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entrepreneur & tech transfer community 

April 16, 2015

Dear All,


We were recently able to secure a new and better domain name for the MTTC - so please visit us at our new address: www.mttc.orgWith the help of the UMass IT team we have moved our content from the previous website to this new site and, with the MassTechPortal, we have a new look - we hope you like it.

On April 8th MTTC held its 11th Early-Stage Life Sciences Technology Conference. The Conference was a great success, attracting nearly 200 attendees, and showcased over 20 early stage companies and technologies that are ready to be the foundation of new start-ups.  It was great to see so many MTTC and MATTO friends at the event.  If you were unable to attend you can view the
2015 Notebook for detailed information on the program and the company profiles.

Planning continues for the Ninth Annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day (MALSID) taking place at The Harvard Club of Boston on June 2, 2015.  One of the most exciting days in for Life Sciences in the area.  Don't miss the excitement and the opportunity to vote on the "best poster" competition.  Make sure that the date is on your calendar.


And as always, we look forward to BIO's Annual Conference in Philadelphia this June, and we hope to see many of you there.  We are again partnering to present a pre-BIO event at which we will showcase several of our oncology start-ups - we hope to see you there.


 The MTTC Team - Abi, Julia, Michele and Barbara   Follow us on Twitter 
MTTC Update
MATTO seminar "The Changing Nature of the Technology Transfer Profession"


When: May 6, 2015 3-5:30pm
Where: Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC), One Broadway, Kendall square, Cambridge, 5th floor, Havana room.


This seminar will reflect on the Technology Transfer profession and the work that is undertaken by Tech Transfer offices.  Our panel of senior tech transfer professionals will consider how the skills of a licensing professional are different today from what they were 10 or 20 years ago.  What skills do you now need to work in a TTO.  And what types of people will have jobs in tech transfer in 5 or 10 years from now.  Do you need to be a scientist?  Do you need to have taken business or legal training?  What else do you need to know?  What does a TTO look for now when they are hiring new employees? If you are new to technology transfer or have been in the profession for many years come to the session and join the conversation.


Irene Abrams, Senior Director, Technology & Innovation Development Office

Mark Chalek , Director, Technology Ventures Office, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Jack Turner, Associate Director, Technology Licensing Office, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


For more information and to register please visit  Event website 

2015 Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day


When: June 2, 2015 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Where: Harvard Club of Boston, 374 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston


The 8th 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.

Our theme this year is "Weathering Healthcare Climate Change". Changes in healthcare policy, the economy, available financing, regulatory approvals, and reimbursement all impact a business as it is established and grown.  With so many unknowns, how does the entrepreneur take a best guess at the environment they will be operating in when their new product is ready for market in five, ten or fifteen years.  Our keynotes and panels we will explore the Healthcare Climate Changes that are likely to impact technology development and commercialization and how you can respond.


The Poster Competition - cash prizes for 3 best posters!  


There will be a limited number of poster presentation slots available for
researchers and entrepreneurs with "unfunded" companies  to showcase their latest inventions and discoveries at the Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day. If your lab or company has notable discoveries or new grant awards that you want to publicize to the Massachusetts research and business communities please consider applying to present a poster. 

Application submission deadline is  May 6, 2015.
There are no additional fees to present a poster but Poster Presenters must register for the full-day conference.


The conference will feature Keynotes, Panels, Innovators' Marketplace, and Networking Reception with leading life sciences CEO's.  

For more information and to register please visit

Funding Opportunities

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center:


Galactic Grant Competition

The Galactic Grant Competition is collaboration with the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS). It has been established to provide access to a unique zero-gravity environment, that's only available on the International Space Station lab. Proposals will be accepted until noon EST on April 30th, 2015. To begin the application process, please contact Cynthia Bouthot at CASIS at [email protected].   

For more information visit   



Internship Challenge Program

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's Internship Challenge is a workforce development program focused on enhancing the talent pipeline for Massachusetts companies engaged in life sciences. 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.  MLSC will reimburse eligible companies for intern stipends. Internship opportunities are available year-round!  

For more information please visit 



International Program - UP

Projects will typically last up to one year and will focus on a specific R&D milestone within the context of an overall project. Successful completion of the milestone is expected to contribute to the overall development of a new or significantly improved product or process intended for commercialization. Up to $1 million is available for this fiscal year to fund grants of $50,000 (minimum) to $200,000 (maximum) to life science projects selected through a year round application. An ongoing review process will allow for an expedited response.

For more information please visit   

AmplifyMass, MassCEC's newest grant program


AmplifyMass, MassCEC's newest grant program, was created to support Massachusetts-based, clean tech awardees of ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy). AmplifyMass funding helps awardees satisfy a requirement that a portion of the total project budget be funded via in-kind resources, cash contributions, or a combination of both. Applications for AmplifyMass are accepted on a rolling basis. Upon completing an ARPA-E concept paper and receiving agency feedback, companies and universities are eligible to apply for AmplifyMass.

