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Unseen Enemy: A Film Exploring the Threat of Pandemics

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

Monday, December 18, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

Unseen Enemy: A Film Exploring the Threat of Pandemics

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General Public Dec 15, 2017 Free  
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Experts say we are “due” for a pandemic. When it happens, they tell us it will probably have a greater impact on humanity than anything else currently happening in the world.

Unseen Enemy, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker, Janet Tobias, shadows some of the world’s top pathogen hunters and scientists as they travel the globe to track outbreaks of some of the world’s greatest health threats, focusing on Ebola, Zika and Influenza. The film is an intense look at the increasing threat of emerging infectious diseases; there are some aspects that viewers may find disturbing.

Directly following the screening, we will be holding a short Q&A with Nicola La Monica, Johnson & Johnson Infectious Disease expert, to examine and discuss some of the key challenges we face in controlling infectious disease – from a scientific, political, educational and social perspective.

This event is supported by Johnson & Johnson.

This event is geared toward healthcare professionals and the scientific community. Please note that this film may not be suitable for children.

Nicola La Monica | Senior Director, Scientific Innovation, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Johnson & Johnson Innovation. read bio»

4:00 PM | Registration
4:20 PM | Opening Remarks
4:30 PM | Film Screening Begins (97 minutes)
6:10 PM | Q&A with Nicola La Monica
6:30 PM | Program Close

FREE | General Public

JLABS @ LabCentral
700 Main St, North
Cambridge MA 02139

Speaker Biography:
Nicola La Monica | Senior Director, Infectious Disease and Vaccines Scientific Innovation, Janssen R&D
Nicola is Senior Director of Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Scientific Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Boston.
From 2009 to 2012, Nicola was at Idera Pharmaceuticals, where he was Vice President of biology. From 1991 to 2009, he was the Director of Antiviral Research at the Istituto di Ricerche di Biologia Molecolare (IRBM), Rome, Italy, a research site of Merck Research Laboratories. Prior to that, he held the positions of Director of Oncology and Director of Cancer Immunology and Genomics.
During his career, Nicola has led drug discovery efforts for the treatment of Hepatitis C virus infections and oncology, as well as development programs for cancer immunotherapy. Nicola earned his BA degree in Biology from the University of Rochester in 1982. His graduate studies were completed at Columbia University, where he earned a PhD in Microbiology in 1988.
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JLABS @ LabCentral
700 Main Street, North
Cambridge, MA 02139

Monday, December 18, 2017 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM (EST)

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Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS

Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS) is a global network of open innovation ecosystems, enabling and empowering innovators to create and accelerate the delivery of life-saving, life-enhancing health and wellness solutions to patients around the world. JLABS achieves this by providing the optimal environment for emerging companies to catalyze growth and optimize their research and development by opening them to vital industry connections, delivering entrepreneurial programs and providing a capital-efficient, flexible platform where they can transform the scientific discoveries of today into the breakthrough healthcare solutions of tomorrow. At JLABS we value great ideas and are passionate about removing obstacles to success to help innovators unleash the potential of their early scientific discoveries. JLABS is a no-strings-attached model, which means entrepreneurs are free to develop their science while holding on to their intellectual property. JLABS is open to entrepreneurs across a broad healthcare spectrum including pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer and digital health sectors. The JLABS flagship opened in 2012 in San Diego at Janssen's West Coast Research Center, and since then has grown to eight locations including the Bay Area, Boston & Lowell, MA, Houston, Toronto and a ninth location, New York City, launching in 2018. For more information please visit

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