April 13, 2018
Hyatt Regency, Cambridge

IdeaStream gathers together the leading minds in innovation and entrepreneurship for an invitation-only event each spring. Top-name venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, industry participants and MIT researchers consider this a must-attend event for several reasons:

Sneak peek: See cutting-edge research that will impact the marketplace in wide-ranging areas in the next 2-4 year.

People: Meet the thought leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship at this intimate gathering. Each year, we expect a balance of MIT researchers, entrepreneurs, corporate executives and investors.

Idea exchange: Participate in the thought-provoking program with plenty of opportunities for structured and unstructured networking.

Agenda: Included are innovation pitches, discussions, networking and posters.

This is a tentaitve agenda and is subject to change. Please check back often for updates and additional speakers.

7:30 AM                      Registration opens

8:15 – 8:30 AM           Opening Remarks

8:30 – 9:30 AM           IdeaStream Forum: Water, Agriculture & Energy

                                    Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

Developing Intelligent Selective Electrodialysis for 21st Century Agriculture: John Lienhard, Professor of Mechanical Engineering with Kishor Nayar, Ph.D. Candidate and Amit Kumar, Research Scientist

Low-Cost Water Filter Using Sapwood Xylem: Rohit Karnik, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Amy Smith, Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering Co-Director, MIT D-Lab with Krithika Ramchander, Graduate Student, Luda Wang, Postdoctoral Associate, Kendra Leith, Evaluation Manager, MIT D-Lab, Megha Hedge Research Associate, D-Lab, Anish Paul Antony, Postdoctoral Associate 

Bulk Heterojunction Structural Batteries: Angela Belcher, Professor of Biological Engineering with Alan Ransil, Graduate Student and Kieran Strobal, Research Assisant 

Reducing Runoff and Environmental impact of Agricultural Sprays: Kripa Varanasi, Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering with Maher Damak, Ph.D. Candidate

Rapid Detection of Pathogenic Bacteria: Timothy Swager, Professor, Department of Chemistry and Alexander Klibanov, Professor of Biological Engineering and Chemistry with Kent Harvey, Graduate Student 

Convection Enhanced Electrochemical Energy Storage: Fikile Brushett, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering with Thomas Carney, Graduate Student

Optically Transparent Thermally Insulating Retrofits for Single-pane Windows: Evelyn Wang, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Gang Chen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Xuanhe Zhao, Associate Professor Mechanical Engineering with Elise Strobach, Graduate Research Assistant and Bikram Bhatia, Postdoc Associate

9:30 – 10:10 AM         Poster & Networking Break 

10:15 AM –  11:15 AM IdeaStream Forum: Devices, Materials & Healthcare

            Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

Digital Tools for In-Field Data Collection:  Chris Zegras, Associate Professor of Transportation and Urban Planning with Daniel Heriberto Palencia Arreola, Software Engineer, and Sri Vardhini Suresh, Software Engineer

Solid-State Color Pixel for E-Paper Displays: Geoffrey Beach, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering with Mantao Huang, Graduate Student

Digital 3D Printing of Microparticles: John Hart, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering with Justin Beroz, Graduate Student, Ulrich Muecke, Research Engineer and Henry Merrow, Graduate Student

Low-cost Spectroscopy Solutions for Raman Sensing and Beyond: Rajeev Ram, Professor of Electrical Engineering with Amir Atabaki, Research Scientist   

Engineered Protein Treatments for Hair Repair and Long-Lasting Color Retention: Bradley Olsen, Professor of Chemical Engineering with Sieun Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher and Lavinia Popescou

Engineered Binding Proteins as Replacements for Antibodies in Immunoassays Hadley Sikes, Associate Professor Chemical Engineering, with Eric Miller Ph.D. Candidate and Ki Joo Sung Graduate Student

Structured Nucleic Acid Nanoparticle Therapeutic Delivery Platform: Mark Bathe, Associate Professor of Biological Engineering, Darrell Irvine, Professor of Biological Engineering and Feng Zhang, Professor of Biological Engineering with Remi Veneziano, Postdoctoral Associate, Matthew Stone, Postdoctoral Researcher, Martin Tomov, Postdoctoral Researcher and Tyson Shepherd, Postdoctoral Researcher

11:15 – 12:00 PM        Poster & Networking Break

12:05 – 1:05 PM        IdeaStream Forum: Healthcare

Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

An Efficient Discovery Engine for Combinatorial Antibiotics: Paul Blainey Assistant Professor of Biological Engineering, with Anthony Kulesa Graduate Student, and Jared Kehe Graduate Student

