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EmTech MIT 2021 – Day 3: Leading with innovation, Virtual MIT Technology Review’s flagship event, September 28-30, 2021

EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review 

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AGENDA Overview




Day 3: Powering Our World (11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

11:30 a.m .Welcome RemarksJames TempleSenior Editor for Energy, MIT Technology Review

Ensuring Energy Resilience (11:35 a.m. – 1:05 p.m.)

From next-generation power grids to nuclear power and renewable energy, understanding the impact, scalability, and tradeoffs of different energy technologies is critical to powering our future.

11:35 a.m.Transitioning toward Renewable Energy Solutions

With energy demands increasing dramatically in India, we examine the critical steps that renewable energy companies need to take to compete and continue to grow. Learn how these lessons can apply to other regions and what it will take to reliably meet regional electricity needs when it matters most, while actively transitioning toward cleaner and smarter energy choices.

Sumant Sinha Founder, Chairman & Managing Director, Renew Power

>>>India exceeded Paris Guidelines, Government involved in Renewable energies. Faster adoption. cost of renewal energy is plummeting. Demand increased by 5%-10% in coming 3 years, In 10 years 10%-15% – compromise of economic growth not favorable to all stakeholders. Intermittency regarding transmission and distribution of clean energy sources. Renewable only 15%, 2030 35%. Government GRID Management solar resource, storage cost will solve intermittency.

12:00 p.m.Cleaning Up the Power Sector

Today’s carbon-based power sources won’t safely sustain our growing electricity needs as climate change accelerates. The path forward requires decarbonizing the grid as rapidly as possible. We take a deep dive into the technologies, policies, and strategies needed to keep the lights on as rising demands and shifting climate conditions put ever greater strains on our power grids. What choices will have the greatest impact in delivering the clean energy required to run our world?

Jesse Jenkins Assistant Professor, Princeton University

>>> Cleaners energies 2030 50% lower emission Presidential mandate. Cost of batteries of electric cars, cost of Wind decreased by energy policy, push from oil energy to zero emission cars, accelerate clean energy is on the way.

Bill McKibben Cofounder & Senior Advisor, 350.org

>>> Washington Clean Energy Incentives, Utilities are engaged, Demand from the Public, investment $50Trillion divestment by Universities from Oil related investment. Climate change challenging fossil fuel energy industry. Changing is hard against Utilities and Oil interests

Leah Stokes Associate Professor, UC Santa Barbara

>>> Clean Energy to power homes and cars, pollution is draining the Power potential. FOssil fuel infrastructure IMPEDE decrease of Temperature by 5 degrees Celcius. Let’s make Clean energy cheaper by policy incentives to use and afford then deal with incease tax of fossil fuel.

Julian Brave NoisenCat Vice President, Policy & Strategy, Data for ProgressModerator


12:45 p.m.Transforming Clean Energy with Green Hydrogen

Hydrogen is energy-dense and burns cleanly, emitting no carbon dioxide. But until now, most hydrogen has been made from natural gas using a polluting and energy-intensive process. Get an early look at a transformational clean approach to producing hydrogen that has the potential to revolutionize the global energy sector. As featured in the 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021

.Christoph Noeres Head of Green Hydrogen, thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers

@pharma_BI@AVIVA1950 #EmTechMIT Christoph Noeres Head of Green Hydrogen (GH) Electrolysis process of production of GH de-carbonizing by CO2 free for green housing low cost renewable industry at scale to push forward transport supply chain Green Hydrogen industry transformation

MIT Inside Track (1:05 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

Join the Inside Track sessions to engage more deeply with our content, speakers, and your fellow attendees during mainstage programming breaks.

1:05 p.m.Networking Break

1:20 p.m.Scaling Solutions for Emerging Economies

Creating scalable technology solutions in developing countries comes with its own unique constraints and opportunities. Gain insight into entrepreneurship in emerging economies including lessons in adapting existing technology and creating unique design assembly methods.

Harald Quintus Bosz CTO, Scaletech Countering Climate Change

>>> Building blocks of economic complexity

(1:45 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.)

As climate change marches on, the financial costs to businesses and nations are set to soar. Adopting climate-smart strategies will help to reduce risk while making a positive impact using the latest in green building technologies and more.

1:45 p.m. Weathering the Storm

Wildfires, heatwaves, and other extreme weather events are becoming more common and severe as the planet warms. Investigate the science behind climate change, how humans are influencing it, and what we can still do to address the rising dangers.

Kate Marvel NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Professor, Columbia University

>>> Problem Space, Physical Climate Scientist Human are causing ALL the climate change, volcanos not responsible for warming TEMP altering the weather Heat waves, sea level rise, transfer of water from continents to oceans stronger hurricanes, tropical cyclone are stronger, increase in FIRES, Evaporation leads to droughts, Cold snaps like TX, cold air and Jet stream, Air quality particle level Ozon, high Probabilities based of 1988 projections of Temp getting it right for 2010 Warming is expected How bad gets. Climate sensitivity, cutting CO2 cutting Emission, Actions do matters, uncertainty is human behavior, sensitive climate What humans do? 5 degree Celcius is in Humans actions. 2020 – COVID Pandemic, 7% decrease in CO2 pollution caused increase in warming by clearing the sky. Avoid catastrophic effect. Positive view, under Human control are policies and effects behavior. Next year stop burn fossil fuel,

2:15 p.m.Creating Climate-Smart Buildings

The spaces where we live and work must adapt to the changing climate. Before investing in new spaces, discover how climate-smart innovations can boost our buildings’ efficiencies, including cooling, water recycling, and sustainable design.

Mircea Dinca Professor, MIT; Cofounder, Transaera

>>> AC new generation 50% more efficient than 2021 technology in AC

Meagan Mauter Associate Professor, Stanford University

>>> Automation, Precision preparation of resilient systems manage separation processing margilarity in water consumption electrify smart. Upgrading water and road infrastructure. Budget issues, achieve low carbon future. large centralized infrastructure become in adequate, build new small scale hybrid systems at the edge. Better use existing sunk costs. Water desalination manufacturing to save water and energy. Municipal treatment efficiencies next generation systems. Reuse of desalinated water. Retrofit buildings.

Anthony Brower Director of Sustainable Design, Gensler

>>> Building geometry, low tech shift from Rectangular to Square foot print. move stairs outside the building. Roof design Green rook sun is absorbed, eliminate lighting by sensor lighting reduce energy construction. 2030-2050 Building code in CA GREEN in 2045. Retrofitting buildings: this is the best 1st step.

Innovators Under 35 (2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.)

2:50 p.m.Corporate Citizenship and the Risk We are not Thinking about – Presented by JPMorgan Chase

Awareness of the impending climate change challenges is growing in leadership circles, and the stakes are high. The imperative to integrate sustainability in business practices not only bolsters customer loyalty and attracts talent, it addresses climate change as an increasing risk to business as usual – worldwide.

Lori Beer Global CIO, JPMorgan Chase

2:55 p.m.Eliminating Carbon Emissions from Cement

Cement production accounts for approximately 7% of the planet’s carbon emissions. Learn how electrochemical synthesis of cement can eliminate carbon emissions for concrete production. As featured in the 2021 Innovators Under 35.

Leah Ellis CEO and Cofounder, Sublime Systems

>>> Patent-pending electrochemical system based on MIT research totally decarbonized cement commercially viable technology to scale cement made today. Green cement batch of tons of Cement not using fossil fuel.

3:10 p.m.Energy Transitions for Emerging Economies

Emerging economies require an intense amount of power. What does it take to create a scalable system that delivers reliable power as needed, where needed, and when needed? As featured in the 2021 Innovators Under 35.

