Whitehead Connects presents Vicki Sato

Dr. Vicki Sato

Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School
Former President, Vertex Pharmaceuticals

“Building Enterprise: Moving Science from .edu to .com”

January 27, 2014
5:30 pm presentation; 6:30 pm networking reception
Whitehead Institute
Nine Cambridge Center, Cambridge, MA 02142

About Vicki Sato

Vicki L. Sato, Ph.D, is presently the Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School, and Professor of the Practice in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, Harvard University. She is a business advisor to venture capital firm Atlas Venture and numerous other enterprises in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Dr. Sato served as the President of Vertex Pharmaceuticals from 2000-2005. Prior to becoming President, she was Chief Scientific Officer, Senior Vice President of Research and Development, and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board. Under her leadership, Vertex created a diversified pipeline of drugs, including two HIV drugs, a treatment of hepatitis C, and a novel molecule for the treatment of cystic fibrosis.  On January 27th, Dr. Sato will address business development in the biotechnology industry and the challenges of transforming academic intellectual property into viable commercial ventures.

About Whitehead Connects

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.  Join us for a free, public lecture on January 27 – the second in our 2013-2014 series.  Following the lecture, participants will have the opportunity to meet Whitehead postdoctoral fellows and learn about their latest discoveries.

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