MIT Sloan BioInnovations Conference March 12, 2010
Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel
Kendall Square, Cambridge MA

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Lead Organizers



Beatka Zakrzewski

MBA 2010

Beatka Zakrzewski is a second year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management.  Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Beatka worked as a Senior Financial Analyst in GlaxoSmithKline's Economic Analysis and Trading Arrangements group.  Before GlaxoSmithKline, Beatka was an Associate in KPMG's Economic and Valuation Services group where she focused on transfer pricing analysis. She spent the summer of 2009 as a marketing intern in Merck Vaccines and Infectious Diseases division.  Beatka has a BSFS degree in International Economics from Georgetown University.


Jennifer Woodfin

MBA 2010

Jennifer Woodfin studied management as an MIT undergraduate and returned to MIT Sloan as a member of the MBA class of 2010. Before Sloan, she worked in the Commercial department at Momenta Pharmaceuticals, where she engaged in forecasting, market research and competitive intelligence for the company's biogeneric and novel drug candidates. Prior to that, she held the role of Associate Consultant at ZS Associates, focusing on sales force optimization and market research. She spent the summer of 2009 at Biogen Idec, immersed in managed care marketing and reimbursement strategy in preparation for the launch of competitor products in the MS market.


Ashkan Kamali

MBA 2010

Ashkan Kamali is a second year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT Sloan, Ashkan spent eight years at Merck where he was involved in many aspects of the pharmaceutical industry, from mid-late stage discovery through support of flagship products. He was also responsible for efforts to minimize timelines, maximize resources and increase probability of success for the drug development process, particularly at early developmental stages. His key accomplishments include: early development of and authoring the regulatory filings for JANUMETô and several patents and publications in the drug delivery field. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering.

Panel Teams

Health Care Reform in Limbo

Manuel Duenas

MBA 2010

A second-year MBA Candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Manny has developed broad experience in global pricing and reimbursement, quantitative marketing analytics, US managed care contracting and distribution and commercial finance. He has worked for many of the top pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies (Genentech, Merck, GSK, Biogen Idec, Novartis, Johnson & Johnson, etc.), either as a product strategy consultant or an employee. Manny was previously a founding consultant at a global biopharmaceutical management consultancy that he helped build into one of the top 200 fastest-growing firms in the US according to Inc. Magazine. Collectively, he has developed commercial strategy for products representing over $15 billion USD in annual revenue in over 30 markets worldwide. Emboldened by the pursuit of better global healthcare practice, Manny has advised a number of medical device / IT start-ups and previously worked with Siemens Venture Capital to evaluate the latest advances in molecular diagnostics. He most recently worked in corporate development for a medical device start-up built around leading-edge, MIT-developed technology. In his spare time, Manny appreciates exotic foods, classic (not modern) art and travel off the beaten path.

Tina Jovic

MBA 2011

Tina Jovic is a first-year Biomedical Enterprise Program (BEP) student at the MIT Sloan School of Business. Prior to business school, Tina spent two years as an engineer at US HIFU, LLC, a medical device company, where she developed best-practice treatment procedures. Tina has a BS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Utah.

Tara Thomas

MBA 2011

Tara Thomas is a first year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT Sloan, Tara worked as a Senior Consultant in IBM's Strategy Practice with a focus in the Life Sciences. Tara graduated with highest honors from the University of Michigan with a BA in Economics and Organizational Studies. 


Emerging Markets

Kanaka Pattabiraman

MBA 2011

Kanaka Pattabiraman is a first year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Kanaka directed drug discovery research at Amgen and JNJ. As a graduate student, she invented a drug delivery technology and with her advisor, shepherded a start up through inception and growth. Kanaka holds a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University, and a bachelors degree in Chemistry from Harvard University. In her spare time, she enjoys teaching fitness classes and travelling according to the instructions of The Lonely Planet.

