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April 28, 2014
Dear All,


MTTC held The Early-Stage Life Sciences Technology Conference X on April 10, 2014.  

20 recently formed Massachusetts companies and researchers from New England institutions presented to an audience of angel investors, venture capitalists and corporate investors. The conference was attended by more than 160 people.

Here is what people said about the event:

 "The quality of the presenting companies was high, with a number of very interesting opportunities."
 "Very good conference. Nicely organized and good size meeting space for presentations and networking"

 "I like the diversity of the presentations and definitely the early stage, pre-funding emphasis."

"Thanks for all of the help. A number of people have contacted me both from companies and investors. So I would say it was a big success for our team."   


Notebook of the Early-Stage Life Sciences Technology Conference X and Photos  from the conference are now published 


MTTC is now working on another signature life sciences event - the Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation (MALSI) Day on June 3, 2014.  

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Massachusetts Life Sciences  Innovation Day


When: June 3, 2014 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Where: Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston 


The 7th Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation (MALSI) Day is the biggest day for life sciences startups and innovation in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This is a high-energy, hands-on event which brings together scientific leaders and business experts to mingle with scientists, post-docs, professors, entrepreneurs, innovators, and venture capitalists.

Can you still be creative? In every lab in every research institution and company, researchers are told that they should be creative.  But can researchers still be creative with the organizational and financial demands that are placed on research environments?  Do corporations and academics still have the courage to allow their teams to be really creative? If you want to do interesting and exciting science can you still get the funding? How does business and finance leadership view creativity? Our speakers and panelists will discuss the current battle to create innovation friendly environments and its impact on entrepreneurs and young researchers finding jobs.

The conference will feature Keynotes, Panels, Innovators' Marketplace, Networking Reception with leading life sciences CEO's , and Poster Competition - great prizes for 3 best posters!


A limited number of poster presentation slots available for researchers and entrepreneurs with "unfunded" companies to showcase their latest inventions and discoveries. Apply to present. Application deadline: May 6, 2014


Panels and Discussion Sessions will include:

  • Startups that were funded in the last 18 months
  • Creativity in picking indications 
  • How do post-docs and first time entrepreneurs break into the Venture Capital Club
  • How to design experiments for maximum effect 
  • Developing your plan and pitching your idea
  • Supporting and managing a creative research environment 
  • Creative financing - what is currently available for startup

For more information about the event, agenda, and to register please visit the Event website

International Cancer Cluster Showcase - BIO 2014


When: June 22, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where: BIO 2014, San Diego

This is a focused partnering event showcasing cutting edge oncology innovations from leading industry clusters.

Massachusetts, Quebec, Chicago, Toulouse, Oslo and the UK Golden Triangle are teaming up for the 3rd time to present their oncology pipelines as a satellite event to BIO 2014. The event is free and registration is now open.

For more information and to register please visit the Event website


Funding Opportunities

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's Programs:    


1. Internship Challenge Program:

The program facilitates the placement of students and recent graduates, who are considering career opportunities in the life sciences, in paid internships across the state. The program is designed to provide students and companies with the tools to connect, and the MLSC will reimburse eligible companies for intern stipends.

Internship opportunities are available year-round! Click here for more information.


2. Life Sciences International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP) is now open for applications.

ICIP is being launched with the following global partners:

  • Alsace Region in France
  • State of Israel
  • Medicon Valley Regions
    • Region Hovedstaden (Denmark)
    • Region Zealand (Denmark)
    • Region Skane (Sweden)
  • Quebec Province in Canada
  • Victoria State in Australia
  • Wallonia Region in Belgium

Information sessions are being held for Massachusetts based companies to learn more about ICIP 2014. Click here for dates, time and location.  


3. Neuroscience Consortium:

The MLSC will administer the program funded by the global biopharmaceutical companies that comprise the Massachusetts Neuroscience Consortium (Consortium). All Massachusetts academic and research institutions are eligible to apply for grant funding through the Consortium. The deadline for 2-page Pre-Proposal applications is May 15, 2014 at noon. Click here for more information.

Cleantech Open Accelerator

The Cleantech Open provides entrepreneurs and technologists the resources needed to launch and create successful and sustainable clean technology companies. We do this through our accelerator programs which provide participants with training, mentoring, infrastructure, relationships and funding opportunities to help grow them into world-class cleantech companies.


May 1, 2014 - Final Accelerator Deadline


Click here for more information.

