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40% off Sept. 24 Sleek writing workshop for Harris Communications Group friends!

Our colleague Christina Inge is offering a 40% discount for her September 24  writing workshop to HarrisCom friends–Our codeword is HARRIS.  Great if you’d come…and help spread the word!

–Anita Harris, Managing Director, Harris Communications Group
The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning public relations firm based in Cambridge, MA.

 

Attend Sleek’s Business Writing Bootcamp
September 24th, Impact Hub Boston
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It’s looking to be a busy September here in Boston! In your busy day, is writing a chore you struggle with? A lot of business and nonprofit professionals struggle to put words on paper or pixels.The idea is in your mind, but how do you get those ideas written clearly–and more importantly, so that you convince customers? 
Our experts will show you how to write every kind of business content better, with more confidence!
Get your tickets today and bring your professional writing skills up to the next level.
We really hope to see you there!
Christina Inge & The Sleek Marketing Team
A Full Day of Sessions to Improve Your Writing:
In this nuts-and-bolts session, Jeff Cutler will transform the lecture hall into a working content lab where the entire class will participate to create content for an imaginary (or real) organization. You’ll collaboratively come up with the strategy, ideas and execution necessary to reach content consumers.

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“How To Write Killer Subject Lines & Get Results!”
Get their attention – get in the door – and get the response you desire. Whether you are trying to get read, realize revenue, increase your reach or inspire referrals, your subject lines are a key to your success! We’ll show you how to unlock that digital door!
Core Value PR: How to Create a Brand That’s True to Who You Are
Discover your core values and make them part of your brand personality online and offline. Learn how to blend your message and image authentically – and with power – so you can meet your marketing and PR goals.

MIT Convergence Report 2016, Video Now Available Online

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A landmark MIT Convergence report entitled “Convergence: The Future of Human Health”– released on June 23, 2016– and a video of launch proceedings are now available online.

The Convergence report and  related materials may be downloaded from  http://www.convergencerevolution.net/ . The launch proceedings,  held  on June 24 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, are available at  https://vimeo.com/album/4020692 .

The  Convergence report, chaired by former MIT President Susan Hochfield, Nobel Laureate Philip Sharp and Koch Institute Director Tyler Jacks, outlines progress and challenges regarding Convergence science since the group’s 2011 report, “Convergence, The Third Revolution.”  The new report defines Convergence as “the merging of approaches and insights from historically distinct disciplines such as engineering, physics, computer science, chemistry, mathematics, and the life sciences” to  transform biomedicine and human health.

It argues  that bringing  Convergence to fruition requires strategic and sustained support from government, industry and academe.

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It is  is  available for download at: http://www.convergencerevolution.net/, along with other materials on Convergence issues.

The Convergence report draws on insights from several dozen expert participants at two workshops, as well as on input from scientists and researchers across academia, industry, and government. Their efforts have produced a wide range of recommendations for advancing convergence research, but the report emphasizes one critical barrier above all: the shortage of federal funding for convergence fields.

“Convergence science has advanced across many fronts, from nanotechnology to regenerative tissue,” says Sharp. “Although the promise has been recognized, the funding allocated for convergence research in biomedical science is small and needs to be expanded. In fact, there is no federal agency with the responsibility to fund convergence in biomedical research.”

National Insitutes of Health

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are the primary source of research funding for biomedical science in the United States. In 2015, only 3 percent of all principal investigators funded by NIH were from departments of engineering, bioengineering, physics, biophysics, or mathematics. Accordingly, the report’s authors call for increasing NIH funding for convergence research to at least 20 percent of the agency’s budget.

A video of the launch proceedings at the National Academies  is available at https://vimeo.com/album/4020692 .

Harris Communications Group’s Anita Harris and Linda Grace-Kobas are pleased to have worked on the writing and editing of the report; we’re looking forward to viewing the videos–and will report back when we’ve done so! In the meantime, we hope you’ll take a look.

