Six Gates scholars meet delegation from Massachusetts.
Six Gates scholars met the Governor of Massachusetts last week while he was on a trade visit to the UK and Israel.
Governor Deval Patrick was leading a coalition of the Commonwealth’s leading business executives and state economic development officials on an innovation economy development mission to Israel and the United Kingdom.
The delegation was looking at job-growth opportunities in the innovation industries, including the UK’s technology, life sciences and clean energy sectors.
He came to Cambridge on March 15 and the Centre for Industry and Government organised a panel session to discuss the development of Cambridge and a networking session where students, including Gates scholars, met with the Governor. Four of the six Gates scholars – Sri Raj, Kathryn Blair, Jonathan Breidbord, Trevor Ellison, Caroline Robertson and Orian Welling – had lived in Massachusetts.
Sri Raj [pictured with the Governor], who grew up in Massachusetts, spoke to the Governor and members of his delegation after the talk and at dinner. She said: “To my surprise, they were very well-educated in my area of research (human genetics, specifically genetics of diabetes and obesity), and knew the key researchers in Massachusetts and elsewhere in the US! This highlights their interest in strengthening corporate and research ties, particularly in the life sciences, between Massachusetts and the UK.”