April 5, 2019
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, wide-ranging research that will impact the marketplace in wide-ranging areas in the next 2-4 years.

People: Meet the thought leaders in innovation and entrepreneurship at this intimate gathering. Each year, we host 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 project presentations, keynote, 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 – 9:15 AM           IdeaStream Forum: Water, Agriculture & Energy

                                    Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

On-site soil nutrient analysis system for smallholder farmers: Michael Arnold, Graduate Student, John Hart Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Producing E. coli test kits in Nepal: Amber VanHemel, Undergraduate, Jeffrey Ravel, Professor of History, Susan Murcott, Lecturer, MIT D-Lab 

Smart Water Treatment for Oil and Gas: Kishor Nayar, PhD Candidate, John Lienhard Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Low-Cost Water Filter Using Sapwood Xylem: Krithika Ramchander, Graduate Student, Rohit Karnik Lab, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering and Amy Smith, Senior Lecturer of Mechanical Engineering Co-Director, MIT D-Lab 

Robust Ultrafiltration Membranes for Industrial Separations: Brendan Smith, PhD Candidate, Jeffrey Grossman Lab, Department of Materials Sciences and Engineering 

Reducing runoff and environmental impact of agricultural sprays: Maxime Costalonga, Postdoc Associate, Kripa Varanasi Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering 

9:15 – 10:00 AM          Poster & Networking Break 

10:00 –  10:40 AM       IdeaStream Forum: Devices & Materials 

                                     Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

Optically transparent thermally insulating retrofits for single-pane windowsElise Strobach, PhD Candidate, Evelyn Wang Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Biomass torrefaction for high-yield, water-saving fertilizer: Kevin Kung, Ahmed Ghoniem Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering 

Low-cost spectroscopy solutions for raman sensing and beyond: Amir Atabaki, Research Scientist, Rajeev Ram Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering 

Solid-State color pixel for e-paper displays: Mantao Huang, Graduate Student, Geoffrey Beach Lab, Department of Materials Science and Engineering 

In-line photonic Raman sensors for accelerated pharmaceutical process development: Juejun Hu, Associate Professor of Materials Science & Engineering

10:40 – 11:25 AM        Poster & Networking Break

11:25 AM – 12:05 PM  IdeaStream Forum: Healthcare

                                    Presentations by Deshpande grantees at different points in their lifecycle

Hydrogel for reducing immune-related adverse events during immunotherapy: Farrukh Vohidov, Postdoc Associate, Jeremiah Johnson Lab, Department of Chemistry

Engineered binding proteins as replacements for antibodies in immunoassays: Eric Miller, PhD Candidate, Hadley Sikes Lab, Department of Chemical Engineering

Development of Synthetic Substrates for Neurodegenerative Disease Platforms: Marianna Sofman, Graduate Student Researcher, Linda Griffith Lab, Department of Biological Engineering, Paula Hammond Lab, Department of Chemical Engineering 

A Novel Prodrug Platform as the Next Generation Blood Cancer Therapy: Yivan Jiang, PhD Candidate, Jeremiah Johnson Lab, Department of Chemistry

Non-invasive physiological hydration sensor for improved elderly care: Ian Butterworth, Biomedical Research Engineer, Luca Daniel Lab, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science 

12:05 - 12:20 PM        "From a Deshpande project to a clinical stage oncology platform startup" Manijeh Goldberg, CEO of Privo Technologies (2012 grantee)

12:20 –1:00 PM          Lunch 

1:00 - 1:30 PM            Keynote: Jeff KarpProfessor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women's Hospital"From BioInspiration to Innovation"  Jeff has co-founded 6 companies that have raised over $180 million. Hear how he uses biology to inspire his innovations. 

1:30 – 2:00 PM           Networking in Poster Session Room

The 2019 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 $249 per night for IdeaStream attendees. Contact the Hyatt at (888) 421-1442 by March 14, 2019 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 2018 included the following organizations:

20/20 HealthCare Partners  



Allied Minds, Inc.

Arnold Strategies, LLC

Axiom Ventures

Babson College

BAE Systems

Bantam Group



BASF Venture Capital


Boston Angel Club

Broad Foundry

Broad Institute

Broadland Advisors, LLC


Canon Virginia, Inc.


Cooper Perkins, Inc.


Deshpande Foundation

Dow Chemical

Edelman & Associates

EMD Millipore

Energetiq Technology, Inc


Exact Sciences

Excel Venture Management

Guzdar Consultants


Harvard Medical School



Huawei Technologies

IMA S.p.A.


InTea House Venture Capital

Intel Corporation


Leading Business Ventures

Liberation Capital

Lockheed Martin

M Ventures

Main Street Partners LLC

Mass Tech Transfer Center

MediaTek, Inc.

Merck & Co.


MilliporeSigma (Merck KGaA)

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 Chemical Engineering

MIT Department of Chemistry

MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering

MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering

MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

MIT Energy Initiative

MIT Health Sciences and Technology

MIT Human Resources

MIT Industrial Liaison Program

MIT Materials Science and Engineering

MIT Office of Digital Learning

MIT Office of Philanthropic Partnerships

MIT Office of the President

MIT Research Laboratory of Electronics

MIT Resource Development

MIT School of Engineering

MIT Spectrum

MIT Tata Center

MIT Technology Licensing Office

MIT Venture Mentoring Service

Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories

MSR Healthcare Consultants LLC

Nano Terra Inc.

NAVSEA Warfare Centers

Newlin Investment Company

Noveome Biotherapeutics, Inc.

Novo Nordisk

Petro Biz Solutions

Queens University


Sagely Health

Samsung Electronics


Scalable Display Technologies

Sinorich Capital

Slips Technologies

Sparta Group LLC

The Dedon Lab

Via Separations

Weybridge Partners

WhiteLeaf Advisors

Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation

WL Gore

Yonghua Capital

Z Corporation

Zetta Venture Partners