City of Mason’s Co:Lab Brings Life Science Entrepreneurs and Collaborators Together for Future-Forward Discussions
n Mason, our mindset is innovation. This year with partner Myriad Neuroscience, the City hosted Co:Lab 2019, where Mason science collaborators led a future-forward dialogue bringing science and innovation to our schools and community. Mason is already looking ahead to how the big ideas that were celebrated will guide City initiatives to further establish our community as a BioHub innovation center of excellence. Connect. Engage. Give Back. Repeat. These values drive a thriving public-private partnership mindset in the City of Mason where partners like Myriad Neuroscience advance local and regional dialogue and research around precision, or personalized, medicine. The City and Myriad Neuroscience collaborated with Mason City Schools to host innovators from Mason-based companies making discoveries and creating innovative technology that are inﬂuencing the biotech industry. A highlight of Co:Lab 2019 was the capstone event in the series—a presentation by HudsonAlpha’s Vice President of Educational Outreach and Faculty Investigator Neil Lamb, Ph.D., titled “Genomics—New Findings in the Field.” “I am trained as a human geneticist and I love the science,” Lamb says. “But I’m happiest when explaining genetic or biotech concepts to a group of students or healthcare professionals or to the man or woman at the supermarket.” Inherent to the mission of Co:Lab is engaging local students and inspiring
interest in science and technology. Throughout the day, Lamb moderated discussions with life science leaders and biohealth disruptors from Mason. Teachers and students at Mason High School were invited to listen to thought-provoking discussions and ask the experts questions. Additionally, the City of Mason and Myriad Neuroscience donated several classroom kits to the school district to assist teachers in the creative instruction of Mendel’s laws of genetics. Co:Lab attendees participated in thought-provoking discussions about next generation findings. During a panel hosted by Mark Verratti, president of Myriad Neuroscience, students were invited to learn about innovation and Mason’s entrepreneurship ecosystem. Panelists included founders and CEOs of local tech start-ups Genetesis and Include Health, and a senior product designer from Atricure, one of Mason’s largest biotech companies. “Critical to successfully launching a start-up is a vibrant, smart, supportive community. Know that Mason is the best place to do that—you will not ﬁnd a more connected, more educated, more supportive ecosystem to scale a company than in this City,” Verratti says. The conversation is just beginning. Co:Lab is a unique economic development collaboration that feeds connectivity among the City of Mason and our corporate partners and engages scientiﬁc talent in Mason and beyond. We continue to leverage the synergy of an expanding pool of investors, inventors, and allies to build our rapidly growing biohealth and advanced technology ecosystem. Thank you to our partner Myriad Neuroscience and our participants for making Co:Lab 2019 possible! Want to learn more? Visit whymason.com/biohub for details.
“Success is creating and providing value, and seeing your creation having an impact on the people who use it.” Ryan Eder, Chief Executive Oﬃcer and Founder, Include Health
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