Fall 2019


Innovating for healthcare impact

The Fall 2019 Cohort will participate in a 14 week immersive experience to develop research project proposals with high potential for healthcare impact. Participants will work closely with a cross-disciplinary team of faculty mentors in a highly networked community of engineers, scientists, businesspeople, and clinicians. Using the Catalyst methodology for innovating for impact, participants work through a structured process to consider real-world needs, plausible solutions, and viable action plans to develop proposals that, if successful, will lead to a clear and specific benefit.

Selected project proposals have the potential for follow on funding.

The focus for the Fall 2019 cohort is on identifying opportunities to improve the quality of life, autonomy and societal inclusion for people with Down syndrome.

Cohort partners
 

“linQ brings together many passionate, creative and brilliant people. Real things happen, and we have great fun along the way.”

Peter Bryant, linQ faculty and Professor of Entrepreneurship at IE, Madrid

Experience highlights

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Nucleate original need-driven research and venture opportunities with high potential to achieve health impact and without the constraints of a single lab or organization

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Process driven by you. What you and your team develop during the spring is just the beginning. Past teams have launched start-ups, established new lines of research, and embarked on new career trajectories.

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Mentored by cross-disciplinary experts from academic research, industry, and clinical care

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Selected projects progress to Phase II in which scaling and commercialization are explored.

Aimed at healthcare impact

A focus on Down syndrome

Open to ALL in the Greater Boston area who are able to attend weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions on the MIT campus.

We seek a multi-talented cohort, including:

  • Early stage professionals, postdocs, fellows, graduate students, clinical, and other professional degree candidates, advanced undergraduates, etc.
  • Engineers, scientists, clinicians, designers, entrepreneurs, MBAs, etc.
  • Anyone with interest and willingness to spend time in research, innovation, and health. No need to know anything about Down syndrome.
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Who should join

Open to ALL in the Greater Boston area who are able to attend weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions on the MIT campus.

We seek a multi-talented cohort, including:

  • Early stage professionals, postdocs, fellows, graduate students, clinical, and other professional degree candidates, advanced undergraduates, etc.
  • Engineers, scientists, clinicians, designers, entrepreneurs, MBAs, etc.
  • Anyone with interest and willingness to spend time in research, innovation, and health. No need to know anything about Down syndrome.

Details

  • Weekly sessions: Tuesdays from 2pm to 5pm
    (2–4pm mentored session; 4–5pm team work)
  • September 10th–December 10th at MIT
  • Expected time commitment 10-12 hrs/week
  • HST.S98 course credit available for MIT students

Application dates

  • Applications due September 8, 11:59pm ET
  • First Session September 10
  • Information session September 3, 4–5pm

The process this phase

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1

Proof of Need

Identify, evaluate, and document unmet medical needs. Visit laboratories, talk with clinicians and explore the literature to create problem and need statements.

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Proof of Opportunity

Identify and evaluate opportunities (need & solution idea). Work in teams for an in-depth analysis. Develop and document your opportunity.

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Project Proposal

Develop a plan to launch a research project which outlines the milestones in a 12-18 month time frame. Present your project proposal (orally) to an Independent Advisory Panel.

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Outcome

Portfolio of 1-4 validated research opportunities, with real opportunity to transition to Phase II—exploration of funding and commercialization opportunities.

Apply to join

Open to ALL in the Greater Boston area who are able to attend weekly Tuesday afternoon sessions on the MIT campus.

Course credit

MIT students and cross-registrants can receive course credit

Applications are closed
 

2019 Fall Cohort

Fellows

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Bahar Rahsepar 
PhD Candidate in Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

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Camila Maciel Oliveira
Global CoCreation Lab, MIT IMES

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Dominika Lyzwa
Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT

 

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Fatema Abdurrob
Technical Research Associate, MIT

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Fatima Clouser
Clinical Research and Development Technician, Massachusetts General Hospital Wellman Center for Photomedicine

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Jason Chang
Postdoctoral Research Associate, Koch Institute at MIT

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Jessica Sanders
Neurodevelopmental disabilities physician at Boston Children’s Hospital

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Jim Lee
Healthcare Technologist, Data Science & Product Management

 

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Joseph Doherty
Manager, Business Logistics, IS&T, MIT

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Nick Mukhitov
Postdoctoral Associate, MIT, Biological Engineering and Synthetic Biology Center

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Ruyi Gong
Visiting undergraduate at Wellman Center

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Sarat Gundavarapu
Research fellow at MGH/HMS with expertise in optical imaging and integrated
photonics

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Tsung-Hsien Tsai
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Faculty 

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Emily Niederst, PhD
Director of Scientific Initiatives, Alana Down Syndrome Center

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Ben Vakoc, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

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Fiona Murray, PhD
Associate Dean for Innovation at the MIT Sloan School of Management
Co-Director of MIT Innovation Initiative

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Karen Golmer, MBA
Innovation Manager MIT Desphande Center for Technological Innovation

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Lars Frølund, PhD
Research Director, MIT Innovation Initiative
Visiting Fellow at the MIT Sloan School of Management

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Jacob Hooker, PhD
Phyllis and Jerome Lyle Rappaport MGH Research Scholar
Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

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Shriya Srinivasan
Doctoral Researcher, Biomechatronics Research

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Martha Gray, PhD
Director, MIT linQ

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Tim Padera, PhD
Associate Professor in Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School

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Andy Levine, MS
CEO and President, Conformal Medical

Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) 

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Allyson DeNoble
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Honorary Board of Directors

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Brian Skotko
Emma Campbell Endowed Chair on Down
Syndrome at Massachusetts General Hospital

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Dava Newman
Apollo Professor of Astronautics and Engineering Systems at MIT

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Doug Vincent
President & CEO at Design Mentor, Inc. and at VENTRIFLO™ True Pulse Pump

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Frances Toneguzzo
Intellectual Property and Business Strategy Consultant

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Hampus Hillerstrom
President and CEO of LuMind IDSC Foundation

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Julie Greenberg
Director of Education, Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences & Technology and MIT IMES

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Stacy Lindborg 
Executive Vice President and Head of Global Clinical Research at Brainstorm Cell Therapeutics

 

Catalyst projects

Catalyst projects involve Fellows and their international teams of collaborators. They focus on identifying unmet medical needs that can be addressed by new biomedical technologies. Successful Catalyst projects demonstrate a real potential for healthcare impact.
See the projects