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THRIVE Series: Rare Disease, Big Impact – A Conversation with Matt Wilsey

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THRIVE: Leading Through Change

A Conversation with Matt Wilsey
Chairman, CEO & Co-founder of Grace Science

Thursday, March 30, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
San Francisco, CA


Join Matt Wilsey and THRIVE in a conversation about setbacks and breakthroughs in his relentless pursuit of innovation.

Matt is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, angel investor, and start-up advisor. In addition to consumer products and services, Matt invests in and advocates for biomedical research, drug development, and genetic sequencing technologies. Matt became a “rare disease hunter” and advocate after his daughter, Grace, was born with NGLY1 Deficiency. He has since funded nearly 75 scientists at 20 medical centers in 5 countries with the sole purpose of treating the disease.


Rare Disease, Big Impact

In 2013, Grace Wilsey was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called NGLY1 Deficiency. Her parents, Matt and Kristen, quickly discovered the incredible challenges they faced. At the time, Grace was one of only six known patients worldwide. Diseases that rare weren’t on the radars of big labs or pharmaceutical companies. Funding for research was virtually nonexistent.

The world wasn’t set up to save Grace. So Matt and Kristen did what any good parents would do — they set out to change the world. And so Grace Science was born.

Grace Science is dedicated to pioneering approaches to scientific exploration that are faster, less expensive and more collaborative. Their advances aren’t just bringing us closer to a cure for NGLY1 Deficiency, they are being used to discover and treat countless other diseases. In this way, Grace Science’s work doesn’t just help the few — it impacts the lives of billions.



About THRIVE: Leading Through Change

THRIVE is a series of conversations with founders, leaders and changemakers presented by Babson College, Leiden University Centre for Innovation and Free Range. We explore the techniques and mindsets they’ve relied on to adapt and grow in an age of constant disruption. Each conversation reveals the personal struggles, setbacks and breakthroughs these innovators have experienced — revealing stories rarely heard from inside some of the world’s most admired purpose-driven companies.

The THRIVE series hosts live events on the last Thursday of each month. Additional interviews, articles, tools and podcast are available on the THRIVE website.



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Who Should Attend?

For anyone starting, revitalizing or growing a business, THRIVE will change the way you face the future.

This event is open to the general public.How can I access the building?

While the campus is typically locked after hours, there will be someone with a guest list manning the door to let attendees in. Once in the building at 135 Main Street, go to the elevators and proceed to the 3rd floor, where Babson's campus is located.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The nearest BART stop is Embarcadero, with the Babson San Francisco campus just a few blocks walk away. There are two parking garages nearby. One is located on Spear Street between Market Street and Mission Street (One Market Garage), and the other is on Folsom Street between the Embarcadero and Spear Street.

Will the event be recorded?

The conversation, transcript and highlights will be available following the event at thrive.freerange.com.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact Emily Dransfield or Tara Barnes of Free Range at 1-877-893-1213 or at thrive@freerange.com.



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