Tuesday, February 28, 2012

And then there was one (sponsorship spot)

Great support from a stellar group of sponsors for the 13th edition of the Nantucket Conference this year. We have just one spot left but it's a really good one - includes the opportunity to present a client case study to our Nantucketeers.

Details on the Under 30 entrepreneurs program for Nantucket 2012

Each year, we make a handful of passes available to young entrepreneurs who want to participate in the Nantucket Conference (June 7-9, 2012). This year, these passes are being underwritten by the generous folks at Microsoft, Alex Goldberg of Canary Ventures, the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire, Atlas Venture, Founder Collective, Longworth Venture Partners, and Matrix Partners. Our gratitude also goes to Scott Savitz, who helped immensely with this year's program, and Brad Feld, who suggested the Under 30 idea in the first place.

If you are an entrepreneur who hasn't yet turned 30, send us an e-mail with your name, a sentence or two describing your current venture, and a bit about how you think you might benefit from being part of the 2012 conference. At the event, you'll get a chance to introduce yourself and your start-up to the audience, and to get feedback and input from other participants throughout the 2.5 days.

You must apply by Thursday, April 19th by midnight. You'll hear back from us in April or May if we can hook you up. As a note, these free passes cover conference participation, freebies, and meals, but not travel to Nantucket or lodging on the island.

If you are someone who would like to underwrite a pass so that an Under 30 entrepreneur may attend, please get in touch. Underwriters may choose the entrepreneur they'd like to sponsor from the list of applicants, or they can ask the conference organizers to choose.

Here's the list of the eight entrepreneurs who participated in the Under 30 program last year, and all of the underwriters.

Friday, February 3, 2012

First wave of speakers announced for Convergence Forum Chatham, 2012

We're excited to reveal some of the speakers who'll be joining us this May for the Convergence Forum in Chatham, Mass. They are:

· Julian Adams, PhD, President of Research & Development, Infinity Pharmaceuticals
· John Brooks III, CEO, Joslin Diabetes Center
· Michelle Dipp, MD, PhD, CEO, OvaScience; Partner, Longwood Fund
· Leonard Guarente, PhD, Novartis Professor of Biology, MIT
· Jose-Carlos Gutierrez-Ramos, PhD, SVP BioTherapeutics Research & Development, Pfizer
· Steven Holtzman, EVP of Corporate Development, Biogen Idec
· Sridhar Iyengar, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, AgaMatrix
· Reid Leonard, PhD, Managing Director, Merck Research Venture Fund
· Mark Levin, Partner, Third Rock Ventures
· Anmol Madan, PhD, Founder, Ginger.io
· David Meeker, CEO, Genzyme
· David Schafran, CEO, EyeNetra
· Philip Vickers, PhD, SVP of Research & Development, Shire Human Genetic Therapies

We hope you'll be there, too, for this ninth annual gathering of life sciences leaders.