BU CONNECT is a research and innovation showcase designed to ‘connect’ BU faculty and students with like-minded people in the local industrial/entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The event features:
- An exposition hall with representatives from BU’s leading research centers/laboratories
- Breakout sessions addressing problems and solutions across various subject areas
- Student-led innovation projects/companies
- Presentation of the Boston University Innovator of the Year Award
Agenda | October 23, 2018
|4 pm||Metcalf Ballroom||Exposition Hall Networking|
|5:15 pm||Metcalf Ballroom||Innovator of the Year Award||Presented by Gloria Waters|
|5:30 pm||Conference Rooms||Breakout Session presentations begin|
|6:30 pm||Metcalf Ballroom||Exposition Hall Networking|
BU Connect will feature a showcase of select members of Boston University’s faculty displaying their world class research. Connect with emerging technologies from BU’s life sciences, physical sciences, and medical technology areas.
Innovator of the Year
The Innovator of the Year award recognizes an entrepreneurial faculty member who translates his/her world-class research into inventions and innovations that benefit humankind.
The BU Innovator of the Year is awarded to one outstanding BU faculty member, who in the past year has:
- Conducted peer recognized world-class research; and
- Translated this research by developing IP protected product(s) or process (es) of significant value to society that were adopted for practical use or have a high probability of being adopted.
Gustavo Mostoslavsky - 2017
The Innovator of the Year award was presented by Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Gloria Waters. The recipient was Gustavo Mostoslavsky, inventor of STEMCCA and School of Medicine associate professor of gastroenterology.
Ed Damiano - 2016
Ed Damiano, professor of biomedical engineering and founder of Beta Bionics, won Boston University's Innovator of the Year Award. This annual award recognizes a BU faculty member whose cutting- edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.
Damiano has created an artificial, or bionic pancreas that manages blood sugar levels and delivers doses of insulin. The invention, the iLet, is designed for people with Type 1 diabetes. His reason for taking on this project was his son, David, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at 11 moths old.
“Ed’s determination and his systematic and persistent work to achieve this goal has been incredibly impressive,” said Gloria Waters, vice president and associate provost for research at BU. “He has worked tirelessly, and his success in raising funds from a wide range of sources, carrying out the science, and developing the technology in a very short period of time has been nothing but remarkable.”
David Salant- 2015
Boston University Professor of Medicine David J. Salant, MD won Boston University’s Innovator of the Year Award. This annual award recognizes a BU faculty member whose cutting- edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Salant has endeavored to understand the pathogenesis of glomerular diseases by careful and in-depth analysis of experimental models, leading to paradigm shifting observations. The primary focus of his laboratory is on the immune basis of glomerular diseases with particular regard to the humoral mechanisms of glomerular cell injury.
“Dr. Salant’s research using experimental models of immunological glomerular diseases and autoimmunity have led to a deeper understanding of the immunopathogenetic mechanics of injury,” said Gloria Waters, vice president and associate provost for research. “His research has yielded ground-breaking results by identifying PLA2R as the target antigen in human membranous nephropathy.”
Mark Crovella – 2014
Boston University Computer Science Professor Mark Crovella won Boston University’s 2014 Innovator of the Year award. The annual award recognizes a BU faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.
Professor Crovella is professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science at Boston University, where he has been since 1994. He also currently serves as chief scientist of Guavus, Inc., a venture-backed company he co-founded with his graduate student. Professor Crovella was also a co-founder of Commonwealth Networks, now part of Network Appliance.
“Professor Crovella is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose inventions have been licensed to two start-up companies,” said Gloria Waters, vice president and associate provost for research at BU. “His accomplishments in the past year include ten peer-reviewed papers published, five patent filings and $30.0 million invested in BU-spinoff Guavus.”
Ted Moustakas – 2013
Boston University School of Engineering Professor Theodore (Ted) Moustakas has won the university’s 2013 Innovator of the Year award which recognizes a BU faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.
