Invested in applied-science spinouts from MIT and Harvard and served as interim CEO at Ligon Discovery, where he closed strategic deals with Bayer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Previously, he founded and co-led two startups: a defense technology company acquired by GPI; and one of the first Software-as-a-Service companies, acquired by NewChannel. Christian holds a BA and MA in Economics and Management from the University of Oxford. He completed studies in molecular biology and materials science as a Fellow at MIT. He has volunteered as a coach for United Way Youth Venture and Junior Achievement. At his core, Christian is dedicated to leaving behind four inventions that make the world a better place.
Conceived and created two industry-changing technologies: an inexpensive, unlimited data hybrid Wi-Fi-cellular phone; and selling/providing Internet bandwidth through an exchange. He was also a pioneering leader and organizer in cryptocurrency and blockchain technology in Cambridge. Previously, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Bandwidth.com, a telecommunications company powering Skype, Google, Vonage and other leading application and voice providers. Before that, he developed Internet technologies at Imagine Media in Silicon Valley and market visualization systems for Dow Jones in New York. Charitable activities include installation of satellite Internet for a hospital in Haiti.
PROF ED BOYDEN
Invented Optogenetics, combining innovations in materials science, genomics, optics, microfabrication, computation, and protein engineering into breakthrough tools now in use by over 600 labs and research institutes worldwide. Leads Synthetic Neurobiology group at MIT. Recipient of TR35, NIH Director's New Innovator Award, NSF CAREER Award, and Paul Allen Distinguished Investigator Award.
MARK MURCKO, PhD
Curated technology tools that played a key role in the development of four drugs to successful FDA clearance in the fields of glaucoma, HIV, and HCV. Formerly CTO and Chair, SAB at Vertex and is current or former member of >10 journal editorial boards, 9 Scientific Advisory Boards, and 2 Boards of Directors. He has authored >40 issued patents, >80 scientific publications, and >130 invited lectures.
PROF RAMESH RASKAR
Leads Camera Culture research group at MIT Media Lab. Prolific inventor across fields of computational photography, imaging, and human-computer interaction, including a camera that sees around corners and a camera that sees faster than light. Recipient of TR35 and DARPA Young Faculty awards. He holds >50 patents.
PROF SANJAY SARMA
Translates academic innovation to industry. Inventor of technology and standards behind RFID, spun out as EPC Global. Professor in Mechanical Engineering at MIT, co-founder and former CSO at OATSystems, acquired by Checkpoint Systems (NYSE:CKP).