Varun Sivaram Senior Director, Clean Energy & Innovation, U.S. Department of State

>>> Varun Sivaram Senior Director, Clean Energy & Innovation, U.S. Department of State Clean energy transition US will leverage technologies around the Global Drive down cost for Cleaner technologies National Labs lessons to be shared technical talent. Transportation and clean energy.

MIT Inside Track (3:20 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.)

Join the Inside Track sessions to engage more deeply with our content, speakers, and your fellow attendees during mainstage programming breaks.

3:20 p.m.Networking Break

3:30 p.m.Endless Ecosystems

Endless ecosystems is a framework for sustainable construction that combines design, digital fabrication, material development, and energy evaluation that uses 100% natural, recyclable materials. Inspired by nature, these modern materials and building practices bring the power and sustainability of the natural world to human systems.

Nic Lee Research Assistant, MIT Media Lab

Andy LippmanAssociate Director, MIT Media Lab

Turning Innovation Into Action (3:55 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

Research and innovation are only a few steps to achieving impactful change. Assess unique leadership approaches to chart the course for implementation from the lab to the real world.

3:55 p.m.Driving Innovation

The new era of autonomous vehicles is revolutionizing transportation. Take a deep dive into the process of changing an industry and reimagine the way we think about innovation, leadership, and design.

Jesse Levinson Co-Founder & CTO, Zoox

>>> Autonomous Vehicle for Urban Challenge Competition

History of Zoox, 2014 – Better way to create a new type of car optimize on Drivers experience vs autonomous vehicle Symmetrical and Bi-directional, shorter car, interior more space Passenger different experience add premium features, car is rented for few hours only.RObotTaxi like LIFT without a driver, each ride is in the same car. Expirience is UNIQUE to Zoox. 1/3 of Traffic is seeking for Parking this car will enable to convert Parking lots into Gardens, reduce road injuries. Congestion in Urban area requires a new vehicle. How to keep this car secure? AI driven. Zoox is not for sale. it is only for rent. so stealing, GPS knows where all Zoox are at any minute. AI ascertain safety. Passenger can stop the vehicle and can open the door and leave. TRUST is built over time. Zoox was acquired by Amazon. Amazon was attracted to Big Ideas will have Societal impact. Economic Opportunities of RoboTaxis and Societal Public good benefit.

4:25 p.m. The Future of Research and Innovation

The MIT Media Lab is the innovation center of MIT, bringing together researchers from across the globe to explore and develop new technologies that will transform the future of research as well as real-world applications. What are the issues, obstacles, and opportunities that will have the greatest impact on the world? Step with us into the lab where they lead with innovation. Dava Newman Director, MIT Media Lab

>>> Transition from a financial crisis and the Pandemic interruption – emergence into great opportunities with societal impact. New directions Bionics and prostetics for kids 3D Printing Assists Health and Wellness. Surgery and MGH collaboration Robotics Limbs. Videos using systemic view. Co-create the vision AI and data from Satellite Bridge ML and Data physics Predict crime in cities, inequality sensors in Urban environment to change behavior in Cities near Coast line floods. Buildings, manufacturing, Green and Clean. Responsibility and implementation equitable diversity challenging ideas: Art, design, Engineering, Science

4:50 p.m.Closing Remarks

Mat Honan Editor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

>>> James Temple, MIT TR Green Hydrogen was a surprise the need and the interest cost is deceasing it is in our capacity to overcome Amy Nordrum innovators under 35 small satellite hand size CRISPR as Diagnostics.

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Day 2: Leading with innovation, Virtual MIT Technology Review’s flagship event, September 28-30, 2021

EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review 

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group

Covering the event in REAL TIME with Social Media

@pharma_BI @AVIVA1950 #EmTechMIT @EmtechMIT

In attendance

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN, Founder, LPBI Group: 1.0 & 2.0

AGENDA Overview




Day 2: Mind, Body, Work (11:30 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.)

11:30 a.m.Welcome Remarks

Will Douglas Heaven Senior Editor for AI, MIT Technology Review

AI as a Global Disruptor (11:35 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

Artificial intelligence’s superhuman data processing capabilities have far-reaching implications. Unpack the oncoming effects on industry and society and explore the issues of ethics, inequity, and more that we’ll face as we strive to maintain control of algorithms that are controlling us.

11:35 a.m.Building a Better AI

To date, every major milestone in AI has been achieved by deep learning, but whether this approach will lead us to artificial general intelligence remains to be seen. To have true AI, must we first understand the brain? This session explores a neuroscience-based approach to AI that may lead to true machine intelligence.

Jeff Hawkins Cofounder and Chief Scientist, Numenta

>>> Model of the World, learning through movement, Current AI is pretty dump, machines that are truly intelligent, Road map for AI, his Thousand Brains Book, Not build the Brain, Two elements of new modeling: (1) fastest NN (2) Sparsity – existing NeuroNets and make them xxx times faster, learn new information Integration of these theoretical concept into companies building products. Add the thousands Brain model concept into AI to get Intelligent systems. The concept of competition, Structure of the Brain is known speculation of building AI to be human’s like in terms of Intelligence. The Goal is not Human’s Like bur Intelligent machine will act in the World, not have to be like Humans. Computing models can be smart not human but helping humans in Pattern recognition. Humans is the only species knowing about time, the universe, preserve and propagate, peer reviewed was also censored,

AI as a Global Disruptor

>>> Image processing and Computer Vision, finished PhD. Negative impact of AI, animate tools used for can be socially Bias. While at Google questioning AI experiences isolation. Labor rights and anti-discrimination rights, censoring research sounds like propaganda, outside the Tech company to impact the industry, to keep Tech companies accountable from the inside silencing. labor protection laws needed. Create own institute AI technologies to be built, critiquing AI. Ideas coming from the Researchers. AI to benefit Humanity vs Tech companies Profiting from Researchers work – Labor laws. Apples treatment of workers oppressive. Coalition of people around you: Scholars. Look at the marginalized group vs dominate group. Technology is built by both.

>>> Federated Learning beneficial – Distributed AI Learning Model. Where does the Data comes from Two canonical approaches in Federated Design: Centralized Learning vs Federated Learning – training at the Edge. Federate Learning (FL): (1) Cross Silo [high availability] vs (2) Cross device Federate Learning [communication bottleneck] – Distributive model [Privacy] different devices interoperability [heterogeniety}. Personalized FT: One for each device and among the devices improves Accuracy. Bias in Data. Privacy is Key. Google deploys Federated Design. FT design for Autonomous Vehicles construction behavior, rad conditions AI – work to be done for deployment. FT is not production ready. Centralized learning vs Federated Learning. Hospitals: FT is more expansive with greater benefits.

Challenge: Privacy [Criptographic technique] and secure the learned Model

Single Purpose Model vs Multi Purpose Model (1) General Models (2) Understand (3) Question and get answers. Learning Skills, Learning Concepts, Search Engine Data to teach after learning skills and concepts using richer vocabularies using Visual and Text data. Learn to interact, navigate. A game of Cache: Hide & Seek. AI agents, CEREBRA – Cognitive Rudiments for building AI Models – multi skills models simulators, robots, based on physical principles Multi modal AI Visual, Audio, Text. Building models that understand TEMPORAL behavior.

1:15 PM EDT

  • >>> Synthetic Biology – complexity biology: Pathways and Disease state (1) Sensing (2) Logic Processing (3) Therapeutics development. Controlling Stem cell differentiation. Programming a cell development for drug development via organelle development for building organelles for replacement: Liver vascularization dysfunction, Pancreas function by design mature Organoids Cyp3A4 – for druggability. Cancer immunotherapy will be first to benefit numeric synthetic Biology for therapeutic intervention to improve precision.

2:00 p.m.Can We Trust Tech to Police AI?

We are all subject to AI, even if it’s faulty, beyond our control, and biased. Massive AI models are being developed, but how do we ensure fair systems are created? Whether you’re building your own AI or working with vendors, learn the essential elements of fair and equitable AI.