–Anita M. Harris, Managing Director, Harris Communications Group

The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning public relations and marketing firm specializing in outreach for health, science and technology, worldwide. Located in Kendall Square, Cambridge, we’re on the pulse of some of the most exciting ideas, technologies and companies anywhere. 

 

 

HarrisCom Group Consults on MIT Convergence Report, 2016

MIT Dome

MIT Dome

Anita Harris and Linda Grace Kobas of the Harris Communications Group played key roles in the writing and editing of “Convergence: the Future of Health,” a report released today by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

The Convergence report is  aimed at accelerating a  “Convergence Revolution,” in which the tools, technologies, methods and insights of physical sciences, information technology and engineering are increasingly being employed in the life sciences to transform biomedicine, promising to enhance human health and well-being.

The Convergence report was chaired by Susan Hochfield,   former president of MIT and a neuroscientist; Tyler Jacks, Director of the David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT; and Nobel Prize Laureate Phillip Sharp,  Institute Professor at MIT.

“It was a privilege to work with such a brilliant team on a project that holds the potential to transform biomedicine  in the US,” Harris said.

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The Convergence report draws on insights from several dozen expert participants at two workshops, as well as input from scientists and researchers across academia, industry, and government.  It includes a wide range of recommendations for advancing convergence research, but emphasizes one critical barrier above all: the shortage of federal funding for convergence fields.

As Sharp explained, “Convergence science has advanced across many fronts, from nanotechnology to regenerative tissue. Although the promise has been recognized, the funding allocated for convergence research in biomedical science is small and needs to be expanded. In fact, there is no federal agency with the responsibility to fund convergence in biomedical research.”

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are the primary source of research funding for biomedical science in the United States. In 2015, only 3 percent of all principal investigators funded by NIH were from departments of engineering, bioengineering, physics, biophysics, or mathematics. Accordingly, the report  calls for increasing NIH funding for Convergence research to at least 20 percent of the agency’s budget.

Harris, aided by MIT graduate and post doctoral students, wrote the sections covering education and policy; a second author,  Al Hammond, a former editor at Science Magazine, wrote the scientific and technical sections.  Linda Grace-Kobas, former Cornell University News Director and a member of the Harris Communications Group, served as copy editor.  Kate Stoll of the MIT Washington office was the project manager.

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A forum on “Convergence: the Future of Health” will be held at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC,  on Friday, June 24.

The report is available at http://www.convergencerevolution.net/2016-report .

The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR and marketing firm based in Cambridge, MA. Managing Director Anita M. Harris is a former journalist who covered health, science and technology for the MacNeil/Lehrer Report (now the NewsHour) of PBS. Linda Grace Kobas, also a former science journalist, served for many years as the Cornell University News Director

 

NuGEN Webinar: Sample Prep for NGS Cancer Detection in 500+ Gene Targets

Available on demand until March 22, 2016

SAN CARLOS, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NuGEN Technologies is pleased to present a Webinar featuring the company’s newly launched Ovation Cancer Panel 2.0 Target Enrichment System–a sample preparation technology that allows NGS (next generation sequencing) detection of multiple changes in more than 500 individual genes implicated in cancer– from a single sample preparation.

Released in August, the new reagent kit updates NuGEN’s well-established Ovation Cancer Panel Target Enrichment System. It enables comprehensive and efficient NGS analysis of cancer samples in a single workflow by both (1) enriching for an improved and larger selection of cancer-related genes and (2) enabling the detection of gene-level copy number variations in addition to SNPs, mutations and indels. The new method can be used with either fresh or FFPE tissue sections to deliver sensitive and reproducible targeted genomic analysis. It can also be rapidly customized to provide target enrichment kits for any gene sets defined by the researcher within a target size range that may include thousands of genes or just a few.

Typically, to analyze single nucleotide mutations and copy number changes in a sample, researchers have had to employ completely different analysis of both types of changes. NuGEN’s new method allows simultaneous targeted analysis of both types of changes, from a single sample preparation, on a choice of Illumina NGS systems. It thus allows more comprehensive and efficient analysis of cancer samples.

