The life sciences industry in the United States is at a crossroads. On the one hand, the industry faces boundless opportunities for improving health care outcomes and services. On the other hand, commercialization of scientific advancements has proven to be challenging, creating significant underutilization of societal resources. Entrepreneurship in established corporations and newly spawned entities offers a critical piece of the puzzle to address this problem.
This workshop, which took place on July 29, 2022, brought together a diverse set of innovators and strategic thinkers in entrepreneurial, investment, and governmental spaces to stimulate ongoing thought leadership to address these concerns. The event explored emerging research and entrepreneurial opportunities in the life sciences sector, and the commercialization constraints entrepreneurs face as they attempt to find viable paths to market, among other pertinent issues. The event was held on the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute campus, which has a rich tradition of cutting-edge research and innovation in the life sciences.
|Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Keynote Address||“Key Success Factors in Life Sciences Entrepreneurship”||
Rensselaer Trustee Roy Davis ’78
Former President of Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation
|“Life Sciences Innovation Partnerships”||Research and Center for Engineering and Precision Medicine||
Deepak Vashishth, Ph.D.
Director, Shirley Ann Jackson, Ph.D. Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Professor of Biomedical Engineering
|“Life Sciences Deal Flow: Solutions to Open the Pipeline”||Investment||Shreefal Mehta, Ph.D., Chief Commercial Officer, KAYA17||
|“Connecting Nodes: Accelerating Innovation in Life Sciences”||Leveraging Ecosystems||
Brian Nickerson, Ph.D.,
Senior Associate Dean, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
|“Problems to Solutions: The Entrepreneurial Process and Navigating Complex Scientific Markets”||Commercialization||
Jason Kuruzovich, Ph.D.,
Director, Severino Center for Technological Entrepreneurship and Associate Professor, Lally School of Management
Life Sciences Entrepreneurship Program, Lally School of Management