SINAInnovations 2016

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hosted its fifth annual SINAInnovations conference on October 25 – 26, 2016. This year’s theme “Therapeutic Discovery” included keynote addresses, short talks, panel discussions and lunchtime breakout sessions featuring international thought leaders across the range of relevant domains.  Sessions and lectures included: Drug Development in Academia;  Target Identification and Validation;  Industry-Academic Medical Center Partnerships; Funding Drug Discovery; Health Disparities and Drug Discovery for the Developing World; Clinical Trial Advances and Novel First-in-man Approaches, and Therapeutic Frontiers in Oncology.  The conference defined the astonishing advances in drug discovery, and outlined solutions to overcome obstacles to progress.


Keynote Speakers

Suprotik (Protik) Basu is CEO of the Office of the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Health in Agenda 2030 and for Malaria. He concurrently serves as CEO of the Global Health Alliance, an initiative to bring business leaders and business approaches into the effort to achieve the world's global health goals.

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George Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of, which provides the world's only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in 1994.

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Karl Deisseroth is the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard, his PhD from Stanford, and his MD from Stanford; he also completed postdoctoral training, medical internship, and adult psychiatry residency at Stanford, and he is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

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Manolis Kellis is a Professor of Computer Science at MIT, an Institute Member of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and a member of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT where he directs the MIT Computational Biology Group (

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Dr. Pardoll is an Abeloff Professor of Oncology, Medicine, Pathology and Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. He is the Director of the Bloomberg~Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy and Co-Director of the Cancer Immunology Program at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

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2016 Event Organizers: Scott L. Friedman, Lakshmi A. Devi, Robert J. Devita, Janice L. Gabrilove, Paul J. Kenny, Erik Lium, Miriam Merad

Additional Highlights

Trainee Forum and Networking Reception

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The Trainee Forum and Networking Reception is comprised of panels, didactic lectures, the second annual Young Innovators Pitch Competition, and networking reception, and developed exclusively for ISMMS students and postdoctoral trainees at the Mount Sinai Health System. 

Mount Sinai Innovation Awards

The annual Mount Sinai Innovation Awards recognize either individual or collaborative investigators in the Mount Sinai Health System whose research has the potential to make significant commercial or health impacts.

SINAIMedMaker Challenge

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hosted the first ever SINAIMedMaker Challenge on October 21-23, 2016, a healthcare technology competition and a new satellite event of SINAInnovations. Multidisciplinary teams aimed to create novel solutions for the management, monitoring, and treatment of Pain and Fatigue.

SINAI Discoveries

This timeline showcases Mount Sinai Health System’s long history of groundbreaking firsts, from improved treatments for cancer to genetic engineering and biotechnology.

HITLAB Innovators Summit, collaborating partner of SINAInnovations

The HITLAB Innovators Summit brings together leaders in public health, medicine, technology, and design to discuss health issues and solutions in a three-day live event. The Summit offers a series of carefully curated talks, panels, and collaboration opportunities to engage the most creative minds in health and technology.


2016 Hitlab Innovators Summit: New York

November 29 – December 1, 2016

Lerner Hall, Columbia University, New York City

2920 Broadway (At 115th Street) NY, NY 10027


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