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August 13, 2014
Dear All,


The MTTC is pleased to announced that this afternoon the Governor signed House Bill 4377 - An Act promoting economic growth across the Commonwealth.  The Bill includes $2 million in funding for an Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund to be managed by the MTTC.  This funding will be used to support Proof of Concept projects and will be awarded to researchers on a competitive basis.  Proof of Concept funding has been shown to be an important catalyst in moving inventions out of the lab and into start-up companies.   We will be updating you soon on the MTTC's plans for the competitive solicitatyion for the disbursement of these funds.  This funding also ensures that the MTTC will continue to be able to offer other support services to inventors at Massachusetts institutions who want to start new companies.


The MTTC would like to thank the many business organizations and MATTO members who supported the MTTC in securing this funding.  


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Funding Opportunities
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center announces the launch of the fourth round of an open solicitation for capital dollars to support life-sciences related capital projects for academic/research institutions (including 2- and 4-year colleges and universities), business incubators, and other not-for-profit organizations across the Commonwealth. The MLSC is interested in investing in high potential economic development projects that promise to make a significant contribution to the state's life sciences ecosystem. The MLSC has allocated up to $35 million in capital dollars for this open solicitation.


Applicants will have until 12:00 pm on Friday, September 26, 2014 to submit their completed application.  


For more information, eligibility criteria, and to apply, please visit you have questions please e-mail
at [email protected] or reach out to Liz Nadzo at 781-373-7727.

NCIIA Upcoming submission deadline: November 7, 2014   


The E-Team Program provides early-stage support and funding of up to $75,000 for collegiate entrepreneurs working on market-based technology inventions. 


Faculty grants available: Course and Program grants strengthen existing curricular programs and/or build new courses and programs in invention, innovation, and technology entrepreneurship.


Students and faculty from NCIIA member institutions (US-based colleges and universities) are welcome to apply.    


See details on  

Spin-off and Start-up News

Infinium Raises $1 Million of Equity and Debt. Infinium (former MOxST) which had presented at MTTCs' Clean Energy Conferences, has raised $$1 million through an offering of debt and equity securities. MOxST, developer of technology for producing and recycling metals, changed its name to Infinium in March 2013 to reflect its "sustainable metals mission." The company focuses on metals, used energy efficiency and renewable energy technology applications, with an initial focus on magnesium, for lightweight fuel-efficient vehicles and aircraft components, and neodymium, for the magnets in wind turbines and hybrid/electric vehicles. Read more  

Allied Minds and Bristol Myers to start 10 new biotechs in next five years

To date Allied Minds has founded 29 startups, 20 of which are still active. While about half of those startups have been in the life sciences the company has avoided biotechs because of the high cost of conducting clinical trials. The partnership with BMS, called Allied-Bristol Life Sciences LLC, is intended to change that. Silva said it will draw on discoveries at all 33 of the universities and 32 government agencies with which the company works nationwide. While the companies could be formed nationwide, a significant focus will be on Massachusetts. Read more

Events of Interest

MassTLC Leadership Awards Gala


When: September 11, 2014 5:30 - 9:00 PM
Where: Westin Waterfront, 425 Summer St, Boston, Massachusetts 02210

The 2014 Mass Technology Leadership Awards program spotlights the companies, people, and technologies that exemplify the best and the brightest in the Massachusetts technology community. Join over 600 top executives for the Awards Gala on September 11 for a networking cocktail reception and a new twist on the announcement of the 2014 Award Winners.

Winners will be announced in the following categories:

  • CEO of the Year
  • CTO of the Year 
  • Emerging Executive of the Year
  • Company of the Year - Public
  • Company of the Year - Private
  • Start-up to Watch
  • Innovative Technology of the Year

For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference  


When: September 17, 2014   
Where: Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02108


The Redefining Early Stage Investments (RESI) Conference is reinventing the way investors and entrepreneurs share information, negotiate, and how fundraising in the life sciences is carried out. RESI is about creating relationships based on fit, and features hundreds of investors from the new entities filling the void created by lack of VC funding, including family offices, hedge funds mid-tier PE, venture philanthropy & patient groups, virtual pharmaceutical development companies and more. If you need to jumpstart your investor network, the RESI Conference is one event you won't want to miss! 

Discounted rate for MTTC affiliates: use code MTTC15 at checkout for 15% off registration.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

AWIS 10th Anniversary: Grow your career in STEM


When: Saturday, September 20th, 2014 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Where: Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel, 50 Broadway Cambridge, MA 02142


10th Anniversary Celebration Association for Women in Science program includes:

  • Keynote Speaker Dr. Ellen Daniell, author of the book, Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists
  • Video introduction from Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator from MA 
  • Excellence in Mentoring Award presentation to Sarah Cardozo-Duncan, Career Strategist

For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

BioPharm America 2014


When: September 22, 2014 - September 24, 2014

Where: Boston Marriott Copley Place


BioPharm America™ is where biotech industry partnerships get started. Meet face-to-face with biotech and pharma executives from around the world to identify and enter strategic relationships. Equipped with partneringONE, the world's leading web-based partnering system for the life science industry, BioPharm America is the only event in North America based on the same reputable formula as EBD Group's acclaimed European events BIO-Europe and BIO-Europe Spring.

To see event Program please visit


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

 5th EU-US eHealth Business Marketplace & Conference


When: Tuesday, October 21st and Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Where: Massachusetts State House, 24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, USA


Transforming Care & Accelerating Economies

Join global connected health innovators, public officials and entrepreneurs this fall at the 5th EU-US eHealth Business Marketplace and Conference, which is a part of the Massachusetts Connected Health Week 2014.

The Marketplace and Conference is a dynamic two-day program including a unique and successful brokerage networking program, providing participants access to one-on-one meetings with potential partners and contacts. The program will also include panel and keynote remarks from leading health innovators across industry, academia, and state and federal governments; networking opportunities, exhibition and speaking opportunities, and more.

Early Bird Registration is Open!

For more information and to register please visit the Event website

MassTLC 2014 Security Conference


When: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 8:00am - 4:00pm

Where: Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, 600 Atlantic Ave #100, Boston, Massachusetts 02210


MassTLC is launching conference focused around Security. Join local visionaries and industry leaders for an in-depth look at the current landscape of cybersecurity threats, new attacks on modern infrastructure, how to reduce risks and prepare for security breaches, and how to work with c-suite leadership on managing your company's cybersecurity strategy.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

MassMEDIC's Annual Investors Conference


When: November 7, 2014

Where: UMass Boston Campus Center, 100 William T Morrissey Boulevard, Boston,MA  


MassMEDIC will host its annual Medtech Investors Conference on Friday November 7, 2014. The day-long program will feature presentations by up to 25 regionally-based medical device companies, as well as a breakfast panel discussion and a luncheon keynote address.


If you have questions please contact Andrea Stamp, Director MedTech IGNITE: 617/414-1343 or [email protected].
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