Event Calendar

Stay up to date on the events happening at Venture Café on the calendar below.

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Mar
28
Tue
Café Nights @ Roxbury Innovation Center
Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The monthly Café Nights @ RIC are energetic and dynamic events where innovators and entrepreneurs can find one another and collaborate to bring their dreams to reality.

These regular gatherings provide a space for conversations and scheduled programs to inspire a wide range of attendees from different backgrounds and industries to connect, share ideas, and grow their ventures. The Café is open to all members of the innovation community.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Kerry Bowie
Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Prior to cofounding Msaada Partners, Kerry acquired extensive experience as an environmental engineer and manager with Texas Instruments in Dallas and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Kerry holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from MIT and the University of Michigan, respectively, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Kerry is able to assist entrepreneurs with Business Fundamentals, Financial Management/Reporting, and Strategic Planning.

Check here for his LinkedIn.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Phil Crutchfield (SCORE)
Mar 28 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Phil has over twenty years experience in banking and Venture Capital. His banking experience also includes ten years with the Federal Government in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). Phil’s government responsibilities involved contracting with the Government and Small Business & Minority Outreach. His other background experience includes a number of years serving on the Boards on various Non-profit Social Service and Recreational organizations. This activity included Strategic Planning, Marketing and Fundraising.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Paul Cosway
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Professor Paul Cosway is a lecturer of strategy and innovation at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.

Previously, Cosway served as a Consultant at Galatea Associates, founder of and managing partner at Ressen Design, managing partner at marchFIRST, founding partner of Mitchell Madison Group, and system architect and engagement manager at McKinsey & Co. He is an entrepreneurial business/technology strategist and leader with 30 years of international experience in managing, strategizing and problem solving at the nexus of business and technology.

RSVP here for a 30 minute session.

Office Hours: Barbara Clarke
Mar 28 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

As a management consultant, economist and investor, Barbara Clarke is passionate about inclusive innovation. She has witnessed the challenges and opportunities faced by companies and individuals when solving complex, important problems, and in 2015 she founded The Impact Seat to work with companies and individuals to bridge this performance gap. Complex problems need diversity of thought and advanced problem solving skills. As an angel investor, she has invested in 25 companies, and she is a partner in three venture funds. She can speak on all topics related to startup land, especially intellectual property, branding, growth and funding your startup.

RSVP here for a 30 minute session.

Mar
29
Wed
Office Hours: Woody Benson
Mar 29 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Woody is a Partner at Launch Capital, a board member at LogMeIn, ArccosGolf, WooSports, Expo Communications, and Swirl Networks, as well as a advisor/investor at Bolt Labs, Pixibility, ParkEasier, PetNet, Awesome Box, Lavastorm, and Decision Pace. He has been an active member of the Boston innovation community for decades and specializes in Go to Market, Marketing, Sales, BD & Team Building.

Check here for his LinkedIn.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Woody here.

Mar
30
Thu
Café Night at Kendall in Session
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A weekly program offered by The Venture Café Foundation. Venture Café opens its doors to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative communities around Greater Boston every Thursday.

Mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, find serendipitous connections, get advice and feedback during office hours, and attend entrepreneurship- and innovation-focused events.
Café-goers are expected to participate in a manner consistent with the Café’s Credo. For a complete description of this Thursday’s events, please see our calendar.

To support The Venture Café Foundation’s mission and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission.

Follow @VentureCafe on Twitter for the latest updates.

www.vencaf.org

Café Night at Kendall in Session: Life Science
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Funding Drug & Therapeutic Innovation from Idea to Market

Life Sciences Night 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. RSVP for space here but walk-ins are welcome.

 

John Hession, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton

John Hession, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton will moderate a panel of thought leaders

 

Money and Molecules: Early-Stage Life Science Financing  (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

Early-stage life science companies face a complex and challenging financing environment. Even for the virtual life science startups of today, the cost to bring a candidate molecule even to clinical trials is daunting. Yet the number of traditional VC firms investing in life sciences has continued to shrink. Several of the remaining serious investors pursue a different model of investing in their own incubated startups. Strategic partners can provide non-dilutive capital and significant other resources but constrained by their corporate strategies that must align with the target’s technology and strategy. Government grants are still available, but the volume had fallen dramatically even before the unpredictable direction of the Trump administration. There has also been an increase in investments from new classes of investors recently, including family offices, super angels, and foreign funds. So how does a young life science company create its financing strategy? Join us to hear a panel of experts discuss these trends. RSVP REQUIRED. Check-in at 3:30 to network prior to the session. RSVP Here.

