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Lab-to-Launch Lounge
Lab-to-Launch Lounge

Thu, Jul 20


Brooks Room (Rm. 213)

Lab-to-Launch Lounge

Harvard graduate students in CxO roles return to campus to share how they launched their research out from Harvard labs and into the market

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Time & Location

Jul 20, 2023, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Brooks Room (Rm. 213), 29 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

About the event

This month we sit down with Gonzalo Muñoz from BioDevek and Dmitry Popov from the Harvard Biodesign Lab. 

The Lab-to-Launch Lounge (LLL) series brings Harvard graduate students in CxO roles back to campus to hear how they launched their research out from Harvard labs:

* how did they get here

* what would they do differently--and what they would not do at all--if a student again

* anything else on your mind

Join the discussion, meet fun people, grab a bite, and leave with new ideas. Open to the Harvard community.


Gonzalo Muñoz, MS, MBA, is the CEO of BioDevek, a pioneering company revolutionizing the field of adhesive hydrogel technologies. With his academic background in chemical engineering and bioengineering, Gonzalo's first goal at BioDevek was to transition a promising hydrogel technology from academic discovery into a viable, scalable commercial product. His pivotal role as lead scientist enabled successful collaborations with strategic partners, applying BioDevek's novel technology to areas of vascular and gastrointestinal sealing. Simultaneously, Gonzalo performed his industrial PhD at BioDevek where the research performed at the company served as the foundation of his thesis. His contributions to the field of Biomaterials were recognized when he received the "Industry Rising Star Award" at the Society for Biomaterials conference in 2023.

Dmitry Popov is a serial entrepreneur and researcher in the space of wearable robotics. He has initiated a start-up in the field of smart actuators (in South Korea) and led a B2B business specialized in manufacturing and distribution of superfoods (in Europe and Asia). Dmitry started postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Biodesign Lab in 2015, received his masters in business management in 2020, and spun out WurQ, Inc. in 2022. He has worked with multidisciplinary teams of engineers, designers and business experts over the course of 12 years, developing and commercializing wearable technologies to assist and augment athletes and people in need.

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