Timnit Gebru Cofounder, Black in AI; Formerly, Google

12:25 p.m.AI Learning Models: Distributed vs Centralized

More secure methods of processing and storing massive volumes of data for AI are needed to alleviate privacy concerns. Is federated learning the best option? Examine how distributed learning works for AI and the potential benefits and risks for your organization.

Virginia Smith Assistant Professor, Carnegie Mellon University

12:45 p.m.New Advances in Multi-Skilled AI

AI robotics still struggle to match the skill level of a child. Human intelligence emerges from our combination of senses and language abilities; the same might be true for artificial intelligence. Is combining vision, audio, and language processing into a single AI system possible—and will it solve the problem? Explore the implications for AI and its potential use cases. As featured in the 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021.

Ani Kembhavi Research Manager, Allen Institute for AI

MIT Inside Track (1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.)

Join the Inside Track sessions to engage more deeply with our content, speakers, and your fellow attendees during mainstage programming breaks.

1:00 p.m.Networking Break

1:15 p.m.Programming DNA

Today with synthetic biology, we can assemble DNA for the purpose of modifying individual cells. But we’ve arrived at an age where it’s now possible to write DNA programs, analogous to writing to software, that impact cell information and behavior in a given sequence for even greater impact. We’ll talk about possibilities, limitations, and timelines for this amazing advancement.

Ron Weiss Professorr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

AI as a Global Disruptor Cont’d (1:40 p.m. – 2:05 p.m.)

Artificial intelligence’s superhuman data processing capabilities have far-reaching implications. Unpack the oncoming effects on industry and society and explore the issues of ethics, inequity, and more that we’ll face as we strive to maintain control of algorithms that are controlling us.

1:40 p.m.Trustworthy AI in High-Stakes Environments – Presented by Raytheon Intelligence & Space

The high-stakes environment of intelligence and space is overflowing with data, where signals lurk in a sea of noise, best discoverable with AI. With no tolerance for error, engineering teams must drive trust and explainability in AI decisions so that human-machine teams, working in areas from synthetic biology to next-generation GPS, find the right solutions, every time, at speed.

Roy Azevedo President, Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Elizabeth Bramson-Boudreau CEO and Publisher, MIT Technology Review

>>> High-stake environments: National Security, Logistics, Cyber Satellite, Weather Storms, Deploy AI to explain the recommendation for trust into the decision making. AI is distrusted as it nears autonomy, edge or situation is unique, AI-ML recommendation require explainability for system automomy. Knowhow Satellite system for Weather prediction system data run through scenarios ethics applied before using AI-ML algorithm latency is not affordable, operator make decision at the edge Trust & Verify Modeling & Simulation perform.Education and Training 37,000 employees 5,000 were hired during the Pandemic. Three innovation new engine work, radio frequencies Radars, cyber technology

Biotech and Biothreats (2:05 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.)

Pandemic shutdowns focused a spotlight on biotech. Glimpse advances from drug development to gene editing, and which ones will help us through the next crisis.

2:05 p.m.Mitigating the Impact of Biological Threats

Our global society has become hyper-aware of biological pathogens and threats. We investigate some of the current and recent threat types, dispelling myths and confirming facts, while considering what comes next in the way of prevention, detection, and response for the next bio threat on the horizon.

Christina Rudzinski Assistant Division Head, Lincoln Laboratory, MIT

>>> Reducing Biological threats. COVID19 is a Global Pandemic by a pathogen, diagnostics deployed, genome of the virus gaps remain. Future pathogen will cause infections. Novel to genetically engineered pathogens, infectious agents, pathones evolve, can be used and have been used maliciously Infection progression: Pre-exposure Human transmission incubation symptoms onset illness early environmental detection population surveilence Bio-signal data for detection of host’s response to infection. Priority is both detection in advance and the vaccine capability virus detected as pathogen Active biological weapons Nation states as adversary Lab escape virus is a possibility Lab Survelience systems.

2:30 p.m.Turning CRISPR off

Genetic therapeutics has advanced to the point where we can turn genes off and on without altering DNA. Innovations like CRISPRoff affect cutting-edge research on viruses and the fight against diseases and other genetic disorders. Explore the possibilities and questions on how to manage ethical concerns and unintended consequences.

Jonathan Weissman Professor, MIT; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

>>> CRISPR 2.0 under DARPA Chemical and BioChem funding. CRISPR gene editing correct the underlining genetics, where to cut the DNA for changing the sequence Cas9 – complicated technology. Turn up and down -Silence a gene, an existing gene programmable Epigenetic memory engineering (15 month) new opportunity in Medicine CRISP off Variant 1 vs CRISPR off Variant 2 only the targeted gene precision editing. Memorizing Gene Silencing. Silencing then reverse not permanent silencing. Germ line engineering. Motorneuron disease are good indications for Memorizing Gene Silencing

Innovators Under 35 (2:50 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.)

2:50 p.m.Scale Innovation and Ideas – Presented by JPMorgan Chase

Innovation drives results and creates value, and it must be supported by vision, leadership, purpose, and a clear path to scale. The right ecosystem is essential. From accelerator labs to automation, dynamic process transformation is built on collective intelligence put toward a common objective: to achieve real digital transformation for employees, customers, partners, and suppliers alike.

Lori Beer Global CIO, JPMorgan Chase

2:55 p.m.Next-Generation Disease Detection

New advances in CRISPR platforms are pushing biotechnology to the next level of disease detection and treatment. What does that mean for reducing human intervention, increasing diagnostics, and scalability? As featured in the 2021 Innovators Under 35.

Janice Chen Cofounder & CTO, Mammoth Biosciences

>>> On Demand DIagnostic Tool based on CRISPR: read, detect, Protein Discovery – Metagenomics – proteins Cas14, delivery advantages. Target proteins for diagnostics: detect DNA and RNA the exact sequence Future of CRISPR Diagnostics delivered to Mobile. Molecular lab accuracy in the mobile device for the results TEST to TREATMENT. CRISPR is a platform for Diagnostics it is also a therapeutics target via gene editing vs medicinal chemistry.

3:10 p.m.Microscopic Robots that Move

Programmable, autonomous, microscopic robots are coming, and now they can move. These tiny bots have the potential to revolutionize engineering new materials, rid crops of pests, act as cellular-level surgeons, and more. Get an early look at this emerging tech. As featured in the 2021 Innovators Under 35.

Marc Miskin Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

>>> application of microelectronic CMOS for design of robots microorganism size not visible to eye laser spot is a control function parallel design of one robot allows deployment of an army of robots like microorganisms Repair of nerves. A factor of 10 in size power low, cost low,

MIT Inside Track (3:20 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.)

Join the Inside Track sessions to engage more deeply with our content, speakers, and your fellow attendees during mainstage programming breaks.

3:20 p.m.Networking Break

3:30 p.m.From a Mouse to a Bird

The ubiquitous computer mouse allows us to manipulate our 2D desktops. The jump to virtual worlds will require new tools to help us interact with 3D objects. Get an early look at the grasping technology called Bird.

Aubrey Simonson Graduate Student, MIT Media Lab

Andy Lippman Associate Director, MIT Media Lab

Extending the Workplace (3:55 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)

The events of 2020 forced us to reimagine the workplace. Explore extended reality (XR) technology projects, including augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and mixed reality (MR), poised to change the way we work.

3:55 p.m.Planning for an Immersive Workplace

Extended reality (XR) technologies are transforming workspaces. Bridging the virtual and physical worlds with AR/VR/MR enables immersive experiences for team collaboration, staff training, and customer experience. Get industry insight on how these technologies are impacting work and generating surprising results.

Timoni West Vice President, XR Tools, Unity

4:20 p.m.Preparing for a New Reality

Immersion technologies are estimated to become a $57 billion industry by 2027. Get a look under the hood at how these systems work, what kind of infrastructure is needed, and tips for integrating immersion tech into existing workflow systems.

