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How RNA and Technology Can Enable Us to Move Forward

How RNA and Technology Can Enable Us to Move Forward

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How RNA and Technology Can Enable Us to Move Forward
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Today we're going to talk about a topic that unfortunately is on everybody's mind right now, and that is COVID-19. We want to discuss, in particular, how we're going to move past this pandemic and get our lives back on track. We're also going to talk a little bit about RNA, which is a naturally occurring biological molecule found in all living organisms that facilitates virtually every biological process of life. If DNA is a blueprint of life, we can think about RNA as the contractor. We'll talk about how RNA might combat this coronavirus, but also its incredible potential with a host of other applications in human, plant, and animal health.


Charles Cooney

Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering


Charles L. Cooney is the Robert T. Haslam (1911) Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Emeritus in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT and founding Faculty Director, Emeritus of the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation. He has been involved as founder, advisor or board member of over 25 companies and currently sits on the Boards of Directors of Codiak Bioscience, Innovent Biologics (1801.HK), Iterative Scopes, Levitronix Technologies, and is chairman of GreenLight Bioscience. In addition, he is Trustee Emeritus of Boston Ballet, Advisor Emeritus of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Trustee of the Leventhal Map and Education Center. Other interests include: high altitude mountaineering (assents of Denali, Ama Dablam, Mont Blanc, Kilimanjaro, Huascaran) and antique map collecting.

Andrey Zarur

Co-Founder and CEO

GreenLight Biosciences

Dr. Zarur is Co-Founder & CEO of GreenLight Biosciences. Dr. Zarur has been active in early stage life sciences companies for over 25 years and has actively participated in the creation, IPO and M&A of over a dozen companies in the life sciences industry. Prior to starting GreenLight, Dr. Zarur was the Managing Partner at Kodiak Venture Partners, an early-stage, technology-driven venture fund based in Boston. He is also a Co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Solid Biosciences and Lumicell, Inc.

Dr. Zarur was named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2005. He has been a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management since 2002. Dr. Zarur holds Masters’ of Science degrees and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and undergraduate degrees from the National University of Mexico. Dr. Zarur is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and holds over 100 provisional and issued patents.

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