Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovators’ Symposium

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Former and current Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovators presented an overview of their innovative research at the symposium held at the New York Academy of Sciences. Senior Scientists led two panel discussions focused on Translational Research: Bridging the valley of death through successful academic collaboration and partnering with industry, and Entrepreneurship: Strategies for founding a company and obtaining venture capital. The day offered a valuable networking opportunity to discuss ideas and form collaborations.

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Damon Runyon Innovators:

Alexei A. Aravin, PhD (‘11-‘13), California Institute of Technology
James E. Bradner, MD (‘11-‘13), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Heather R. Christofk, PhD (‘10-‘12), University of California, Los Angeles
Joshua E. Elias, PhD (‘11-‘13), Stanford University School of Medicine
Nathanael S. Gray, PhD (‘08-‘10), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD (‘08-‘11), Duke University Medical Center
Ivan Maillard, MD, PhD (‘09-‘11), University of Michigan
Joshua C. Munger, PhD (‘10-‘12), University of Rochester
John L. Rinn, PhD (‘09-‘11), Harvard University
Raffaella Sordella, PhD (‘10-‘12), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Muneesh Tewari, MD, PhD (‘09-‘11), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Benjamin P. Tu, PhD (‘11-‘13), University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Matthew G. Vander Heiden, MD, PhD (‘11-‘13), Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Yi Zhang, MD, PhD (‘09-‘11), University of Michigan 


Panel Discussion Participants:

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD (Innovation Award Committee Member)
The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center         
Lenny Dang, PhD
Agios Pharmaceuticals
Mark M. Davis, PhD (Innovation Award Committee Member)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Richard B. Gaynor, MD (Board Member)
Eli Lilly and Company
Kenneth W. Kinzler, PhD (Innovation Award Committee Member)
The Johns Hopkins University Kimmel Cancer Center
Jeremy Lack, PhD
New Leaf Venture Partners
Ronald Levy, MD (Chair of Innovation Award Committee)
Stanford University School of Medicine
Kevan M. Shokat, PhD (Innovation Award Committee Member)
University of California, San Francisco