Caleb Winder

Jeffrey Arnold

John Tagliamonte

Excel Venture Management Arnold Strategies Cocoon Biotech

 

Mind the Gap (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

Presented by ArcPoint Life Sciences this panel discussion will address how to bridge the gap between idea and funding for early stage Life Sciences ventures.

Susanna High

J. Michael Delmage

Dr. Frank Barros

Bluebird Bio ArcPoint Life Sciences Formerly of Homeland Security

Life Sciences Unconference (5:30 – 7:30 PM)

Join local innovators as they share their expertise on a variety of Life Sciences topics. These concurrent sessions allow the community to both learn and connect with experts and like-minded individuals. Select the links below to see a detailed list of sessions scheduled for each track:

Life Sciences Shark Tank (6:45 – 7:45 PM)

Life Sciences entrepreneurs have an opportunity to pitch local investors during our Shark Tank. Applications are open through March 21, 2017. Judges will screen and select 5 startups to pitch the judges panel on March 30, 2017. Those interested should apply here: http://bit.ly/vc-sharks

Adi Mashiach

Jacqueline Grant

Andrew Meyerson

Joana Rosario

Avi Spier

Mesia Ventures SV Life Sciences Locust Walk ArcPoint Life Sciences Novartis Research

 

Office Hours (3:00 – 5:00 PM) <

Life Sciences Night: Funding Drug & Therapeutic Innovation from Idea to Market
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Funding Drug & Therapeutic Innovation from Idea to Market

Life Sciences Night 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. RSVP for space here but walk-ins are welcome.

 

Office Hours (3:00 – 5:00 PM)

Entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs can book 30-minute appointments to obtain advice from experts. Two Life Sciences experts will also be on hand for special Office Hours on March 30th.  Click here to book an appointment: http://vencaf.org/book-office-hours/

Money and Molecules: Early-Stage Life Science Financing  (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

John Hession, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton

John Hession, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, Moderator

Early-stage life science companies face a complex and challenging financing environment. Even for the virtual life science startups of today, the cost to bring a candidate molecule even to clinical trials is daunting. Yet the number of traditional VC firms investing in life sciences has continued to shrink. Several of the remaining serious investors pursue a different model of investing in their own incubated startups. Strategic partners can provide non-dilutive capital and significant other resources but constrained by their corporate strategies that must align with the target’s technology and strategy. Government grants are still available, but the volume had fallen dramatically even before the unpredictable direction of the Trump administration. There has also been an increase in investments from new classes of investors recently, including family offices, super angels, and foreign funds. So how does a young life science company create its financing strategy? Join us to hear a panel of experts discuss these trends. RSVP REQUIRED. Check-in at 3:30 to network prior to the session. RSVP Here.

Caleb Winder

Jeffrey Arnold

John Tagliamonte

Excel Venture Management Arnold Strategies Cocoon Biotech

 

Mind the Gap (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

Presented by ArcPoint Strategy Life Sciences

J. Michael Delmage, ArcPoint Strategy Life Sciences, Moderator

Today’s life science companies must operate at the intersection of clinical, financial, legal, market, regulatory, and scientific disciplines. They face significant pressures and challenges to navigate a profitable course to innovation and market delivery. At times, critical gaps in expectations, process, timelines, and budget exist between the management team and the investment team. How can life science teams and investors work together to deliver on their promise of innovation? This panel of experts will share real-life perspectives and lessons learned important to life sciences ventures. Hear answers to the questions such as: • What internal organizational forces currently impact your ability to fund innovation? • How can you build in risk and navigate through the uncertainties of product innovation and planning? • What are the common pitfalls made by life science managers and investors, and how can you learn to avoid them? • How can you stay on budget while building in contingencies?

