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StartUp Science

Network for Open Scientific Innovation

Friday, June 15, 2012 at 9:00 AM - Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 5:00 PM (PDT)

StartUp Science

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Who gives a crap about your silly social app, you won't win the Nobel for that!  Calling all "hard science/engineering" entrepreneurs, it is time to build the infrastructure for the next scientific revolution:  Big Data, Future of Peer Review, Data Viz, Software + Hardware systems for Science!

StartUp Science is an event, business plan competition, innovation challenge series, and mentorship network designed to catalyze the formation of teams, projects, and companies focused on positively transforming the infrastructure of modern science.

This initiative will support the emergence of a new type of “science entrepreneur” combining perspectives from the worlds of research, technology, and engineering, to build novel solutions to difficult problems and bottlenecks affecting contemporary research.

Traditionally, efforts to encourage entrepreneurship in science have focused on established categories such as medical devices, therapeutics, diagnostics, and, most recently, digital health.

In contrast, StartUp Science is dedicated to strategic platforms and applications dealing with what could be best thought of as “Meta-Science Tools,” disruptive technologies and approaches which will make the entire innovation system function more effectively for all stakeholders.  The scope includes interrelated meta-categories such as Big Data, (especially bioinformatics and infrastructure for next generation sequencing), Data Visualization, Reproducibility of Research, and Scientific Attribution/Reputation/Accreditation.


June 15

9:30 am  Introduction and Kick Off

10:00-11:30   Disrupting Scientific Communication

John Adler

Pete Binfield, PeerJ

William Gunn, Mendeley 

Richard Price,

Heather Piwowar + Jason Priem

Altmetrics/Total Impact


 12 Lunch Break


1:00-1:15  John Wilbanks, updates on Open Access Monday and next steps.

1:15-2:30 pm  


Ecommerce meets E Science


Elizabeth Iorns Science Exchange

Max Hodak, Transcriptic  Transcriptic is a modern approach to the contract research organization.  Currently specializing in molecular cloning, Transcriptic aims to leverage a heavily automated workflow to bring down the costs and time requirements of research.

Kevin Lustig Assay Depot 

Jeremy Howard/ Margrit Zwimmer  Kaggle


3:00  Mark Kaganovich, SolveBio  

3:25  Carlo Quinonez, Big Science and Open Hardware

3:40-5:00 pm


Expert led Workshops on key topics:  Big Data, Science Communication, Hardware, Genomics/Bioinformatics.




Sat, June 16th



10 am- 12pm   Open Mic pitches, Q&A

Geoff Chu, NASA, remote sensing + Data Visualization

Sean Seaver,


 Lunch Break



1pm-2:00pm   Big Data Science  


Barry Bunin, Collaborative Drug Discovery

Todd Huffman, 3 Scan



2:30-4 pm   Breakout Topical Workshops




4:15-5 pm   Debriefing and Wrap Up


Have questions about StartUp Science? Contact Network for Open Scientific Innovation
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