The Office of Technology Development is always working on creative ways to connect our research faculty with entrepreneurs and industry representatives. On February 28, Hiebert Lounge at BU Medical Campus played host to the second annual “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll Unplugged” for over 100 attendees. The event was organized by BU’s Office of Technology Development in a joint collaboration with the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research. The occasion was designed as a networking and informational event to recognize the valuable contribution of BU’s innovative and entrepreneurial faculty.
A panel discussion on “New Funding Models for Therapeutic and Technology Development” was moderated by Ken Rhodes, Vice President of Neurology Discovery at Biogen Idec. A distinguished panel of speakers was assembled from Boston University, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Pfizer Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, Broadview Ventures Inc, and Jubilant Life Sciences. In addition, TDRR unplugged also featured various programs supported by The Office of Technology Development, The Evan’s Center Affinity Research Collaboratives, The Clinical and Translational Science Institute, The Coulter Translational Partnership in Biomedical Engineering, and The Center for Nanoscience and Nanobiotechnology.
Boston University’s very own co-ed a cappella group, The Treblemakers, brought in a range of entertainment for the evening. Their one-hour set performance from 4:30 to 5:30 included the songs “Cry Me a River” by Justin Timberlake, “Never Let Me Go” by Florence and The Machine, “Eet” by Regina Spektor, and “Bills Bills Bills” by Destiny’s Child to name just a few. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres from Catering on the Charles, and entertainment from the Treblemakers stimulated the audience into networking with fellow Boston University faculty and members of the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Our “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll Unplugged” event was a great showcase of what is to come this summer, July 16th, in our larger-scale “TDRR” event. We hope to intertwine the same themes of networking and enjoyment this summer with our fourth annual run of “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll.” For more information about this summer’s event, please feel free to check out our website at www.bu.edu/otd/news/tdrr