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Café des Sciences #75: Simple Innovation Tools Work in Science…or Anywhere

Dr. Jeff Karp
Associate Professor of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital                Harvard Medical School

Mardi, 12 avril 6:30 a 8:30 PM

CIC Boston, Milky Way room, 17th floor
50 Milk Street                                                                                                                          Boston, MA 02109  (MAP)



Notre Invité:


Dr. Jeff Karp is an Associate Professor at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, is Principal Faculty at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute, and affiliate faculty at the Broad Institute and at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology

He has published >100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has given >200 national and international invited lectures and has 65 issued or pending patents. Several technologies have formed the foundation for multiple products on the market and currently under development and for the launch of two companies, Gecko Biomedical and Skintifique.

The Boston Business Journal recognized him as a Champion in Healthcare Innovation and MIT’s Technology Review Magazine (TR35) also recognized Dr. Karp as being one of the top innovators in the world (3 members from his laboratory have received this award).

His work has been selected by Popular Mechanic’s « Top 20 New Biotech Breakthroughs that Will Change Medicine.” He gave a TEDMED talkon bioinspired medical innovation and is a member of the TEDMED Editorial Advisory Board. In 2015 he received a Breakthrough Award from the Kenneth Rainin Foundation and was a commencement speaker at the University of Toronto.

Dr. Karp was selected as the Outstanding Faculty Undergraduate Mentor among all Faculty at MIT and he received the HST McMahon Mentoring award for being the top mentor of Harvard-MIT students. To date, 17 trainees from his laboratory have secured faculty positions.


La Présentation:

Scientists have something in common with professionals in business, academia, government and beyond. We all need to solve problems, but we’re tempted to get comfortable with a limited “toolbox” of techniques and approaches. No matter our field, it can be difficult to break out of our old limitations and achieve something new and different. In this inspiring talk, Dr. Jeffrey Karp reveals two of the most powerful “tools” used by his bio-research lab to solve problems in innovative ways, on a continuing basis. The first tool is bioinspiration – the art and discipline of adapting proven-effective techniques, materials, designs and concepts from nature to provide the foundation for a bold new human-designed solution. For example, creatures like slugs and snails have provided inspiration for a next generation surgical adhesive. The second tool is radical simplicity — the art and discipline of reducing a problem to its essence. Dr. Karp has harnessed this tool to develop prophylaxis technologies for contact dermatitis that were rapidly advanced to the market and are being used in multiple countries and therapeutic strategies to combat inflammatory bowel disease that are advancing to clinical studies. Jeff explains how his team has employed these tools and how they can succeed in any field. This talk opens exciting new paths to the continual innovation that is so important in today’s fast-changing world.