 

Susanna High

Dr. Frank Barros

Dr. Rathi Srinivas

Wayne Johnson

Dr. Martin Heidecker

Bluebird Bio Formerly of Homeland Security Novopyxis MassInsight    Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund  

 

Life Sciences Unconference (5:30 – 7:30 PM)

Join local innovators as they share their expertise on a variety of Life Sciences topics. These concurrent sessions allow the community to both learn and connect with experts and like-minded individuals. Select the links below to see a detailed list of sessions scheduled for each track:

 

Life Sciences Shark Tank (6:45 – 7:45 PM)

Join us to hear five Life Sciences startups pitch local investors during our Shark Tank.

Adi Mashiach

Jacqueline Grant

Andrew Meyerson

Joana Rosario

Avi Spier

Mesia Ventures SV Life Sciences Locust Walk ArcPoint Life Sciences Novartis Research

 

Startup Demos (5:30-7:30 PM)

We have selected awesome female-founded startups to demo during the event. Drop by to see a selection of exciting products in the Boston startup pipeline. Startups practicing in the Life Sciences sector can apply to demo their products during this event by applying here: http://bit.ly/vc-dt

Networking

Connect with the best of the Boston ecosystem.

SPONSORS

Interested in sponsoring this event, contact Chandra Briggman chandra.briggman@vencaf.org

ArchPoint Life Sciences

 

Office Hours: Chuck Goldstone
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

It’s about the story. Startups often falter, not because their technologies aren’t good, but because the stories they tell about them aren’t. We’ll chat about both content and intent: Stepping back to find the right message for each audience (be it investor or market), making it clear and engaging, making it memorable (differentiating it from others competing for attention), and moving audiences to action. Bring your decks, your goals, your challenges, and an open mind about finding and articulating a compelling story. You’ll chat with Chuck Goldstone, who for more than two decades has helped organizations find their voice.

RSVP here.

Office Hours: Investors Collaborative
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Investors Collaborative (iC) provides venture capital to select early stage companies in a wide range of industry sectors including software, IT, biotechnology, clean technology, healthcare, energy, communications, hardware, and professional services. They seek to help individuals developing innovative technologies build world class companies.

Reserve 30 minutes with iC here.

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in managing innovation, ventures, start-ups and projects. She founded two for profit companies and was founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. For 35 years, she ran WPI, Inc., a successful international development and training firm. She currently leads the Sun Walking Group and Sun Walking Labs – a sustainable/social impact planning and development group, and innovation lab.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Jacquie.
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Office Hours: Joana Rosario
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reserve 30 minutes with Joana here.

Joana Rosario helps to strategize, facilitate, and disseminate translational research so that a greater proportion of academic research will develop into successful life science companies. A full life cycle professional, she combines 35+ years of health innovation, strategic research development, & commercialization to help new and established life science companies to achieve undiluted funding, and to form effective partnerships with academia, government, non-profit organizations and industry.

Dr. Rosario reaches this goal through speaking, training and consulting with research institutions, private equity groups, government agencies, entrepreneurial researchers and other stakeholders in the US and in the European Union. Some of her responsibilities include, but are not limited to, serving as Senior Advisor to the Dean, University of Minho Medical School (EU); Senior Medical Officer at Whitemarsh Capital Advisors (US); Member of the Advisory Board for the Hong Kong Chinese Medicine Clinical Study Center (Asia); and as a consultant for undiluted funding at the Biomedical Health Innovation (US).

Joana has also worked in academia (e.g., the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,) and the US Federal Government (e.g., NIH), focusing first on biomedical research and public health, and later on research policy and administration.

Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 30 minute slots.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For the last 20 years Joe Caruso has served has been an “Advocate for entrepreneurs” as a mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served an investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution.

Reserve 30 minutes with Joe here.

Office Hours: Marty Sack
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Marty Sack has mentored more than 200 start-ups over the last two years and is a regular business mentor at the Venture Cafe. As a Certified SCORE Mentor he brings with him the resources of more than forty additional successful executives, Venture Capitalists, Marketing and Digital Marketing experts, small business owners, and other Professionals from diverse areas of business and non-profits–all volunteers offering free business advice and mentoring services.

Marty is the now retired co-founder and CEO of LunchDates Dating Service. He also founded and was publisher and long time owner of a national job publication, and he was the Executive Director of a Cambridge based non-profit for 18 years.

Sign up for his office hours here.

Office Hours: Michael Delmage
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Reserve 30 minutes with Michael here.

