Mass. Life Sciences Center CEO Susan Windham-Bannister to Address State’s Biomedical Boom at WPI Venture Forum on Sept. 9

Case Presentation to Feature RXi Pharmaceuticals
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September 05, 2008

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center President and CEO Susan Windham-Bannister will address the WPI Venture Forum Tuesday, Sept. 9 in WPI’s Campus Center Odeum. She will discuss expectations for the growth and support of research and investment in life sciences in Worcester and across the state. Doors open at 5:30, with the program starting at 6:30 p.m.

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The Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Venture Forum will open its 18th year with a keynote address by Susan Windham-Bannister, PhD, president and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, the agency charged with realizing Gov. Deval Patrick’s vision for investing in the state’s booming life sciences industry.  In June, Governor Patrick signed the $1 billion life sciences bill into law to fuel growth in this industry. Windham-Bannister will speak to the impact that the new funding will have upon the state over the next decade. She will also discuss expectations for the growth and support of research and investment in life sciences in Worcester in particular, since it is the home of the WPI Life Sciences and Bioengineering Center at Gateway Park and a growing hub for life sciences companies. A case presentation will also be made featuring RXi Pharmaceuticals President and Chief Executive Officer Tod Woolf, PhD. Entrepreneurs may make a “one-minute funding pitch” to the audience prior to the case.


Windham-Bannister began her position with the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in July. Previously, she served as vice president at Abt BioPharma Solutions Inc. in Cambridge, where she focused on competitive strategy for companies and non-profits. A member of Governor Patrick’s transition team, she holds a PhD from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller School of Advanced Studies in Public Policy and a BS from Wellesley College.


Tuesday, Sept. 9: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for networking; 6:30-8:30 p.m., program


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Center Odeum Room
100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.       


$15 members; $25 non-members; register/pay online before 3 p.m. to get a pre-printed nametag.