Boston University’s Office of Technology Development Hosts Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll 2015

2015 Innovator of the Year Award will be announced by Vice President and Associate Provost for Research Gloria Waters

Boston, MA – The Office of Technology Development at Boston University will host its 6th annual Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll (TDRR) networking conference on July 14, 2015 from 4 – 8 pm at the Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

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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, and student-based ventures.

At 5:30 pm, BU’s Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, Gloria Waters will announce the recipient of the 2015 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.

Gloria Waters, the Innovator of the Year Recipient, and Managing Director of the Office of Technology Development Vinit Nijhawan will be available following the announcement of the award to participate in a photo-op and press conference.

Kingsley Flood - TDRR 2015 Band


In what has become an annual tradition, the event will also provide live music to foster a dynamic atmosphere for networking. This year, TDRR welcomes the live music of Kingsley Flood, a rising folk-rock band that has won three Boston Music Awards, including Album of the Year.

For the first time, TDRR is proud to present Funder Alley, a novel initiative implemented to drive direct interaction between investors and innovators looking for investments. Companies like Pfizer CTI, Sanofi, Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC), Mass Medical Angels, Allied Minds, Rockport Capital and VentureWell amongst others will set up shop at the event for attendees to ask questions, get information, or simply connect with industry professionals.


TDRR will include participation from key translational research centers including the Evans Center – Affinity Research Collaboratives, Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Boston Medical Center Clinical Research and others. Additionally, TDRR will host a mobile app development contest, MAPP, where participants will submit their ideas for problem-solving applications in a 60-second video. Audience voting will determine the winner and $3,000 in prizes are up for grabs. You can vote and view contest submissions here.


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