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The future of the medical


Work in the life sciences here in Boston andCambridge have touched the lives ofcountless patients locally, nationally, andinternationally.Billions of people -- men, women, and children-- are alive today because oflife-saving, life altering, and life-sustainingtreatments that haveemerged from curiosity based research --research that's been conducted here and throughoutthe world.Today we have treatments for countlesslife-threatening illnesses.

With breathtaking advances in gene editingand tissue engineering,we're on the cusp of developing therapiesfor intractable diseases,and with collaborators from around the world,we're working to combatcontagious diseases that know no borders.

The work that originated in these clutteredlabs -- labs probing the veryfundamentals of life have stimulated new therapiesthat we now take for granted.Therapies that keep us healthy, alive, andwell.We work within a unique ecosystem --one that includes collaborations across Harvard,our affiliated teaching hospitals, our sisterinstitutions, and industry.

This is important work that's enabled by thosewho support us --government, philanthropists, and venture capitalists.Our research community draws upon a wide rangeof disciplines --from basic and translational research to behavioralscienceto engineering and computing.

Over the last century science has made somediseases curable,other disease is treatable, some even forgotten.What will life science give us in the next100 years?We have the capacity here to transform theworldthrough everything that we do to help reimaginehow healthcare might be delivered, not justin the United States,but throughout the world.I imagine a future where health is taken forgrantedand illness is the exception.Where children are spared of hereditary diseases,even before they're born,and where no disease is ever a death sentence.

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