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Convergence Forum 2013: Radical life extension, the future of healthcare, Bob Langer & more [Audio]

Posted by Scott Kirsner  May 30, 2013 08:10 AM

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Before the month is out, I wanted to share a few photos and audio recordings from the annual Convergence Forum, a life sciences industry gathering held on Cape Cod on May 16th and 17th. This was the tenth year for the event, which explores what's happening as the businesses of biotech, big pharma, medical devices, consumer electronics, and healthcare start to collide and collaborate more, and develop interdependent products.

Speakers came from MIT, BiogenIdec, Johnson & Johnson, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Jeff Walsh represented Bluebird Bio, a Cambridge company focused on gene therapy that had filed for an IPO a few days earlier, and Deborah Dunsire, CEO of Millennium Pharmaceuticals, had recently resigned from her job at the Japanese-owned developer of cancer drugs.

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Daphne Zohar of PureTech Ventures, Benjamin Heywood of PatientsLikeMe, and Katherine Bowdish of Sanofi.


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Radio producer Rachel Gotbaum and David Ewing Duncan, author of "When I'm 164: The New Science of Radical Life Extension."


CV2013-gilman.jpgMichael Gilman of BiogenIdec and Arthur Tzianabos of Shire HGT.

Audio recordings of several sessions are below. Click "Play," or click the session title for more info.

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