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Science Shaping Our World-SHOW:The Changing Landscape of Life Science Innovation

Munevar & Associates, Inc./Harvard Catalyst Laboratory for Innovative Translational Technologies (HC‐LITT) and the Harvard Catalyst Central Laboratory (HCCL)

Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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When: Thursday, January 17, 2013

From: 6:00PM – 9:00 PM

Where: TMEC Walter Amphitheater
               Harvard Medical School
               260 Longwood Ave
               Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Science Shaping Our World-SHOW is an ongoing seminar and networking series that highlights cutting edge translational life science research and development. Our mission is to bring together a multidisciplinary audience spanning academia and industry providing exposure and insight into the life science advancements changing our world. January’s SHOW will focus on the changing landscape in life science innovation and entrepreneurship. Specifically, our panel will highlight how innovation in both for-profit and not-for profit platforms are transforming the life science landscape and driving cutting-edge innovation.

Keynote Introduction:

Dr. Susan Windham-Bannister: President/CEO, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center 

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center ("Center") is a quasi-public agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, created by the Massachusetts legislature in June 2006 and established to promote the life sciences within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.This includes financial investments, development and commercialization as well as building the Massachusetts life sciences community. 

Life Science Innovation Panelists:

Barbara S. Fox, Ph.D., Founder/CEO, Avaxia Biologics

Avaxia Biologics, is a leader in the growing field of gut-targeted therapeutics. Their lead clinical candidate, AVX-470, is an oral anti-TNF antibody for inflammatory bowel disease. This transformative product offers potentially improved safety and efficacy by focusing immune suppression only where needed in the inflamed gut.

Joanne Kamens, Ph.D., Executive Director, Addgene

Dr. Kamens became the Executive Director of in 2011 Addgene, a mission driven, non-profit plasmid repository dedicated to helping academic scientists around the world share high-quality plasmids. Prior to that Dr. Kamens served as the Director of Discovery Research at RXi Pharmaceuticals and completed her tenure there as the Senior Director of Research Collaborations.

Justin Mih, Sc.D., Founder/CEO, Matrigen Life Technologies

Dr. Mih founded Matrigen Life Technologies after completing his doctorate at the Harvard School of Public Health in 2011. He became fascinated with how physical forces influence cell behaviors during his 2003-04 Fulbright at Russia’s Institute for Biomedical Problems. Matrigen's objective is to bring cell culture closer to life. In October 2011, Matrigen launched its flagship product, SoftwellTM, for the routine culture of cells on surfaces that mimic the softness of the body’s tissues.

Steven Munevar, Ph.D., MBA, Founder/ Executive Director, Helix Bioscience Institute

With a background spanning bioengineer, life science, and business management, Dr. Munevar has been working within life science innovation both as a research scientist and entrepreneur. His current venture, The Helix Bioscience Institute, is a bio-computation supported – transitional research center, leveraging real-time wet-bench outsourcing resources toward accelerating the pace of translational science.   

SHOW is also Coloci enabled so as to bring the future of networking to our members today. By becoming a SHOW-Coloci community member you will have the capability to discover people via interests (including suggestions on who to meet), view profiles, message other members (emails not disclosed), and connect with “interesting” members in-person at upcoming events (opt-in, location based, no tracking). We invite you to join us in becoming a member of our SHOW-Coloci community and lend your thoughts, insights, and perspectives to current and upcoming events while connecting with old friends, colleagues, and valuable new network contacts. See the link below to get started.

Please join us for an amazing evening of science, innovation, and networking. Event registration is free and required with event sign-in beginning at 5:30 PM. Presentation and discussion will follow from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. Further, you are encouraged to bring your business cards, and enthusiasm, for an evening of networking following the presentation from 8:00-9:00 PM. Light food and refreshments provided.



Harvard University, HCLITT, HCCL, and Harvard Catalyst do not endorse any company or product. The opinions expressed during this event are solely those of Munevar & Associates, Inc. and do not represent the views of Harvard Catalyst, HCLITT, HCCL, Harvard University and its affiliated academic health care centers, the National Center for Research Resources, or the National Institutes of Health.

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TMEC Walter Amphitheater
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02115

Thursday, January 17, 2013 from 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Munevar & Associates, Inc./Harvard Catalyst Laboratory for Innovative Translational Technologies (HC‐LITT) and the Harvard Catalyst Central Laboratory (HCCL)


About Munevar & Associates, Inc.:

Munevar & Associates, Inc. is a life science technology development and commercialization solutions company. Our mission is to couple scientific and technological experience and expertise, with commercialization insight and perspective, toward the translation of novel life science centered innovations.


The company is comprised of an integrated, multidisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and business professionals focused on supporting the advancement, development, and commercialization of cutting-edge products and services.


About the Harvard Catalyst Laboratory for Innovative Translational Technologies:

The Harvard Catalyst Laboratory for Innovative Translational Technologies (HC-LITT), originally created and located at the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, provides the Harvard research community (basic and clinical researchers) with early access to enabling leading-edge genomic and proteomic technologies.


An integral part of Harvard Catalyst, the HC-LITT accelerates the translation of laboratory research in therapeutics and diagnostics into the clinic. The laboratory's 'collaborative research model' is very distinct from the 'traditional core' centers. 


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