APRIL 8, 2019
12:00 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.

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300 Binney St,

Cambridge, MA 02142 – Building 9


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Color Magazine and Biogen have joined in partnership to host the Health & Life Sciences Conference. Professionals of Color will convene and leverage their expertise in biotechnology, education, and innovation to shape the future of D&I.

Participants will gain insights on the value of D&I in the health and life sciences industry, experience disruptive thinking, and employ rapid prototyping to transform innovative concepts into action plans.

The dress code for this event is Business Attire


Street Parking for the Health and Life Sciences Conference is limited. Attendees may use Kendall Center Blue Garage (290 Binney Street) at normal rates.

We invite you to use Lyft, Uber, or Public transportation to attend this event. Thank you.


11:30 AM - 12:00 PM - Registration and Networking

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM - Lunch

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM – Opening Remarks and Keynote Address

eflewismdKeynote Speaker: Dr. Eldrin F. Lewis

Director of the Cardiovascular Clerkship Program — Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) & Associate Professor of Medicine — Harvard Medical School

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Emcee: Kit Pang

Founder — BostonSpeaks





1:00 PM – 2:15 PM - Executive Panel Discussion

Panel Moderator: Dr. Shamard Charles

Physician Journalist — NBC News

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Executive Panelist: Carolina Alarco  

President, Global Marketing and International Markets — Novelion Therapeutics

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 Executive Panelist: Vijay Bhatt, CISM 

Deputy Chief Technology Officer — Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

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2-biogen-cherie-buttsExecutive Panelist: Cherie L. Butts, PhD 

Associate Medical Director in Clinical Development — Biogen 

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Executive Panelist: Travis A. McCready 

President & CEO – Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

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2:15 PM - 2:30 PM - Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM – Executive Session I

Executive Speaker: Rev. Rudolph A. Moseley Jr., Ed.D.

Founder & CEO — The National Students Of Color STEM Initiative

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Session Description:

STEM professionals are hard to find; diverse STEM professionals are even harder to find and, in some cases, harder to keep. In today’s economy, companies need to be intentional if they want to stand out as an employer of choice. In this session, you will learn some best practices that companies should be doing NOW to recruit and retain diverse STEM professionals. You will also learn concepts to create a culture that celebrates leadership, diversity, and one that gets you ahead of the curve. Participants will also learn some strategies individuals and companies can make to have an impact on the next generation of STEM professionals.


  • Best practices to recruit and retain diverse STEM professionals
  • Concepts to create an innovative culture that celebrates leadership, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Strategies for impacting the next generation of STEM professionals.

3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Executive Session II


Executive Speaker: Eran Orr  

Founder & CEO — VRHealth

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Session Description:

VRHealth is the leader in Virtual Reality medical & therapeutic applications. Eran Orr, founder of VRHealth will discuss how the integration of innovative AR/VR technology will disrupt the healthcare market in two major areas: data and immersion.

We aim to diagnose, treat and cure a wide range of diseases and injuries by harnessing the immersive AR/VR technology.”


  • Grasp the impact of AR/VR technology in the health and life sciences industry
  • Understand how to implement innovation into a successful D&I strategy
  • Learn how VRHealth is enhancing patient and clinician experience at clinics and at home.

4:30 PM – 6:00 PM – Reception and Networking

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