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Mount Sinai Makes Innovation a Team Effort At Its Second Annual Sinainnovations Conference, November 18-19, 2013 In NYC

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 13, 2013

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is hosting its second annual SINAInnovations event, and bringing together leaders from medicine, engineering, professional baseball, the performing arts, and the military to discuss the power of teamwork.

“SINAInnovations: Leading a New Era of Discovery,” will highlight the spirit of collaboration and explore how “team science” is leading to innovation and breakthroughs in biomedicine.

The conference will take place at Icahn School of Medicine’s Stern Auditorium at 1468 Madison Ave, on Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19, 2013.

SINAInnovations is one of many ways in which Icahn School of Medicine is transforming academia and the fields of medical research, pharmacology, and technology. Mount Sinai has embarked upon an ambitious and unprecedented effort to redefine how collaborative innovation is taught, fostered, and facilitated within an academic institution. This year’s speakers cover a vast range of team-related topics and share strategies they have developed as leaders in areas such as academia, global media, and finance.

Keynote speakers include Nirav R. Shah, MD, Commissioner of Health, New York State, Joe Torre, Executive Vice President of Baseball Operation at Major League Baseball, Michael C. Crow, President of Arizona State University, Rear Admiral Scott P. Moore, Deputy Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command of the United States Navy, Gary S. May, Dean of the College of Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology, and Sara Diamond, President of Ontario College of Art and Design.

Alice Park, Staff Writer at Time Magazine, Stephen H. Friend, President of Sage Bionetworks; Matthew VanBiesen, Executive Director of the New York Philharmonic; and Bhaven N. Sampat, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at Columbia University are among the prominent experts who will be featured during panel discussions and breakout sessions.

Distinguished Mount Sinai faculty members Dennis S. Charney, MD, Dean of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Kenneth L. Davis, MD, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Mount Sinai Health System, will make presentations, along with leaders and researchers from Duke University Medical Center, Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Northwestern University, University of Washington, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Venture Funds and Cook Ross, Inc.

“As an institution that places an emphasis on advancing research and best practices simultaneously, we consider Mount Sinai the ideal environment for the leaders of scientific progress to meet, collaborate, and ultimately determine the direction of biomedical and technological advancement. This year’s goal is to emphasize the creative and innovative advantages of team-centric culture,” said Dr. Charney, who is also President for Academic Affairs at the Mount Sinai Health System. “We are proud to continue the institution’s longstanding commitment to maximizing the very best of technology and innovation. Bringing renowned experts from academia, industry, venture capital, journalism and consultancy under one roof is our way of enabling further discoveries that will improve treatments for all patients.”

Scott L. Friedman, MD, Dean for Therapeutic Discovery at the Mount Sinai Health System added, “The rapid pace of discovery in biomedical science necessitates teamwork to achieve success. This year’s SINAInnovations conference will provide a playbook on team science, generating enthusiasm among attendees about implementing team science and creating the synergies that accelerate innovation.”

SINAInnovations is a forum-like atmosphere for investors and innovators from science, medicine, and industry and includes a networking session for trainees, sponsored by Mount Sinai’s Women in Science and Postdoctoral Fellows Association. SINAInnovations is open to biomedical professionals, Mount Sinai Faculty, trainees, and staff, as well as individuals from other academic medical centers. To learn more, visit or email Sinainnovations(at)mssm(dot)edu.

SINAInnovations Agenda

Monday, November 18, 7:30 am to 5:00 pm
7:30 - 8:15 am: Breakfast/Registration

8:15 - 8:30 am: Welcoming Comments by Dennis S. Charney, MD

8:30 - 8:45 am: Special Opening Comments: Introduction, Dennis S. Charney, MD; Speaker: Nirav R. Shah, MD, MPH, Commissioner of Health, New York State

8:45 – 9:15 am: Keynote Address by Joe Torre, Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations, Major League Baseball

9:20 – 10:30 am: Panel Discussion: “The Psychology of Great Groups,” with Paul Holdengraber, Director of Public Programs at the New York Public Library; Michael Bierut, Partner, Pentagram; Gordon Edelstein, Artistic Director, Long Wharf Theatre; Jon Gertner, Author of ‘The Idea Factory’; Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale, Principal Consultant, Cook Ross, Inc.; Matthew VanBesien, Executive Director, New York Philharmonic.

10:30 – 11:00 am: Break

11:00 – 11:30 am: Keynote Address by Michael C. Crow, President Arizona State University

11:35 am – 12:30 pm: Panel Discussion “Team Science Success Stories,” with Alice Park, Staff Writer at Time Magazine, Stephen H. Friend, President, Co-founder and Director, Sage Bionetworks; Michael Goldblatt, President and CEO, Functional Genetics; W. David Lee, Executive in Residence, Kodiak Venture Partners; Michael Nielsen, Author of “Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science”; John Stamatoyannopoulos, Associate Professor, Genome Sciences and Medicine, University of Washington

12:30 – 1:00 pm: Pick Up Lunch at Breakout Room

1:00 – 2:00 pm: Breakout Sessions With Lunch on “Scholarship in Team Science,” with Noshir Contractor, Professor and Director of SONIC Research Group, Northwestern University; Annetine Gelijns, Professor and Chair of Health Evidence and Policy, Mount Sinai Health System; Richard Nelson, Director of the Program on Science, Technology, and Global Development, Columbia University; “Diversity in the Context of Team Science,” Rosalyn Taylor O’Neale, Principal Consultant at Cook Ross, Inc.; “Mount Sinai RPI Technology Development Team,” Gavin McIntyre, Co-founder and Chief Scientist at Evocative Design; Student QED projects; 4D projects; “Divergent Environments for Team Science? Industry vs. Academia,” Steven H. Friend, President of Sage Bionetworks; and Michael Goldblatt, CEO of Functional Genetics

2:30-5:00 pm: Networking Reception for Trainees in the Davis Conference Center, 2nd Floor, Hess CSM, Sponsored by Women in Science and Postdoctoral Fellows Association

Tuesday, November 19, 7:30 am to 12:15 pm
7:30 – 8:15 am: Breakfast/ Registration

8:30 – 9:00 am: Keynote Address by Rear Admiral Scott P. Moore, Deputy Commander, Naval Special Warfare Command, United States Navy, “Teamwork – A Life and Death Necessity”

9:05 – 10:30 am: Panel Discussion: “Team Science in Academic Medical Centers and Pharma with Bhaven. N. Sampat, Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Columbia University; Noshir Contractor, Professor and Director of SONIC Research Group, Northwestern University; Jonathan S. Dordick, Vice President for Research and Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute; Anja König, Managing Director, Novartis Venture Fund; John. J. Lepore, Vice President of the Heart Failure Discovery Performance Unit, GlaxoSmithKline; Peter K. Smith, Division Chief of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center

10:30 – 11:55 am: Break

11:00 – 11:30 am: Keynote Address by Gary S. May, Dean of the College of Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

11:30 am – 12:00 pm: Keynote Address by Sara Diamond, President of Ontario College of Art and Design

12:00 – 12:15 pm: Closing Remarks: “The Power of Team Science,” Kenneth L. Davis

About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is an integrated health system committed to providing distinguished care, conducting transformative research, and advancing biomedical education. Structured around seven member hospital campuses and a single medical school, the Health System has an extensive ambulatory network and a range of inpatient and outpatient services—from community-based facilities to tertiary and quaternary care.

The System includes approximately 6,600 primary and specialty care physicians, 12-minority-owned free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, over 45 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, and Long Island, as well as 31 affiliated community health centers. Physicians are affiliated with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, which is ranked among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health funding and by U.S. News & World Report.

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