Next in Bio: Building the Discovery and Innovation Pipeline “From Kendall Square to Kelley Square”

Monday, June 5, 2023
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Biotechnology not only grows the economy and workforce, but improves the quality of our lives and the environment. 

Over the past two decades, Cambridge has been the destination for biotech in Massachusetts. Talent, research and funding are now moving west along the Massachusetts "Bio Pike." Industry leaders see Kelley Square in Worcester as becoming a natural extension of the Kendall Square bioeconomy.  

Join us at WPI Seaport for a special opportunity to learn more about this important shift and exciting innovations taking place within this sector. During the program, you will hear from and engage with panelists, industry partners, and educators and enjoy spectacular Boston Harbor views during a reception on the roof deck.

Advanced registration is requested. Space is limited, please register early! 

Featured speakers include:

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Dr. Jean King, Peterson Family Dean of Arts & Sciences, WPI

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Reeta Rao, Professor and interim Department Head of Biology & Biotechnology, WPI

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Jon Weaver, President & CEO of Massachusetts Biomedical initiatives (MBI)


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Catherine Whittington, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, WPI

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Wendi Yajnik, Global Head of Academic Partnerships & External Relations, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NBIR)

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Parth Chakrabarti, Executive Vice Chancellor for Innovation and Business Development, UMass Chan


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Lauren Baker, President & CEO of Insight Medical Consulting and WPI Alumna ’82, ‘85MS, ’88 Ph.D.