October 18, 2013

LGO welcomes three new partner companies


Pfizer, Quest Diagnostics and SanDisk have recently joined LGO as industry partner companies. LGO partners host research internships for LGO students and have special recruiting privileges with program graduates.

"We are grateful that this diverse group of companies has identified LGO as a partner in addressing their complex manufacturing and operations challenges," said LGO Program Director Don Rosenfield. "Our collaboration with Pfizer, Quest Diagnostics, and SanDisk will enrich the educational and research opportunities available to our students and faculty."

Pfizer, a world leader in the pharmaceutical industry, is moving to 610 and 700 Main Street in early 2014 to achieve one Pfizer research and development community in Kendall Square. The facilities can easily access and collaborate in new ways with world-class biomedical researchers and business partners.

"As we increase our presence in Cambridge, our partnership with MIT LGO is a key component to realizing our goal of becoming immersed into the business and biomedical community, and in this instance leveraging MIT to find innovative and creative business solutions," said J.C. Gutierrez-Ramos, Head of Pfizer Cambridge/Boston and Senior Vice President for BioTherapeutics Research and Development. "We have already worked with LGO students as part of our MIT-Pfizer initiative and look forward to more insights into enhancements to the systems and operations as they pertain to our everyday R&D business."

Quest Diagnostics is a leading provider of diagnostic information services with a large network of laboratories and patient service centers.

"We are very pleased to be an industry partner in the LGO program, which offers us a great channel to examine our operations in depth and see opportunities to optimize them," said Tim Anderson, Regional Vice President at Quest Diagnostics. "As we develop our new state-of-the-art laboratory in Massachusetts, we are happy to grow this collaboration. Our partnership offers plenty of challenges for the MIT students and faculty to engage, and in return gives a lot of value to Quest Diagnostics."

SanDisk Corporation, a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company, is a global leader in data storage solutions, shipping close to half of the industry's bit output (with manufacturing partner Toshiba). SanDisk's core focus is on reducing the cost of flash storage while increasing capacity.

"SanDisk is thrilled to be joining the LGO program and partnering with both MIT's School of Engineering and Sloan School of Management," said Manish Bhatia (LGO '99), Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations for SanDisk. "LGO's program curriculum, faculty and focus on leadership practices in manufacturing and product development are a perfect fit for our challenges in semiconductor manufacturing and solid state storage solutions."