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Wyss Institute founding director Don Ingber to deliver 2014 Graeme Clark Oration

June 16, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Cancer Vaccine Week -- "This is an incredibly exciting time in healthcare, which has seen tremendous advances because of a relatively new understanding that solving the world's most pressing challenges requires a cross-disciplinary approach," said Ingber. "The Wyss Institute is a great example of this approach in action in the burgeoning field of biologically inspired engineering, and I am deeply honored with the opportunity to share some of our successes at this esteemed event."

The event is expected to draw more than 1200 attendees, including the Governor of Victoria, The Honorable Alex Chernov AC QC (see also Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard).

At the Wyss Institute, academia interfaces directly with industry in a new translation-focused model of collaboration that is developing new bioinspired devices and materials at a much faster pace than is possible in the traditional academic setting. Since its founding just over five years ago, the Institute has filed more than 750 patent applications, developed scores of product development-focused collaborations with industry, enabled multiple new startup companies, and initiated two human clinical trials. Its portfolio integrates cross-platform work in microfluidics, robotics, materials science, synthetic biology, nanotechnology, tissue engineering and more-and has led to an implantable cancer vaccine, nanotherapeutics that target clotted vessels, a spleen-like blood-cleansing device to fight sepsis, vibrating shoe insoles designed to restore balance in the elderly and more.

The Oration event includes a strong outreach focus as well. Before the evening Oration, Ingber will have the opportunity to deliver a special talk for secondary school students and their teachers, with a dedicated Q&A session. He will encourage the students to participate in a video competition - a new element to this year's Oration event - for which the winner receives a 3D printer.

Keywords for this news article include: Cancer, Vaccines, Clinical Trials and Studies, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard.

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Source: Cancer Vaccine Week

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