The Genetics Institute Impact: Caught on Video

Xconomy Boston — 

We don’t always capture Xconomy events on video, but fortunately the camera was rolling last week at our biggest Boston biotech event of the year—“The Genetics Institute Impact.

For those of you who missed it, this was the event that brought together more than 250 people from one of Boston’s pioneering biotech companies from the ’80s and ’90s. Our hosts at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT helped with filming the event and posting it on MIT’s TechTV website.

The whole video (which you can see here on the MIT site) goes for 65 minutes. The first 10 minutes are taken up with welcoming remarks, thank yous, and a brief history of GI. The next 35 minutes are devoted to the funny and revealing stories from people with a close connection to GI—Adelene Perkins of Infinity Pharmaceuticals, Tuan Ha-Ngoc of Aveo Pharmaceuticals, Tony Evnin of Venrock, John Knopf of Acceleron Pharma, Abbie Celniker of Eleven Biotherapeutics, and Sha Mi of Biogen Idec. Then we closed out the proceedings with a keynote chat with three of the driving forces from the company’s early days—Tom Maniatis, Mark Ptashne, and Gabe Schmergel.

My colleague Lilly O’Flaherty also did some short interviews with speakers about their GI experience, before the program started. We expect to have those snippets available for posting later this week.

Thanks again to all of you who came out to this event, and made it so much fun for everyone involved.