The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MITThe David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Cancer Institute Cancer Center

Science + Engineering... Conquering Cancer Together

SOLUTIONS with/in/sight: Blood, Sweat & Pioneers

Thursday, April 30, 2015, 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Action against cancer takes many forms, and progress comes when we push the limits of what's possible. David Baltimore, a Nobel laureate and founding member of MIT’s Center for Cancer Research (the predecessor of the Koch Institute), worked tirelessly with his colleagues in an old candy factory, scrutinizing one gene at a time for clues to cancer's origins. His pioneering discoveries laid the groundwork for today’s researchers, like Koch Institute member Michael Hemann. Hemann uses newer, faster, higher-volume screening methods and computational models to identify combination therapies that target blood and other cancers to overcome drug resistance. John Whitaker founded the Go Mitch Go Foundation in response to his son’s heroic battle with childhood leukemia, to support endurance athletes in raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research. Together, these visionaries exemplify passion and perseverance—both in and outside the lab.

Watch the evening's presentations below, and view photos from the event on our Facebook page.


  • David Baltimore, PhD, Nobel laureate and founding member, MIT Center for Cancer Research; President Emeritus and Robert Andrews Millikan Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology (video)
  • Michael Hemann, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT (video)
  • John Whitaker, Founder and CEO, and Steve Blackmon, Director, Go Mitch Go Foundation (video)

Moderated by KI faculty member Phillip A. Sharp, Nobel laureate, MIT Institute Professor, and founding member of MIT's Center for Cancer Research