Mind the Gap: How can we crush the gap between the exact sciences and the art of medicine?


The session will take place on Thursday afternoon, 23.2.23, 14:00-18:00


A key gap in biomedical research is translating brilliant ideas into clinically valid protocols that are applied in real life settings. The suggested symposium will showcase four global speakers that are doing just this focusing on bridging exact sciences, engineering and medicine. These span scientists, entrepreneurs and facilitators, all focusing on innovative jaw-dropping translational biomedical science. In addition to four plenary talks, we will include 10 flash talks by Israeli researchers, selected by the organizing committee. The symposium will be concluded with a moderated panel in which we will discuss best practices for empowering early translatable research to improve chances for bridging these gaps. 

Preliminary schedule:

Four confirmed International Plenary Lecturers

     1. Renee Reijo Pera, McLaughlin Research Institute

     2. Sharon Shacham, Karyopharm Therapeutics

     3. Cigall Kadoch, The Dana Farber Cancer Institute

10 Flash PITCH competition style Innovation Cup of 5 min each (Total: 1 h) of ideas for Bioconvergence start-ups rising from pre-clinical/clinical research and needs.

Moderated Panel (Total: 60 min) hosting KOLs from academia, hospitals, VC, biotech, pharma, government. Key questions to be addressed are – encouraging physician researcher driven science, pitfalls in early planning and conception, examples of successful programs that were able to enhance translation, how can we encourage collaboration, barriers in the Israeli environment, advantages of the Israeli environment.


A return flight option at 20:00 o’clock is available.