Scientific Symposium “Connecting with Creativity” Draws Prominent Global Scientific Leaders, Nobel Prize Laureates
Ipsen today announced the inauguration of its new R&D center, Ipsen Bioscience, in Cambridge (MA, USA), a recognized hub in the USA for biomedical research & innovation. Ipsen's strategic decision to invest in the Ipsen Bioscience facility in Cambridge is an important element of the company’s open innovation strategy and its goal of broadening its partnerships with the American biotechnology, medical and scientific communities.
To mark the inauguration of the Ipsen Bioscience facility, the company has organized a scientific symposium with the theme of "Connecting with Creativity". Several Nobel Prize laureates as well as other prominent scientists and researchers will participate in the scientific symposium. His Excellency, Gerard Araud, the Ambassador of France to the United States, will participate in the inaugural event ceremonies.
"Cambridge is a major global center for medical research and development and our presence here will allow us to take full advantage of the expertise and resources that drive innovation in Massachusetts, said Marc de Garidel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ipsen.
“The inauguration of the Ipsen Bioscience facility today is an opportunity to bring together some of the world’s leading scientific minds for a scientific symposium on creativity and innovation. I would like to thank them for their participation, as well as all our colleagues and collaborators for their continued support of our scientific research whose goal is the improvement of human health both in the United States and globally."
Gérard Araud, the Ambassador of France to the United States stated: "The domain of health and wellness is one in which French businesses excel. The USA is the biggest global market and a major research location in this domain, so it is essential for French companies to be active leaders in the industry. This is especially true in the Boston area, which has managed to establish itself, with its prestigious universities, large hospitals, and numerous pharmaceutical companies and innovative start-ups, as the epicenter of new developments in biotechnology. For this reason, the creation of Ipsen’s new R&D center for the USA here in Kendall Square, at the heart of the innovation ecosystem of Boston and Cambridge, constitutes an important sign. This site will permit Ipsen to benefit from this dynamic environment and also to create connections between the US location and their state of the art innovation centers for life science research in France.”
“We are excited to celebrate Ipsen’s expansion and opening of a new facility in Kendall Square,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center. “The life sciences sectors are vital to our state’s economy, but just as importantly, they enable Massachusetts to make significant contributions to the quality of life for the global community. We are so pleased that Ipsen is choosing to expand its presence in the Massachusetts life sciences community and we look forward to a continued partnership with the company.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Ipsen’s new R&D center to Cambridge and happen to believe wholeheartedly in their decision to locate such a forward-thinking facility in Massachusetts,” said Robert K. Coughlin, President & CEO of MassBio, the life sciences trade association. “We know that international companies looking to grow in the United States will not find a more concentrated, diverse and collaborative environment for life sciences anywhere.”
About the scientific symposium
The "Connecting with Creativity" scientific symposium brings together researchers from very different backgrounds in order to stimulate debate on creativity, reflecting what science should be: a system open to the world, searching for investigations rather than closed assumptions. Creativity is not just a word, but also a research topic for historical and cognitive sciences. It is also a reality, as demonstrated by the major discoveries of our time.
Also present will be:
- Steven Shapin (Harvard University) specialist in the history of scientific revolutions, Antonio Damasio (director of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California) and Steven Pinker (professor at Harvard University), are eminent specialists in cognitive sciences, and best-selling authors of works of and about pioneering research.
- The Nobel Prize Laureates Michael Bishop (University of California, San Francisco), discoverer of oncogenes and Phillip Sharp (MIT), discoverer of alternative splicing of eukaryotic cells.
- Robert Langer (MIT) is the David H. Koch Institute Professor and is the most-cited bioengineer in history. Dr. Langer’s patents have been licensed or sublicensed to over 300 pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and medical device companies.
- David Edwards (Harvard University), who has excelled as an inventor in numerous domains. He is also responsible for the creation of "Le Laboratoire" in Paris and in Cambridge (MA).
- Two other eminent researchers will chair the sessions:
• Fred Gage, Professor at the Salk Institute, one of the most renowned scientists in neurosciences
• Robert Weinberg (MIT), who is recognized for his research in the area of oncogenes and the genetic basis of human cancer
A summary of the presentations and the biographies of the speakers and session chairs is available in the Abstract Book via ipsen.com/.
About Ipsen in the United States
Ipsen moved its new R&D center, Ipsen Bioscience, to Cambridge to be in the number 1 biopharma cluster in the US. Cambridge is home to renowned academic institutions (Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology etc.), prestigious hospitals (Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women Hospital etc.), major players in the biotechnology sector, start-ups, and several Ipsen partners (e.g. Rhythm, Radius etc.).
Ipsen Bioscience is developing highly differentiated peptide therapeutics that address unmet medical needs in endocrinology and oncology. This work is supported by Ipsen’s peptide and toxin expertise, notable for the discovery of innovative solutions for debilitating diseases. Ipsen is one of a few companies to master the manufacture and control of targeted secretion inhibitors (TSIs), and are further exploring the potential of peptides to modulate intracellular protein-protein interactions. The group also has a clinical research and development team, tasked with the coordination and carrying out of clinical research in North America. Ipsen places emphasis on building strong partnerships with academia and other biotech and pharmaceutical companies to work together to advance therapeutic opportunities. Although the open innovation concept is not new for Ipsen, the move to Cambridge strengthens the opportunity to expand further for the benefit of patients.
Besides, its state-of-the-art R&D center in the US, Ipsen also operates in North America. Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals, the North American operations of Ipsen, has offices located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals is focused on the commercialization and the medical and clinical support of its key products in the areas of oncology, neurology and endocrinology. The mission of Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals is to develop and deliver innovative therapies to treat serious illnesses and, by doing so, to provide hope for patients, families and health care providers. The company aims to continuously transform itself to be among the top performing biopharmaceutical companies in the U.S. and Canada. In 2014, sales of Ipsen in the United States (the 5th country of the Group), amounted to €79.2 million, an increase of 23.7% at constant currency compared to 2013, based on the strong volume growth of its core products. In 2014, North American sales represented 6.2% of total Group sales compared to 5.2% in 2013.
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