documentation processes into simple and transparent collaborative tasks.

With an executive engineering background and specialization in computer science, research and entrepreneurship, Carlos has also a track in management. Carlos is the inventor of a patented light-activable nanoformulation, with applications spanning from research to therapeutic medicine worldwide. He has been responsible for project management of international initiatives for several years, having successfully managed multidisciplinary teams from 27 different nationalities and based on 32 different organizations.

Carlos received his PhD in Engineering Systems from MIT MPP, in collaboration with University of Salamanca (Spain), University College London (UK) and Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (China). His BS and MS degrees in Materials Engineering are from the University of Coimbra (Portugal).
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Mike Brunnick
VP of Global Sales and Customer Success
Luminoso Technologies
Mike Brunnick is the SVP of Global Sales and Customer Success at Luminoso Technologies, an AI-based natural language understanding company. He is responsible for putting Luminoso's solutions into the hands of customers everywhere, through our own Account Executives and our growing network of partners. Before joining Luminoso, Mike held a variety of sales and services leadership positions including VP of Sales and Customer Success at Socialware and VP of Federal Sales for HP Software. Mike also served on active duty for the United States Marine Corps and was awarded the Bronze Star with Combat “V” for actions during Desert Storm. Mike has a BA in Russian Studies from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA.
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Charles Fracchia
Founder & CEO, BioBright
Charles Fracchia is the founder and CEO at BioBright, a company building a smart lab to improve reproducibility in bio-medical research.

He is on a leave of absence from the MIT Media Lab where he was an IBM PhD Fellow in Joe Jacobson’s Molecular Machines group, and jointly in the Church lab at the Wyss Institute at Harvard Medical School. Charles obtained his bachelor’s at Imperial College London, where he worked on a bioelectronic interface between engineered bacteria and electronic sensors. He continued his thesis work at IBM Research, where he has been encouraging research in the field ever since. Charles worked as an early intern at Ginkgo Bioworks, where he developed many of the automated assembly pipelines still used today.

Charles has spoken about his work at many different venues and online including the White House, MIT Sloan, NASA Ames, IBM Research, Airbus, O'Reilly and HackADay. His current academic interests lie at the intersection of biological engineering and electronics called digital bioengineering. He was the Biology track chair at SOLID2015 mixing biology, electronics and computer science, instigated and helped organize the Bits Bio conference, has represented Boston for the Hello Tomorrow challenge (European 100k), and is a founding member of the first US bio-hackerspace.

In 2016, Charles was named one of 35 innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. He is the recipient of several awards including IBM PhD fellowships, an Extraordinary Minds fellowship, one of the first Awesome Foundation fellowships and an Amplify Partners fellowship. He is the author of several patents and is actively authoring more in the field of future laboratory tools. Charles has also been involved in obtaining numerous grants and contracts from DARPA, NSF, Google X, Knight Foundation and the Shanghai High Tech Incubator totaling several millions since 2012.

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Bryan Kaanta
APAC Regional Representative and Sales Engineer
Luminoso Technologies
Bryan Kaanta is the APAC Regional Representative and Sales Engineer at Luminoso Technologies, an AI-based natural language understanding company. At Luminoso, he is responsible for selling and developing solutions for APAC-based companies as well as growing our network of partners. Bryan previously served on active duty for the United States Air Force as a developmental engineer at the Air Force Research Labs with published papers in algorithm development. Bryan has a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and an MBA from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA.
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GwangPyo Ko
Professor/Director
School of Public Health
Center for Human and Environmental Microbiome
Seoul National University
GwangPyo Ko is the founder and CEO at KoBioLabs, Inc. a company developing therapeutics using human microbiomes.

He is also a Professor of BioMax/N-Bio and Graduate School of Public Health at Seoul National University (SNU), an editorial board member of Scientific Reports (journal from the publishers of Nature), a representative Korean PI & board member of International Human Microbiome Consortium, and a head of Human Microbiome Center at SNU.

He was a visiting scientist of the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard (2011-2012). He obtained his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at SNU in the school of biological science, and Doctoral Degree at Harvard University. He carried out his postdoctoral research training at Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and then became an assistant professor at Univ. of Texas Science Center at Houston. He had returned to Korea to be a professor at SNU in 2005 and founded KoBioLabs, Inc. in 2014.

KoBioLabs, Inc. is a bioventure developing medical foods, therapeutics based on human microbiome, and companion diagnostics. KoBioLabs, Inc has established a microbiome biobank of over 5,000 microbial isolates and their metadata from over 2,500 Korean subjects and well-structured in vitro & in vivo mining platform for microbiome-derived functional candidates using metagenomics & metabolomics. KoBiolabs, Inc. is now developing science based medical foods and novel therapeutics over many disease areas.
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Thanos Kosmidis
Co-founder & CEO
CareAcross
Thanos Kosmidis is the co-founder and CEO at CareAcross, a global meeting point for cancer patients and caregivers that supports and empowers them while accelerating oncology research and development. The company is currently part of the MassChallenge UK accelerator in London.