Dr. J. Michael Delmage is a seasoned executive in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical-device industries with over 25 years of experience successfully bringing promising products to market . He brings a unique blend of passion and expertise as a Board Member and key manager in the development and commercialization of cutting-edge biotechnology products, therapeutic drugs, medical devices, and OTC aesthetics.

Dr. Delmage served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Transvivo Inc., where in just two years he developed and obtained Federal Drug Administration and CE Mark Approvals for the Omni-DL system, a miniaturized portable dialysis system that supports all current acute dialysis treatments, apheresis and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies. Previously, he worked at Senetek PLC as Chief Technology Officer, overseeing development of the company’s aesthetics, medical devices and therapeutics, as well as Santen International, where he was one of three founding executives who built the 500-person pharmaceutical firm.

Dr. Delmage received his doctorate degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Southern California and a Master of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He holds a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Southern California and an MBA from Pepperdine University.

Office Hours: New Leaf Legal
Mar 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

New Leaf Legal, focuses on creatively developing Corporate, Entertainment, and IP infrastructures for their start-up clients as well as helping established companies embark on new and entrepreneurial paths. Stop by the Cafe to talk shop!

Reserve 30 minutes with New Leaf Legal here.

Demo Table: Droplette System
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Novopyxis patent-pending Droplette System is able to deliver molecules 60% larger than what can be topically absorbed through the skin over a focused surface area painlessly. Droplette combines mechanical and electrical components to generate sub-micron drug-loaded droplets in a turbulent flow regime that enables droplets to penetrate skin deeply. It is designed in a modular manner to enable safe sterilization and ejection without direct device-skin contact, allowing for improved safety and ease of use in a wide range of clinical or home settings. These include treating dermal disorder like eczema, psoriasis, hair loss as well as cosmetic dermatological applications. Preliminary data has confirmed that Droplette allows penetration of drugs into skin, and that compounds retain their native function after passing through our system. Pilot in vivo and first-in-man studies have shown that it does not cause any damage to the skin and can deliver drugs though multiple skin layers effectively.

Info Table: StartHub
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

StartHub.org is a comprehensive, centralized online platform designed to connect, support, and grow Greater Boston’s world-class technology and early-stage community. Developed in a public-private partnership between the City of Boston, Venture Café, Gust, IBM, and a wide number of partners from Boston’s startup community, StartHub will serve as Greater Boston’s homepage for the startup ecosystem.

Visit with the StartHub staff at Venture Cafe to learn more!

Office Hours: Andreas Randow
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

You built something? It solves a problem. Great. You think you understand your market. Do you? Join Andreas Randow and figure out together where you’re at and what needs to be done to turn your product into a functioning company.

RSVP here.

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Office Hours: Andreas Randow
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

You built something? It solves a problem. Great. You think you understand your market. Do you? Join Andreas Randow and figure out together where you’re at and what needs to be done to turn your product into a functioning company.

RSVP here.

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UNCONFERENCE SESSIONS (Track1): STEM + Medical Cannabinoids + Business Models
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 6:00 pm

LIFE SCIENCES UNCONFERENCE –  TRACK ONE

Join local innovators as they share their expertise on a variety of Life Sciences topics. These concurrent sessions allow the community to both learn and connect with experts and like-minded individuals.

 

Finding and Motivating the Life Sciences Leaders of the Future

5:30 PM l Bimini Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter: Stephanie Lustgarten

There are many talented young people at both the high school and community college level who would make excellent scientific leaders — given the right opportunities. There are great programs in place to connect students who express an interest in science with resources and opportunities. This session will share ways to help students understand the full range of innovative opportunities available to them through a career in sciences. It will propose how we reach the students who do not yet express an interest in science and answer the question: How can we present the sciences in a way that is just as exciting to young people as sports and popular culture?


Cannabinoids and Cannabis: What’s Happening Now, Soon, and Up North.

5:30 PMGrand Bahama Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter:  Kevin Chen

Medical marijuana is one of today’s most interesting and dynamic industries in North America. Cannabinoids are also seeing a renaissance in their development in the clinic. We’re seeing an unprecedented response as cannabis enthusiasts, activists, pharmaceutical companies, government, healthcare providers and investment clash in an attempt to make the most out of the opportunities in this growing market. In this presentation, I will give an overview of this industry in both Canada and the USA, discuss the state of the space from an investment standpoint, and share my experience as a scientist and first-time entrepreneur in this industry.