LabCentral Quick Fire Challenge


In honor of the Grand Opening of LabCentral and the one-year anniversary of the opening of its Boston Innovation Center, Johnson & Johnson Innovation has launched a quick fire challenge to award three companies $50,000 each to become a part of the Janssen Labs @LabCentral community for one year, starting June 1, 2014.

The winners will not only benefit from world-class lab facilities, but they will also receive access to expert mentoring and regular community building events.

To join the challenge, simply send a description of your company, a list of team members, any sources of funding, and your contact information to Kara Bortone at [email protected].


Entries are due no later than May 8, 2014.


Click here  for more information.

NCIIA Course and Program Grants


Course and Program grants strengthen existing curricular programs and/or build new courses and programs in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship. Up to $50,000

Upcoming submission deadline: May 9, 2014


Click here for more information.

Spin-off and Start-up News

FloDesign Sonics, a Wilbraham firm working on a way to use sound to separate particles from a liquid in drug development, has received a $10 million investment led by Bright Capital. The money will be used to perfect FloDesign's acoustic separation technology platform and to start selling it to pharmaceutical companies. The platform is intended to eliminate the need for filters or centrifuge-based methods of purifying proteins to make biologic drugs. Read more 

Promethean has won a $1Million grant from USAID to add solar to Thermal Battery coupled to Rapid Milk Chillers. Promethean engineering team just completed a solar powered refrigerated 20-foot container that can store cold-store fish, poultry and fruits & vegetables using energy storage platform. Davos video on Promethean's work 

ATMC Company OceanServer Technology featured on CNN & Fox News. OceanServer Technology, Inc., an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) manufacturer located here at the ATMC had one of their products i.e. the Iver2 highlighted on Fox News and CNN. The reports centered on how AUVs are being deployed to assist oceanographers in Germany and scientists in Woods Hole in finding Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Officials will be using sophisticated AUVs to effectively monitor depths of the sea during the search for Flight 370. See video  

Loci Controls, awardee of a MassCEC and MTTC Catalyst Award, has raised a $765,000 seed round to commercialize technology that helps reduce the country's reliance on coal and other pollutants. The seed round included investments from Boston-based CommonAngels, Cambridge-based Launch Capital and Boston-based angel investors, according to the startup. The money will be used to commercialize the startup's hardware and software technology for automating the harvesting of methane gas from landfills. Read more 

Empire Robotics won AUTM's 2014 Venture Forum Business Plan Competition during last month's annual meeting in San Francisco. The Boston-based startup is a Cornell University spinout using technology originally developed by a graduate student at the university to design and commercialize a range of lower cost and versatile robotic grippers. Fifty-two companies entered the competition, and four finalists were selected to pitch their startups to a group of venture capitalists. As winner, Empire Robotics took home the $10,000 prize. Read more

University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret announced eight projects on three campuses to receive $200,000 in technology grants from the CVIP Technology Development Fund to assist faculty in accelerating the commercialization of their inventions. Each of the following project team leaders will be supported by a $25,000 grant from the 2014 CVIP Technology Development Fund:

  1. Xingwei Wang, Ph.D., Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UMass Lowell  
  2. Rudolf Faust, Department of Chemistry, UMass Lowell  
  3. Amy Biddle, Ph.D., Jeffrey Blanchard, Ph.D., Biology Department, UMass Amherst  
  4. Dhandapani Venkataraman, Department of Chemistry, UMass Amherst 
  5. Qiangfei Xia, UMass Amherst, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering 
  6. Igor Kaltashov, Department of Chemistry, UMass Amherst
  7. Jack L. Leonard, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Microbiology and Physiological Systems, UMass Worcester 
  8. Anna N. Yaroslavsky, Ph.D., Department of Physics, UMass Lowell 
Events of Interest

The Bioscience Network: Maximizing Shareholder Value by Understanding Your Options

May 1, 2014

Where: Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C , 600 Atlantic Avenue, Boston, MA


So you got your company up and running and your therapeutic program is rolling down the development pathway.  You may even have been lucky enough to have some positive early results.  However, your current funding will only get you so far.  You need to think about what's next to maximize the value that you have created.  What will it be?

