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Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll

July 15, 2014 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll (TDRR) is a networking event that started in 2010, which was designed to connect scientists and engineers with entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. The event highlights emerging technologies from Boston University’s research programs in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences, medical technology, new ventures, and student-based ventures, with the additional presence of participating applied and translational research centers.

The Office of Technology Development focuses on the idea of maximizing collisions and minimizing friction. TDRR focuses on the first half of that mission statement, attempting to galvanize our attendees into making connections (collisions) which develop into long lasting collaborations.

Another exciting feature of our unique event is the Innovator of the Year award. This award seeks to highlight translational research at Boston University by recognizing an entrepreneurial faculty member who translates his/her world-class research into inventions and innovations that benefit humankind. Our past winners have been Mark Grinstaff (2010), Avrum Spira (2011), James Collins (2012), and Ted Moustakas (2013).

The event prides itself on finding a great band every year to provide lively music and create a relaxed atmosphere for networking. Each year we choose a unique band that fully encapsulates the Rock n’ Roll aspect of our event. In the past, our headlining musical acts have been Brendan James, Jennah Bell, and Lou Pride. This year our musical guest is the band Poor Old Shine.

The Office of Technology Development is grateful for our many generous sponsors. This year includes Pfizer, Sanofi, Shore Chan, and Wolf Greenfield.

The event promises to be a fun summer evening of networking and building connections, fueled by some rock n’ roll! To register click here.

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James Ryan

Jim Ryan has spent the past 20 years building global markets for US-based telecommunications and enterprise technology companies. Mr. Ryan exited five startups (2 IPOs, 2 acquisitions, 1 Chapter 11) and now uses his expertise as one of the three founding partners of Farpoint Ventures helping startups from the US quickly build global sales channels and bring in revenues from overseas markets. Mr. Ryan has closed over $1B in export business for startups.

Mr. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University and a Master's degree from Osaka University. He is a native speaker of Japanese, and is conversational in Mandarin Chinese and French.

In between meetings, he has climbed Mt. Rainier three times, finished the Boston Marathon and Cape Cod Marathon, climbed Mt. Washington in all four seasons and hiked to the bottom of the Grand Canyon 10 times. He holds a Private Pilot license and enjoys flying his Cessna 172 around New England and beyond.


July 15, 2014
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Metcalf Ballroom
775 Commonwealth Ave
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