 


 

Impact in the Life Sciences: Linking the Private and the Social

5:30 PM l Andros Island Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter:   Carlos Delatorre

There are key success factors beyond the science of a Life Sciences ventures. This session will help new ventures and their teams integrate the financial (or private); economic (or social) and distributive (or externality) dimensions of their work. We will use simple examples and group exercises to (1) assess the impact of the venture/project and (2) address the informational needs of different audiences/stakeholders in the public and private sectors. The tools and skills shown could be relevant for roles such as planners, economists, managers, designers, negotiators, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists. Possible Sectors: Biotech, Diagnostics, Digital Health, Healthcare, Medical Devices, Pharmaceuticals, Therapeutics.

UNCONFERENCE SESSION: Devices + Genomics + Biotech Products
Mar 30 @ 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm

LIFE SCIENCES UNCONFERENCE –  TRACK TWO

Join local innovators as they share their expertise on a variety of Life Sciences topics. These concurrent sessions allow the community to both learn and connect with experts and like-minded individuals.

Consumer Devices: Who Cares?

5:30 PM l  Grand Bahama Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter: Roy Wallen

The Consumer Medical Device market has a wide variety of devices – and new ones emerging frequently. What is the value of these devices? Who checks the validity of the data? What do consumers do with the results? Will physicians direct care based on the use of these devices? This session will explore these questions and present case studies on the use – and misuse – of these devices.


 

Identification of Disease-Modifying Genes

5:30 PMBimini Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter:  David Chiluiza, PhD

An initial step in the drug discovery pipeline it is important to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in disease progression in order to identify both the key factors involved in the process as they could become potential therapeutic targets, and the outcomes as they can be used to measure the effects of the injury and the success of the new therapy. During this short talk, we will briefly explore the application of genome-wide high-throughput screening siRNA technology for the discovery of genes involved in diabetic nephropathy, using an in vitro cellular model of cell injury caused by high glucose levels.

 


 

The Interconnectedness of Biotech Product and Company Development

5:30 PM l Andros Island Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter: David Saxner

For devices, therapeutics, and diagnostics businesses, product and company development are heavily intertwined with no area being isolated. Creating part of a product or a company strategy in isolation often lead to inferior results and outcomes. At this session, we will look at ways that different company areas intersect and how to go about aligning your team to build with all areas in mind.

UNCONFERENCE SESSIONS (Track 2): Devices + Genomics + Biotech Products
Mar 30 @ 6:15 pm – 6:45 pm

LIFE SCIENCES UNCONFERENCE –  TRACK TWO

Join local innovators as they share their expertise on a variety of Life Sciences topics. These concurrent sessions allow the community to both learn and connect with experts and like-minded individuals.

 

Consumer Devices: Who Cares?

6:15 PM l  Grand Bahama Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter: Roy Wallen

The Consumer Medical Device market has a wide variety of devices – and new ones emerging frequently. What is the value of these devices? Who checks the validity of the data? What do consumers do with the results? Will physicians direct care based on the use of these devices? This session will explore these questions and present case studies on the use – and misuse – of these devices.


 

Identification of Disease-Modifying Genes

6:15 PMBimini Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter:  David Chiluiza, PhD

An initial step in the drug discovery pipeline it is important to understand the molecular mechanisms involved in disease progression in order to identify both the key factors involved in the process as they could become potential therapeutic targets, and the outcomes as they can be used to measure the effects of the injury and the success of the new therapy. During this short talk, we will briefly explore the application of genome-wide high-throughput screening siRNA technology for the discovery of genes involved in diabetic nephropathy, using an in vitro cellular model of cell injury caused by high glucose levels.

 


 

Medical Device Product and Company Development Milestones

6:15 PM l Andros Island Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter: David Saxner

For devices, therapeutics, and diagnostics businesses, product and company development are heavily intertwined with no area being isolated. Creating part of a product or a company strategy in isolation often lead to inferior results and outcomes. At this session, we will look at ways that different company areas intersect and how to go about aligning your team to build with all areas in mind.

Innovation – From the Laboratory to Improving Lives
Mar 30 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Trond Undheim from MIT’s Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), with Venture Cafe Volunteer Neal Gupta will discuss how ILP helps MIT researchers connect with industry projects and how fundamental research translates to products for use by consumers. Join them as they cover the journey ideas take from researcher’s minds to the store shelves.

