63. Immunotherapy Protein Engineering & Entrepreneurship w/ Dane Wittrup - Professor @ MIT
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by Alix Ventures, Dane Wittrup, Jake Becraft, Chris Ghadban
2w ago
Professor Dane Wittrup attended the University of New Mexico as an undergraduate, graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering in June, 1984. Wittrup went on to attend the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, where he worked with Prof. James Bailey on flow cytometry and segregated modeling of recombinant populations of Saccharomyces cerevisiae. After obtaining his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Biology in 1988, he spent a brief time working at Amgen before becoming an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at U ..read more
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62. Future of Scientific Journalism w/ Holden Thorp - Editor-in-Chief @ Science Journals
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by Alix Ventures, Holden Thorp, Chris Ghadban, Drew Yashar
1M ago
Holden Thorp became Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals on 28 October 2019. He came to Science from Washington University, where he was provost from 2013 to 2019 and professor from 2013 to 2023.  He is currently a professor at George Washington University and on leave to serve as the Editor-in-Chief at Science. Thorp joined Washington University after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013. Thorp earned a bachelor of science degree in chemistry from UNC in 1986. He earned ..read more
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61. Frontier of Immunological Engineering w/ Darrell Irvine - Professor @ MIT
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by Alix Ventures, Darrell Irvine, Chris Ghadban, Jacob Becraft
1M ago
Darrell Irvine obtained an Honors Bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from the University of Pittsburgh. As a National Science Foundation graduate fellow, he then studied Polymer Science at MIT. Following completion of his PhD, he was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell postdoctoral fellow in immunology at the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine. He is presently a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is also an Associate Director for the Koch Institute and serves on the steering committee of the Rago ..read more
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60. Diagnostic Entrepreneurship w/ Stan Lapidus - Serial Entrepreneur / Former Founder & CEO @ Exact Sciences
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by Alix Ventures, Stan Lapidus, Drew Yashar, & Chas Pulido
8M ago
Stan Lapidus is an inventor and entrepreneur who currently serves on a number of healthcare and medical technology boards.  He’s been founding CEO of three medical diagnostics companies. Two of them have been among the most successful diagnostics startups of all time: Cytyc Corp., which he founded in 1987 and which revolutionized early detection of cervical cancer through its development of the modern Pap test—the ThinPrep. The two ThinPrep prototypes are at the Smithsonian’s American Museum of National History. And, EXACT Sciences, which he founded in 1995, which pioneered non-invasive e ..read more
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59. Future of ADCs w/ David Epstein - CEO @ Seagen
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by Alix Ventures, David Epstein, Brian Fiske, & Chas Pulido
9M ago
David joined Seagen as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors in 2022, bringing more than 30 years of drug development, deal making, commercialization and people leadership experience on a global scale. Prior to Seagen, he was executive partner at Flagship Pioneering. From 2010 to mid-2016 he served as Chief Executive Officer of Novartis Pharmaceuticals, a division of Novartis AG. Previously, David started and led Novartis’ Oncology and Molecular Diagnostic units. Over the course of his career, he led the development and commercialization of over 30 new molecular entiti ..read more
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58. Frontier of Immunology w/ Vijay Kuchroo - Professor @ Harvard
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by Alix Ventures, Vijay Kuchroo, Chris Ghadban, & Drew Yashar
11M ago
Vijay Kuchroo is the Samuel L. Wasserstrom Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Senior Scientist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Co-Director of the Center for Infection and Immunity, at the Brigham Research Institutes, Boston. He is also an associate member of the Broad Institute, and a participant in a Klarman Cell Observatory project that focuses on T cell differentiation. He is the founding Director of the Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. His major research interests include autoimmune diseases—particula ..read more
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57. Future of Microfluidics w/ David Weitz - Professor @ Harvard / Core Faculty @ Wyss Institute
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by Alix Ventures, David Weitz, Chris Ghadban, & Drew Yashar
11M ago
David Weitz is the Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics & Applied Physics and professor of Systems Biology at Harvard University. Weitz is best known for his work in the areas of diffusing-wave spectroscopy, microrheology, microfluidics, rheology, fluid mechanics, interface and colloid science, colloid chemistry, biophysics, complex fluids, soft condensed matter physics, phase transitions, the study of glass and amorphous solids, liquid crystals, self-assembly, surface-enhanced light scattering, and diffusion-limited aggregation. He received his PhD in superconductivity from Harvard and worke ..read more
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56. Future of Gene Editing w/ David Liu - Professor @ Harvard / Vice Chairman @ Broad Institute
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by Alix Ventures, David Liu, Claudia Hill, & Chas Pulido
11M ago
David Liu is the Richard Merkin Professor and director of the Merkin Institute of Transformative Technologies in Healthcare, vice-chair of the faculty at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, the Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences at Harvard University, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator. Liu’s research integrates chemistry and evolution to illuminate biology and enable next-generation therapeutics. His major research interests include the engineering, evolution, and in vivo delivery of genome editing proteins such as base editors and prime editors t ..read more
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54. Foundations of Biotech w/ Harvey Lodish - Professor @ MIT / Founding Member @ Whitehead Institute
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by Alix Ventures, Harvey Lodish, Don Haut, Chris Ghadban, & Drew Yashar
11M ago
Harvey Lodish is a Founding Member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He is a Professor of Biology and a Professor of Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He serves as a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and is an Associate (Foreign) Member of the European Molecular Biology Organization. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. As a member of the Board of Trustees of Boston Children’s ..read more
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53. Future of Immunology w/ Jeff Bluestone - Professor Emeritus @ UCSF / Co-Founder & CEO @ Sonoma Biotherapeutics
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by Alix Ventures, Jeff Bluestone, Chris Ghadban, & Chas Pulido
1y ago
Jeff Bluestone is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Sonoma Biotherapeutics and the A.W. and Mary Margaret Clausen Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the Diabetes Center of The University of California, San Francisco. Bluestone is a highly accomplished scientific researcher and international leader in the field of immunotherapy and has published more than 500 papers over nearly four decades focused on understanding the basic processes that control T-cell activation and immune tolerance in autoimmunity, organ transplantation and cancer. His research has led to the development and com ..read more
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