BIO Connect: Innovations in Life Sciences

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Venture Café Kendall

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Save the date for Venture Cafe’s BIO Connect mini-conference, taking place on April 26th, 2018. Our annual mini-conference will feature the latest business, technology, and regulatory developments in drugs and therapeutics. Join experts, innovators, and investors for a dialogue about funding and successes in the sector.



3:00 – 8:30 PM NETWORKING

3:00 – 5:00 PM OFFICE HOURS

4:15 – 5:15 PM KEYNOTE

5:30 – 6:30 PM FUNDING PANEL

5:30 – 7:30 PM DEMOS

6:00 – 8:00 PM FLASH TALKS

6:45 – 7:45 PM SHARK TANK


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KEYNOTE 4:15 - 5:15 PM

We're excited to host Travis McCready, President of Mass Life Sciences for a Keynote on the State of the Union on Boston's Life Sciences sector. Hear McCready’s facts, stats, and insights on challenges and on what’s next in the 10-year horizon for life sciences in Massachusetts.

FUNDING PANEL 5:30 - 6:30 PM

Moderator: John Keilty from Decibel Therapeutics leads a discussion on how the next generation of “Digital Biotechs” are unlocking value from data and increased collaboration. We’ll learn from their approaches, learnings and supporting technology. John is joined by speakers:

- Molly Gibson of Flagship Pioneering

- James Weis of Nest.Bio

- Alok Tayi of TetraScience and

- Rory Macneil of Research Space

FLASH TALKS 6:00 - 8:00 PM

6:00 PM

- Machine Learning: Wendy Tasi

- Early Stage Fundraiing: Greg Mannix

- Digital Transformation of Pharma: Cornelia Kroeger

- How to Build a Life Sciences Product: David Saxner

6:45 PM

- A.I. Driven Drug Discovery: Leila Pirhaji

- Medical Data Science: Dan Morden

- Carbohydrate Based Vaccines for HIV & Cancer: Isaac Krauss

- Digital health for People of Color: Aisha Townes

7:15 PM

- Strategies to Foster Youth Interest in S.T.E.M: Stephanie Lustgarten

- Redesigning Scoliosis Back Braces: Ingrid Marko

- Early Stage Life Science Market Research: Kendra Taylor

SHARK TANK 6:45 - 7:45 PM

Are you ready to pitch your venture to Life Sciences investors? BIO Connect is once again hosting its Life Sciences Shark Tank. This was a huge success in 2017 and will be a great platform to pitch, meet and build relationships with investors in the Life Sciences sector.

Our Sharks:

ARI SPIER, NOVARTIS: Director of NIBR BD&L, Search and Evaluation with Novartis. In 2001, Dr. Spier co-founded La Jolla based Allon Therapeutics, Inc. and led the peptide therapeutic neurodegenerative disease-focused company as its President and CEO through two financing rounds and up to its entry onto the Toronto Stock Exchange.

ANIL ACHYUTA, L'OREAL: Anil is Director of Advanced Research in L’oreal’s Open Innovation and Strategy division. Anil heads External Innovation in Boston to forge new business relationships within Boston’s rich entrepreneurial ecosystem to facilitate access to emerging scientific innovation to L’Oreal.

WALTER OLESIAK, REMIGES VENTURES: Walter is Partner with Remiges Ventures – a US-based cross-border venture capital firm with offices in Cambridge, MA, and Tokyo, Japan, focused on investments in early-stage drug discovery and development companies.


Interested in sponsoring BIO Connect? Please contact Chandra Briggman at for details.

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