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

Join us:
In-person at MIT Media Lab (75 Amherst Street, 6th Floor)

[Registration is required for in-person attendance]
The registration period is now closed.

Access to the Media Lab

In order to gain access to the Media Lab (building E14) for the Wang Lecture, all registered attendees of the in-person event will need to register through MIT’s “Tim Tickets” system using this link.

You will be asked for contact information in case there is a need for contact tracing, and on the morning of the event, you will receive a prompt to complete a brief health attestation. This information is shared with MIT Medical only in case there is a need to contact workshop participants.
*The attestation needs to be completed at least 30 minutes prior to your arrival on campus to allow for your access to be granted through the system.

Once in the system, Tim Tickets will allow you to do two important things:

  1. We will use this to check you into the event both days for contact tracing purposes.
  2. Once your daily attestation is complete, this will create an electronic “Tim Ticket” which will allow you to scan your phone to access MIT buildings.  If you are using a laptop computer to fill out the form, please print the ticket before leaving home for the easiest access

We appreciate your attention to this process.  If you encounter any difficulties and need assistance, please plan to arrive a few minutes early, as we will have staff on-site in the Media Lab lobby who can help you with your registration.

(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


A block of rooms at the MIT rate of $209 per night has been set aside at the Boston Marriott Cambridge under “Wang Symposium.”

Start Date: Wednesday, November 3
End Date: Saturday, November 6
Reservation is due by Wednesday, October 20.

More about Prof. Wang on MIT News >>