Dean’s Inaugural Symposium On Opportunities for Entrepreneurship and Academic Drug Development

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD

invites you to the

Dean’s Inaugural Symposium
On Opportunities for
Entrepreneurship and Academic Drug Development


Featuring a keynote address by Kenneth Frazier, Chairman and CEO of Merck, and presentations on the Tri-I TDI, Bridge Medicines, Center for Technology Licensing, and Office of BioPharma Alliances and Research Collaborations.


Monday, October 9, 2017
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Uris Auditorium, Meyer Building, 1300 York Avenue
Reception to follow in Griffis Faculty Club, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.


Please RSVP to or 646.962.9478.

The symposium will be recorded and available to individuals on WCM Central.




2:00 PM  Welcome

Augustine M.K. Choi, MD, Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean, Weill Cornell Medicine

2:15 PM Pharmaceutical Product Development: The Case for Investing in Invention

Kenneth C. Frazier, Chairman of the Board and CEO, Merck & Co., Inc.

2:40 PM Tri-I TDI: Transforming Academic Drug Discovery and Development

Michael A. Foley, PhD, Sanders Director of the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Drug Discovery Institute

2:50 PM Therapeutic Targeting of Sphingolipid Signaling in Preclinical Models of Stroke: The Critical Role of the Tri-I TDI

Teresa Sanchez, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

3:00 PM Bridge Medicines: Industry Expertise for Bridging the Gap to Clinical Studies

William J. Polvino, MD, Chief Executive Officer, Bridge Medicines

3:10 PM Commercializing Technology with CTL: What’s in it for You?

Brian J. Kelly, PhD, Director, Technology Licensing, WCM Office of the Center for Technology Licensing

3:20 PM BioPharma Alliances and Research Collaborations: Building Value Around Early Stage Discovery Research through Dedicated Alliances with Industry

Larry Schlossman, Managing Director, BioPharma Alliances and Research Collaborations                                           

3:30 PM The Critical Importance of BioPharma Alliances in Support of Early Stage Translational Research     

Timothy E. McGraw, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and of Biochemistry in Cardiothoracic Surgery

3:40 PM Q&A

Moderated by Dr. Augustine M.K. Choi

4:00 PM Conclusion

Reception to follow in Griffis Faculty Club

Monday, October 9 at 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Uris Auditorium
1300 York Ave., New York NY 10065

Event Type

Conference, Lecture/Seminar, Party/Reception, Translational Lecture/Seminar, Information Session, Symposium


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