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Intarcia engaged Kelly to acknowledge the talent, tenacity and patient stories within the pursuit of life-changing medicines. Intarcia’s novel technology platform, the Medici Drug Delivery System™, features a matchstick-sized osmotic mini-pump that is placed just beneath the patient’s skin in the abdominal wall. Intarcia’s first investigational therapy for type 2 diabetes, leveraging this technology, is currently under FDA review. With a growing pipeline, Intarcia aims to unleash disruptively innovative medicines for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, and unlock life’s possibilities for patients.

Kelly’s luminous “Keys to Cures” sculptures have been adopted as a powerful symbol for how the work of Intarcia teams is unlocking cures through innovation. Kelly’s art is a permanent installation at Intarcia’s new Seaport District, Boston headquarters. Intarcia also commissions Kelly to create “Key Awards” that honor outstanding staff efforts. The artwork and Kelly’s contributions on-site have led to many visible expressions of company culture and values. Kelly works in a flexible capacity as the resident artist and design consultant.


“Translating the edge of medical science into art asks a lot of an artist. It requires a three-dimensional perspective, and Kelly has a 3D grasp of it. It allows her to create art that reflects the detail and rigor of science, the passion and urgency that drives it forward, and the personal immersion and experience with the patient-science interface. “Keys for the Cure” shows Kelly’s wonderful 3D presence – a view and talent that helps us all relate better to emerging medical progress.

Art depicting advancing medical science needs to capture not just the precision and tenacity of the research locksmiths who create cures, but the boldness of their innovations, and the celebration of the process and its outcome. Kelly has a rare gift in being able to bring all this within our vision and understanding with her art. She speaks to medical science today as Keith Haring’s visual language did for the “Street.” While Haring considered subways to be his laboratories, Kelly’s subways are real laboratories, and thanks to her vision, we can take a ride and feel all the dimensions of the streets and stops of scientific progress we call cures.”
— Greg Baird, CEO, The Whole Point

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