BioEntrepreneur Bootcamp and Pitch Contest

October 18, 2017

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Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Lobby

MassBio, SR One, Pepper Hamilton, Bayer, and LabCentral present: BioEntrepreneur Bootcamp and Pitch Contest 

Please join us for a one-day crash course in life science entrepreneurship. Learn from industry veterans how to employ the essential elements of a successful start-up. Polish your pitch for the chance to win a grand prize, including pro bono consultations from Pepper Hamilton and the Boston Consulting Group plus 6 months access to Evaluate Pharma. Whether you are an established entrepreneur or inspired to become one, this program will fill the knowledge gap to provide attendees with actionable steps to take their innovations forward. This full-day event will feature panels, fireside chats, and an audience pitch contest at LabCentral, followed by a networking reception next door at the new Bayer East Coast Innovation Center.


  • Christine Brennan, Partner, Merck MRL Ventures Fund
  • Eric Evans, Executive Committee, Mass Medical Angels
  • Brian Gallagher, Partner, SR One
  • Paulina Hill, Principal, Polaris Partners
  • Arthur Hiller, Hiller Life Sciences Strategies
  • Chandra Ramanathan, VP and Head of East Coast Innovation Center, Bayer HealthCare
  • Chris Roberts, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, SR One, and Founder, Princeps Tx
  • Issi Rozen, Chief Business Officer, Broad Institute
  • Maude Tessier, Executive Director Business Development, Merck
  • Darshana Zhaveri, Partner, Catalyst Health Ventures


  • 8:00am-8:30am Registration
  • 8:30am-8:45am Opening Remarks, Robert Coughlin, MassBio, and Jens Eckstein, SR One
  • 8:45am-9:30am Company Story - Geraldine Hamilton, Emulate Bio
  • 9:30am-9:45am 30-second Audience Pitches with Judge Feedback
  • 9:45am-10:30am Company Story – Anh Hoang, CSO, Sofregen, and Paulina Hill, Polaris Partners
  • 10:30am-10:45am Coffee Break and Pitch Revision
  • 10:45am-11:30am Company Story – Jon Bloom, CEO, Podimetrics, and Aaron Sandoski, Norwich Ventures
  • 11:30am-11:45am 60-second Audience Pitches with Judge Feedback
  • 11:45am-12:30pm Company Story – Kiran Reddy, CEO, Praxis Medicines, and Chris Roberts, Founder, Princepts Therapeutics
  • 12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch Break and Pitch Revision
  • 1:30pm-2:15pm Fireside Chat with Robert Gould, CEO, Fulcrum Therapeutics, and Philip Reilly, Venture Partner, Third Rock Ventures
  • 2:15pm-3:00pm Company Story – Luhan Yang and Geoff MacKay, eGenesisBio
  • 3:00pm-3:45pm 5-minute Audience Pitches with Judge Feedback
  • 3:45pm-4:00pm Break and Judge Deliberation
  • 4:00pm-4:45pm Closing Keynote – Steven Holtzman, CEO, Decibel Therapeutics
  • 4:45pm-5:00pm Award Presentation and Closing Remarks, Steve London, Partner, Pepper Hamilton

This event is free to all attendees but by invitation-only. If you would like to request an invitation for a colleague, please contact Lucie Rochard, MassBio Manager of Innovation Services.