Synthetic Substrate for the Homogenous Growth and Expansion of Neural Stem Cell Populations: Linda Griffith, Professor of Biological Engineering, Paula Hammond, Professor of Chemical Engineering with Marianna Sofman, Graduate Student Researcher

Non-invasive White Cell Count Prototype: Martha Gray Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with Carlos Castro-Gonzalez, M+Vision Fellow

Bedside Testing of Coagulation Function: James Fox, Divison of Comparative Medicine & Professor in the Department of Biological Engineering, Galit Frydman, Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Local Drug Delivery for Facilitating Expedited Urinary Stone Passage: Michael Cima, Professor of Engineering with Christopher Lee, Graduate Student and Brian Eisner, Massachusetts General Hospital 

Mucin-inspired Virulence Neutralizing Agents for the Management of Infections: Katharina Ribbeck, Professor of Biological Engineering

Non-Invasive Physiological Hydration Sensor for Improved Elderly Care: Martha Gray Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, Luca Daniel, Professor of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science with Ian Butterworth, Biomedical Research Engineer

1:05 –2:15 PM          Lunch and Keynote

Frank Van Mierlo, CEO of 1366 Technologies

"Breaking the solar PV cost barrier. Using MIT technology to build competitive US-based solar cells"

2:15 – 3:00 PM            Networking in Poster Session Room


The 2018 IdeaStream will be held at the Hyatt Cambridge just up the river from MIT overlooking Boston.

Hyatt Regency Cambridge
575 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA 02139-4896
Tel: +1 617 492 1234 Fax: +1 617 491 6906

Maps and directions available here.

The Hyatt has a discounted room rate of $255 per night for IdeaStream attendees. Contact the Hyatt at (888) 421-1442 by March 22, 2018 and reference the “MIT Deshpande Center” to get the special rate or reserve a room online here.

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IdeaStream is not just about ideas, but connections between people. At IdeaStream, MIT faculty, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and corporate executives come together to share ideas about new technologies and future opportunities for innovation. Attendees of this invitation-only event make this a must-attend event.

Participants at IdeaStream 2017 included the following organizations:

20/20 HealthCare Partners  

24M Technologies Inc



Arnold Strategies, LLC

Automizy Inc.

Bantam Group


BD Medical

BeON Home

Blue Sky Management

Boston Angel Club

Broad Foundry

Broad Institute

Broadland Advisors, LLC


Deshpande Foundation



Exact Sciences

Excel Venture Management

FarSight Ventures


Franklin Waverly Associates

Good Growth Capital

Gradiant Corporation



Honda Xcelerator

Huawei Technologies

IDA Ireland

ImmuneXcite, Inc.

Infinity Venture Group

Intel Corporation

Interface Ventures

J&J Development Corporation

Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

Launch in US

Leading Business Ventures

Legit Patents

Lockheed Martin

Main Street Partners LLC

Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship

Masdar Institute

Mass Tech Transfer Center

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

MassGlobal Partners

Materials Science and Engineering

Matrix Partners



MIT & Masdar Institute Cooperative Program

MIT Center for Biomedical Engineering

MIT Center for Synthetic Biology

MIT Corporate Relations


MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

MIT Department of Biological Engineering

MIT Department of Biology

MIT Department of Chemical Engineering

MIT Department of Chemistry

MIT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

MIT Department of Physics

MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

MIT Energy Initiative

MIT Industrial Liaison Program

MIT Innovation Initiative

MIT Media Lab

MIT News Office

MIT Portugal Program

MIT Resource Development

MIT School of Engineering

MIT Technology Licensing Office

MIT Venture Mentoring Service

MIT/Swager group

MNL Partners

MSR Healthcare Consultants LLC

Nano Terra Inc.


Noone Growth Associates

NordStar Consulting

North Bridge Venture Partners

Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Novo Nordisk

Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.

Peili Vision

Pickwick Capital Partners


Resolute Marine

Ripple Biotech LLC


Sagely Health


Samebug, Inc.

Samsung Electronics

Sands Capital Ventures


Sartar Therapeutics Ltd.

Scalable Display Technologies

Sinorich Capital

Sparta Group

The Dedon Lab

The Dow Chemical Company

The Engine

The Pennsylvania State University


Via Separations 

Weybridge Partners


WL Gore

Yonghua Capital

Z Corporation

Zero Stage Capital

Zetta Venture Partners

See videos from last year's IdeaStream.