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Lab-to-Launch Lounge | Soft Robotics Launches from SEAS
Lab-to-Launch Lounge | Soft Robotics Launches from SEAS

Thu, Feb 15


The Node (Rm. 2.203)

Lab-to-Launch Lounge | Soft Robotics Launches from SEAS

Harvard graduate students in CxO roles return to campus to share how they launched their research out from Harvard labs and into the market. This month, we bring back 2 alums who launched robotics start-ups.

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Time & Location

Feb 15, 2024, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST

The Node (Rm. 2.203), 150 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02134, USA

About the event

Join us this week as we sit down with Ignacio Galiana, Co-founder and CEO of Verve Motion and Leif Jentoft, Co-founder and former CSO at Righthand Robotics.

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.


Ignacio Galiana is the co-founder and CEO of Verve Motion, a company that provides wearable robotic solutions for industrial workers. Galiana holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Harvard University and has worked as a staff engineer and program manager at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering from August 2014 to January 2020. During his tenure at the Wyss Institute, Galiana led the development of soft wearable robots, including soft exosuits that can be worn like clothing to enhance human performance and protect against injury. Verve Motion’s flagship product is SafeLift, a lightweight, software-enabled wearable solution that combines real-time movement sensing with robotic assistance in an ergonomic form factor. The company recently raised $15 million in Series A funding to expand its product offerings and accelerate growth

Leif Jentoft is a co-founder of RightHand Robotics, a company that provides hardware and software solutions for automating order-picking in logistics. He holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Sciences from Harvard University and a B.S. from Olin College. Jentoft’s research at the Harvard Biorobotics Laboratory focused on developing technology to solve real-world problems, particularly in the field of grasping. He and his colleagues designed an underactuated robotic hand that uses a single motor for several flexible joints and soft fingertips to mimic the biomechanics of a human hand. The device won the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Robotics Challenge, which inspired Jentoft to commercialize the technology. RightHand Robotics offers end-to-end solutions that retrofit adaptable hardware and software to existing warehouse workflows to improve efficiency. Their products are used in over 15 countries in a variety of applications 


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