Urho Konttori Cofounder and CTO, Varjo

>>> VR and XR headsets: True Telepresence, device will be size of goggles. In 2025 standardization of the Industry.Human communication iwll be come Teleportation

4:40 p.m.Extended Reality Use Cases

Extended reality tools are already being incorporated into standard business operations in enterprise-level systems. Industry experts walkthrough real-world applications in health care, training, and construction to demonstrate the value immersion technologies can bring to the workplace.

Amitai Ziv Director, Extended Reality Hub, Sheba’s Innovation Center

>>>> Patients education with VR, Chemo Treatment VR can take patients to Paris or London. Used in Surgery CT overlaid on the Spine surgery site. Moving organ during surgery Heart, abdomen. Expectation. Assist device, not the only one. Simulation is not reality.

Will Adams Emerging Technologies Developer, M.A. Mortenson Company

>>> Rendering images of construction sites, technology is cool

Gordon Cooke Director, Research and Strategy, The U.S. Military Academy at West Point

>>> Training, new content creation is an issue.

Last Call with the Editors (5:15 p.m. – 6:20 p.m.)

Attendees and speakers are invited to attend our online EmTech MIT reception in virtual reality, which kicks off with a short talk on creating and navigating immersive spaces. Join us under the MIT Dome from your web browser or your VR headset as we mix and mingle in this unique networking session and hands on demo.

Before we send everyone home for the night, join our last call with all of our editors to get their analysis on the day’s topics, themes, and guests.

5:20 p.m.EmTech MIT VR Reception Under the MIT Dome

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EmTech MIT 2021 – Agenda Overview & Speakers: Leading with innovation, Virtual MIT Technology Review’s flagship event, September 28-30, 2021

Day 1: Leading with innovation, Virtual MIT Technology Review’s flagship event, September 28-30, 2021

EmTech MIT hosted by MIT Technology Review 

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group

Covering the event in REAL TIME with Social Media

@pharma_BI @AVIVA1950 #EmTechMIT @EmtechMIT

In attendance

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN, Founder, LPBI Group: 1.0 & 2.0

Aviva Lev- Ari, Founder, 1.0 LPBI and 2.0 LPBI Group

AGENDA Overview & Speakers at EmTech MIT 2021



The digital future

The road to cyber-resiliency

The destructive rise of ransomware has quantified the cost of cybersecurity and elevated cyber-resilience from an IT concern to an executive mandate. Learn how we can defend against infinite threats with finite resources.

The business of blockchain

Digital value is changing the fundamental rules of business. Digital currencies, NFTs, and smart contracts are shifting power and creating new opportunities for those who understand their possibilities and potential.

Convergence in the cloud

Together, the cloud, edge computing, and 5G are altering what’s possible. Grasp the tangible benefits of real-world intelligent cloud computing and learn how it’s transforming business.


Mind, body, work

AI as a global disruptor

Artificial intelligence’s superhuman data processing capabilities have far-reaching implications. Unpack the oncoming effects on industry and society and explore the issues of ethics, inequity, and more that we’ll face as we strive to maintain control of algorithms that are controlling us.

Biotechnology for a post-pandemic world

The pandemic shutdowns focused a new spotlight on biotech. See the emerging advances in everything from drug development to vaccine next steps to gene editing, and glimpse which ones will help us through the next crisis.

Extending the workplace

The events of 2020 forced us to reimagine the workplace as never before, with remote workers, hybrid workplaces, and distributed teams. Explore real-world augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) projects poised to change the way we work when we’re no longer constrained by space and walls.


Powering our world

Ensuring energy resilience

As every aspect of our lives rapidly becomes digitized, ensuring energy resilience and efficiency is critical to powering the technologies we rely on in our businesses and our lives. From the future of the power grid to nuclear power and renewable energy, assess the knowledge needed for choosing the right energy source.

Countering climate change

As climate change marches on, affecting business, society, and the planet, the financial tipping point is around the corner. Adopt strategies to advance environmental responsibility and reduce risk with the latest in carbon capture technologies, green building, and more.

Turning innovation into action

Research and innovation are only a few steps to achieving impactful change. Assess unique leadership approaches to chart the course for implementation from the lab to the real world.

SPEAKERS at EmTech MIT 2021


Emerging Technologies Developer M.A. Mortenson Company

President Raytheon Intelligence & Space

Senior Partner McKinsey Technology

Global CIO JPMorgan Chase

CEO and Publisher MIT Technology Review

Director of Sustainable Design Gensler

Cofounder & CTO Mammoth Biosciences

Director, Research and Strategy The U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Professor, MIT; Cofounder Transaera

CEO and Cofounder Sublime Systems

Cofounder, Black in AI; Formerly Google

Senior AI Reporter MIT Technology Review

Cofounder and Chief Scientist Numenta

Will Douglas
Senior Editor for AI MIT Technology Review

Editor in Chief MIT Technology Review

CEO and Founder, Input Output Global; Founder, Cardano; Cofounder Ethereum

CIO Federal Reserve System

Assistant Professor Princeton University

Senior Editor MIT Technology Review

Research ManagerAllen Institute for AI

Cofounder and CTO Varjo

Co-Founder & CTO Zoox

NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies; Professor Columbia University

Associate Professor Stanford University

Cofounder & Senior Advisor 350.org

Assistant Professor University College London

Founder Algorand

Assistant Professor University of Pennsylvania

Head of Advisory CISOs Cisco

Director MIT Media Lab

Head of Green Hydrogen thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers

Julian Brave
Vice President, Policy & Strategy Data for Progress

Commissioning Editor MIT Technology Review

Head of Atomic Clock Division ColdQuanta

Patrick Howell
Senior Editor for Cybersecurity MIT Technology Review

Senior Editor, Biomedicine MIT Technology Review

Senior editor, Computing MIT Technology Review

Assistant Division Head, Lincoln Laboratory MIT

CTO & EVP, Technology and Research Microsoft

Chief Security Officer Paxos Trust Company

Founder, Chairman & Managing Director Renew Power

Senior Director, Clean Energy & Innovation U.S. Department of State

Assistant Professor Carnegie Mellon University

CEO & Cofounder Swarm Technologies

Associate Professor UC Santa Barbara

Senior Editor for Podcasts and Live Journalism MIT Technology Review

Senior Editor for Energy MIT Technology Review

Founder and Chief Innovation Officer Vecna Robotics

Professor, MIT; Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Cofounder & Co-CTO Everactive

Vice President, XR Tools Unity

Director, Extended Reality HubSheba’s Innovation Center

MIT Inside Track

Chief Content Officer CoinDesk

Reporter, News MIT Technology Review

Research Assistant MIT Media Lab

Associate Director MIT Media Lab

VP, Business Development & Strategy Spatial

Metaverse Architect M2 Studio

Quintus Bosz
CTO Scaletech

Graduate Student MIT Media Lab

Head of Community Spatial

Professor Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Research Assistant MIT Media Lab

Day 1: The Digital Future (11:30 a.m. – 5:20 p.m.)

11:30 a.m.Welcome RemarksMat HonanEditor in Chief, MIT Technology Review

11:35 a.m.Leading with Innovation

Leadership requires innovation to succeed. On the most significant issues shaping the future, unpack what innovation must do, learn what to anticipate, and discover the technologies required to thrive and lead through the next 12-24 months. Kevin ScottCTO & EVP, Technology and Research, Microsoft

>>> start with function wish to write – micro-language representation model for code

writing. Compute is the only constraint. Open source version of OpenAI API no need to build OS. Responsible AI within Microsoft – Standard for the whole company to be rolled up soon. Regulation to consider where we are going to be. BioScience breakthroughs quick deployment of molecular innovations in Drug development – teach a machine how to solve a problem. Machines are excellent in doing functions that Human can’t and Humans are adept in reasoning an like machines. Technology can be harmful to society by intent , biases to overcome human in the loop for decision to deploy computer vision accomodation for gender and ethnicity if you do not use synthetic data – Face recognition need to be regulated.

