2010 Sponsors

454: 454 Life Sciences, a Roche Company, develops and commercializes the innovative 454 Sequencing Systems for ultra-high-throughput DNA sequencing. Specific applications include de novo sequencing and re-sequencing of genomes, metagenomics, RNA analysis, and targeted sequencing of DNA regions of interest. The hallmarks of 454 Sequencing Systems are long, highly accurate sequence reads, including paired-end reads, and simple bioinformatics analysis tools. The technology has enabled over 650 peer-reviewed studies in diverse research fields, such as cancer and infectious disease research, drug discovery, marine biology, anthropology, paleontology and many more.   454

Aerva: Aerva, Inc. is a pioneer in developing interactive mobile technology that integrates mobile applications with the web and digital display networks. Aerva's dynamic mobile applications platform, MoApp®, and digital display platform, AerChannel , create an easy-to-use, yet powerful, secure and scalable solution for many enterprises. Founded by MIT alumni, Aerva powers small or large interactive display networks globally and in a number of industry verticals, including corporate environments, higher education campuses, hospitals, stadium, and entertainment venues.


Alan & Priscilla Oppenheimer Foundation: The Alan and Priscilla Oppenheimer Foundation seeks to advance humanity through scientific research and education. The foundation plans to leverage and enhance modern technology to improve the well-being of our species. The foundation has access to funds and expertise that can enable scientific research and education in the fields of genetics, molecular biology, computer science, and the intersections of these fields.

  Alan & Priscilla Oppenheimer Foundation

ceedd: GSK is enhancing the way it discovers and develops new medicines by increasing external alliances. The Centre of Excellence for External Drug Discovery (ceedd) seeks out alliances with world class biotech companies with cutting edge technologies and scientific platforms that can support drug discovery and development.


Complete Genomics: Founded in 2006, Complete Genomics is a California company that has developed a novel approach to sequencing human DNA that is revolutionizing the human genome sequencing industry. Complete Genomics combines its proprietary third-generation DNA sequencing technology with its high-performance computing capabilities to deliver low-cost, high-quality genomic data on an unprecedented scale. The company is currently building the world’s largest human genome sequencing center. This development will allow academic and biopharmaceutical researchers, for the first time, to conduct large-scale complete human genome studies that will help identify the genetic underpinnings of complex diseases and drug responses.

  Complete Genomics

Eventbrite: Eventbrite is the world's largest, fastest growing social commerce company. We empower anyone to host successful live experiences of any type or size by providing an easy way to manage, promote and sell out the event. Eventbrite brings together transactions with social interactions to allow events to live, flourish and take flight anywhere online. The net result is an intensely social transaction experience that at once helps events sell out, while creating a whirlwind of conversation and social engagement around them. Eventbrite is the engine for a new generation of live experiences. Eventbrite is privately held and backed by Sequoia Capital.


Illumina: At Illumina, our goal is to accelerate genetics. Illumina's technologies are providing the foundation for understanding disease at the molecular level and through that process, we will enable radical improvements in human health over the next decade. Our technologies for genotyping and sequencing are fueling the emerging field of consumer genomics and are beginning to be applied to create innovations in molecular diagnostics.


Ion Torrent: Ion Torrent has developed a DNA sequencing system that directly translates chemical signals (A, C, G, T) into digital information (0, 1) on a semiconductor chip. The result is a sequencing system that is simpler, faster, more cost effective and scalable than any other technology available. Because Ion Torrent produces its proprietary semiconductor chips in standard CMOS factories, we leverage the $1 trillion dollar investment that has been made in the semiconductor industry over the past 40 years. This enables us to directly benefit from four decades of exponential improvement in semiconductor technology, usually expressed as Moore's Law.

  Ion Torrent

Isilon Systems: Isilon Systems is the leading provider of data storage solutions for many of the world’s foremost genome sequencing and genetic research facilities. Isilon's data management solutions drive unique value for customers by maximizing the performance of their mission-critical applications, workflows, and processes. Isilon enables enterprises and research organizations worldwide to manage large and rapidly growing amounts of file-based data in a highly scalable, easy-to-manage, and cost-effective way.


Justin Knight Photography: Great event photography is an art. It is the art of anticipating moments; of combining light and form to create images that resonate. It is the art of translating a story, its characters, and the spirit of an event into a visual medium. It requires split-second choices: to unobtrusively capture a moment or orchestrate it? It means deploying the right approach or a new technique, all through an experienced eye. Justin Knight Photography has served the Greater Boston area for 15 years. He specializes in portrait, project, and event photography.

  Justin Knight Photography

Knome: Knome, a pioneer in the personal genomics field, was the first company to offer genome or exome sequencing and analysis services. Led by internationally-recognized geneticists, clinicians and bioinformaticians, the company focuses on providing secure, state-of-the-art sequencing, data management, and analysis solutions to researchers and private individuals.


