Founded in 2016, Ideation has grown into a resource for hundreds of entrepreneurs and several early stage teams to connect and learn about starting biotech companies. Through the strengthening relationship between MBG and HBC, as well as our growing list of partners and sponsors, Ideation represents a unique collaboration between the leading entrepreneurship and biotech focused student groups and resources at MIT and Harvard. Watch the development of Ideation over the last 3 years below.

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2018 Speakers


Dr. Vicki Sato has shaped biotechnology in and beyond Boston through her leadership, teaching and advising. She has served as the VP of research at Biogen and the CSO and President of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. Bridging academia and industry, Dr. Sato was also a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business school with a focus on biotechnology and a Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University. She is Chairman and Co-Founder of Vir Biotechnology, and serves as a current member of the Board of Directors at Bristol Myers Squibb Company, PerkinElmer Corporation, Borg Warner Corporation, Syros Pharmaceuticals, and Denali.


Disease Diagnostic Group is a medical device company focused on screening, tracking, and diagnosing highly infectious tropical diseases. Founded by John Lewandowski, an MIT PhD in mechanical engineering, DDG was the 2014 winner of the MIT $100K Launch competition. Among other notable awards, DDG was a USC Marshall Innovation winner, a MassChallenge diamond winner, as well as a MedTech Innovator Semi-finalist.


Confer Health aims to provide clinical-grade testing at home with a new diagnostic platform. The technology was inspired by the work of its co-founder and CEO Dr. Mounir Koussa, during his PhD at Harvard Medical School. Now venture-backed, the company received early support and funding from the MIT deltaV program at the Martin Trust Center.

Past Ideation Partners