The Road to Cyber Resiliency (12:05 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.)

>>> We get better at detection

The destructive rise of ransomware has quantified the cost of cybersecurity and elevated cyber-resilience from an IT concern to an executive mandate. Learn how we can defend against infinite threats with finite resources.12:05 p.m.Aftermath of a Breach

Go inside the war room to get a firsthand account of a cyberattack and what it’s like to discover your defenses have been breached and your data exposed. This first-person walkthrough prepares you for the technical, legal, and public-relations considerations to create your own response plan. Nick Selby Chief Security Officer, Paxos Trust Company

>>> at Timehop GDPR a bridge of security disclosure to US Citizens 5% of EU opt out 7/418 ADM password changed User database was compromised protect customers data Recovery architecture monitor Testing the backups – they need to be disconnected, security communication De-perimiterization for infection detection, pre-annuncement Challenges, De-activate all social media mobile phones numbers in Millions. Integrity & Transparency: Bring in MEDIA, NBC News, How you handle when you get a data breach. Threats had changed since 2018. Customers data can lead to Identity Theft, from phone numbers, e-mail to bank accounts.

12:35 p.m.Cyber Threat Analysis and Prevention

Before your defenses are breached, a strong cyber-resiliency plan is essential in protecting your infrastructure from attack. Understand the current attack vectors and what you can do to assess threats and implement preventive practices. Wendy Nather Head of Advisory CISOs, Cisco

>>>> mid 90s Two-way authentications Who are the attackers, changes, abuse of the platform by users Technology to buy Proactive Refresh Tech done by vendor is best security practice. Security poverty line – Incidence reporting is better than nothing. Evidence based security guidance BioMetrix on the Phone is easy to use Apple did beautiful design. Sterile Operating Theater HOW to do two way authentication? risk analyzed in design of products. Figuring out is there is a breach or not, it need to be reported anyway. Special Access privileges needed to investigate a breach. Mandatory Breach assigned.

MIT Inside Track (1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.)

Join the Inside Track sessions to engage more deeply with our content, speakers, and your fellow attendees during mainstage programming breaks.

1:00 p.m.Networking Break

1:15 p.m.Demystifying Decentralized Finance

Views differ on Bitcoin, but few doubt the transformative potential of blockchain technology. Blockchain can restore personal control over our data, assets, and identities; grant billions of excluded people access to the global economy; and shift the balance of power to revive society’s faith in itself.We reveal the implications for industries including finance, tech, legal, and shipping as decentralization disrupts the money world. Michael CaseyChief Content Officer, CoinDesk

The Business of Blockchain (1:40 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.)

Bobbie Johnson, MIT Technology Review

>>> Emerging technologies

Is Blockchain that did not realized its potential will it work for you? What are Smart contract

Digital value is changing the fundamental rules of business. Digital currencies, NFTs, and smart contracts are shifting power and creating new opportunities for those who understand their possibilities and potential.1:40 p.m.Decentralized Digital Currencies and Contracts

Digital currencies and contracts are growing in number and scope, powered by Bitcoin and Ethereum. As these technologies mature, new options such as Ada and Cardano are challenging the status quo. Understand the technical, social, business, and global implications of a world where digital contracts and currencies exponentially facilitate the trade capabilities of our current financial system. Charles Hoskinson CEO and Founder, Input Output Global; Founder, Cardano; Cofounder, Ethereum

>>> Charles Hoskinson CEO and Founder, Input Output Global; Founder, Cardano, 2015 Nation scale [Ethiopia] and Global scale – records ledger and smart contracts, credentials identity, reversible auditable that operates at scale; Cofounder, Ethereum

Portability of credentials in Ethiopia for outside, Build reputation for credit scoring.

What is in El Salvador for crypto currency? Cardano ? Contract system, EDA is transaction system, consensus protocol, energy consumption comes from hash for every step, representation not actual, 2015 – decentralization of energy consumption, hardware with limited supply, 3rd generation systems become decentralized. Speed of Networks, base ledge proof of reserve, auction computation – hybrid model decentralized and centralized at the same time. Space is more inclusive, diverse industry. Mongolia has bitcoin and Nigeria and Vietnam had adopted bitcoin and microfinance in Kenia and Philippines

2:10 p.m.A National Digital Dollar

The role of digital currencies in business is rapidly changing from speculation to reality. Today, countries are already looking to adopt a national digital currency. Learn how to leverage digital currencies for real-world business impact and the implications of an economy based on a global digital dollar. Silvio Micali Founder, Algorand

>>> How one assesses scalability transactions on chain with interoperability, Consensus of teminology. El Salvador can’t afford VISA transaction fees. Blockchain is very affordable in offering payments opportunity: in Columbia, provide tool sets.

Nation States vs Corporations: Objective of longevity, security – direct education and regulators involved in education on population. Decentralized systems have longevity vs decentralized systems. Intelligent adaptation of a new technology.

Innovators Under 35 (2:35 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.) – 500 applicants/nominees for 35 to be selected

2:35 p.m.Enabling Digital Transformation in the New Economy – Presented by JPMorgan Chase

The convergence of cloud computing, technology at the edge, and other next-gen computing trends enable digital transformation at speed and scale. Move your organization forward with critical insights from emerging research-to-market solutions contributing to the digital revolution.Lori Beer Global CIO, JPMorgan Chase

Contributors to Computing Power: Quantum computing, AI,

2:40 p.m.Transforming Compute Power

Significant improvements in energy, efficiency, and speed are needed to transform AI. Memristor technology has that potential, though to date no one has been able to convert the theory into practice. Have we reached a new breakthrough that will accelerate AI at lower power? As featured in the 2021 Innovators Under 35.

Adnan Mehonic Assistant Professor, University College London

>>> Training an AI Model using Memistore silicon oxide for digital memory it can be used for In memory computing, Neuromorphic Computing:

Digital CMOS, xxx, Neuromorphic Computing

2:55 p.m.Connecting at the Edge

A low-cost global network of tiny satellites for internet-of-things devices can transform  business, providing connectivity to the edge and  from anywhere on the planet. As featured in the 2021 Innovators Under 35.

Sara Spangelo CEO & Cofounder, Swarm Technologies

>>> 150 satellites offering for $5 per month IoT Global Network connectivity

Risks: Collision among tiny satellite, encryption technology for the communication been transmitted

MIT Inside Track (3:05 p.m. – 3:40 p.m.)

Join the Inside Track sessions to engage more deeply with our content, speakers, and your fellow attendees during mainstage programming breaks.

3:05 p.m.Networking Break3:15 p.m.The Soul of a Robot

To date, much of the work in robotics has focused on the mechanical engineering of physical movement. But as interactive technologies are applied in more social settings, it’s imperative that the technologies be socially engaging, and connect with humans.Randi WilliamsGraduate Research Assistant, MIT Media LabAndy Lippman Associate Director, MIT Media Lab

Living on the Edge (3:40 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.)

Together, the cloud, edge computing, and 5G are altering what’s possible. Grasp the tangible benefits of real-world intelligent cloud computing and learn how it’s transforming business.

3:40 p.m.Capturing Value from the Cloud – Presented by McKinsey Technology

More companies are starting to see the real benefits of cloud, which has been heralded as a catalyst for innovation and digital transformation. Across a range of industries, organizations have successfully implemented cloud to achieve impressive results. This discussion will explore best practices these companies follow and recent research that identifies the pools of value for adoption and drivers of that value.

