Whitehead Connects brings academia and industry together

Whitehead Connects is a new initiative that brings renowned biology and biotech leaders to Whitehead Institute to share lessons learned from careers at the nexus of academic science and industry.  Over 100 people attended the first lecture in the 2013-2014 series on November 4th.  Participants included representatives from area biotech and pharmaceutical companies, Whitehead’s postdoctoral community, and friends of Whitehead Institute.  The inaugural lecture featured Dr. Joan Brugge, Chair of the Department of Cell Biology at Harvard Medical School and member of the scientific advisory board of eFFECTOR Therapeutics and Agios Pharmaceuticals.  Dr. Brugge discussed her personal experience at the intersection of academia and industry and advised attendees on how to identify and establish successful partnerships.  Following the lecture, participants had the opportunity to share their work with each other and discuss opportunities for collaboration.  Below are photos that capture the spirit of the event.