The Webinar, which originally aired on September 22, 2015, is moderated by John Sterling, managing editor of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News. It features presentations by Luke Sherlin, PhD, NuGEN’s Director of Technical Support, and Stephanie Huelga, PhD, NuGEN’s Lead Bioinformatics Scientist. The speakers present data from target-enrichment studies with a 509 cancer gene panel using a simple protocol that generates sequence-ready libraries from good quality DNA as well as DNA derived from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissues. The Webinar also includes a question and answer session with participating scientists.

The Ovation Cancer Panel 2.0 Target Enrichment System is the latest release in the company’s drive to offer tools for targeted resequencing that provide basic and clinical researchers with a holistic view of the underlying molecular biology of disease.

The Webinar will be available on the website of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology News free of charge until March 22, 2016. To log on, please click here.

About NuGEN

NuGEN Technologies Inc. is a rapidly-growing, privately-held company providing innovative products and systems for the preparation of biologic samples for targeted genomic analysis. Founded in 2000 and based in San Carlos, CA, NuGEN has long been at the cutting edge of genomic technology, with accurate, cost-effective reagent kits for even the most challenging sample types. NuGEN products are used in more than 1000 leading life science institutes and in diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies in 40 countries.

The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning life science PR firm in Boston.

Anita Harris Profiled in Life Science Foundation Magazine

Anita M. Harris

Anita M. Harris

Harris Communications Group Managing Director Anita Harris was profiled recently in a Life Science Foundation Magazine issue devoted to “The Changing Face of Biotechnology.”

Published in November, 2014, the issue features  female leaders in  the life sciences and biotechnology.  It describes  such leaders as  “a minority for the present, but role models for the next generation, which may come to inhabit organizations with very different cultural and demographic features.”

The issue tells the stories of such renowned biotech leaders as Venture Capitalist Annette-Campbell White; Linda Sontag, the first female CEO of a public biotech company; and Alison Taunton Rigby, who served at C-levels at major biotech companies.

It also includes profiles of  “role models” such as Abigail Barrow, founding director of the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, and Nancy Chang, President of Apex Enterprises.

It describes Harris as  a role model who “witnessed the origins of the biotech industry as a health, science, and technology reporter for the MacNeil/Lehrer Report (now the NewsHour) on PBS.

“In the early 1980s, she prepared stories about recombinant DNA, the genetic modification of food crops, and patents on genes. She later worked in public affairs at Harvard, and taught communications at Harvard, Yale, and Simmons College.”

The profile also  points out that Harris is the author of Ithaca Diaries, a social history of college in the 1960s, and of Broken Patterns: Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity, which is concerned with impact of rapid technological change on generations and gender.

The issue is available at  http://biotechhistory.org/magazine-article/lsf-mag-fall-2014-embedded/  .Harris’ profile is on page 34.

The Life Science Foundation is a nonprofit organization focused on “educating and inspiring curious minds with the history and continuing significance of biotechnology. The foundation is collecting, preserving and sharing firsthand information about the people, organizations and discoveries that define biotechnology and reshape our world.”

The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR and marketing firm based in Cambridge, MA.

NuGEN Launches BaseSpace Cloud App to Help Streamline NGS Analysis

 Sequence data generated with NuGEN’s target enrichment technology can be processed in BaseSpace using new app to mark duplicates and perform quality trimming
San Carlos, CA -OCT. 6– NuGEN Technologies is pleased to announce that scientists and clinicians using its Ovation Target Enrichment System to prepare biologic samples for genomic analysis can now process resulting sequence data in BaseSpace–a cloud computing platform, hosted by Illumina, Inc.
“NuGEN’s new Ovation Target Enrichment System Data Processing Application will allow the large community of Illumina sequence platform users to further streamline the rapid and convenient workflow of our Ovation Target Enrichment System products,” said Alan Dance, VP of Marketing at NuGEN.

