Boston University’s Office of Technology Development hosts its fifth annual Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll conference

Boston, MA – On July 15th, 2014, the Office of Technology Development at Boston University will host its fifth annual networking conference entitled, Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll (TDRR), from 4-8pm at 775 Commonwealth Avenue. Registration for the conference opened on May 1st, 2014.

TDRR is a networking event designed to connect scientists and engineers with entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. The event will showcase emerging technologies from Boston University’s research programs in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences, medical technology, new ventures, and student-based ventures. The event will also include participation from key translational research centers including the Evans Center – Affinity Research Collaboratives, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership, Boston Biomedical Innovation Center, Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care, Engineering Product Innovation Center, Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering, Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation, BU Start-up Summer Camp, and several new ventures launching from Boston University.

This year TDRR is going digital and using an outside vendor, ePosterboards, to provide us with 44” flat screen TVs to display content from the research centers mentioned above.

The event prides itself on finding a great band every year to provide lively music and foster a dynamic atmosphere for networking. This year, TDRR welcomes the live music of Poor Old Shine, an alternative americana touring band based in Mansfield, CT.

At 5:30pm, Provost of Boston University Jean Morrison will announce the recipient of this year’s Innovator of the Year Award. This award seeks to highlight translational research at Boston University by recognizing an entrepreneurial faculty member who translates his/her world-class research into inventions and innovations that benefit humankind.

Immediately following, Provost Jean Morrison, the Innovator of the Year Award, and Managing Director of the Office of Technology Development Vinit Nijhawan will participate in a photo-op and press conference. Members of the media may receive a media pass to gain access to the photo-op and press conference.

The sponsors of this year’s Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll conference are Nixon Peabody LLP, Pfizer Inc., Sanofi US LLC, Shore Chan DePumpo LLP, and Wolf Greenfield PC.

For more information about the conference and registration, please visit

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