Come listen to the panel of experts who have been there and hear insightful advice, real life perspectives, exciting stories and possibly some sobering news about the high risk world of biotech.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

Meet with Leaders from the National Cancer Institute's SBIR program


When: Thursday, May 1, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Where: LabCentral, 700 Main St, Cambridge, MA


Hear from Michael Weingarten, Director for the NCI SBIR Development Center, about the various new NCI SBIR program initiatives and funding opportunities. The presentation will include a discussion of the expanded eligibility for SBIR funding, the new Direct-to-Phase II solicitation, and the NCI SBIR Bridge award which provides an additional $3M in SBIR funding beyond Phase II to match investments by non-federal investors.

Andrew Kurtz, Program Director & Team Leader with the NCI SBIR Development Center, will provide guidance on preparing a competitive application which will include an overview of the elements that NCI looks for when reviewing applications, a discussion on the proper stage of development for each Phase, and answers to FAQs.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

MassTLC Big Data Summit: You Have the Data, Now What?


When: May 1, 2014 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Microsoft NERD, 1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA


Teams. Tools. Strategy. Data science teams are comprised of more than just data scientists; there are technologists, analysts, behaviorists, and others who all provide critical insights. So how do you build the right team? Tools and platforms are huge investments, how do you determine what is right for you? Do you build or buy? Oh yeah, then there is the policy governing all the data. At the end of the day, how do you plan to execute on the findings of your data to drive decisions and make real change? 

MassTLC is bringing together an impressive group of industry thought leaders to share insights.

Also at this event, MassTLC will release its Big Data Delphi reports on Connected Cities, Healthcare, and Life Sciences.  


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 


MassTLC Call for Annual Award Nominations

You can nominate your company, partners, peers, and extraordinary innovations online at at no cost. Nominations close on May 9th.

New categories this year including Innovation Technology awards for Internet of Things, Healthcare/Life Sciences, and Security. MassTLC will also be continuing our other Innovative Technology categories, as well as Company of the Year, CEO and CTO of the Year, Emerging Executive of the Year and our Start-Up, Private and Public Company of the Year.

Massachusetts CRO/CMO Symposium

Monday, May 5, 2014
Where: Burlington Marriott, 1 Burlington Mall Rd, Burlington, MA


Now in its third year, the Massachusetts CRO/CMO Symposium shines a spotlight on the strength and success of the CRO and CMO communities in the Commonwealth.

The Symposium draws more than 300 attendees to discuss and evaluate the best alternatives that have evolved in shortening time to market. A series of case studies, interactive panel discussions, and networking sessions provide ample time to explore the various techniques and approaches being used by both virtual and established companies.

Exhibitor opportunities available! 


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

The EntreTech Forum & IEEE Boston ENET: Raising Money from Crowdfunding


When: May 6, 2014 7:00 PM - 9:45 PM
Where: Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd., 3RD Floor, The Great Room, Waltham (Exit 28, I-95/Route 128)


Early stage entrepreneurs face long odds seeking funding from angels or VCs. In recent years, there has been increasing interest in new methods of online financing and "crowdfundng" as a new means to bridge the funding gap. Crowdfunding is a means of raising capital through numerous small donors from the public often online, rather than working privately to raise large amounts from a small number of wealthy donors. Our May meeting will explore crowdfunding from two separate approaches, with the focus of the meeting on the second approach - equity or securities-based crowdfunding.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

MassMEDIC 18th Annual Conference


When: May 7, 2014

Where: UMass-Boston's Campus Center, 100 William T Morrissey Boulevard


At this event MedTech community members will learn: 

  • How leading MedTech executives view the future of our industry;
  • What changes in data requirements and clinical trial management will affect your company's product pipeline;
  • What the health care system will expect from medical device sector and how to deliver; and
  • How MedTech companies are coping with the medical device tax, payment reform preparations; and product review delays at the FDA.

For more information and to register please visit the Event website

5th Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Solutions Expo


When: May 7, 2014 4:00 - 9:00pm 

Where: MIT Media Lab, 6th Floor, 75 Amherst Street Cambridge, MA   

The 5th Annual Auto-ID & Sensing Solutions Expo hosted by the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge, presents today's outstanding products, companies and thought leaders in RFID, NFC and other "contactless" technologies. It features dozens of exhibits plus panel discussions with some of the industry's most widely followed authorities.

Annual Expo attracts a diverse crowd - people interested in the business benefits of Auto-ID, implementers, developers, investors, research analysts, end users, consultants, educators, integrators, students, hardware and software providers. 


