Travis A. McCready, Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

Travis A. McCready

Travis McCready is the President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, a $1 billion public–private partnership with the mission of advancing the life sciences ecosystem in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the center’s investment strategy, including the agency’s operations, programs, and partnerships. Previously, Mr. McCready served as the Vice President for Programs at The Boston Foundation, directing the Foundation’s grants and community investment strategy to benefit the people of Greater Boston. He was the first Executive Director of the Kendall Square Association, responsible for growing the innovation economy of Kendall Square, one of the Commonwealth’s most economically robust districts. He has held the COO and CFO positions at the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, overseeing the operations and finances for three convention centers in Massachusetts. A native of Brooklyn, Mr. McCready began his career as a public school teacher in the Bronx, NY.

Mr. McCready serves on as a trustee n the Advisory Boards for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the Conservation Law Foundation, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and WBUR; and the New England Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. He served on the Economic Development Planning Council under two governors, including co-chairing the subcommittee on innovation and entrepreneurship. He currently serves on the Massachusetts Digital Healthcare Council and the Advanced Manufacturing Collaborative. In 2017, he was named one of Boston’s 50 most powerful people by the Boston Business Journal. Mr. McCready is a frequent speaker on economic development strategy as it relates to the convergence of private, public, and not-for-profit interests, and his blog, Life Sciences Discourses, has been recognized by The Boston Globe.

Mr. McCready received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from the University of Iowa.

Sessions

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Innovation Spotlight ChangeMaker Presentations

How much can you learn in five minutes? Quite a bit. Hear quick hitting presentations on the latest products, new releases, exciting innovations, and more. Each presenter will speak for 5 minutes and then will be available to answer questions during the reception.

David Wild, Ph.D. — Knowledge Graphs: A Transformative New Approach for Drug Discovery
  • Knowledge Graphs (KGs) are a transformative new way to think about drug discovery data
  • KG-based tools open up powerful new scientific and decision-making capabilities
Paul Courtney — Applications of Machine Learning in Clinical Data Management

Rashan Jibowu — Driving Strategic Decisions with Machine Learning

Leila Pirhaji, Ph.D. — AI-Driven Drug Discovery via Metabolomics
  • Metabolomics, or studying small molecules, are essential for discovering the right therapeutics for the right patients
  • How AI can contribute to characterizing a large number of metabolites, or small molecules, inexpensively and fast
Wayne R. Danter, MD — DeepNEU: Cellular Reprograming Comes of Age–a Machine Learning Platform with Application to Rare Diseases Research
  • Stem cell research will inevitably be transformed by computer technologies. The results of the initial DeepNEU project indicate that currently available stem cell data, computer software and hardware are sufficient to generate basic artificially induced pluripotent stem cells (aiPSC)
  • The application of this computer technology to generate disease specific aiPSCs has the potential to improve 1. disease modeling, 2. rapid prototyping of wet lab experiments, 3. grant application writing and 4. specific biomarker identification in a highly cost-effective manner

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