Julia Kay

MBA 2011

Julia Kay is a first-year student in the Harvard-MIT Biomedical Enterprise program, a joint MBA and SM from the MIT Sloan School of Management and Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology. Prior to MIT Sloan/HST she worked in the Boston and Tokyo offices of consultancy Simon-Kucher & Partners, advising life science companies on how to maximize their revenues. Julia earned bachelorís degrees in Mathematical Economics and History with honors from Brown University. She chairs MIT's Venture Capital Investment Competition.

Jenny Son

MBA 2011



Aaron Green

MBA 2011

Aaron Green is a first year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, Aaron worked as a Senior Associate at Opera Solutions, a boutique management consulting firm specializing in the financial services and private equity industries. Aaron is a graduate of Cornell University where as an undergraduate he double majored in Economics and Near Eastern Studies.

Hewmun Lau

MBA 2011

Hewmun Lau is a first year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to MIT Sloan, Hewmun worked as a Research Associate at McLean Hospitalís Laboratory of Genetic Neuropharmacology studying functions of GABAA receptor subtypes in the central nervous system. Hewmun graduated cum laude from Brandeis University with a BS in Biochemistry, Biology and Economics.

Stephane Shu-Kin-So

MBA 2011

Stephane is a first year MBA candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management and a member of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. Prior to joining Sloan, he developed and led the R&D program as a Research Scientist at Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., a biotech company that uses botanical DNA to prevent counterfeiting. Stephane graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University with a B.Sc. in Biological Sciences and earned a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from Stony Brook University.

Heather Vital

MBA 2011

Heather Vital is a first-year MBA Biomedical Enterprise Program (BEP) student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Heather worked as a project management consultant for Biotech and Pharmaceutical clients with Clarkston Consulting. Her worked included planning and executing laboratory IT implementations, program management offices (PMO), and global standardization initiatives. Heather graduated summa cum laude from Babson College with a BS in Business Administration.


Collaborative Networks

Nuno Sanches e Silva

MBA 2011

Nuno is an MBA candidate at MIT Sloan School of Management Class of 2011, also enrolled in the MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship and Innovation track. Prior to joining MIT Sloan, he was a manager at Ernst & Young in the area of Transfer Pricing and Supply Chain Management focusing on supply chain, industry analysis, restructuring, pricing, valuation, modeling, benchmarking and change management. Nuno has served clients operating in a broad range of industries including healthcare services, pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He is also the representative in Portugal of a foreign clinic that specializes in neurological restoration. In this respect, Nuno has introduced the clinic to the Portuguese communities and managed patient relationships since 2001. Nuno holds a degree in Economics from the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon.

Karan Singh

MBA 2011

Karan Singh is currently pursuing his MBA from MIT Sloan with a certificate in Entrepreneurship & Innovation. He previously worked for ZS Associates, specializing in sales, marketing, and operations strategy for the bio-pharma industry. Karan is particularly passionate about the intersection of healthcare and internet technology, and has begun working with a venture capital firm to target mobile health opportunities in emerging markets. Karan holds dual degrees in Business Administration and Economics from the UC Berkeley.

Leonard Teo

MBA 2011

Leonard Teo is a first year MBA - Biomedical Enterprise Program (BEP) candidate at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to Sloan, Leonard worked as a Clinical Applications Engineer at Insightec, a medical device startup. His experiences included coaching physicians on effective equipment use and managing a 50-subject FDA clinical trial. He was also involved in treatment workflow and outcome analyses, data management and training material development. Leonard has a BS degree in Bioengineering from the University of Washington.

Additional Support

Alicia Pichard

MBA 2011

Alicia is a first year MBA student at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Prior to coming to Sloan, she worked as an Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) Program Manager at athenahealth, which offers billing, practice management and electronic health records services to physicians through its unique web-based platform. At Sloan, Alicia is actively involved in the MIT $100K Competition, in addition to the Biomedical Business and the Operations Management Clubs. Alicia graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a BA in Computer Science and Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.


Hosts 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.


Pearl Freier

MIT Enterprise Forum

Bill Aulet

Director, MIT Entrepreneurship Center

Jose Pacheco

Program Manager , MIT Entrepreneurship Center