Daniel I.C. Wang Memorial Symposium on the Frontiers of Biotechnology

A two day symposium to honor the work and legacy of Institute Professor Daniel I.C. Wang

November 4-5, 2021
MIT Media Lab

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(All Times are US Eastern daylight Time)

Thursday, November 4, 2021

2pm – 5pm: Memories of Danny from alumni and colleagues
Reflections that established an enduring legacy – Danny Wang as a scholar, mentor, and friend.


  • Intro (Paula Hammond)
  • Arthur E. Humphrey; Dean Emeritus of Engineering & Applied Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
  • Jonathan Goldstein ’84, SM ’86; Senior Advisor, TA Associates
  • Art Goldstein; Chairman & CEO Emeritus, Ionics, Incorporated
  • Matt Croughan, PhD ’88; Industry consultant and CEO, Claymore Bio LLC
  • Wei-Shou Hu, PhD ’84; Professor of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Minnesota
  • Mike Thien, ScD ’88; Vice President, Merck
  • Beth Junker, PhD ’89; Principal Consultant, BioProcess Advantage
  • John Aunins, PhD ’89; Senior Advisor, Seres Therapeutics

15 minute Break

  • Brian Kelley, PhD ’92; Senior Vice President, Vir Biotechnology
  • Rahul Singhvi, ScD ’94; Co-founder & CEO, National Resilience, Inc.
  • Sherry Gu, PhD ’97; Senior Vice President, WuXi Biologics
  • Liangzhi Xie, ScD ’97; Chairman & CEO, Sinocelltech Group; Chairman, Sino Biological Inc.
  • Araba Lamousé-Smith, PhD ’00: VP, Supply Chain & CMC Management, MacroGenics, Inc.
  • Brian Baynes, PhD ’05; CEO, Verdox, Inc.

Friday, November 5, 2021

8:30am – 12pm: Reflections from the Frontlines of the Field
On Friday morning, we will discuss the impact of Danny’s groundbreaking work through conversations with leaders in the field.

8:30 – Intro (Paula Hammond)

8:40 – Phillip Sharp; Institute Professor of Biology, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

9:25 – Charles Cooney PhD ’70; Professor Emeritus, Chemical Engineering

10:10 – 15 Minute Break

10:25 – Kristala Prather ’94; Arthur D. Little Professor and Executive Officer, Chemical Engineering

11:10 – Noubar Afeyan PhD ’87; Founder and President, Flagship Pioneering

12 – 1pm: Lunch

1pm – 2pm: 2021 DIC Wang Lecture on the Frontiers of Biotechnology,
mRNA as Medicine, Melissa J. Moore PhD ‘89; Chief Scientific Officer, Platform Research, Moderna Therapeutics

2:30 – 5:30pm: Futures and Frontiers
A focus on the future of the biochemical engineering, biotechnology and its impact on society, inviting us to consider what Danny would be most excited about on the horizon.

2:35 – Reshma Shetty, PhD ’08; President, COO, & Co-Founder, Ginkgo Bioworks, Inc.

3:00 – Bernat Olle SM ’05, MBA ’07, PhD ’07; CEO and Co-Founder, Vedanta Biosciences

3:25 – Pearl Huang ’80, PhD; President & CEO, Cygnal Therapeutics

3:50 – 15 Minute Break

4:05 – Tassos Gianakakos ’94; CEO, MyoKardia

4:30 – Luis Alvarez SM ’99, PhD ’09; Founder, Theradaptive

4:55 – Konstantin Konstantinov, PhD; CTO, Codiak BioSciences

5:20pm: Reception

More about Prof. Wang on MIT News >>