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A Nerd for the Ages: Dean Kamen Lights Up MIT’s Better World Conference

A Nerd for the Ages: Dean Kamen Lights Up MIT’s Better World Conference

Jul 6, 2010

The MIT Enterprise Forum hosted the Better World 2010 conference at the Media Lab on April 30th. The conference’s vision, as laid out by executive producers Peter Zak and Patrick Robinson, was to showcase the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to address the world’s great challenges. The spirited gathering brought together some leading players...

Reporting From The Early Life Science Conference

Reporting From The Early Life Science Conference

May 21, 2010

This month we attended the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center’s 6th annual Early-Stage Life Sciences Technology Conference. What we saw was indicative of a vibrant, entrepreneurial life sciences ecosystem. The first highlight was the host—Merck. The conference was held at Merck’s Longwood area facility which only opened in 2004. The company’s Reid...

From MIT to Startup to the NASDAQ: Harnessing RNAi for a Better World

From MIT to Startup to the NASDAQ: Harnessing RNAi for a Better World

May 18, 2010

Building from a new idea to a leading pharmaceutical firm. Soon after the beginning of the Better World @ MIT conference, I was already floored by the expertise of the speakers and the sheer scope and audacity of the ideas being presented. The MIT Enterprise Forum and Executive Producers Peter Zak and Patrick Robinson assembled an impressive array of...

An Energetic Weekend at the MIT Energy Conference

An Energetic Weekend at the MIT Energy Conference

May 16, 2010

Opportunities, Pathways and Solutions. The MIT Energy Conference is an annual student-run event that brings together leaders in the fields of technology, policy, industry, and finance and covers many important issues in energy applications. As a co-leader for the Commercializing Solar workshop, I attended the fifth MIT Energy Conference, which was held in...

An IdeaStorm’s A Brewin’

An IdeaStorm’s A Brewin’

Apr 3, 2010

Wi-Fi enabled parking meters that automatically give you a ticket when your meter expires.Believe it or not, a group of 15 hyper-educated, TechCrunch reading, Red Bull sipping, pillars of the startup ecosystem came up with this idea.  Where, you ask?  IdeaStorm. IdeaStorm engages students, engineers, entrepreneurs, and increasingly, investors, in an hour-long...