Terasaki Talks Presents: “Towards Accelerated Medical Innovation”, Presenter: Dr. Jeff Karp


Towards Accelerated Medical Innovation

When developing technologies to solve medical problems, often one encounters significant hurdles, that at times seem insurmountable. Overcoming these hurdles requires new ways of thinking. One approach is to turn to nature for inspiration.  Millions and millions of years of research and development at our fingertips, and all we need to do is look outside to the amazing creatures that inhabit our planet. This talk will explore medical technologies being developed that harness lessons from nature for inspiration, from creatures such as geckos, spider webs, jellyfish, porcupine quills, snails, to spiny headed worms.  Another approach is radical simplicity — the art and discipline of reducing a problem to its essence. This tool has been harnessed to develop a new skin care approach that is advancing towards global market adoption, and therapeutic strategies to combat inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis that are advancing towards clinical studies. Some of the technologies that will be described are rapidly advancing to the clinic and some are already on the market helping patients. This talk opens new paths to the continual innovation that is so important in our fast-changing world.


Dr. Jeff Karp is a Professor of Anesthesia at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.

He has published over 125 peer-reviewed papers, with over 22,000 citations, and has given over 300 invited lectures. He has >100 issued or pending patents. Several technologies developed in his lab have led to multiple products currently undergoing clinical development or on the market and for the launch of nine companies that have raised over $450 million in funding. His lab has been funded by multiple groups including NIH, NFL, DoD, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Rheumatology Research Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, J&J, Sanofi, & LEO Pharma.

Karp has received over 50 awards and honors. Boston Magazine recently recognized Karp as one of 11 Boston Doctors Making Medical Breakthroughs. His work has been selected by Popular Mechanic's as one of the Top 20 New Biotech Breakthroughs that Will Change Medicine. He gave a TEDMED talk on bioinspired medical innovation, a TEDx talk on Radical Simplicity, and was a commencement speaker at the University of Toronto.

In addition he was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Mentor among all faculty at MIT and received the HST McMahon Mentoring award for being the top mentor of Harvard-MIT students.

Event Information

Event Date 12-02-2020 8:00 am
Event End Date 12-02-2020
Registration Start Date 10-15-2020
Cut off date 12-02-2020 8:00 am

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