The Ovation Target Enrichment product line employs Single Primer Enrichment Technology (SPET), a novel approach for enrichment of genomic DNA targets or cDNA for RNA target regions. SPET products allow researchers and clinicians to quickly and accurately enrich biologic samples for sensitive detection of a wide range of genomic markers including mutations, SNPs, indels, gene fusions, alternately spliced transcripts and copy number variants.

The new NuGEN-application, published on BaseSpace on September 30, provides an intuitive user interface for uploading sequence data. The application performs quality trimming and probe trimming on the parsed data – removing data derived from bases with low sequencing quality scores and aligning high quality data to the UCSC human reference genome.
Subsequently, PCR duplicate reads created during the library amplification process are identified using a random N6 sequence, unique to the Ovation Target Enrichment System workflow positioned adjacent to the barcode index.

Output files from the Ovation Target Enrichment System Data Processing Application for BaseSpace include processed BAM files with PCR duplicates removed or marked, processed FASTQ files with duplicates removed, and UCSC bigWig tracks with duplicates removed for visualization using the UCSC human genome browser.

For full details, visit http://www.nugen.com/content/ovation-target-enrichment-system-data-processing-application.
NuGEN Technologies Inc. is a rapidly-growing, privately-held company providing innovative products and systems for the preparation of biologic samples for targeted genomic analysis. Founded in 2000 and based in San Carlos, CA, NuGEN has long been at the cutting edge of genomic technology, with accurate, cost-effective reagent kits for even the most challenging sample types. NuGEN products are used in more than 1000 leading life science institutes and in diagnostic and pharmaceutical companies in 40 countries.
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Anita Harris, Harris Communications Group

The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR and marketing firm specializing in outreach for health care, life sciences and technology, worldwide.

 

International PR expert Dick Pirozzolo on deepening US-Vietnam ties

Harris Communications Group Dick Pirozzolo, 3rd from left on panel at CEO Summit in Vietnam, July 2015

Harris Communications Group Dick Pirozzolo, 2nd from right on panel at CEO Summit in Vietnam, July 2015

Harris Communications Group member  and PR expert Dick Pirozzolo,  recently served on a panel in Ho Chi Minh City at the Vietnam CEO Summit 2015 where more than 100 Vietnam’s top executives and business owners came to learn about American marketing principles and how to penetrate markets in the US. Speakers and panelists included Harvard professors, journalists and marketing experts. Prof. John Quelch of Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration led the all-day discussion, reviewing Harvard case studies covering The New York Times transition to the digital age and Amazon’s phenomenal success as an online marketer. The event was organized by Boston Global Forum, a Boston think tank, founded by former Governor Michael Dukakis and Tuan Anh Nguyen, and Richard Moore Associates, a Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City marketing firm. Pirozzolo told the group, “North Americans positively embrace Vietnam and Vietnam’s culture is more fully integrated into our society than that of any other Asian nation.” During the panel discussion, he urged the executives to rely on cultural events—including both Vietnamese and Western classical music performances—and celebrity to promote Vietnam. He noted that President Clinton’s recent visit to Hanoi was big news in the US and had enormous impact by placing Vietnam in the front of Americans’ minds. The bond between Americans and Vietnamese has grown tighter since the US opened up trade with Vietnam two decades ago.”

In a later interview Pirozzolo said, “You know Vietnam is integrated into our popular culture when you see Modern Family character Cam Tucker pulling off  a comical bit on how American’s can’t pronounce Pho, the traditional Vietnamese breakfast soup. Cam tries a couple of pronunciations on an Asian doctor who finally quips, ‘I wouldn’t know, I’m Japanese.’  Modern Family is the most popular show on American television, drawing an audience of 10 million—that means the writers expect a huge cross section of Americans to have enough awareness of Vietnam to get the joke. And, when you can comfortably bring in humor, that’s a big deal in terms of the relationship.”

Two young executives at the Vietnam CEO 2015 Summit. One big change. Ho Chi Minh City has become more fashionable over the past 20 years. Navy blue and charcoal Western suits are commonplace among men and, except for special occasions and among hotel, airline, and conference greeters, the demure Ao Dai is seldom seen in the city.

