Laura Indolfi: Good news in the fight against pancreatic cancer
Laura Indolfi is revolutionizing cancer treatment with new technologies including implantable devices for delivering drugs locally to the site of a tumor. Full bio
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at least one person on the screen?
in their fields.
all of them have in common?
very sad this news,
of how lethal this disease can be.
of cancer deaths,
will survive beyond five years.
with breast cancer,
is almost 90 percent.
with pancreatic cancer
certain death sentence.
is that in the last 40 years,
treatment more effective?
that seem impossible,
with pancreatic cancer
of your belly, literally.
organs in front.
by many other vital organs,
the bile duct.
to grow into those organs
also prevents the doctor
for breast cancer, for example.
chemotherapy as the only option
piece of bad news.
very few blood vessels.
about the blood vessel of a tumor?
how chemotherapy works.
until it reaches the tumor site.
trying to reach a destination.
doesn't have an exit on the highway?
throughout all of your body.
for the patients overall,
to have a whole-body treatment
and effort have gone towards
to treat pancreatic cancer,
in changing the way
good news, hopefully.
General Hospital in Boston,
the way we treat cancer
drug delivery a reality.
on top of your destination,
all around the highway.
into devices that look like this one.
that they can be folded
directly on top of the tumor
that once they are positioned
physically prevent the tumor
slowly and more effectively
we have demonstrated
the response to treatment.
where it's needed the most,
that is 12 times more powerful,
this technology to the next level.
prior to asking the FDA for approval
will die from pancreatic cancer.
extend their life
more powerful and less toxic,
to finding new innovative solutions
ABOUT THE SPEAKERLaura Indolfi - Biomedical entrepreneur
Laura Indolfi is revolutionizing cancer treatment with new technologies including implantable devices for delivering drugs locally to the site of a tumor.
Why you should listen
Laura Indolfi is a biomedical entrepreneur, CEO and co-founder of PanTher Therapeutics, an early stage spin-out from MIT and MGH that provides superior technologies for revolutionizing the treatment of locally advanced inoperable solid tumors. Prior to this she served as an entrepreneur-in-residence at the MGH Cancer Center and as a research associate in the Harvard-MIT Institute for Medical Engineering and Science. She was selected as a TED Fellow in 2016.
Indolfi has broad professional experiences and interests ranging from biomedical engineering to entrepreneurship and outreaching initiative to promoting science. Her scientific expertise covers a broad range of therapeutic areas (cardio, cancer, inflammation, regenerative medicine) and approaches (drug delivery, cell therapy, implanted devices). Together with her strong technical background, Laura has hands-on business and managerial know-how developed during her biomedical business training at Sloan and Harvard Business Schools and with several consulting firms. She strongly believes in the power of outreach initiatives to promote research awareness and foster the public audience's discovery of the beauty of science. In 2014 the line of clothes Cytocouture, created in collaboration with Colombian designer Carlos Villamil and inspired by her cell-therapy research, won the global competition Descience.
Indolfi holds a MS/BS degree in materials science and engineering and a PhD in biomaterials from the University of Naples Federico II in Italy. Upon graduation, she joined the Harvard-MIT Division of health, science and technology, working on several projects spanning from devices for local drug delivery to tissue engineering approaches for cell therapies.
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