Found in translation: new models for university/industry partnership-David A. Shaywitz, MD, PhD,-03/20/2012 - 8:30am

Event Information
Event Topic: 
Found in translation: new models for university/industry partnership
Event Date: 
03/20/2012 - 8:30am
Event Location: 
Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 W. Olive, Sunnyvale, CA
Speaker Information
Event Speaker: 
David A. Shaywitz, MD, PhD,
Event Speaker Title: 
Director, Strategic and Commercial Planning
Event Speaker Company: 
Theravance, Inc.
Event Speaker Bio: 

Speaker Bio
Dr. Shaywitz is a graduate of Harvard College (summa cum laude), and received his MD from the Health Sciences and Technology program at Harvard Medical School and MIT, and his PhD from the Department of Biology at MIT. He trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at MGH, and conducted his post-doctoral research in the Melton lab at Harvard. He gained experience in early clinical drug development in the Department of Experimental Medicine at Merck, then joined the Boston Consulting Group’s Healthcare and Corporate Development practices, where he focused on strategy and organizational design. He is currently Director of Strategic and Commercial Planning at Theravance, a publicly-held drug development company in South San Francisco.

Dr. Shaywitz is a co-founder (with Dennis Ausiello) of the Harvard PASTEUR program, a translational research initiative at Harvard Medical School (, and a founding advisor of Sage, a non-profit medical research initiative (founded by Eric Schadt and Stephen Friend) emphasizing networks and open innovation ( He is also a co-founder (with three MGH colleagues) of the nascent Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH), an academic institute that will focus on translating improved phenotypic measurement into better health.

For the last fifteen years, Dr. Shaywitz has contributed commentaries about medicine, science, innovation, and business to a number of popular publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times. He currently is a regular contributor to and

Dr. Shaywitz is an Adjunct Scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.

Event Details
Event Details: 

Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, March 20, 2012

Topic: "Found in translation: new models for university/industry partnerships"
Speaker: David A. Shaywitz, MD, PhD, Director, Strategic and Commercial Planning, Theravance, Inc. (Note: Views expressed in this presentation are those of Dr. Shaywitz alone, and do not represent the views of Theravance, Inc)
Date and Time: Tuesday, March 20, 2011, 8:30-10:30 am
Location: Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, 456 W. Olive, Sunnyvale, CA (across the street from Sunnyvale Public Library)
Cost: Free
Park in Street and in NOVA and library parking lots across the street.

Topic Description
With funding for seed and startup needs so scarce for pharmaceutical product development, partnerships between universities and industry are a welcome new new revenue source for discovery and development. Dr. Shaywitz will discuss new models for university and industry partnerships, specifically, and more broadly current challenges in industry and medical research.