MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference Saturday, May 6, 2006
MIT Sloan School of Management
Kendall Square, Cambridge MA
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Lead Organizers


Rani Bose

MBA 2006

Prior to joining Sloan, Rani spent over three years at Verispan LLC, a healthcare information company serving the pharmaceutical industry, as the company's Chief Privacy Officer and Data Communications Manager. Rani is currently a second-year student at MIT Sloan and a former co-president of the MIT Sloan BioMedical Business Club. Rani spent last summer with Pfizer's New Product Evaluation Group in New York, NY. Rani graduated from Columbia University in 2000 with a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior.


Kristin Spinola

MBA 2006

Kristin is a second-year student at MIT Sloan and a former co-president of the MIT Sloan BioMedical Business Club. Prior to Sloan, Kristin spent five years as a Senior Associate Consultant at Putnam Associates, Inc, a strategy consulting firm serving clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Kristin spent her summer interning with Biogen Idec's Immunology Business Unit in Cambridge, MA. Kristin graduated from Wellesley College in 1998 with a BA in Art History and a minor in Biology.

Panel Leads

William Crawford

MBA 2007

William Crawford is an MBA and SM candidate in the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Enterprise Program. Prior to attending MIT, Mr. Crawford was Chief Technology Officer at Invantage, Inc., a venture backed provider of clinical trial management systems, and Director of Product Technology at the Perceptive Informatics subsidiary of PAREXEL Corporation. He is the author of several books and articles on enterprise software development, and maintains an active consulting portfolio in the healthcare and life sciences IT fields. He received his BA in Economics from Yale University, where he was President of the Yale Political Union.

Rena Denoncourt

MBA 2007

Prior to MIT Sloan, Rena was a Patent and Licensing Associate at the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Her primary responsibilities included patent portfolio strategy and commercial assessment in collaboration with the MIT Technology Licensing Office. Before joining the Whitehead Institute, Rena was an Analyst at Decision Resources where she focused on market research and biopharmaceutical consulting. In 2001, Rena earned a Bachelor's of Science in biology from MIT.

Drew Dodson

MBA 2007

Drew Dodson is a first-year MBA student at MIT Sloan. Prior to MIT Sloan he worked as a consultant in the Atlanta offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, most recently in the areas of data management and information technology services. Drew is currently a co-president of the MIT Sloan BioMedical Business club, and is interested in clinical informatics. Drew holds a BS in Business Administration and Accounting from Washington and Lee University.

Anjli Warner

MBA 2007

Prior to attending the MIT Sloan School of Management, Anjli was a Manager in Elan Pharmaceuticals' corporate strategy group. She analyzed licensing and acquisition opportunities by conducting market assessments, benchmarking competitors, and forecasting financials. Previously, she was a Senior Analyst in Digitas's Strategy & Analysis group where she developed and recommended cross-channel marketing strategies for General Motors. Prior to Digitas, Anjli worked at Morgan Stanley within the Equity Capital Markets conducting worldwide equity offering business development and execution in the Healthcare, Energy, and Consumer Products industries. Anjli received a bachelor's degree in Biology from MIT.

Joyce de los Reyes

MBA 2007

Prior to joining MIT Sloan's MBA program, Joyce de los Reyes worked for two years at Clorox in their New Product Development Division and three years as a process engineer at Zyomyx, a start up biotech company developing protein biochips. She has also worked at Alza, a Johnson & Johnson company, formulating an oral drug delivery system. She graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley in 2000.

Vikas Prabhakar

PhD 2006

Vikas Prabhakar is a Ph.D. candidate in the Biological Engineering Division at M.I.T. He has developed various technologies for biomedical applications, including therapeutics for cardiovascular disease and cancer; surgical implants for bypass grafting procedures; microwave hyperthermia systems; drug delivery devices; and tissue engineering scaffolds. In the M.I.T. laboratory of glycotechnology leader Professor Ram Sasisekharan, he has developed several core technologies to probe treatments for neurological disorders. Vikas has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications, and holds an M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering and a B.S.E. in Biomedical, Electrical, and Computer Engineering from Duke University.

Philip Reimann, MD

MBA 2007

Having a strong background in healthcare, Philip is part of the organizing team of the BioInnovations 2006 to further his involvement in the biomedical community. He worked at PolyTechnos - Venture Capital – as an investment analyst and prior to MIT Sloan ran his own start-up company in market research consulting pharmaceutical clients. Philip received his M.D. from the Technical University of Munich, Germany. He has a strong interest in enabling medical advances through early stage investments and will work for a corporate venture fund in Europe during the summer.

Michael Shellman

MBA 2007

Prior to pursuing his MBA at MIT Sloan, Michael worked as a public accountant with clients in the biotechnology, software, and financial services industries. As a CPA with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Michael led the financial statement audits of both public and private companies. He helped his biotechnology client evaluate the purchase price of a $1 billion dollar acquisition of a publicly held oncology business. Over the course of his career, Michael analyzed and quantified the accounting for equity financings totaling over $20 million for several startup technology companies. Michael received his BS in Accountancy with a minor in Finance from Providence College.

Organizing Committee

Jennifer Frashure

MBA 2006

Prior to joining Sloan's MBA program, Jennifer worked as an Analyst at The Cadmus Group, an environmental and energy management consulting firm. Her work included conducting marketing research and public opinion polling regarding the U.S. EPA’s drinking water policies, as well as performing risk assessments. Jennifer spent her summer as a Business Analyst in the Strategy and Development Group of Corning Life Sciences. This role entailed projecting the growth rate of the biotech versus pharmaceutical markets, as well as creating an M&A target map including competitive landscape, growth drivers, and product opportunities in the life sciences industry. Jennifer received her BA in molecular biology and biochemistry from Middlebury College in 2000.

Elizabeth Goley

MBA 2006

Elizabeth, a second year MBA student at MIT Sloan, has a background in clinical research and development. Prior to entering MIT Sloan, she was a Biologist for the Radiation Oncology Branch of the National Institutes of Health. Elizabeth was responsible for establishing and managing a satellite laboratory for her branch, and exploring novel drug-radiotherapy treatments for cancers using gene array technology. Elizabeth spent her summer doing marketing for Novartis Pharmaceuticals in Basel, Switzerland. Elizabeth holds a BA in both Biology and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College, and an MS in Biology (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental) from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Shaun Heaney

MBA 2006

Shaun began his career as bench scientist and research lab manager at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He has co-authored seven research articles in the fields of immunology and developmental genetics in journals such as Nature Genetics, Genes and Development, and PNAS. In the summer of 2005, Shaun worked for Novartis Business Development & Licensing Finance in Basel, Switzerland. Shaun earned his B.S. in Biotechnology as a 1996 graduate of Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

Host and Volunteers

Members of the MIT Sloan BioMedical Business Club

The MIT Sloan BioMedical Business Club is a student-run organization that promotes leadership and involvement in the life science industries comprised of biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare. We are a forum for ideas and actions linking students, scientists, and professionals from leading universities, businesses, and non-profit organizations.


Ken Morse

Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Jose Pacheco

Program Manager, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

David Weber

Director, MIT Sloan Corporate Relations

Nevin Summers

Visiting Scholar, IT Sloan Fellows Program in Innovation and Global Leadership

Ernst Berndt

Professor, MIT Sloan and NBER