A view over Kendall Square and the Charles River, toward Boston (2011). Photo: Les Vants

Founders Forward

What’s driving the new generation of biotech spinouts in Kendall Square?

Throughout their time at MIT, students are encouraged to team up and pursue innovative ideas. Jessica Shi ’17 (left) and Charlene Xia ’17 work during their senior year on a prototype for Tactile, a portable realtime text-to-Braille converter. With four fellow cofounders from the Class of 2017, they are now beta testing their device in Boston. Photo: Lillie Paquette/School of Engineering

Running Start

Students who hatch their companies at MIT are well-positioned for impact