Aamer Baig Senior Partner, McKinsey Technology Ghada Ijam CIO, Federal Reserve System

Aamer Baig Senior Partner, McKinsey Technology

>>> Cloud:

Enabler and catalist (a) Strategy & Management (b) Business domain adoption (c) Processes and risk postures

1. Innovate

2. Rejuvenate

3. Pioneer adoption of New technologies: Blockchain,

Aamer Baig Senior Partner, McKinsey Technology Cloud migration Scale and where the value comes from CIO, CFO, CEO Cloud has cost components Business opportunity that business process and business transformation

Create evangelists in the organization Top management transparency how an organization work

4:05 p.m.Robotics at the Edge

Robotics accelerate the supply chain by enabling warehouses and machinery to think, sense, and act. Learn how robotics at the edge moves AI from the cloud to independent devices.

Daniel Theobald Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Vecna Robotics

>>> Where the Optimization will come from? Supply Chain problem solving. Edge computing like Cloud computing allows to collect data Robots collect data – automated guided vehicles, now for optimization the opportunity arrived. Robots navigate and make decisions an obstacle or challenge one individual robot transmit data collected from each robot to the Cloud for analysis for quick processing. Place compute on the Robot before transmitting to the Cloud about where to deploy robots, collect data and improve performance. Data goes in many directions. Local Servers vs the Cloud: Resilience

Interoperability Standard – Robots sharing information in a Standard Open API way.

In the Edge: IoT and Robots – it is a continuum, Only Robots move and sense – standard API to the Cloud autonomy and sensors on top to operate on fire doors, elevators, conveyers. Robots sense around them – deal with obstacles in real time. Three MMM will be done by robots in the future, massive labor shortages. Practical approach. Massive value to be capture in the warehouse.

4:30 p.m.Internet of Things: Batteries Not Included

Internet-of-things sensors can provide 24/7 monitoring of facilities and locations, but the power they require is not always available in the locations where monitoring is required. Explore the latest advances in battery-free, low-maintenance devices that enable monitoring in previously unreachable areas.

David Wentzloff Cofounder & Co-CTO, Everactive

>>> Evolution of computing, wireless communications New Paradigm: Pervasive Computing: Machine Health Monitoring, adoption by EM and ABB, Nasdac, Localization and computing at the EDGE. 1Billion data points collected. Partnering beyond manufacturing: Logistics, agriculture, consumer applications and verticals. Move from the Cloud to the Edge. Computations on the nodes. AI involved power level.

5:00 p.m.Beyond GPS: Hyper-accurate Positioning

New hyper-accurate positioning technologies have brought the world into dramatically sharper focus than GPS with accuracies within a few millimeters, which opens new opportunities in the way we farm, transport goods, and navigate our world. As featured in the 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2021.

Judith Olson Head of Atomic Clock Division, ColdQuanta

>>> Next generation of GPS


Polls of Blockchain: many (34%) said it change the World. Few said will invest in it or will use it. Call to have more regulations Congress try to regulate the Internet may e coming Technology & Ingenuity gap robots can empower humans unfamiliar

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Developing Machine Learning Models for Prediction of Onset of Type-2 Diabetes

Reporter: Amandeep Kaur, B.Sc., M.Sc.

A recent study reports the development of an advanced AI algorithm which predicts up to five years in advance the starting of type 2 diabetes by utilizing regularly collected medical data. Researchers described their AI model as notable and distinctive based on the specific design which perform assessments at the population level.

The first author Mathieu Ravaut, M.Sc. of the University of Toronto and other team members stated that “The main purpose of our model was to inform population health planning and management for the prevention of diabetes that incorporates health equity. It was not our goal for this model to be applied in the context of individual patient care.”

Research group collected data from 2006 to 2016 of approximately 2.1 million patients treated at the same healthcare system in Ontario, Canada. Even though the patients were belonged to the same area, the authors highlighted that Ontario encompasses a diverse and large population.

The newly developed algorithm was instructed with data of approximately 1.6 million patients, validated with data of about 243,000 patients and evaluated with more than 236,000 patient’s data. The data used to improve the algorithm included the medical history of each patient from previous two years- prescriptions, medications, lab tests and demographic information.

When predicting the onset of type 2 diabetes within five years, the algorithm model reached a test area under the ROC curve of 80.26.

The authors reported that “Our model showed consistent calibration across sex, immigration status, racial/ethnic and material deprivation, and a low to moderate number of events in the health care history of the patient. The cohort was representative of the whole population of Ontario, which is itself among the most diverse in the world. The model was well calibrated, and its discrimination, although with a slightly different end goal, was competitive with results reported in the literature for other machine learning–based studies that used more granular clinical data from electronic medical records without any modifications to the original test set distribution.”

This model could potentially improve the healthcare system of countries equipped with thorough administrative databases and aim towards specific cohorts that may encounter the faulty outcomes.

Research group stated that “Because our machine learning model included social determinants of health that are known to contribute to diabetes risk, our population-wide approach to risk assessment may represent a tool for addressing health disparities.”




Ravaut M, Harish V, Sadeghi H, et al. Development and Validation of a Machine Learning Model Using Administrative Health Data to Predict Onset of Type 2 Diabetes. JAMA Netw Open. 2021;4(5):e2111315. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.11315 https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2780137

Other related articles were published in this Open Access Online Scientific Journal, including the following:

AI in Drug Discovery: Data Science and Core Biology @Merck &Co, Inc., @GNS Healthcare, @QuartzBio, @Benevolent AI and Nuritas

Reporters: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN and Irina Robu, PhD


Can Blockchain Technology and Artificial Intelligence Cure What Ails Biomedical Research and Healthcare

Curator: Stephen J. Williams, Ph.D.


HealthCare focused AI Startups from the 100 Companies Leading the Way in A.I. Globally

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AI in Psychiatric Treatment – Using Machine Learning to Increase Treatment Efficacy in Mental Health

Reporter: Aviva Lev- Ari, PhD, RN


Vyasa Analytics Demos Deep Learning Software for Life Sciences at Bio-IT World 2018 – Vyasa’s booth (#632)

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New Diabetes Treatment Using Smart Artificial Beta Cells

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MIT Technology Review announced list of “Innovators Under 35, 2020”

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN


Innovators Under 35, 2020

In chaotic times it can be reassuring to see so many people working toward a better world. That’s true for medical professionals fighting a pandemic and for ordinary citizens fighting for social justice. And it’s true for those among us striving to employ technology to address those problems and many others.

The 35 young innovators in these pages aren’t all working to fight a pandemic, though some are: see Omar Abudayyeh and Andreas Puschnik. And they’re not all looking to remedy social injustices though some are: see Inioluwa Deborah Raji and Mohamed Dhaouafi. But even those who aren’t tackling those specific problems are seeking ways to use technology to help people. They’re trying to solve our climate crisis, find a cure for Parkinson’s, or make drinking water available to those who are desperate for it.

We’ve been presenting our list of innovators under 35 for the past 20 years. We do it to highlight the things young innovators are working on, to show at least some of the possible directions that technology will take in the coming decade. This contest generates more than 500 nominations each year. The editors then face the task of picking 100 semifinalists to put in front of our 25 judges, who have expertise in artificial intelligence, biotechnology, software, energy, materials, and so on. With the invaluable help of these rankings, the editors pick the final list of 35.


Their innovations point toward a future with new types of batteries, solar panels, and microchips.
  • Omar Abudayyeh

    He’s working to use CRISPR as a covid-19 test that you could take at home.

    Omar Abudayyeh
  • Christina Boville

    She modifies enzymes to enable production of new compounds for industry.

    Christina Boville
  • Manuel Le Gallo

    He uses novel computer designs to make AI less power hungry.

    Manuel Le Gallo
  • Nadya Peek

    She builds novel modular machines that can do just about anything you can imagine.

    Nadia Peek
  • Leila Pirhaji

    She developed an AI-based system that can identify more small molecules in a patient’s body, faster than ever before.