For more information, to exhibit and to register please visit the Event website 

Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner


When: May 8, 2014

Where: Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge 

The Immigrant Learning Center, Inc. (ILC) will hold the Third Annual Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards Dinner to honor four outstanding immigrants who founded businesses in Massachusetts. The categories are outstanding business growth, neighborhood business, life science business and high-tech business. 

For more information please visit the
ILC website

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Regional Innovation Conference


Where: Merck Research Laboratories, 33 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston, MA   

When: Thursday, May 8, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Connect with 19 NHLBI companies seeking early-stage investors and partners and discover innovative technologies close to commercialization.

Learn from leading investors on syndication: Richard Anders, Mass Medical Angels; Barbara Fox, Avaxia Biologics; Henry Kay, Launchpad Venture Group; Reid Leonard, MRL Ventures; and Mike McGrail, Cooley LP.

Moderator: Stephen Flaim, NIH Special Advisor, Tech Coast Angels.

Registration is free, but space is limited.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

HealthTech Startup Demo Day

When: May 9, 2014
Boston Convention Center, 415 Summer St, Boston, MA


The event showcases the hottest startups in the "50 and over" health technology market. 15 companies - 10 Live Pitch finalists and five Speed Pitch Finalists - will present. Half of our previous finalists in the past 2 years have gone on to raise approximately $25 million in funding.

In addition you will have access to the half-day investor/entrepreneur Bootcamp on May 8th at the District Hall.  Plus, you will have access to exclusive networking receptions taking place both evenings.

Investors and industry professionals are invited to register with a special discount for local resident: only $25 to attend (normally $199). Promo Code to use and share is:  HIP50

For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

MassBio forum: Asia 101 - Survey of the Life Sciences


When: Tuesday, May 13, 2014  8:00 am - 10:00 am 

Where: MassBio, 300 Tech Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge


Asia is home to the majority of the world's population and provides diverse marketplaces for products and varied destinations for outsourcing.  This panel will provide a sweeping survey of the life sciences in Asia, from Yokohama to Bangalore.

A panel of experts will discuss topics ranging from IP protection to market entry to issues in outsourcing in leading Asian markets and clusters.

Attendees will leave with a better understanding for distinctions of the leading markets and clusters in Asia as they relate to the life sciences industry.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

The Biotech Boom: What We Can Learn From a Banner Year


When: May 13, 2014, 6:00pm  

Where: Armenise Amphitheater, Harvard Medical School, 200 Longwood Ave, Boston, MA


Would you like to learn more about Boston's blooming biotech ecosystem? Are you a young entrepreneur interested in launching your own successful biotech start-up? Do you want to network with some of the biggest names in the biotech industry? Join us for OBR-Boston's launch event which will examine the state of Boston's biotech industry from the perspective and view of leading biotech experts. We bring together industry leaders, successful start-up founders, and entrepreneurial academics in a panel discussion of the important issues in biotech right now.

Panelists: Robert Langer, PhD - David H. Koch Institute Professor, MIT; David Meeker, MD - CEO, Genzyme; Greg Verdine, PhD - Founder & CEO, WarpDrive Bio; Peter Abair - Director, Economic & Global Affairs, MassBio; and John Carroll - Editor, FierceBiotech.


For more information and to register for FREE please visit the Event website 

Essentials of Win-Win Negotiations presented by John F. Malone


When: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 12:00PM -1:30PM

Where: ATMC, 151 Martine St. Fall River, MA


We all negotiate on a daily basis!  Whether it's the purchase of a car or home, a salary and benefits for a new job, or a department budget, to name only a few.  It's also said that great leaders and managers are great negotiators.  But how do you become an effective negotiator?  On-the-job experience certainly plays a role, but for most professionals, taking their negotiation skills to the next level requires outside training, something companies rarely offer.

What you'll learn during this session are the key negotiation techniques based on the highly recognized Program on Negotiation located at the Harvard Law School. 


For RSVP to this FREE event please contact Amit Basnet at [email protected] or 508-910-9872

Clean Tech - When and For Whom Does the Money Rain Down


When: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Where: Constant Contact, 1601 Trapelo Rd., 3RD Floor, The Great Room, Waltham (Exit 28, I-95/Route 128)

Please join EntreTech Forum to hear from a great panel of cleantech entrepreneurs and associated industry professionals. Our panel of leading experts will review the latest technology and the growing markets for it along with opportunities for entrepreneurs. Whether you are a startup in the field or looking to improve your company's revenues by implementing new sustainable technology, please join us for this informative and interactive discussion.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website  

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