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The Newsletter of the MTTC for the Massachusetts

entrepreneur & tech transfer community 

June 10, 2017
Dear MATTO Members and Friends,

With the help of the Mass Life Sciences Center we have developed a list of non-profit and for-profit resources for life sciences entrepreneurs: Incubators Accelerators Mentors and other life science resources.  We hope that you will find this a useful reference document and please let us know if other resources should be added.

If you are going to BIO this year, we hope that you will join us at the  
International Cancer Cluster Showcase - BIO 2017  in San Diego on Monday, June 19.
 The MTTC Team - Abi, Julia, Michele and Barbara   Follow us on Twitter 
 MTTC Update
MTTC's 10th annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day took place on June 1, 2017.    The Notebook from the conference has been posted on
We congratulate the Poster Competition winners this year:
  • Mark Cartwright, Wyss Institute: $2500 Charles River Innovation Award
  • Daniel Dadon, Elektrofi: $1000 prize
  • Ashok Chander, Cellanyx: $500 prize
If you are not a member of the MALSI group on LinkedIn, please join so that you can stay involved in programs that support early stage life sciences companies in the Commonwealth. 

MTTC announces Acorn Innovation Fund winners
The MTTC Acorn Innovation Awards - funded by the Commonwealth's Innovation Commercialization Seed Fund - support the demonstration of technologies developed at Massachusetts universities. These awards are used to further develop a prototype or to gather additional data in order to show proof of concept. Each of the following awards are for $10K.
  1. MIT: Alexander Slocum "The 'LyoKit' Drug Reconstitution Device"
  2. Boston University: M. Selim Unlu "Interferometric Imaging Biosensor for Small Molecule - Protein Kinetics"
  3. Harvard Medical School: Eli Peli"Fabrication and evaluation of high power mirror-based prism for the treatment of patients with hemianopia (loss of half of visual field)"
  4. WPI: John McNeil "Wearable Wireless Device for Affordable Pressure Ulcer Prevention"
  5. WNEU: Christian Salmon "Prototype development of LED-based spectrophotometer for use in assessing quality of medications, with intended implementation in Low and Middle Income Countries"
  6. UMass Lowell: Anna Yarolslavsky "Reduction of skin cancer care costs through polarization-sensitive optical imaging"
  7. UMass Dartmouth: Chen-Lu Yang "Electrochemical ammunition disposal and material recovery"
  8. UMass Lowell: Daniel Schmidt "Scale-up and Characterization of a High Performance BPA-Free Unsaturated Resin"
  9. UMass Amherst: James Allan "AuCoDe: a controversy detection engine for finance"
  10. UMass Boston: Robyn Hannigan "VAI Quick-Test"

International Cancer Cluster Showcase - BIO 2017

When: Monday, June 19th 2017, 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Where:  Upper Level - Rooms 26AB and 27AB, San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 

Join us for the 6th ICCS: an oncology partnering event showcasing cutting edge innovations from leading industry clusters

Partners from: Massachusetts, Quebec, Philadelphia, the SF Bay Area, Oslo, the UK Golden Triangle, Catalonia and the Paris Region are teaming up again to present their oncology pipelines as a satellite event to BIO 2017.

See the detailed   Agenda

Click here to register

Presenters include:

Québec, Canada
Feldan Therapeutics
Oslo Cancer Cluster, Norway
Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center, USA
Cyteir Therapeutics

OBN, United Kingdom
Crescendo Biologics
Wistar Institute and Partners, Philadelphia, USA
ISOMA Diagnostics
PepVax, Inc.
NearUS: EU funded project to boost EU-US R&I collaboration 
Stanford SPARK, USA
Wong Laboratory: Peptide vaccine to treat Glioblastoma
SPARK Portfolio: Update on novel oncology opportunities
Medicen, France & BioCat / Catalonia Trade & Investment                                   
OSE Immunotherapeutics, France
Ariana Pharma, France
Ability Pharmaceuticals, Catalonia
Zeclinics, Catalonia
Flashcell, France

Find more information on  

Funding Opportunities
Shell GameChanger Innovation Challenge
Prospecting & Funding Game Changing Technologies
Shell GameChanger is soliciting early-stage innovative technology solutions and proposals in the following categories for potential funding and partnership opportunities.
Proposals are due June 30th, applicants will be notified of interest by July 31st.

For more details and to submit your technology please click  here

NEIBC: Funding Opportunities U.S. - Israel Cooperation for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
A project proposal must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel). The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization.
Examples of areas of research and development themes within the scope of this call are: Solar Power, Alternative Fuels, Advanced Vehicle Technologies, Smart Grid, Water-Energy Nexus, Wind Energy, Advanced Manufacturing or any other Renewable Energy/Energy Efficiency technology.
Submission Deadline: August 21, 2017
Initial concept submissions are due by July 6, 2017, and full proposals are due by August 21, 2017.
Please refer to BIRD's website for submission details

MLSC's Massachusetts Transition and Growth Program (MassTAG)
The Massachusetts Transition and Growth Program ("MassTAG") will provide grant funding to encourage companies to establish operations in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Critical objectives for this program are job creation, scientific advancement that will benefit patients and further growth of the Massachusetts life sciences ecosystem. The program will focus on companies that do not initially qualify for the MLSC's tax incentive program due to a lack of existing operations in the Commonwealth. For more information, click here.