    Leila Pirhaji
  • Randall Jeffrey Platt

    His recording tool provides a video of genes turning on or off.

    Randall Jeffrey Platt
  • Rebecca Saive

    She found a way to make solar panels cheaper and more efficient.

    Rebecca Saive
  • Venkat Viswanathan

    His work on a new type of battery could make EVs much cheaper.

    Venkat Viswanathan
  • Anastasia Volkova

    Her platform uses remote sensing and other techniques to monitor crop health—helping farmers focus their efforts where they’re most needed.

    Anastasia Volkova
  • Sihong Wang

    His stretchable microchips promise to make all sorts of new devices possible.

    Sihong Wang


Their technological innovations bust up the status quo and lead to new ways of doing business.
  • Jiwei Li

    In the last few months, Google and Facebook have both released new chatbots. Jiwei Li’s techniques are at the heart of both.

    Jiwei Li
  • Atima Lui

    She’s using technology to correct the cosmetics industry’s bias toward light skin.

    Atima Lui
  • Tony Pan

    His company revamps an old device to allow you to generate electricity in your own home.

    Tony Pan


Their innovations are leading to breakthroughs in AI, quantum computing, and medical implants.
  • Leilani Battle

    Her program sifts through data faster so scientists can focus more on science.

    Leilani Battle
  • Morgan Beller

    She was a key player behind the idea of a Facebook cryptocurrency.

  • Eimear Dolan

    Medical implants are often thwarted as the body grows tissue to defend itself. She may have found a drug-free fix for the problem.

    Eimear Dolan
  • Rose Faghih

    Her sensor-laden wristwatch would monitor your brain states.

    Rose Fagih
  • Bo Li

    By devising new ways to fool AI, she is making it safer.

    Bo Li
  • Zlatko Minev

    His discovery could reduce errors in quantum computing.

    Zlatko Minev
  • Miguel Modestino

    He is reducing the chemical industry’s carbon footprint by using AI to optimize reactions with electricity instead of heat.

    Miguel Modestino
  • Inioluwa Deborah Raji

    Her research on racial bias in data used to train facial recognition systems is forcing companies to change their ways.

    Inioluwa Deborah Raji
  • Adriana Schulz

    Her tools let anyone design products without having to understand materials science or engineering.

    Adriana Schulz
  • Dongjin Seo

    He is designing computer chips to seamlessly connect human brains and machines.


They’re using technology to cure diseases and make water, housing, and prosthetics available to all.
  • Mohamed Dhaouafi

    His company’s artificial limbs are not only high-functioning but cheap enough for people in low-income countries.

    Mohamed Dhaouafi
  • Alex Le Roux

    A massive 3D-printing project in Mexico could point the way to the future of affordable housing.

    Alex Le Roux
  • Katharina Volz

    A loved one’s diagnosis led her to employ machine learning in the search for a Parkinson’s cure.

    Katharina Volz
  • David Warsinger

    His system could alleviate the drawbacks of existing desalination plants.

    David Warsinger


Their innovations lead the way to biodegradable plastics, textiles that keep you cool, and cars that “see.”
  • Ghena Alhanaee

    Heavy dependence on infrastructure like oil rigs, nuclear reactors, and desalination plants can be catastrophic in a crisis. Her data-driven framework could help nations prepare.

    Ghena Alhanaee
  • Avinash Manjula Basavanna

    His biodegradable plastic protects against extreme chemicals, but heals itself using water.

  • Lili Cai

    She created energy-efficient textiles to break our air-conditioning habit.

    Lili Cai
  • Gregory Ekchian

    He invented a way to make radiation therapy for cancer safer and more effective.

    Gregory Ekchian
  • Jennifer Glick

    If quantum computers work, what can we use them for? She’s working to figure that out.

  • Andrej Karpathy

    He’s employing neural networks to allow automated cars to “see.”

  • Siddharth Krishnan

    A tiny, powerful sensor for making disease diagnosis cheaper, faster, and easier.

    Siddharth Krishnan
  • Andreas Puschnik

    Seeking a universal treatment for viral diseases, he might leave us much better prepared for the next pandemic.

    Andreas Puschnik



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2020 World Medical Innovation Forum – COVID-19, AI  – Life Science and Digital Health Investments, MGH & BWH, Virtual Event: Monday, May 11, 8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN




Life science and digital health investments have continued at a strong pace during the COVID-19 crisis. Senior investment leaders discuss what to expect. Will:

  • social distancing affect deal making?
  • key asset categories remain strong – venture, private equity, public offerings, acquisitions?
  • valuations hold up in some categories while others fall?

Moderator: Roger Kitterman, VP, Venture and Managing Partner, Partners Innovation Fund, Mass General Brigham

Jan Garfinkle
, Founder & Manager Partner, Arboretum Ventures, Chair NVCA

Phillip Gross, Managing Director, Adage Capital Management

Christopher Viehbacher, Managing Partner, Gurnet Point Capital


VIEW VIDEOS from the event


From: “Coburn, Christopher Mark” <CMCOBURN@PARTNERS.ORG>

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 6:48 AM

To: “Coburn, Christopher Mark” <CMCOBURN@PARTNERS.ORG>

Subject: REGISTRANT RECAP | World Medical Innovation Forum  


Dear World Forum Attendee, 

On behalf of Mass General Brigham CEO Anne Klibanski MD and Forum co-Chairs Gregg Meyer MD and Ravi Thadhani MD, many thanks for being among the nearly 11,000 registrants representing 93 countries, 46 states and 3200 organizations yesterday. A community was established around many pressing topics that  will continue long into the future. We hope you have a chance to examine the attached survey results. There are several revealing items that should be the basis for ongoing discussion. We expect to be in touch regularly during the year. Among the plans is a “First Look” video series highlighting top Mass General Brigham Harvard faculty as well as emerging Harvard investigators.  As promised, we  wanted to also share visual Forum session summaries.  You will be able to access the recordings on the Forum’s YouTube page . The first set will go up this morning

We hope you will join us for the 2021 Forum!  

Thanks again, Chris

e-Proceedings 2020 World Medical Innovation Forum – COVID-19, AI and the Future of Medicine, Featuring Harvard and Industry Leader Insights – MGH & BWH, Virtual Event: Monday, May 11, 8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET


Tweets & Retweets 2020 World Medical Innovation Forum – COVID-19, AI and the Future of Medicine, Featuring Harvard and Industry Leader Insights – MGH & BWH, Virtual Event: Monday, May 11, 8:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. ET


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Real Time Coverage @BIOConvention #BIO2019: Gene Therapy 2.0: No Longer Science Fiction 1:00-2:15 pm June 3 Philadelphia PA

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams Ph.D. @StephenJWillia2


Other Articles on Gene Therapy on this Open Access Journal Include:

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Selection Process for Chief Innovation and Entrepreneurship Officer (CIEO) @Berkeley: Ecosystem Evangelist, Professor Richard Lyons, Berkeley’s ex-Dean of the Haas School of Business


Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN, Berkeley PhD’83


for @Berkeley Alumna Ecosystem Evangelist see


The University of California at Berkeley appointed professor Richard Lyons as the university’s first-ever chief innovation and entrepreneurship officer (CIEO).

The Selection Process

Professor Richard Lyons was selected for the CIEO position through a rigorous recruitment and selection process that attracted several hundred top-notch applications from all over the world. Throughout the process, Lyons stood out as a true visionary, a strategic leader and an ecosystem evangelist who could understand and activate the untapped potential of Berkeley’s innovation and entrepreneurship landscape.


“If together we can improve the transformation of Berkeley’s prodigious intellectual product, across the whole campus, into greater societal benefit, then we will have achieved a great deal,” said Lyons, in a statement.

