At the Crossroads of Science and Entrepreneurship: Reviewing the Success of BISSE


A delegation of around ten affiliates from The Sense Innovation and Research Center was present in December in Boston for a Bootcamp on innovation, science, society, and entrepreneurship (BISSE), co-organized by The Sense and Swissnex in Boston and New York.

During this week, they explored the intersection of neuroscience, medtech innovation, and education. The delegation participated in a workshop on business development with leaders from CIMIT and met with representatives from TERC, a non-profit organization specializing in STEM education. On the first day, the affiliates were introduced to successfully creating innovation in healthcare, led by global experts in the field, namely Josh Tolkoff, Wolfgang Krull, and John Collins from the Consortia for Improving Medicine with Innovation and Technology (CIMIT). Participants learned how to design a testable and specific business hypothesis and received feedback on their exercises from the experts. They also visited the MGH/HST Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging in Charlestown, where they presented their research, as well as the MIT Media Lab and the McGovern Institute for Brain Research.

Brain Health Conference: Where Do We Go From Here?

On Wednesday, Swissnex and The Sense presented “Brain Health: Where Do We Go From Here?”, a deep dive into the evidence, policies, and ethics surrounding interventions at the intersection of neuroscience and public health, presented by Paul Matusz, Katia Steinfeld, and Gabriel Lázaro-Muñoz PhD, JD.

In the final days, the affiliates took the opportunity to connect with the local academic network for future collaborations in their respective research fields. “The BISSE was a great success. Participants benefited from the innovation expertise of global experts in MedTech. Now, it will be a matter of returning to Switzerland and applying this knowledge in their respective units,” said Pr Micah Murray, scientific and academic director of The Sense and organizer of the BISSE.