MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference Friday, April 13th, 2007
MIT Sloan School of Management
Kendall Square, Cambridge MA


Christoph Westphal
Morning Keynote Speaker
Christoph Westphal, M.D., Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals

Christoph Westphal, M.D., Ph.D., co-founded Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and has served as Chief Executive Officer and Vice Chair since 2004. As CEO and Vice Chair, Dr. Westphal previously co-founded Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Inc. These three companies trade at a collective market cap of roughly $2 billion. Dr. Westphal received his M.D. from Harvard Medical School and Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University. He graduated with a B.A. summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University. Dr. Westphal was formerly a consultant with McKinsey, and a general partner in a venture capital fund. He has been lead author on several patent applications and papers in journals such as Cell and Nature Genetics. Dr. Westphal has received a number of academic and entrepreneurial awards. He is fluent in four languages; enjoys travel (having visited roughly 130 countries); and plays the cello.

Cris Ross
Lunchtime Keynote Speaker & Robert A. Swanson Memorial Lecturer
Cris Ross, MBA

Chief Information Officer, MinuteClinic

Christopher Ross is Chief Information Officer for MinuteClinic, the pioneer and largest provider of retail-based healthcare in the U.S. Founded in 2000, and with more than 500 clinics in 25 states, MinuteClinic has seen over 1.5 million patients with 99% patient satisfaction. At MinuteClinic, Ross is responsible for technology strategy and operations, and clinical and customer service call centers. Prior to joining MinuteClinic, he was CIO for United Behavioral Health, a division of UnitedHealth Group. Previously he was co-founder and president of a successful business technology consulting firm, a manager in the State of Minnesota’s technology operations, an analyst for a financial consulting firm, and a senior legislative assistant on the U.S. House Budget Committee. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Minnesota and MBA degree from the Yale School of Management.