Two young executives at the Vietnam CEO 2015 Summit. One big change. Ho Chi Minh City has become more fashionable over the past 20 years. Navy blue and charcoal Western suits are commonplace among men and, except for special occasions and among hotel, airline, and conference greeters, the demure Ao Dai is seldom seen in the city.

Since Pirozzolo began promoting U.S. recognition of Vietnam, its most-favored-nation status, and US-Vietnam trade in the mid-1990s, this nation of 90 million has become an important business and trading partner, travel destination and major ally in maintaining the peace Southeast Asia. The July conference coincided with the 20th anniversary of US recognition of Vietnam and the granting of Most Favored Nation status. About 400,000 Americans and 100,000 Canadians are expected to visit Vietnam in 2015 according to Vietnamese government statistics. Vietnam is very welcoming, “I never felt any residual animosity during my involvement with Vietnam over the years. Notably over 60 percent of the populations was born after the American War ended in April of 1975—40 years ago. A prominent Vietnamese leader who was a child at the time said of those years, we just wanted the war to end.

Two young executives at the Vietnam CEO 2015 Summit. One big change. Ho Chi Minh City has become more fashionable over the past 20 years. Navy blue and charcoal Western suits are commonplace among men and, except for special occasions and among hotel, airline, and conference greeters, the demure Ao Dai is seldom seen in the city. “To put that 40-year time span into sharper focus, 1985 marked the 40th anniversary of the end of World War II and Americans were driving BMWs and Toyotas with nary a thought and the Japanese were listening to Phil Collins.” Panelists are from left  Moderator Nguyen Duc Son, brand manager, Richard Moore Associates, Michael Morris, journalists and author, Prof. Thomas Patterson, Harvard University, Tuan Anh Nguyen, chairman and co-founder of Boston Global Forum, Nguyen Van Tuong, president Tram Huong Khanh Hoa, a major agar wood supplier, Dick Pirozzolo, Pirozzolo Company Public Relations and editorial board of Boston Global Forum and Llewelyn King, host, White House Chronicles airing on PBS.   For additional details and photos of Vietnam during the 90s visit: http://wellesley.wickedlocal.com/article/20150709/NEWS/150706851/?Start=1

Dick Pirozzolo is an international PR expert based in the Boston area.  

 

HarrisCom’s Harris & Pirozzolo speak on book publishing for business

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Harris Communication Group  Managing Director Anita M. Harris and colleague Dick Pirozzolo told independent PR  practitioners how  book publishing for business can enhance your reputation and your clients’ –yesterday at the Weston Public Library.
As  published authors and PR professionals,  the pair discussed how books enhance professional prestige and thought leadership, underscore expertise, establish authority, create numerous spin-off media opportunities and generate passive income.
Topics included:
– How to get a publisher to buy your book
– Self-publishing in the internet age
– The value of e-books
– What every winning book proposal must include
– Crowdfunding, pricing your book, and other money matters
– How to market your book
Dick Pirozzolo is the author of three books on homebuilding and two corporate biographies. Anita Harris is the author of Broken Patterns,  and Ithaca Diaries, two nonfiction works that have established her as a forward-looking social and business culture authority.

–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is the managing director of the Harris Communications Group,  an award-winning public relations firm specializing in integrated strategic communication, content marketing and thought leadership for clients in healthcare, life sciences, technology, energy and education,  worldwide.  Contact us!

HarrisCom’s Harris and Pirozollo to speak on book publishing for business Oct. 30, 2014

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Harris Communication Group  Managing Director Anita M. Harris and team member Dick Pirozzolo will speak  on book publishing for business at the Weston Public Library at 12N on Thursday, October  30, 2015.
As  published authors and PR professionals,  the pair will discuss how books enhance professional prestige, underscore expertise, establish authority, create numerous spin-off media opportunities and generate passive income.
Topics will include:
– How to get a publisher to buy your book
– Self-publishing in the internet age
– The value of e-books
– What every winning book proposal MUST include today
– Crowdfunding, pricing your book, and other money matters
– How to market your book
Dick Pirozzolo is the author of three books on homebuilding and two corporate biographies. Anita Harris is the author of Broken Patterns,  and Ithaca Diaries, two nonfiction works that have established her as a forward-looking social and business culture authority.This event is free to members of  the  Boston’s Independent Practitioners Network (IPN) of the Public Relations Society of America– and $10 for guests.
Please bring your own lunch. Register.

