Spring 2019


Innovating for mission 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.

Who should join

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

Details

Application dates

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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3

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 Spring Cohort

Fellows

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Aasia Romano, MD
OB-GYN Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and VA Healthcare Boston

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Amy Linsky, MD
Physician, Internal Medicine, VA Boston Healthcare System

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Anna Jagielska, PhD
Research Scientist, ŸMassachusetts Institute of Technology

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Chris Carr, ScD
Research Fellow, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Molecular Biology

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jon Champagne, PA-C
Physician Assistant, Cardiac Electrophysiology, West Roxbury VA

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Ravi Rasalingam, MBChB
Staff Cardiologist, Medicine/Cardiology, Boston VA Healthsystem

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Tarsha Ward, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School

Faculty 

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Azahara Rodriguez
Innovation Project Manager & Scientific Advisor at Cantabria Labs

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Ben Vakoc, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

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Collin Stultz, MD, PhD
Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Institute for Medical Engineering and Science

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Gloria Sanclimens
Product Development Director at Cantabria Labs

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Heather L. Davidson, MD
Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine;
Deputy Chief of Staff and Hospitalist Physician at VA Boston HCS

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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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Karthik Sivashanker, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine;
Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist, VA Boston Healthcare System

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Lydia Bourouiba, PhD
Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Mechanical Engineering;
Affiliate Faculty of Harvard Medical School

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Martha Gray, PhD
Director, MIT linQ

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Nancy R. Steele, MA
MIT linQ Faculty

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Pablo Fernandez 
Professor at Universidad de Cantabria

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Pamela Bellino MA, OTR/L
Director of Patient Safety, VA Boston Healthcare System

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Peter Hansen, PhD
Founder of Union Biometrica, Inc.

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Stephan Gaehde, MD, MPH
Boston VA Medical Informatics Fellowship Program Director and Chief of Emergency Services

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

Independent Advisory Panel (IAP) 

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Christiana Iyasare, MD
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Medicine Innovation Program; Co-Founder, Dyrnamix, Inc.

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Emily Lindemer, PhD
Director of Data Science and Analytics at Wellframe

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Jagesh Shah, PhD
Vice President, Gene Therapy Technologies at Sana Biotechnology, Inc.

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Juan Pablo Pivel
External scientific and industrial property advisor in Cantabria Labs

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Julia Jackson, MBA
Director, Digital Health at Sage Therapeutics

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Melinda Decker, MS, MBA
Chief Commercial Officer, Mymee

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Ryan Vega, MD
Diffusion of Excellence Lead; Hospital/Attending Physician, Richmond, Va. VA Medical Center

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Samuel “Mooly” Dinnar, PMB
Founder of Meedance,
Instructor at Harvard and MIT

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Terry Keane, PhD
Associate Chief of Staff for Research and Development at VA Boston Healthcare System

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Will Febbo
CEO of OptimizeRx

 

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