Life Technologies: Life Technologies Corporation is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. Our systems, consumables, reagents and services enable researchers to accelerate scientific exploration.

  LIfe Technologies
MLSC: The MLSC was established to promote the life sciences within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is tasked with investing in life sciences research and economic development. This work includes making financial investments in public and private institutions growing life sciences research, development and commercialization as well as building ties between sectors of the Massachusetts life sciences community.   MLSC
Microsoft New England Research & Development: The Microsoft New England Research & Development Center is a research and software innovation campus located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts. This campus is home to Microsoft Research New England, Microsoft Application Virtualization (App-V), Future Social Experiences (FUSE) Labs and other product teams from across Microsoft.   MS NERD
OHO Interactive: OHO is an interactive firm that creates exceptional web experiences for clients, connecting people to their mission, moving individuals to respond, and making an impact.   OHO Interactive
Personalized Medicine Coalition: The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) is an independent, non-profit group that works to advance the understanding and adoption of personalized medicine for the ultimate benefit of patients. Our diverse members work together to educate opinion leaders and the public about the issues that will shape how personalized medicine develops — and how quickly all of us can benefit from it.   PMC

Procter & Gamble: Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers(R), Tide(R), Ariel(R), Always(R), Whisper(R), Pantene(R), Mach3(R), Bounty(R), Dawn(R), Gain(R), Pringles(R), Charmin(R), Downy(R), Lenor(R), Iams(R), Crest(R), Oral-B(R), Duracell(R), Olay(R), Head & Shoulders(R), Wella(R), Gillette(R), Braun(R) and Fusion(R). The P&G community includes approximately 135,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide.

  Procter & Gamble
Robinson, Bradshaw, & Hinson: Our experienced life sciences attorneys provide results-oriented legal services for companies, investors and researchers across a variety of industries and throughout every stage of the business lifecycle. Our life sciences clients span a variety of industries including genetics and genomics, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, personalized healthcare services, medical diagnostics, and food and nutritional supplements.   Genomes Environments Traits
Roche: Headquartered in Basel, Switzerland, Roche is a leader in research-focused healthcare with combined strengths in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company with truly differentiated medicines in oncology, virology, inflammation, metabolism and CNS. Roche is also the world leader in in-vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics and a pioneer in diabetes management. Roche’s personalised healthcare strategy aims at providing medicines and diagnostic tools that enable tangible improvements in the health, quality of life and survival of patients. In 2009, Roche had over 80’000 employees worldwide and invested almost 10 billion Swiss francs in R&D. The Group posted sales of 49.1 billion Swiss francs. Genentech, United States, is a wholly owned member of the Roche Group. Roche has a majority stake in Chugai Pharmaceutical, Japan.   Roche
Schwartz Communications: Schwartz Communications is the premier PR and communications firm for companies in the healthcare and life sciences industry. With offices in Boston, San Francisco, London, and Stockholm, Schwartz delivers global programs that include media relations, public affairs, social media strategy, digital content creation, and search marketing.   Schwartz Communications
Theragen: Theragen is a genomics and bioinformatics based drug discovery company. It is the first company to provide full human genome sequencing service for the general public in Asia. Theragen aims to provide advanced technology solutions toward personlized medicine. Its products include SNP based genotype information services, genome and exome sequencing, diagnostic assays, and bioinformatics analysis services. It is led by genetics experts who analyzed the first full Korean genome sequence and Asian genetic diversity as a part of the PanAsian SNP consortium.   Theragen

Third Rock Ventures: Third Rock Ventures is a premier venture firm focused on life sciences, investing and launching companies that make a difference in people’s lives. Collaborating with entrepreneurs, the Third Rock team applies its deep expertise to establish the roadmap and building blocks for a rapidly-growing and highly-successful life sciences company. The Third Rock team has a unique vision and experience in building great companies, extensive academic and industry networks and a collective track record for creatively managing the value creation path to deliver exceptional performance.

  Third Rock Ventures

Unilever: Unilever's mission is to add vitality to life. They meet everyday needs for nutrition, hygiene and personal care with brands that help people feel good, look good and get more out of life. Unilever is one of the world's leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong local roots in more than 100 countries across the globe. Its portfolio includes some of the world's best known and most loved brands. Unilever has around 174,000 employees in approaching 100 countries and generated annual sales of EUR 40 billion in 2009.


Xconomy: Xconomy is dedicated to providing business and technology leaders with timely, insightful, close-to-the-scene information about the local personalities, companies, and technological trends that best exemplify today's high-tech economy. Its goal is to become the authoritative voice on the exponential economy, the realm of business and innovation characterized by exponential technological growth and responsible for an increasing share of productivity and overall economic growth. It plans to deliver this valuable content through a unique global network of localized blogs, events, conferences, and other initiatives designed to better connect people and ideas.


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