For more information and to download application please visit     
Spin-off and Start-up News

Annovation Biopharma, Inc The Medicines Company has completed its acquisition of all of the outstanding equity of Annovation Biopharma, Inc., presenter at the MTTC's Early Stage Life Science Conference in 2010. The company focused on creating more effective, safer therapies for anesthesia and critical care. Based on technology licensed from Massachusetts General Hospital, Annovation was developing ABP-700, a novel intravenous anesthetic which in Phase 1 clinical studies demonstrated potent and rapidly reversible anesthetic effects. Read more  

Reflectance Medical Inc (RMI). Sotera® Wireless, Inc. announced its acquisition of (RMI), a presenter at the MTTC's Early Stage Life Science Conference in 2007. RMI was a privately held company and spin-off from UMass Medical School which developed and received FDA approval for a first-of-its device aimed at detecting. The acquisition will broaden the range of patient parameters measured by Sotera's ViSi® Mobile System and enable Sotera to expand into new healthcare settings in and outside of the hospital. Read more

MedImmune, the biologics R&D division of biopharma giant AstraZeneca, has partnered with the Joslin Diabetes Center, the world's largest diabetes research and clinical care organization, to develop new medicines to treat diabetes, obesity and related metabolic disorders. Over the course of the three-year partnership, researchers from the two institutions will work together on research projects to identify promising new drug candidates for commercialization. Three initial projects have been identified that focus on key areas including protecting and regenerating the insulin-producing beta cells, increasing the caloric utilization of fat depots, and pharmacologically replicating the beneficial effects of bariatric surgery. Read more 

CoolChip Technologies raises $3M to change how your computer is cooled. A presenter at MTTC's Clean Energy conference, CoolChip Technologies, is trying to revolutionize the fans that are built into computers. CoolChip Technologies has raised $3.3 million in new funding. In 2012, the company became the first team from MIT to win the MIT Clean Energy Prize at the time. The team got a $200,000 prize, beating out 80 total team entries from 47 universities. The company is based in Greentown Labs. Read more

Spinoff from Harvard, SLIPS Technologies, targets industrial uses for its non-sticky coatings The inspiration for Cambridge-based startup SLIPS Technologies came from carefully observing the wet surfaces on carnivorous plants. In 2010, Harvard scientists including Joanna Aizenberg discovered that in order for surfaces - like leaves of a lotus - to be highly repellant, they have to be incredibly slippery. Though it's a tough task to replicate outside of nature, it's one that SLIPS Technologies has endeavored to undertake. With $3 million in funding secured last year, the newly-incorporated SLIPS (Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces) Technologies aims to focus this year on gaining traction among its commercial customers. Read more  

Events of Interest

2015 M2D2 New Venture Competition Awards


When:  Thursday, April 16, 2015 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM 
Where: Mintz Levin, One Financial Center , Boston, MA  02111


This event will feature the Awardees of the 2015 New Venture Competition Showcase.  Posters by Medical Device start-up companies and inventors will be featuring new medical design inventions that have been submitted to the M2D2 New Venture Competition.   
The finalists will compete for a chance to win a total of $100,000 of in-kind business services: $15,000 from Boston Scientific in the form of general services, $15,000 from Mintz Levin in the form of legal services, $15,000 from Smith & Nephew in the form of consulting services, $10,000 from Omni Components in the form of manufacturing services, $5,000 from Massachusetts Life Sciences Center in the form of Massachusetts-based services, and $40,000 from M2D2 in the form of medical device development services. 


For more information and to register please visit the Event website 

MassBio Pitch Contest


When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Where: MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02139


This event is designed to help entrepreneurs formulate and deliver a concise presentation of their idea, business model, and financial plan to investors.The event will begin at 1:00 pm with two successful and experienced entrepreneurs providing insight on Structuring a Great Pitch: Johannes Fruehauf, Founder, President and Executive Director, LabCentral and Doug Fambrough,  Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Dicerna Pharmaceuticals.

Entrepreneurs will then be given the opportunity to provide a 30-second pitch to a distinguished panel of judges, who will offer their analysis of the pitch and select the top three pitches, who will move to the finals and give a  five-slide presentation.

Please join MassBio to improve your pitch and have some fun in the process!


For more information and to register please visit the Event website  

The New England SBIR/STTR Workshop for Small Businesses in Reproductive Health and Women's Health


When: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Where: The Boston University Metcalf Trustee Center, 1 Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215


Discuss opportunities to pursue research funded through the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) mechanisms. The workshop focus is on developing products and services to improve reproductive health and the health of women. Don't miss this opportunity to meet one-on-one with (NICHD) Program Officers!


View the workshop agenda here. Click here to register!

