Postdoc 2.0 : Polaris and MIT Offer A Glimpse Into Exciting Careers at Emerging Companies


Next Thursday, April 30, 2015, Polaris, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) at MIT, will host our 3rd annual career development symposium for MIT post-doctoral students. This year’s event, “Postdoc 2.0: Exciting Careers in Emerging Companies,” will bring together some of the finest PhD professionals in Boston to discuss how they came to enjoy successful careers outside of academia. Our hope is that we will inspire the audience to consider applying their talents at the multitude of emerging startup companies in New England and across the country.

Since inception in 2013, our collaboration with MIT has served as both an educational and networking opportunity for postdocs as they consider next steps in their professional journey. With over 1500 postdocs pursuing a program of research and training at MIT, we here at Polaris see enormous potential for mutually beneficial relationships between postdocs and the startup community.

We don’t just talk the talk – we walk the walk. Three of our investing partners hold Ph.D.s – Amir Nashat and Paulina Hill from MIT – and Kevin Bitterman from Harvard Medical School. Further, we are always looking for top Ph.D. talent at our portfolio of companies which numbers more than 100.
Polaris Partner Alan Spoon, who has spearheaded this event for Polaris since inception, puts it best:

“The early-stage company community around Cambridge and Boston is thriving thanks in no small part to the talent that resides here. The appetite for extraordinary science and technology professionals only grows and MIT is an obvious source of the best and brightest minds. We are honored to be a part of this event which brings together extraordinary individuals with tremendous passion for what they do. Here’s to having them do more of it together!”

Here is this year’s lineup:

Featured Panelists:
Maria Zuber, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, MIT
Dr. Robert Langer, MIT Professor and Founder of more than 20 venture-backed companies
Anant Agarwal, Ph.D., CEO, edX
Nagesh Mahanthappa, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer, Scholar Rock
Larry Bacow, Ph.D., President Emeritus, Tufts University
Tuck Rickards, Head of Digital Tech Recruiting, Russell Reynolds
Peter Blume-Jensen, Ph.D., CSO, XTuit
Maria Palasis, Ph.D., CEO/CSO, 480 Medical
Alex Aimetti, Ph.D., Associate R&D Director, Biomaterials, InVivo Therapeutics
Akin Akinc, Ph.D., Director, Alnylam
Teppo Jouttenus, Ph.D., Director of Alliances, Outlearn
Kathryn Kosuda, Ph.D., Co-Founder & VP of R&D, Vaxess
Trevor Parsons, Ph.D., Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Logentries

Featured panels:
Building The Path: Creating a Rewarding Career After a Postdoc Moderated by Alan Spoon, Polaris Partners
Transitioning: How I Got Here & Life Inside an Emerging Company Moderated by Paulina Hill, Polaris Partners
Navigating the Job Search: Who We Hire & How We Find Them Moderated By Amir Nashat, Polaris Partners

If you are a post-doctorate student at MIT, you can get more information and register for the event here.

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