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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Seres Therapeutics CEO Roger Pomerantz taking advantage of a pre-event photo op.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

What rain? Attendees filled up the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research despite some shaky weather.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Guests talk biotech and make new connections.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Novartis's Martin Seidel kicks things off.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

The crowd settles in as Foundation Medicine CEO Mike Pellini (left) and Third Rock Ventures partner Alexis Borisy (right) give an inside look at the origins of Foundation.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Pellini and Borisy noted that there were often heated debates early on in the boardroom about Foundation's identity, and exactly how to build the company.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Borisy, the man of many fedoras, greeting an attendee.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Jose-Carlos Gutierrez-Ramos left Pfizer to join a synthetic biology/microbiome hybrid startup called Synlogic. He explained the potential of the "living therapeutics" Synlogic is making, as well as the challenges that lie ahead.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Synlogic was spun out of the lab of MIT professor Jim Collins (left), who explained that the company has gone in a direction---rare metabolic disorders---that he didn't first envision. Gutierrez-Ramos (right) elaborated on the thinking behind that strategy.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

An attendee checks in with a question for Collins and Gutierrez-Ramos.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Flagship Ventures CEO Noubar Afeyan, atypically wearing a suit, quipped: “Everybody’s been predicting the death of the IPO window for awhile, so I thought this would be the wake.”

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Make sure to pay attention; we always set aside time for audience Q&A.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Some folks catch our cameraman in the act...

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

...and others are unaware that he's sneaking around.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Pomerantz wasn't sold on any of Seres's CEO candidates, so as its chairman, he "pulled a Dick Cheney" and hired himself.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

An event tip for all of you: bring your business cards.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

A guest explains how he came to acquire the coolest sweater in the house.

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Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Boston's Life Science Disruptors

Thanks to all for coming out! (And why wouldn't you, biotech + free drinks = good times)

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Xconomy Boston — 

On Friday, I gave you all a recap of our latest biotech event, “Boston’s Life Science Disruptors.” As promised, today I’m circling back with some of the photos. As you’ll see, last week’s Boston monsoon cleared up just in time for the party.

Thanks again to our sponsors—BDO, Boston Children’s Hospital, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, New England Lab, and The Richmond Group—and to our speakers and event host Novartis. And of course a thanks to Keith Spiro of Keith Spiro Photography for all the shots you’ll see here. Catch you all in Boston again next time.