If you have questions, please contact Mary Dawson at 617-638-1998 or [email protected] 

NBEC: Trends in the Israeli Life Sciences Arena


When: Friday, April 24th, 2015 8:00-9:45AM

Where: Greenberg Traurig LLP, 1 International Place, Boston


Join NBEC for a special breakfast featuring guest speaker Elka Nir and a case study of Israeli company Laryngoport Ltd. Elka Nir has more than 25 years of extensive experience in senior executive positions in the area of medical devices. Elka is an active chairperson and board member of public and private Life Sciences companies, in Israel and globally, one of which is Laryngoport Ltd.   


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

World Medical Innovation Forum Neurosciences


When: April 27-29, 2015
Where: Westin Copley Place, 10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116   

The World Medical Innovation Forum features CEOs of industry-leading multinational medical companies, Partners HealthCare top clinicians and scientists-all Harvard Medical School faculty members-and global technology leaders. Join 1,000 international innovation decision-makers and be briefed on the state of the art in neuroscience technology, care and research directly from the CEOs bringing game-changing products to market, world-class clinicians delivering the highest-quality care and the scientists rapidly propelling this crucial field forward through their CNS insights and discoveries. Additionally, the industry-wide issues driving investment, application and reimbursement of innovation during this period of profound transformation in healthcare will be debated. 


For more information and to register please visit the Event website  

MassTLC Robotics Summit


When:April 29, 2015 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Where: State Street Global Exchange Building, 1 Iron Road, Boston, Massachusetts


Join MassTLC to learn how companies in different industries are benefitting from using robotics technology and what they see on the horizon for future implementation opportunities. Case studies will be used to illustrate how research is bridging the technology gap and is being commercialized to meet market needs. We'll also hear from a panel of investors about investment criteria in the robotics market.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website   

BIOMEDevice 2015


When: May 6, 2015 - May 7, 2015, 12:00 am
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibit Center, Boston, MA


BIOMEDevice Boston delivers key decision makers in research and development, general and corporate management, and design engineering whose primary interests include contract research and development, design, engineering and manufacturing, medical grade materials, and manufacturing and production machinery.

For more information and to register please visit the Event website



MassMEDIC's Annual Conference at BIOMEDevice


When: May 6, 2015, 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Where:  Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 160, 415 Summer St, Boston, MA


MassMEDIC is teaming up with UBM Canon and holding its 19th Annual Conference in conjunction with the Boston BIOMEDevice Show, May 6-7 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. In addition to a great line-up of speakers and unparalleled networking opportunities, your conference registration fee provides access to the BIOMEDevice Exhibit Hall, with product demonstrations, specialized tours and over 200 exhibitors. 

For more information and to register please visit the Event website  

Science First: The Future of Neuroscience R&D


When: May 14, 2015 2:00pm
LabCentral, 700 Main St , Cambridge, MA


The challenges of neuroscience R&D have been plaguing pharmas and investors for years, with little to show for it. Is now the time to walk away from neuroscience research and wait on the sidelines for advancements to come? Or should investors and companies capitalize now, while the science is rapidly advancing, with fewer players and more potential for opportunity? Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS (JLABS) is bringing in the experts from all areas of neuroscience to discuss the challenges, opportunities, arrivals and departures in our field. Hear from folks who are heavily invested in neuroscience, as well as folks who have decided to back away.            


For more information and to register please visit the Event website   

Redefining Early Stage Investments III (RESI)


When: June 8, 2015
Where: Texas Medical Center Accelerator, TX

RESI is one of the most compelling events for active early life science investors in the industry today. The conference will be held at the Texas Medical Center's TMCx Accelerator, a 100,000+-square-foot, state-of-the-art accelerator space.  RESI @ TMCx is bringing together a host of global and regional partners that will showcase why Houston is evolving into a hub of life sciences. RESI is focused on connecting early stage life science companies with top-tier investors from the new and emerging investors in the space, including Family Offices, Venture Philanthropy, Mid-Level Private Equity, Virtual Pharmaceutical Companies, Angel Groups, and Corporate Venture.


For more information and to register please visit the Event website

If you have any questions please contact [email protected]

2015 Deshpande Symposium on Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education


When: June 9-11, 2015   

Where: UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell, Massachusetts.


The symposium will attract over 300 participants from across North America to Lowell to examine best practices and models for entrepreneurial courses, programs and universities.
The Symposium has expanded its nationally recognized awards program for innovation and entrepreneurship in higher education. . Last year's winners included Arizona State University, Babson College and Carnegie Mellon University, so please consider submitting a brief application for the April 15th deadline.


This year's conference includes 30 panel presentations from colleagues of all disciplines addressing a range of topics, including:

  • Funding streams for entrepreneurial efforts
  • Entrepreneurship and international programs
  • Entrepreneurship and artistic identity 
  • Industry collaborations
  • Technology commercialization and accelerators
  • The entrepreneurial university 

For more information and to register please visit the Event website

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