UNCONFERENCE SESSIONS (Track 3): US-China Biotech + University Based Incubation + Simulating Drug Activity
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm – 7:30 pm

LIFE SCIENCES UNCONFERENCE –  TRACK THREE

Join local innovators as they share their expertise on a variety of Life Sciences topics. These concurrent sessions allow the community to both learn and connect with experts and like-minded individuals.

 

US-China Biomedical Technology: Today and Tomorrow

7:00 PM l  Grand Bahama Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter: Denise Chen

US and China are the two largest markets for biomedical technologies, often leading world’s trends. We will discuss the strengths and shortcomings of both markets; how entrepreneurs/investors can take advantage of the strengths while expanding to both markets and simultaneously avoiding pitfalls. Join this session speak with a group of business individuals who are interested in the area, sharing thoughts and experience, establishing a network within and beyond Venture Café.


 

Why Your Life Science Start-Up Should Consider a University-Based Incubator Program

7:00 PM l Andros Island Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter:  Mary Ann Picard

There are several ways to accelerate your Life Sciences venture. Join this session to compare and contrast acceleration options. Dive deeper into the benefits of university-based incubator programs, the network of services and relationships a university setting provides to help entrepreneurs in medical device and biotech companies.

 


Mechanistic Modeling to Accelerate Drug Development

7:00 PM l Bimini Conference Room (5th Floor)

Presenter:  Jennifer Park

Not only does drug approval cost over a billion dollars and take 10-15 years per drug, but the failure rate is 95%. How do we improve this failure rate and accelerate timelines at the same time reducing cost? High-performance computing combined with mathematics and biology allows for simulating drug activity and the body’s response in virtual patients. Sometimes called Quantitative Systems Pharmacology (QSP) or mechanistic pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics (PK/PD), this multi-disciplinary approach is being adopted within drug programs to optimize drug parameters and dosing regimens on the computer before risking it in patients. Mechanistic modeling allows for testing hypotheses and prioritizing experiments by understanding which of the thousands of parameters you can measure are actually important in having an effect on treating disease. Ultimately this approach helps de-risk drug programs and bring an effective drug more quickly to the patient.

Apr
6
Thu
Café Night at Kendall in Session
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A weekly program offered by The Venture Café Foundation. Venture Café opens its doors to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative communities around Greater Boston every Thursday.

Mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, find serendipitous connections, get advice and feedback during office hours, and attend entrepreneurship- and innovation-focused events.
Café-goers are expected to participate in a manner consistent with the Café’s Credo. For a complete description of this Thursday’s events, please see our calendar.

To support The Venture Café Foundation’s mission and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission.

Follow @VentureCafe on Twitter for the latest updates.

www.vencaf.org

Office Hours: Jacquie Kay
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

As an entrepreneur and educator, Jacquie works globally and locally, advising businesses, leaders, and organizations in managing innovation, ventures, start-ups and projects. She founded two for profit companies and was founder of the Asian Community Development Corporation, a non-profit corporation. For 35 years, she ran WPI, Inc., a successful international development and training firm. She currently leads the Sun Walking Group and Sun Walking Labs – a sustainable/social impact planning and development group, and innovation lab.

RSVP for 30 minutes with Jacquie.
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Office Hours: Jodi-Tatiana Charles
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Marketing and Branding

Bring your marketing and brand questions for a one-on-one consult where Jodi-Tatiana Charles will give feedback and brainstorm ideas with you.

• Mentoring Topics
• Marketing/Branding Strategy
• Media/Customer Acquisition
• Business Model Development/Strategy

Biography
Jodi has enjoyed bringing people and companies together for over three decades. As a strategic marketing/branding specialist she has combined her passion for branding with her love of business development. After working on her Global MBA at Babson College and traveling to 14 countries within a year, and starting two businesses, she continues to be inspired to share her knowledge and expertise with clients worldwide.

Prior to creating two businesses, she led the marketing and branding of MassChallenge at its inception, managed and coordinated the Massachusetts Conference for Women, a one day event providing a forum for more than 7500 women, engaged as Deputy Press Secretary to Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, produced the award winning NECN program NewsNight hosted by Chet Curtis and Jim Braude, and demonstrated leadership as WXKS Associate Producer for the legendary radio program The Matty in the Morning Show, where she was nominated “Producer of the Year”.

