About GapSummit

GapSummit is an annual student-run, world-class biotechnology leadership summit with the core objectives of substantively discussing pressing challenges facing the bio-economy and catalyzing innovation to solve these challenges. As the only intergenerational conference of its kind, GapSummit competitively selects 100 Leaders of Tomorrow from around the world to attend, and recruits current leaders across the global biotech community to inspire the next generation. GapSummit is proudly the flagship event of Global Biotech Revolution (GBR), a youth-led nonprofit which connects and develops future leaders to accelerate the growth and advancement of the global biotech ecosystem.

WHERE

Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard
Cambridge, MA, USA

WHEN

Sunday to Thursday
June 16 to 20, 2019


A World-Class Conference in a Pioneering Biotech Hub

Hosted at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard in the heart of Kendall Square—the world's premier biotech hub

GapSummit 2019 will take place in Kendall Square in Cambridge, MA and will be hosted at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. Apropos of the pioneering Kendall Square biotech ecosystem, GapSummit 2019 will feature an exciting program featuring world leaders from across the biotech community.


Leaders of Tomorrow

The next generation of biotech leaders

GapSummit competitively selects 100 Leaders of Tomorrow from around the world to attend the summit. We look for students, entrepreneurs and young professionals with a proven track record of leadership and expertise in the biotech field. GapSummit 2019 will provide Leaders of Tomorrow with an unparalleled opportunity to network with, challenge and learn from current world leaders in the biotech field. Leaders of Tomorrow will also gain a comprehensive overview of biotech trends and issues, inciting discussion about world challenges that will to be met by scientific and business innovations.


Voices of Tomorrow Competition

Catalyzing biotech innovations to address pressing global needs

Leaders of Tomorrow will tackle real-world challenges as international teams and pitch their solutions at the summit for the opportunity to win cash prizes and further mentorship from industry experts.


Global Biotech Revolution

Advancing the global bio-economy through the next generation of biotech leaders

GBR is a not-for-profit that connects biotech think-tanks, industrial leaders and research pioneers to young bio-leaders of tomorrow. GBR is solely led by young passionate and engaged researchers, students and professionals from across the world. GapSummit is GBR’s flagship event to advance its mission of developing and inspiring the next generation of leaders in the global bio-economy. Learn more at globalbiotechrevolution.com


Keynote Speakers

Leaders and pioneers across the global biotech community
Dawn M. Tilbury

Dawn M. Tilbury

Assistant Director for Engineering, National Science Foundation
Penny Heaton

Penny Heaton

CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute
Bertrand Bodson

Bertrand Bodson

Chief Digital Officer, Novartis
Michal Preminger

Michal Preminger

Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Boston

George Church

George Church

Professor, Harvard Medical School
Elizabeth Nabel

Elizabeth Nabel

President, Brigham & Womens Hospital
Robert McCarroll

Robert McCarroll

Head of Open Innovations & Strategic Partnerships, Bayer Crop Sciences

Conference Schedule

  • Day 1

    Sunday, June 16, 2019

  • Day 2

    Monday, June 17, 2019

  • Day 3

    Tuesday, June 18, 2019

  • Day 4

    Wednesday, June 19, 2019

  • Day 5

    Thursday, June 20, 2019

  • Finalist teams in the Voices of Tomorrow Bio-innovation Competition will have the opportunity to refine and practice their final round pitches, and get feedback from experts.
    Voices of Tomorrow Bio-innovation Competition
    Where
    Broad Institute

  • Workshop session for Leaders of Tomorrow on entrepreneurship and life-science venture creation
    Voices of Tomorrow Bio-innovation Competition
    Where
    Broad Institute Main Auditorium

  • Welcome reception for Leaders of Tomorrow and speakers at the MIT Sailing Pavilion
    Receptions
    Where
    MIT Sailing Pavilion

  • A reception and sit-down dinner for all speakers and Leaders of Tomorrow of GapSummit 2019. Dr. Elazer Edelman, Director of the Institute of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT will deliver remarks over dinner.
    Receptions
    Where
    Harvard Club of Boston

  • On Tuesday, June 18 we plan to host a working lunch with senior biotech leaders aimed at discussing strategies to help narrow the diversity leadership gap. The discussion will be inclusive of various sectors in the biotech industry, including healthcare, non-profit, academia, scientific publishing and consulting. LoTs, together with the biotech leaders, will discuss ways that the next generation of leaders can globally contribute in addressing and solving this leadership gap. Discussion Coordinator: Dr. Joanne Kamens, Executive Director, Addgene Confirmed Biotech Leaders: Dr. Penny Heaton, CEO, Bill & Melinda Gates Medical Research Institute Dr. Bahija Jallal, CEO, Immunocore Dr. Magdalena Skipper, Editor-in-Chief, Nature Dr. Lucy Pérez, Partner, McKinsey & Company Attendance is open to all LoTs, but registration is required ahead of time.
    Where
    Broad Institute

Sponsors and Partnering Organizations

Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard

415 Main Street
Cambridge, MA

The Broad Institute is a pioneering, mission driven community that brings together researcher in medicine, chemistry, biology, computation, engineering and mathematics across MIT, Harvard, Harvard-affiliated hospitals, and global collaborators

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