–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is the managing director of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning PR and marketing firm based in Cambridge, MA.

 

“NanoRoad Show” Highlights Czech Technology Prowess

On Wednesday, October 8,  I was pleased to attend a “nano road show” highlighting tiny technologies and expansive R&D capabilities of the Czech Republic came to Boston.

Sponsored by “CzechInvest,” the  Czech Republic’s investment and business development agency, and by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic, the “road show” featured six companies and research institutions with expertise in nanotechnology–a branch of engineering focused on the design and manufacture of extremely small devices built at the molecular level of matter.

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At a reception held at the Cambridge Innovation Center in Boston, I had the opportunity to speak with Jan Slunsky, the CEO of a company called Nano Iron–which  produces tiny iron particles used to treat ground water contaminated by chlorinated hydrocarbons from industrial waste. “Our nano particles are “very reactive” and may clear an area of pollutants in months-to-years—unlike other ‘in-situ’ reagents that can take 10-to-20 years to reduce contaminants,” Slunsky said, “And because Nano Iron particles are composed of a naturally occurring mineral, they do not add toxicity when Nanoironinjected into a substrate.”  Other remediating processes may involve the costly transport of polluted water to distant filtration plants, he added. Nano Iron currently partners with environmental consultants and remediation companies in the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Nano Iron recently launched a pilot project in South Carolina.

  • Another presenting company was Advanced Materials-JTJ, which  introduced its own industrial process of manufacturingofphotocatalytic multifunctional paints for air purification. The company has also patented large-scale technology toproduceTiO2nanoparticles withhigh efficiency. Advanced MaterialsJTJ works  with several universities and international companies on variety of R&D and commercial projects. With  technologies are in material science,photocatalysis and energy accumulation,  ADvancedMaterials-JTJ participates in EC grant consortia onphotocatalytic water decontamination.Nanord show 1I also met Martin Navratil, chairman of the board of SYNPO, a commercially-oriented, privately held R&D center which arose in 1992 from a government-owned research center. Today, SYNPO offers new technologies and products such as coatings adhesives, composites and binders based on applied polymer science.   It focuses on contract research and development, manufacturing, process development, and nanostructured polymers and polymers from renewable raw materials. It also provides specialized analytic services, helps client companies scale up production, and trains students. SYNPO’s clients range from small Czech and European companies to some of the world’s largest multinational chemical companies, including DuPont, in the US, Navratil said.

Featured educational and research and development institutions included:

After the meeting, Abi Barrow, director of the Boston-based Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, said: “Nanotechnology is changing the world. It will change the way everything operates, because of the new materials people are now developing. The Czech’s have exhibited some ‘very interesting’ technology and research skills in the nanotech arena. And New England, with its own great nanotech base, has real interest in finding cost-effective ways to contract out research development and testing.”map czech

Agt the event, I learned that, t in the 1930´s Czechoslovakia was ranked among 10 most developed countries in the world and that Czech scientists were instrumental in developing contact lenses and anti-HIV drugs.

Jan Fried, director of East Coast operations for CzechInvest tokd me that today,  “the Czech Republic offers the best conditions in Central and Eastern Europe  for international partnership, with US firms major investors in Czech companies.”  Additionally, CzechInvest has sponsored   “CzechAccelerator”  for the past three years. One such program, was based in Silicon Valley; the other at the Cambridge Innovation Center, in Kendall Square.

–Anita M. Harris

Anita M. Harris is Managing Director of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning marketing and public relations firm based in Cambridge, MA.

This post was adapted from a sponsored post originally written for  New Cambridge Observer.

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