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FUSION: A unique event for innovative leaders

Harvard’s FUSION symposium integrates perspectives from science and business to explore the promise of an emerging field. This annual, invite-only event brings together entrepreneurs, scientists, business leaders, investors, and innovators for an afternoon of exploration and networking. The FUSION symposium is jointly hosted by the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator (a program of Harvard University's Office of Technology Development) and by the Blavatnik Fellowship in Life Science Entrepreneurship at Harvard Business School.


The next FUSION symposium will be held in February 2019 on The Science and Business of Aging. Below, we recap the October 2017 symposium on the Science and Business of Combating Antibiotic Resistance.

  • This FUSION event is premised on the idea that leaders in science and business can each achieve more when they work together.

    Nitin Nohria

    Dean of Harvard Business School

2017 RECAP

The Science and Business of Combating Antibiotic Resistance


    Anthony S. Fauci

    Anthony S. Fauci

    Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Dr. Fauci has advised five U.S. presidents and oversees an extensive research portfolio of basic and applied research to prevent, diagnose, and treat established and emerging infectious diseases.

    “Antimicrobial Resistance: A Current and Emerging Threat.”


    Advancing Antimicrobial Research Today

    What must we do to avoid a "post-antibiotic era"? What research strategies are leading in the development of new antimicrobial therapies today?

    Moderated by Jennifer Leeds, PhD, Executive Director and Head of Antibacterial Discovery, Infectious Diseases Area, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.

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    Bringing Products and Services to Patients

    How can business models, incentives, or regulatory changes favor the development of new antimicrobial products and services for patients?

    Moderated by John H. Rex, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer and Director, F2G, Ltd.; Expert-in-Residence, Wellcome Trust; Operating Partner, Advent Life Sciences.

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  • How many of you have used an antibiotic today? 
    How many of you have depended on the existence of an antibiotic today? Yeah. ... Antibiotics are the fire extinguishers of medicine. 

    John H. Rex

    Business Panel Moderator

  • Heading off the post-antibiotic age

    Worldwide deaths from antibiotic-resistant bugs could rise more than tenfold by 2050 if steps aren’t taken to head off their spread, according to Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

    Fauci, who has warned of the danger of a “post-antibiotic age,” traced the spread of antibiotic resistance to rampant overprescribing, to the widespread use of the drugs to promote livestock growth, and to the relative trickle of new drugs being developed as possible replacements...

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