RSVP for 30 minute slots.

Office Hours: Joe Caruso
Apr 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For the last 20 years Joe Caruso has served has been an “Advocate for entrepreneurs” as a mentor, coach, and personal advisor to CEO’s and entrepreneurs. In recent years, he has served an investor, advisor and active director with dozens of companies, public and private. He also maintains an active consulting practice dealing with structuring and negotiation of acquisitions, strategic partnerships and financings, and issues related to dispute resolution.

Reserve 30 minutes with Joe here.

Connecting with Boston’s Innovation Ecosystem
Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Kevin Wiant, Executive Director of the Venture Cafe Foundation, has extensive experience in the innovation community, and will be speaking about Boston’s innovation ecosystem, it’s history, and resources that are available for entrepreneurs and startups.

Info Table: ODSC
Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Open Data Science Conference brings together the global data science community to help foster the exchange of innovative ideas and encourage the growth of open source data software.
ODSC East Conference is May 3rd-May 5th at Hynes Convention Center and the CxO Summit and AI expo is on May 3rd co-located with ODSC East.

They are looking for volunteers for the event. Connect with them at the Cafe to learn more!

Info Table: Oracle
Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come chat with Oracle’s staff about their programs for startups as well as their upcoming developers conferences.

Info Table: YouthCITIES Student Pitch Voting
Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

YouthCITIES is bringing their Startup Bootcamp Students to the Cafe to learn about the art of networking. These students will be entering Venture Café for the first time, anxious and excited to meet and share about their venture. The goal is for the students to meet as many people as possible, engage Venture Café guests in conversation…and hopefully gain a vote in support of their startup. Students with the most votes turned in at the Info Table from engaged Venture Café participants will receive iTunes gift cards.

Office Hours: Hal Charnley
Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

With over two decades of experience as a CEO leading technology companies through their expansion stages, Hal brings pragmatic perspectives and advice to those looking to “get to the next level” with their businesses. Whether its building the executive team, raising capital, handling those tricky co-founder issues, or brainstorming your next great idea, Hal is here to help. He’s seen dozens of businesses as CEO, Board member or advisor and believes that 80% of the challenges that every business faces are common across all markets – you’re not alone! He has raised in excess of $100M in venture and private equity and has been involved in over a dozen acquisitions on both buy-side and sell-side. Bring your questions, pitch deck, challenges and ideas.

RSVP here.

Oracle’s – Leveraging Platforms for Scaling Quickly
Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Have you ever wondered how some startups launch rapidly in a market with little lead time and scale even faster? From bioinformatics to server-based emulators, this panel will cover how startups are getting from ideation to product quicker using pre-existing platforms.

Stay tuned for more information on the panelists!

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Office Hours: Kristin Polito
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Kristin Polito is an accomplished executive and business academic, with a myriad of experience developing enterprise initiatives and marketing campaigns, strengthening positioning and industry standing, and boosting revenues. She knows competitive landscapes and has set drive improvements to enterprise-wide strategic plans, new business development opportunities, product development enhancements, and program delivery. She has worked extensively in the venture capital space with biotech, hi-tech, telecom, and a host of other start-ups.

As a SCORE Mentor, Kristin brings with her the resources of more than 50 additional mentors with a full range of expertise in almost every area of business and non-profits.

RSVP here.

Venture Cafe – Volunteer Information Session
Apr 12 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

The volunteer information session is designed to give prospective volunteers an overview of the Venture Cafe organization and volunteer programs. Completion of the volunteer inquiry form is required prior to participation.

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Café Night at Kendall in Session
Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A weekly program offered by The Venture Café Foundation. Venture Café opens its doors to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and creative communities around Greater Boston every Thursday.

Mix and mingle with fellow entrepreneurs, find serendipitous connections, get advice and feedback during office hours, and attend entrepreneurship- and innovation-focused events.
Café-goers are expected to participate in a manner consistent with the Café’s Credo. For a complete description of this Thursday’s events, please see our calendar.

To support The Venture Café Foundation’s mission and to act as a community hub, Venture Café reserves the right to dis-invite any individual that its management feels, in their sole judgment, detracts from achieving its mission.

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