Considered the co-inventor of the blue LED, Ted Moustakas’ lab is focused on innovative semiconductors for photonics and other applications. With this technology, Moustakas’ inventions have been widely deployed in LEDs and Moustakas has founded one venture-backed company, RayVio Corp.
“Professor Moustakas is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose inventions have been licensed to a number of companies, including major manufacturers of blue LEDs and lasers (Cree and Philips-LumiLeds in United States and Nichia in Japan),” said Jean Morrison, BU's provost and chief academic officer. “His accomplishments in the past year include nine peer-reviewed papers published, five patent filings and $4.0 million invested in BU spinoff RayVio.”
James Collins – 2012
Boston University School of Engineering Prof. James Collins, co-director of the BU Center for Biodynamics and considered the father of synthetic biology, today was awarded the university’s 2012 Innovator of the Year award which recognizes a faculty member whose cutting-edge research and ideas lead to the formation of companies that benefit society at large.
“Professor Collins is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of Sample6 Technologies, a start-up company intent on using engineered bacteriaphage for detecting harmful bacteria in the food and healthcare industry,” said Jean Morrison, BU's provost and chief academic officer. “His accomplishments in the past year include 10 peer-reviewed papers published, four invention disclosures, five patent filings, $2.3 million in research funding and $5.6 million invested in Sample6.”
Avrum Spira – 2011
Dr. Avrum Spira is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pathology, and Laboratory Medicine and Adjunct Associate Professor of Bioinformatics at the Boston University School of Medicine.
“Professor Spira is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of Allegro Diagnostics, a startup company intent on producing beneficial molecular diagnostics for detecting lung cancer,” said Morrison. “His accomplishments in the past year include 14 peer-reviewed papers published, one invention disclosure, two patent filings, over $3.5 million in NIH funding and $8.9 million invested in Allegro Diagnostics.” -Jean Morrison, Provost of Boston University
Avrum Spira serves as Director of the Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Program at the Boston University School of Medicine’s Pulmonary Center. He is an attending physician at the Medical Intensive Care Unit and with the Pulmonary/Critical Care Interventional service at Boston Medical Center. Dr. Spira’s laboratory research interests focus on applying high-throughput genomic and bioinformatic tools to the translational study of lung cancer and emphysema. He is funded as a Principal Investigator through the NIH and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Dr. Spira received his medical degree from McGill University and did his internship and residency at the University of Toronto. He did his fellowship with Boston University. Dr. Spira received a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics from the College of Engineering at Boston University.
Mark Grinstaff – 2010
Mark W. Grinstaff is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry at Boston University and a College of Engineering Distinguished Faculty Fellow.
“Professor Grinstaff is an entrepreneurial scientist, whose practical approach to science has led to the formation of three companies producing beneficial products,” said BU President Robert Brown, who presented the award. “His accomplishments in the past year include 15 peer-reviewed papers published, two invention disclosures, a patent filing, and more than $1 million invested in Flex Biomedical.” -Robert A. Brown, President of Boston University
Mark received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois under the mentorship of Professor Kenneth S. Suslick and was an NIH postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology with Professor Harry B. Gray. Mark’s awards include the ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award, NSF Career Award, Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and Edward M. Kennedy Award for Health Care Innovation. He has published more than 125 peer-reviewed manuscripts and given more than 200 oral presentations. His students and fellows have presented more than 80 talks and 225 posters. He is co-founder of three companies that are commercializing his ideas and has four medical products being used in the clinic. His current research activities include new macromolecule and amphiphile syntheses, self-assembly chemistry, tissue engineering, and drug delivery. (Visit Mark's profile.)
Learn more about the Innovator of the Year nomination and selection process.
- Therapeutics: Renal Disease
- Data Science: Data Science in Healthcare
- Diagnostics: The Frontier of New Diagnostic Technologies
- Student Ventures: A Panel of Student Ventures
In third-floor conference rooms, these breakout sessions will be comprised of an introductory talk outlining the pressing challenges in a given field, followed by 3-4 talks from BU faculty members working to address some of those unmet needs. Session descriptions forthcoming as details are finalized.
Student Ventures will be featured in the Exposition Hall.