After gaining an academic background in computer science, telecommunications, and business, Mr. Kosmidis worked for telecom operators in the United States and Greece. During his 10 years at Verizon, WIND, and Cosmote, he gradually shifted from the technical side to the commercial one while maintaining a strong focus on the customer.

Recently, Mr. Kosmidis left his post as a deputy director at the leading fixed and mobile operator in the Balkans in order to start and build Care Across.
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Karl F. Koster
Executive Director
MIT Corporate Relations
Welcome Remarks
Day 1, 1:30
Karl F. Koster is the Executive Director of the MIT Corporate Relations. The 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, 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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Bhaskar Pant
Executive Director
MIT Professional Education
Bhaskar Pant is the Executive Director of MIT Professional Education, the arm of MIT that provides technical professionals a gateway to MIT expertise via education courses and programs designed for them. More than 1,500 professionals from over sixty countries arrive on the MIT campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, every summer to attend courses of a diverse set of technical disciplines. In addition, over 10,000 professionals worldwide are now attending MIT’s online professional courses that include topics such as Big Data. MIT Professional Education is also offering select MIT courses in locations in Asia, Latin America, and Europe

Prior to joining MIT, Mr. Pant held several leadership positions such as serving as Managing Director, Asia Pacific, for the Educational Testing Service (ETS), the world’s foremost academic testing organization headquartered in Princeton, N.J. As managing director, he was responsible for overseeing the company’s English language testing operations throughout Asia. This included the opening of a subsidiary in China that administered the TOEIC English proficiency test for engineers and other working professionals in the nation.

Previously, Mr. Pant led the global corporate training arm of the World Learning Graduate Institute in Vermont and held senior management positions at media and media technology companies such as Sony Corporation and Turner Broadcasting/CNN. Mr. Pant was the first President of Turner Broadcasting’s subsidiary in India.

Mr. Pant holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Rochester and a graduate degree in communications and management from Indiana University in Bloomington. Besides managing MIT Professional Education, Mr. Pant teaches intercultural communication to engineering students at MIT and management students at the Harvard University Extension School.
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John Roberts
Director, Corporate Relations
MIT Industrial Liaison Program
John Roberts joined the Office of Corporate Relations in September, 2013 as Senior Industrial Liaison Officer. He was promoted to Associate Director, Corporate Relations in September 2016.

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

Roberts holds a B.A. Chemistry from Clark University in Worcester, MA and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from MIT where his advisor was the late Professor Satoru Masamune. His Thesis title was "Total Synthesis of Bryostatin 7." Roberts is fluent in Portuguese and has co-authored many publications and patents.
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Alex Slocum
Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Experimental Study Group (ESG)
MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Alexander Slocum is the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, a MacVicar Faculty Teaching Fellow, and a Fellow of the ASME. He has 100+ patents and has helped develop 12 products that have received R&D 100 awards for “one of the one hundred best new technical products of the year”. He has helped start several successful companies and has a passion for working with industry to solve real problems and identify fundamental research topics.

Alex was the Massachusetts Professor of the Year in 2000 and is the recipient of the Society of Manufacturing Engineer’s Frederick W. Taylor Research Medal, and the ASME Leonardo daVinci and Machine Design Awards. His current interests focus on the development of precision machines from medical devices and instruments to energy harvesting and storage machines. Recently he served on the DoE Science Team working on the Gulf Oil Spill, and has served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President as the Assistant Director for Advanced Manufacturing. Since high school days, Alex has had a passion for furniture making and carpentry. Alex also loves sports from SCUBA to snowboarding to marathons and iron-distance triathlons.

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Xinjie (Jeff) Zhang
President
Novarials Corporation
Xinjie (Jeff) Zhang, Ph.D., Dr. Zhang is a highly motivated and dedicated materials expert with 20+ years industry research and development expertise on nanomaterials. His vision has been the driving force of this high tech startup, and his passion has pushed and will push the technologies forward till the complete and successful commercialization of these unprecedented membrane products. Dr. Zhang has been very successful in fundamental and applied research as well as their commercialization. Dr. Zhang is the inventor of 13 issued and 3 pending patents and the author of 15 peer-reviewed journal publications. His R&D work from 1992 to 1996 at Research Institute of Petroleum Processing (RIPP) led to the building of a new chemical factory - Nanjing Jinlong Chemical Company in 1996. Dr. Zhang was awarded a “Scientific and Technical Progress Award” in 1996 (a ministerial award in recognition for significant contribution to scientific and technological progress to Chinese chemical and petroleum industry) for his outstanding work. His R&D work from 2001 to 2003 led to three issued US patents, and the resultant technology has been licensed to Iowa Corn Promotion Board (514087). His R&D work from 2003 to 2010 in a leading carbon nanotube manufacturing company, Hyperion Catalysis, led to two issued US patents, and these works significantly strengthen the leadership of Hyperion Catalysis in carbon nanotube industry. His most recent work focused on the preparation, characterization and applications of one-dimensional ceramic nanomaterials due to their extreme preparation challenges and great commercial potential. Dr. Zhang is the technical founder of Novarials and will continuously lead the technical projects of the Company.
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