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The Newsletter of the MTTC for the Massachusetts

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September 8, 2014
Dear All,

This edition of MATTO Matters mainly focuses on life sciences events and activities going on in the state.  This vibrant sector has continued to make Massachusetts the global leader in the discovery and development of new drugs and devices to solve major health problems.  We hope to see you at one of the many events focused on the life sciences this month so you can learn more about life science advances taking place locally and globally. 


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Funding Opportunities
Spin-off and Start-up News
Events of Interest
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Funding Opportunities
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center funding opportunities:

The MLSC announces the launch of the fourth round of an open solicitation
for capital dollars. The MLSCsupport 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.

Life Sciences International Collaborative Industry Program (ICIP):

Please visit the MLSC website

to learn more and apply. Applications are to be completed and submitted no later than October 1, 2014 at 10AM.  


Tax Incentive Program

The Life Sciences Initiative authorizes the MLSC to award up to $25 million in tax incentives each year. The primary goal of the program is to incentivize life sciences companies to create new long-term jobs in Massachusetts. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis via the MLSC website up until the deadline of October 23, 2014, at noon.

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     

GlaxoSmithKline bases new VC fund at One Broadway in Kendall Sq 

GlaxoSmithKline's new $50 million venture capital fund will be based out of the One Broadway building in Cambridge's Kendall Square, inside an office of SR One, the drug giant's corporate VC arm, a GSK spokesperson said. Startups in the emerging field of bioelectronics - which involves medicine that "speaks the electrical language of our body" - will be the focus of investments out of the new fund. Read more 

Spin-off and Start-up News

Massachusetts life science firms on track to double last year's record IPO count


This year has seen 13 biotechs go public already in the state since January, breaking last year's record of nine. Another seven companies - see below - have filed IPO paperwork with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If all seven of those companies hold IPOs before the end of the year, that would double last year's record and raise an estimated $1.5 billion. Read more

  1. ReWalk is developing robotic legs to help paraplegics can walk again. The Israeli-based company has 63 employees, 19 of which are in its Marlborough offices.
  2. Lantheus Medical in Billerica, a 500-employee company that makes agents used in medical imaging.
  3. Civitas Therapeutics in Chelsea - a spin-off from Bob Langer's Lab at MIT, is working on a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease which has completed mid-stage trials.
  4. rEVO Biologics in Framingham, the 17-employee firm has developed ATryn, which was approved in 2009 to treat hereditary anti-thrombin deficient patients and is now seeking wider approval of the drug for treating preeclampsia.
  5. Tokai Pharmaceuticals in Cambridge, the 17-employee biotech has a drug in Phase 2 trials for prostate cancer based on technology licensed from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. 
  6. Rhythm Pharmaceuticals, a three-employee company developing drugs to treat obesity, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders and has completed Phase 2 trials.
  7. Eyegate Pharmaceuticals in Waltham, which is developing a device and drugs to treat eye diseases. The four-employee company has completed the first of two pivotal trials of a drug for anterior uveitis.
Events of Interest
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

Janssen Labs: The Road to the Biologic IND


When: Thursday, September 11, 2014 8:00-11:00 AM

Where: LabCentral , 700 Main St , Cambridge, MA 02139


Filing a biologic Investigational New Drug (IND) application might be the next step in advancing your company's early-stage drug development program. Janssen Labs, the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Centers and the Janssen Biotechnology Center of Excellence invite you to an in-depth look into the process of filing an IND. Whether your goal is to develop a pipeline through commercial launch or partner as early as possible, submitting an IND is a critical early milestone for every biotech company.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

TEDMED @ MassBio


When: Friday, September 12 2014 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where: MassBio, 300 Tech Square, Cambridge, MA


Join MassBio to watch TED Talks addressing the most interesting and innovative medical and scientific topics of today, and hear about visions for the future.MassBio will stream TEDMED's Session #8, Weird & Wonderful. This session offers a joyful survey of surprising combinations and remarkable results. It's about science and health trends that came out of left field, defied expectations or simply seem completely off the wall, in a good way.

This event is free of charge and open to everyone. Pre-registration is required.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

The EntreTech Forum: Healthcare Analytics - The ROI Conundrum


When: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 6:30 - 9:30 pm

Where: Constant Contact, Reservoir Place, 1601 Trapelo Road, Waltham, MA 02451


The US healthcare industry is evolving its use of healthcare data, including data collection (EMR/EHR), data sharing (via health information exchanges) and data analysis. There are industry champions pioneering frameworks, such as HIMSS EMRAM, in the hope of accelerating healthcare industry standards in the overlapping world of EMR/EHR and analytics.  Given that EMR/EHR deployments have limited ROI by themselves, but require an investment to allow the healthcare industry to achieve the value and well-documented ROI available from data analytics, where are we today? Is it true that the healthcare industry must commit, culturally, to become a data-driven culture, incented economically to support optimum health at the lowest cost? Will healthcare industry CFOs and other C-level executives be capable of managing both quality and cost, understanding the interplay between the two?


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

FoleyHoag TEC event: Innovation in Massachusetts


When: September 17, 2014 : 5:30 pm

Where: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210


Join for a conversation with Antonio "Tony" Parham, the Commonwealth's first Government Innovation Officer (GIO), an experienced executive with 30 years of business and technology leadership. As GIO, Tony is responsible for improving efficiencies and experiences of government services to businesses, local governments and residents through the use of new technologies and innovative processes. He advises Governor Deval Patrick, the Secretary for Administration and Finance, the Commonwealth's CIO, executive branch leaders and other stakeholders on identifying, funding and managing the execution of high-impact business change projects.


Please RSVP for the event.

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.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

Innovation Weekend Boston 2014 


When: September 24th, 2014, 5:30pm
Where: CIC Cambridge, One Broadway, 14th floor, Cambridge, MA 02142 USA 


Innovation Weekend is a global "pitch contest" originated from Tokyo Japan back in May 2011. This is the FIRST Innovation Weekend Boston and the winner will be invited to Tokyo for "Innovation Weekend Grand Finale" in December to compete for the FIRST World Champion of the season.
Apply to pitch by September 17th, 2014 at 


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

MassCONNECT Companies Present: Spotlight on Science


When: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Where: MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA


MassCONNECT is MassBio's program that connects entrepreneurs and founders with seasoned life sciences professionals to catalyze and commercialize innovation. Each year 12 emerging companies graduate from the MassCONNECT program. Come to hear MassCONNECT graduates present the cutting-edge science that led them to start this exciting journey


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

ISPE 23rd Annual Product Show  


When: October 1, 2014, 10:30 am - 7:30 pm
Where: Gillette Stadium Clubhouse, 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA. 


The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering show will provide plenty of opportunities to advance your business or career due to our expanded exhibitor area, educational sessions, career fair, vendor showcases, entertainment zone, and after party.
Attendance and parking are FREE.

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

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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