On Tuesday, April 9th the Seattle graduate campus hosted the “Xconomy Forum: Biotech in the Belt-Tightening Era.” There were over 150 people in attendance with backgrounds from many sectors of business, technology, and healthcare.
The National Biotechnology Editor at Xconomy, Luke Timmerman, moderated the discussion. Dean Tayloe Washburn gave opening remarks before scheduled speakers took the stage to discuss topics in healthcare and biotechnology. Some notable trends in these industries were emerging focus on value, novel financing models, and the use of Big Data.
Mitch Gold, Founder and Chairman, Alpine Biosciences
Mark Litton, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer, Alder Biopharma
Al Luderer, CEO, Integrated Diagnostics
Kim Popovits, CEO, Genomic Health
Scott Ramsey, Director, ICORE/Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Chad Robins, CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies
Clay Siegall, CEO, Seattle Genetics
Risa Stack, General Manager, GE Healthymagination
Robert Nelsen, Managing Director, Arch Venture Partners
See Xconomy’s recap here.
Northeastern University – Seattle moved into the global health area last week, connecting Ghana, Kenya, and the Boston and Seattle campuses. One of Northeastern’s Global Health leaders, Professor Richard Ellis, who has worked extensively on health issues in Kenya and other African countries was connected via videoconference to the Seattle campus, where Dr. Ellis Owusu-Dabo, M.D., Ph.D., Scientific Director of Ghana’s Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR) met with Professor Richard Wamai. Richard G. Wamai, Ph.D., is the Assistant Professor of Public Health of Northeastern’s Department of African-American Studies and Northeastern’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health.
The discussions confirmed the overlap between the pioneering work in Ghana of KCCR with global health research and student exchanges in Ghana and throughout Africa. Based on this meeting, KCCR and Northeastern are now considering a draft Memorandum of Understanding which could cover student exchanges, research and other forms of collaboration.
The development of Northeastern’s Integrated Initiative for Global Health is perfectly timed with the commencement of the Seattle Graduate Campus; the campus is located in the heart of South Lake Union, in close proximity to The Gates Foundation and many other institutions which make up the world’s No. 1 global health cluster. See Washington State Global Health Alliance’s website for more information.
President Aoun sent a letter to the university community, stating the increasing impact of Northeastern’s research. He writes:
In this time of transformative change in higher education, it’s more vital than ever for universities to demonstrate their value through the impact they have on the world. At Northeastern, the path we’ve forged these past several years has achieved this – rapidly and powerfully.
Together, we’ve extended Northeastern’s leadership in undergraduate education and strengthened our unique experiential learning model, grounded in co-op. We’ve built the faculty, deepened the university’s global perspective, developed best-in-class leadership in online and hybrid professional masters education – and much more.
Now, it’s time to increase Northeastern’s impact even further by accelerating and expanding the impressive gains of our research enterprise. By underscoring our distinctive strengths – our concentration on the global imperatives of health, security and sustainability, and our unique focus on interdisciplinary and use-inspired research – we aim to make Northeastern the “go-to” place for game-changing research that responds to the world’s most pressing problems.
On Thursday March 28th, Professor Steve Vollmer took time out of his program in Friday Harbor on the San Juan Islands to visit the Seattle campus! During his visit he met and answered questions for prospective students about the Professional Science Master in Bioinformatics.
Prof. Vollmer studies the evolutionary ecology of marine organisms. Research in his laboratory focuses primarily on the reef-corals, and specifically, how evolution shapes the genetic architecture of coral populations and species. His primarily studies organisms are the Caribbean Acropora corals [common name, Staghorn and Elkhorn coral], which have been decimated by White Band Disease (WBD) over the past thirty years and are now listed as threatened on the US Endangered Species Act. His lab has shown that 6 percent or more of staghorn corals are naturally resistant to WBD. This first evidence of disease resistance in tropical reef corals demonstrates that corals may be more resilient than thought to rising disease epidemics and other stressors brought on by global climate change. Current research in the lab is focused on identifying the genetic bases of coral innate immunity, pathogen recognition, and host resistance, and furthering our knowledge about the WBD pathogen and the ecological factors driving WBD outbreaks.
On Friday, March 22, Northeastern University Seattle held the first event in their “Local Leaders. Global Impact.” Speaker Series. The topic discussed was P4 medicine: a predictive, preventive, personalized, and participatory approach to medicine and how it can transform our healthcare system. Over 50 attendees gathered to listen to the panel and enjoy the Seattle campus. This session on P4 will be the first in a series of regional efforts to develop and move this transformational approach forward.
Speakers included Dr. Lee Hood, President of the Institute for Systems Biology; Dr. Terry Fulmer, Dean of the Bouve College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University; Anthony Blau, Co-Director, Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine, University of Washington; and Clayton Lewis, Partner at Maveron.
The next event of the “Local Leaders. Global Impact.” Speaker Series will be held on April 17th, 2013 at noon. The topic is: “Games for Good: Developing a Viable Industry Business Model,” and will bring together experts from the gaming industry. Click here for more information. This session will focus on how our region can play a global leadership role on building on the phenomenal success of Gaming companies globally and in this region (350 companies and rapidly growing in our region ) to materially advance education efforts in health care and community.
Thank you to the Seattle Channel for recording this event!
Read our recap on this event here.
Watch this video of President Aoun putting “everything in reverse” inspired by the work of Vijay Govindarajan.
Vijay Govindarajan, known as VG, is one of the world’s leading strategy and innovation experts.
A distinguished international business professor at Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business, VG is a co-pioneer of the concept of reverse innovation—when an innovation is adopted first in the developing world.Harvard Business Review deemed the breakthrough one of the “great moments in management in the last century,” and the topic inspired VG’s New York Times bestseller Reverse Innovation, as well as his acclaimed TEDx talk last year.
On-line etiquette is an important factor to understand when enrolling and completing an on-line or hybrid course. Because so much of your interaction will be virtual, it’s crucial that you follow some simple guidelines about on-line etiquette.
First and foremost, never post anything or write in an email something that you couldn’t say to the person or class face to face. Too often, students “hide behind the computer” in writing scathing emails or inappropriate comments that they would never be able to say face to face. If you can’t say it, don’t write it.
Second, remember that non-verbals are gone in a virtual environment when no cameras are involved. Emoticons can be helpful in showing when you are joking or trying to be straight-forward and not rude. Another good piece of advice…if you are still solving the same problem or discussing the same issues after three emails, pick up the phone and talk to the person involved. It can be more efficient and lead to less confusion.
Third, in a classroom setting, avoid too much jargon, texting-grammar, etc. You are in an academic and rigorous course – your language and written interactions should reflect that. The best advice I have is the same regardless of age, level of education, on-line or on-ground: treat others as you want to be treated. If you are upset about an interaction, don’t send a vicious email….cool down and respond appropriately. Taking some time to reread anything you are going to send is also good advice. With the increase in on-line learning, there are vast resources available to you regarding on-line interactions. This link provides 9 simple suggestions to follow:
Puget Sound Business Journal: March 1, 2013
Seattle’s newest college, a highly regarded import from Boston, officially opened for business last week in a new office building in South Lake Union.
The Seattle campus, if it can be called that, of Northeastern University is a stack of glass-walled offices set beside a soaring lobby in a space it shares with the building’s principal occupant, the Institute for Systems Biology.
The addition of Northeastern to the building and the neighborhood is both practical and symbolic. The research university will grant only graduate degrees from its Seattle branch, with an emphasis on science, technology and health (it also offers …