Harvard Medical School & Hyatt Regency Boston
Aug 03, 2017
Aug 06, 2017
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 Organ Banking Summit


The Summit on Organ Banking through Converging Technologies will bring together leading scientists and engineers, as well as other key stakeholders from government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit sector, to address the challenge of banking organs and large tissue systems for transplantation, research, regenerative medicine, and other applications. Together they will outline new and emerging research strategies that can overcome the remaining scientific sub-challenges in organ banking, benefiting millions of patients each year worldwide.

Register and Get Tickets

A ticket is needed as proof that the registration fee has been paid; a registrant will not be admitted without it. Fees are:
Full Summit (professional)
Full Summit (student) $325.00
Single Day (professional) $250.00
Single Day (student)  $115.00
Hackathon Free*
*Registration in Breakthrough Ideas in Organ Banking Hackathon is itself free of cost, but entrants must also register for and get a ticket (proof of registration fee payment) to attend the full Organ Banking Summit. All young investigators (post-doctoral fellows, students, and biotechnology entrepreneurs) are eligible. Availability is limited, with entrants admitted on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Participants Include

Nature Biotechnology
Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital
Harvard University and MIT
Science Translational Medicine
Associate Professor
MIT Media Lab and the MIT McGovern Institute
Acclaimed opera singer and double lung transplant recipient
Chief Executive Officer
Association of Organ Procurement Organizations
Columbia University Medical Center
Director, Toronto Lung Transplant Program, Surgeon in Chief
Toronto General Hospital


Hyatt Regency Boston
Stay at the conference hotel. On-site room rates are $249 - a 42% discount!!! This makes the on-site hotel the least expensive hotel in the area (for Summit participants only). Limited discounted rooms available. Be right in the middle of everything! Don't miss out.


77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
 Boston, MA, USA, 02115
One Avenue de Lafayette
Boston, MA, USA, 02111
+1 617 912 1234

Breakthrough Ideas In Organ Banking Hackathon

Leading up to and during the Organ Banking Summit, teams of young investigators will have the opportuntity to develop ideas that could lead to the next "breakthrough" in organ banking, presented to cryobiologists.

Teams will compete for a first prize of $10,000, as well as matchmaking support and (when appropriate) grantwriting help for teams that want to take their ideas further. Entrants will be mentored by leading researchers in cryopreservation and related fields, receiving a "crash course" in the organ banking and its intersection with many disciplines in engineering, medicine and biology. Teams will present their ideas to a panel of senior cryobiologists during the Organ Banking Summit, and two finalist teams will present to the entire summit. 

Last competition's winning proposal was covered by The Economist, and both finalists went on to obtain government grants and patents for subsequent iterations of their Breakthrough Idea proposals at the first Organ Banking Summit.

Individuals and teams may self-register, and PIs are encouraged to nominate their students and post-docs. Competition rules require PI approval for presentation of any ideas adapted from the entrants' labs.

Learn more at organpreservationalliance.org/hackathon




The Organ Preservation Alliance



The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
The Center for Engineering in Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital
The University of North Carolina Charlotte


Funding for this conference was made possible in part by NIH grant R13TR00158-01 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.