Friday, May 16, 2008

MA Life Sciences Innovation Day 2008

I wanted to update you on what I believe will be the most important Lifesciences event for entrepreneurs and innovators in MA this year.

This event, titled Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day on June 3, 2008 at the Sheraton, Boston. This event is going to be a flagship event for showcasing and celebrating research, innovation and entrepreneurship in MA in biotech, medtech and diagnostics. This event is a first-of-its-kind because all the organizations in MA in Life Sciences are involved (Mass Biotech Council, MassMedic, Mass Tech Transfer Center, TiE Boston), along with all major universities and entrepreneurial organizations.

Selected Highlights
• Craig Mello, Nobel Laureate 2006 for the discovery of RNA interference
• Philip A Sharp, Nobel Laureate 1993 and Co-Founder of Biogen
• James Collins, Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Boston University and McArthur Fellowship Recipient
• Josh Boger, CEO Vertex Pharmaceuticals
• Christoph Westphal, CEO, Sirtris Pharmaceuticals, Former CEO, Momenta Pharmaceuticals
• Alan Crane, CEO Tempo Pharmaceuticals and former CEO, Momenta Pharmaceuticals
• Ganesh Venkatraman, Founder and SVP, Momenta Pharmaceuticals
• Amar Sawhney, Founder & former CEO, Confluent Surgical, CEO, I-Therapeutix

The Innovators Marketplace: A one-stop-shop
• One room set up with everything you need to start a company
• Find out or meet funding sources – Grants, Angels, Government Funding and VCs
• Get advice from Serial Entrepreneurs in biotech and medtech
• Meet companies who will help you engineer and design drugs and devices
• Find out what to pursue, or meet top biopharma, devices, diagnostics and tool companies and their venture arms who will buy, license, or fund what you are working on

The Research Showcase
• Meet 20 Faculty members, Principal Investigators and Innovators from the top research laboratories in MA
• Universities represented include Boston University, Children’s Hospital, HST, Tufts, Beth Israel and MIT
• Get insights into what the top labs in Massachusetts are doing; work with them to develop your own ideas

Event Links
About the Day

• $50 – All Students and Post-Docs
• $185 – Members of selected organizations (MTTC, TiE, MBC, CIMIT, MassMedic, Partners)
• $225 – Everyone else

MALSI Day Advisory Board
• Mara Aspinall, Senior Advisor & President, Genzyme Genetics
• John Brooks, Founder, Prism VentureWorks
• Robert Creeden, Partners Venture Fund
• Robert Coughlin, President, Mass Biotech Council
• Rainer Fuchs, Vice President & Head of Incubator, Biogen Idec
• Michael Greeley, Managing Partner, Flybridge Ventures
• P Laxminarain, President, Codman/Johnson & Johnson
• Amar Sawhney, Founder, Confluent and CEO, I-Therapeutix
• Thomas Sommer, President, MassMedic

In case of questions, please contact
• Anupendra Sharma, Partner, Siemens Venture Capital and TiE Life Sciences Chair; (Event Chair)
• Abi Barrow, MTTC Director;, (Event Chair)
• Laura Allen, Director, MassMedic
• Imran Nasrullah, Chief Business Officer, MBC

Who will attend ?
Everyone connected to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in biotech, medtech and diagnostics. It is especially focused on the entrepreneurs, innovators and post-docs who will create the next generation of companies in the State. This is an opportunity to meet serial entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors as well as many top leaders who have created companies or commercialized technologies coming out of laboratories and ideas. The day's event will bring the major companies in MA, key life sciences funding sources including angels, foundations, venture capitalists, grant experts, Federal Government and philanthropists. We’ll supplant this with consultants, lawyers and sector experts who can help you find answers faster.

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