Image Source: Courtesy of University of California, Berkeley, Doe Library Building with the  Campanile Tower in the background

Professor Richard Lyons,  Accomplishments as Berkeley’s ex-Dean of the Haas School of Business

  • He helped launch the Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology (M.E.T.) dual-degree program in partnership with the College of Engineering.
  • He also initiated the Biology + Business dual degree program with Molecular & Cell Biology and
  • He revitalized the Berkeley-Haas Entrepreneurship Program (BHEP).
  • He helped the campus to launch the Berkeley SkyDeck startup accelerator in 2012 and served on its Governing Board, did that in collaboration with leadership in the Office of Research and College of Engineering.




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Research and Development (R&D) Expenditure by Country represent time, capital, and effort being put into researching and designing the products of the future – Data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics adjusted for purchasing-power parity (PPP).


Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN



Measuring R&D spend

Today’s infographic comes to us from HowMuch.net, and it compares R&D numbers for nearly every country in the world. It uses data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics adjusted for purchasing-power parity (PPP).

As a percentage of GDP

Measuring R&D in absolute terms shows where most of the world’s research happens, but it fails to capture the countries that are spending more in relative terms.

Which countries allocate the highest percentage of their economy to research and development?

As a percentage of GDP

Measuring R&D in absolute terms shows where most of the world’s research happens, but it fails to capture the countries that are spending more in relative terms.

Which countries allocate the highest percentage of their economy to research and development?

As you can see, countries like South Korea and Japan allocate the highest portion of their economies to R&D, which is part of the reason they rank so highly on the list in absolute terms as well.

As you can see, countries like South Korea and Japan allocate the highest portion of their economies to R&D, which is part of the reason they rank so highly on the list in absolute terms as well.

As you can see, R&D expenditures are heavily concentrated at the top of the food chain:

Put together the numbers for the U.S. ($476.5 billion) and China ($370.6 billion), and it amounts to 47.0% of total global R&D expenditures. Add in Japan and Germany, and the total goes to 62.5%.

At same time, the countries left off the above list don’t even combine for 15% of the world’s total R&D expenditures.

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Information Innovation and the Power of LPBI Group

Author: Rick Mandahl, MBA

LPBI Group, Business Development Team


“Science evolves”[1]. This simple quote from a position paper by William S. Harten[2], eminent database architect, genealogist and entrepreneur describes why he designed a new laboratory process management technology capable of adapting as processes changed. From the notion that the software system must support the science rather than the science being bound to the limitations of predefined rigid systems opened new vistas for exploration, and progress across many process intensive domains and certainly in the realm precision medicine moving into widespread clinical deployment. Science evolves.

Decades earlier Robert R. Johnson, PhD[3] leader of the GE engineering team responsible for computerizing the check processing system for the Bank of America, and in the process delivered technology that changed banking globally.  The initial exploratory endeavor began around 1950 at Stanford Research Institute [aka, SRI International, Menlo Park, CA] to address the exponential expansion of check processing bound by manual methods, thus the need to change a system that was conceived in Venice in 1431, roughly the same era as the invention of the Gutenberg Press. In Project ERMA among other things, developed the human and machine readable alphanumerics still found on every check issued in the world today. The same information could be shared by humans and machines and this realtime translation, realtime information [4] that helped manage the exponential increase in demand for financial services in the post World War Two era.

Technology supporting science, supporting commerce in our era changes centuries established methods.  Do scientific publications today advance science or simply report it? Can we do better?  How far are we beyond Gutenberg today? In 1995, Nicholas Negroponte of MIT’s Media Lab lamented that the FAX machine was barely a step beyond Gutenberg.[5] In the ensuing generation has scientific publishing advanced with the science it reports? LPBI Group thinks not.

What of new innovation in the expanding realm of life sciences? Where are the friction points that may impede progress in rapidly advancing areas of medical sciences – science whose validation rests on rigorous observation and adherence to scientific method, findings vetted by peer review and shared in scholarly journals of learned societies. Are there ways to improve, approaches to help ameliorate the current concern over “research productivity”?

Personal Reflection of an Innovation Case Study

In the early eighties upon returning from a year’s assignment in  France, I looked up a former skiing and climbing partner now Head Coach of the US Ski Team. I had heard that he was working on a new design of racing bicycle handle bars – which from afar seemed quite curious. A visit to his home near Sun Valley  resulted in an astonishing perspective. In a field where just about every innovation had been made for this simple machine, the bicycle, Boone Lennon theorized that aerodynamic improvement – the way a rider sat on the bicycle could deliver improved performance – this insight gained by observing and coaching some of the best ski racers in the world on improving their aerodynamic form in the greatest of alpine ski sports – the Downhill. Those body position principles, so important to a sport where the difference between victory or defeat is measured in hundredths of a second – those principles ought to apply to bicycle racing where on straight away courses with “two equally matched and equipped competitors, the racer with the new bars and improved aerodynamic position will win.”[6] The theory was proven when in 1989 Greg Lemond the first American to win the Tour de France used the new “aero bars” . This second of three Tour de France victories (also 1986 and 1990), was attributed by Mr. Lemond to the final time trial where he outpaced his opponent by eight seconds, the tightest margin in Tour de France history. LeMond’s superior aerodynamics brought him victory[7] – he triumphed where two comparably qualified and equipped competitors had different tools that resulted in different levels of efficiency, thus performance. 

Winning Strategy in the Information Age

In the competitive world of scientific and medical research, where can efficiencies be gained, productivity be improved?

  • Containing Information Explosion,
  • Combatting Information Obsolescence.

The game changing innovations of LPBI Group offer simple yet profound innovations to help scientists and clinicians advance at the pace they can reasonably pursue because LPBI Group’s products help keep pace with life sciences new research insights and scientific discoveries. LPBI Group  ongoing questions provide answers using curation of current scientific research results. 

  • No longer are scientific papers obsolete by the time they are published, rather
  • They are living and dynamic repositories of searchable curated knowledge to build upon, while leveraging past established benchmarks.
  • Equally qualified and equipped, what investigator, which team might advance faster?
  • Access to the best and current information would certainly be of help.
  • Access absent enormous subscription cost might help as well.
  • Accelerate information access, eliminate exorbitant access cost.

The Founders, The Finders, The Funders. 

To build a team, to create a venture, to have commercial impact, the initial founder(s) must be joined by team members who help build, refine, adapt and change as the initial concept grows to advancing stages of maturity.

The time comes when the greatest intellectual and commercial impact is likely delivered by partners whose established business channels and financial strength enable the full realization of innovation or enabling technology far beyond the operational capacities of the initial team, but exactly according their ultimate vision.

Thus, as LPBI Group grows, we seek to identify and recruit strategic partners to grow, to expand and to merge with a new structure to follow. The global community of scientists indeed all the humankind are the beneficiaries of our endeavors in knowledge creation and dissemination.

[1] UNIFlow® by UNIConnect White Paper, William S. Harten

[2] Mr. Harten in addition to being founder of UNIConnect, LC, acquired by Sunquest Information Systems is inventor of GEDCOM, the global standard for the exchange of genealogical information.

[3] Robert Royce Johnson, PhD Cal Tech, Leader of Project ERMA, VP of Engineering Emeritus- Burroughs; Professor and Chairman Emeritus Dept of Computer Science, University of Utah College of Engineering. Founder and Managing Partner n-Dimensional Visualization, LLC.

[4] Waves of Change, James L McKenney, Harvard Business School, Harvard Business Press, 1995

[5] Being Digital, Nicholas Negroponte, MIT Medial Lab, Random House 1995

[6] Personal conversations with Daniel “Boone” Lennon, Head Coach Emeritus, US Ski Team and inventor of the Aero Bar for cyclists.

[7] Simon Symthe, “How Greg LeMond’s aero bars revolutionized time trialling”, Cycling, July 9, 2015.

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