If you’re relatively new to Boston, you might not know about Biotech Tuesdays where the biotechnology community comes together once a month (on Tuesday) to network, check out a trendy bar or restaurant, and simply have a good time. A variety of industry professionals attend, including investors, attorneys, scientists, physicians, and journalists. There are no lectures, and there is no agenda.
Biotech Tuesdays has been meeting since February 2002 and draws a large crowd. The recurring event was started by and continues to be hosted by Seth Taylor, MBA, PhD. Seth holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in molecular biology and an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management.
I caught up with Seth at this past Biotech Tuesday’s meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at Barlow’s Restaurant.
Seth talked about the upcoming Innovation Competition to be held on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6pm to 10pm at District Hall. District Hall is Boston’s hottest new venue for innovation. It is at 75 Northern Avenue in Boston, MA.
The Innovation Competition will allow anyone in the community to pitch any idea related to life sciences. The idea can be simply that, a concept you’ve been thinking about, to a formed team looking for early stage venture capital. By pitching, you’ll also be able to find new team members, investors, or corporate partners. The BiotechTuesday community will vote on the pitch.
Finalists will have a “Five Minute Dive” with a select panel of “Piranha Judges” live during the event. Winners will be announced that evening at an award ceremony. Application to pitch is FREE!
Currently, there are two awards, with more to be added closer to the competition. Pharmatek is offering its Innovation Aware to the company with the best orally dosed small molecule drug candidate $3,000 in in-kind products or services. EMD Serono is offering $5,000 to the winning pitch in the therapeutic areas of Oncology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Autoimmune and Inflammatory Diseases, Fertility, and Metabolic Endocrinology.
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