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SLAS Ignite Panel: Closing the Academic Industry Innovation Gap

Monday, February 4 | 2:00 - 3:15 p.m. | Location: Room 152B

How do great ideas become new companies? What types of scientific gaps do pharma, biotech and technology companies have? How can we tighten collaboration between these two tribes?

Join a panel of experts from the entrepreneurial and technical worlds as they answer those questions and share their expertise. This discussion is aimed at academics, students and early-stage entrepreneurs; however, anyone interested in innovation “war stories” is invited to attend.

Panelists will include (subject to change):

Sammy Datwani, Ph.D., Sr. Director at Labcyte and incoming 2019 SLAS Board of Directors member

Sammy Datwani is a chemical and biomolecular research and development engineer leader with more than 20 years’ experience working with cross-functional groups and multi-national companies managing and delivering novel life science tools and microdevices designed to advance human health. More specifically, he specializes in instrumentation, fluid mechanics, microfluidics, laboratory automation, genomics, systems integration, consumables development and surface chemistry.

 

Dino DiCarlo, Ph.D., Professor of biological engineering at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Dino DiCarlo has been on the faculty in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA since 2008 and now serves as the Vice Chair of the Department. At UCLA he pioneered using inertial fluid dynamic effects for the control, separation and analysis of cells in microfluidic devices. His work now extends into numerous fields of biomedicine and biotechnology, including directed evolution, cell analysis for rapid diagnostics, single-molecule assays, next-generation biomaterials and phenotypic drug screening. He has also been a leader in technology entrepreneurship. He co-founded and currently advises five companies that are commercializing UCLA intellectual property developed in his lab.

 

Kirsten Leute, MBA, Osage Partners

Kirsten Leute is the Senior Vice President for University Relations at Osage University Partners (OUP), a venture capital fund that invests in startups out of academic institutions. At OUP, she is responsible for relationships with more than 90 academic institutions that are partnered with the fund, engaging potential new partner institutions and enhancing and creating value-add programs for the partnered academic institutions.

 

Ethan Perlstein, Ph.D., CEO and Founder of Perlara

Ethan Perlstein is CEO of Perlara, a rare disease research and public benefit corporation based in South San Francisco. Over the course of the last decade, first as a graduate student at Harvard University in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology with Ph.D. advisor Professor Stuart Schreiber and then as an independent postdoctoral fellow at the Lewis-Sigler Institute at Princeton University, Dr. Perlstein developed an approach to studying old drugs and discovering new drugs in model organisms called evolutionary pharmacology.

 

Cathy Traulau-Stewart, Ph.D., Takeda

Cathy Tralau-Stewart is Senior Director, Alliances at Takeda, and a visiting scholar at Stanford. She previously worked at University of California, San Francisco and GlaxoSmithKline. She is a pharmacologist with broad experience in a number of therapeutic areas (i.e. oncology, inflammatory diseases, respiratory, cardiovascular, rheumatology, gastroenterology, infection), and has experience leading interdisciplinary projects from target identification to clinical proof of concept to phase III/IV clinical studies.

Bring your questions, passion and knowledge to this inaugural event…and Ignite a conversation!


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