From the Director
It has been exciting to watch our new Longwood site come to life over the past few months, to see new equipment arrive almost daily, and to notice the lab benches filling up with new staff members, one after another. It's hard to believe, but we have grown to more than 150 full-time staff members within only 18 months of having received our inaugural gift from Hansjorg Wyss, and we already have more than 400 other collaborating members of our community who regularly participate in activities at the Longwood site.
The juxtaposition of diverse research and development efforts from our multiple Enabling Technology Platforms is simply astounding. On the same floor, these efforts range from electrical engineering and gait control to microsystems engineering and synthetic biology. It has been tremendously gratifying to see the synergies that have emerged from throwing engineers, biologists, chemists, clinicians, physicists, and computer scientists into the mix in the center of the Longwood Medical Area. This cauldron of creativity is the source of our technology pipeline, and our Advanced Technology Team, which has grown to 20 staff members, all with extensive industrial experience, is beginning to help translate these technologies into new commercial products that can solve real-world problems and address pressing needs.
As a result of the enormous progress made by our faculty, staff, and students, we have been visited by numerous CEOs, CTOs, and senior executives from pharmaceutical, biotechnology, chemicals, and energy companies, and even footwear manufacturers. We hope to announce our first corporate alliances in the near future, and our successes on the basic research front continue to grow as quickly as ever, as can be seen below. Finally, we are only days away from completing renovations at our 60 Oxford Street site in Cambridge, and then we should see a new wave of growth as we fully integrate our efforts across the entire university. There is more to come, so stay tuned...
-- Don Ingber