Celebrating SPARK's 10 Year Anniversary

On 18 October, 2016, the SPARK team and Spark scholars, advisors, and partners from across the globe gathered at Stanford to celebrate and present ten years of successful programs in translational research.

The Program

Session 1: Welcome and SPARKee Stories

Welcome Note and Overview of the Day: Kevin Grimes, SPARK Co-Director


  • Craig Garner
  • Edda Spiekerkoetter
  • Shirit Einav
  • Aashish Manglik
  • Mark Nicolls
  • Paul Bollyky 

Session 2: SPARK Tributes

Introduction by Kevin Grimes, SPARK Co-Director

  • Lloyd Minor, Dean of the School of Medicine
  • Kathy Ku, Director, Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford University
  • Andrew Lo, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Benjamin F. McGraw, III, PhD. Chairman & CEO, TheraVida, Inc. and CEO, Auration Biotech, Inc.
  • Juan Harrison, Vice President, Center for External Innovation, Takeda
  • Janet Woodcock, Center for Drug Evaluation & Research, FDA
  • Stanley Cohen, Stanford University School of Medicine 

Session 3: SPARK Past and Future

  • Remarks from Dean Minor, Dean of the School of Medicine
  • One SPARK Story: Teresa Purzner, MD; and a PhD student
  • SPARK – Past and Future: Daria Mochly-Rosen, SPARK Founder and Co-Director 

SPARK's 10th Anniversary Program Documentation and Media

10th Anniversary Presentation Videos

SPARK Anniversary Booklet