Funding Available for Massachusetts Tech Startups - MassTech Intern Partnership
The MassTech Intern Partnership was launched for Summer 2017 . This programs helps the Commonwealth provide meaningful innovation economy work experiences for local students and graduates, helping us ultimately retain more talent. MassTech provides matching funds of up to $3,200 to tech firms who hire a local intern for the summer. In particular, we hope that companies focused in digital health, cyber security, robotics, and IoT/advanced manufacturing will take advantage of this program. Through a partnership with the New England Venture Capital Association, firms and interns participating in this program also gain the benefits of the TechGen Network.  
Spin-off and Start-up News
MassCEC Catalyst Awardee and MassChallenge Alumnus is Producing a Portable Fridge That Runs on Sun and Water.  Boston-based startup Evaptainers is developing a portable fridge that doesn't need electricity.The company, which is now headquartered at MassChallenge as an "alumni in residence," started in a class of the MIT Development Lab. Read more 

Harvard Biotech Spinout Lands $10M to Make Platelets From Stem Cells. Platelet Biogenesis is a Boston-based startup led by Sven Karlsson, president and co-founder and recent panelist at the MTTC's MALSI Day 2017.
Karlsson's startup aims to bring hospitals an alternative: platelets produced as needed from stem cells. Platelet BioGenesis, a spinout from Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital, now has $10 million from a Series A round of funding to support preclinical testing of its regenerative medicine technology. Read more

MIT is still the Bay State's patent powerhouse. The National Academy of Inventors named MIT, with a total of 278 patents in 2016, as the No. 2 university on its list of the top 100 worldwide universities granted U.S. patents in 2016. MIT has notably held the second-place position since the report was first compiled in 2013. Other MATTO institutions included on the list are: Harvard College, the University of Massachusetts, Tufts University and Tufts Medical Center, Inc., and Northeastern University. Read more

UMass President Meehan awards $735K to faculty science and technology initiatives
The projects showcase a range of cutting-edge faculty research being conducted across the UMass system, from enhancing clean energy technologies to developing materials that can autonomously release drugs and precisely target tumors.
The nine projects receiving grants from the Science & Technology Initiatives Fund - selected from a field of 23 proposals - are as follows:
  • UMass Amherst Center for Autonomous Chemistry (with UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School) - S. Thayumanvanan, Chemistry, will serve as PI
  • UMass Amherst The UMass Unmanned Aerial System Research and Education Collaborative (UASREC) (with UMass Dartmouth) - Michael Knodler, UMass Transportation Center, will serve as PI  
  • UMass Amherst Center for Smart and Connected Society (CS2) (with UMass Medical School) - Prashant Shenoy, UMass Amherst Computer Sciences and David McManus, UMass Medical Cardiovascular Medicine, will serve as PIs
  • UMass Boston Quantum Photonics (with UMass Lowell) - Dr. Greg Sun, Engineering, will serve as PI
  • UMass Dartmouth Probiotic Discovery, Engineering & Manufacturing Pipeline (PDEMP) (with UMass Medical School) - Vanni Bucci, Mark Silby, UMass Dartmouth Biology, will serve as PIs
  • UMass Lowell  Emerging Energy Innovation Institute (EEII) - Professor Christopher Niezrecki of the Department of Mechanical Engineering will serve as PI
  • UMass Medical School Center for Data Driven Discovery and HealthCare (D³Health) - David McManus, Cardiovascular Healthcare; Jomol Mathew, Ph.D., CIO; and Silvia Corvera, Diabetes and Molecular Medicine, will serve as PIs
  • UMass Lowell   UMOVE (UMass MOVEment Research Center): Exploring the mechanics of movement and muscle function (with UMass Amherst and UMass Medical School) - Dr. Matthew Gage, Chemistry, will serve as PI 
  • UMass Lowell   UMass Consortium for Research on Imaging and Informatics (with UMass Medical) - Dr. Hengyong Yu, UMass Lowell Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Michael King, UMass Medical School Research of Radiology will serve as PIs.
Events of Interest
6th Annual Deshpande Symposium for Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Higher Education

June 12-14, 2017
Where : UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren Street, Lowell, MA
The Deshpande Symposium is a gathering of like-minded practitioners focused on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship across the college and university environment. The Symposium provides a venue for attendees to learn from each others' experiences; to gain wider exposure for their ideas, successes and start-ups; and to collaborate on activities that increase innovation and entrepreneurship in their academic communities.

For more information and to register please visit the Event website

The Capital Network Events:
Applying for Angel Funding- Part 1: An Angel's Perspective
When: June 14, 8:45am - 11:00am
Where : LearnLaunch, 281 summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
Is Equity Crowdfunding Right For Your Early-Stage Company?
When: June 19, 11:45am - 2:00pm  Where: LearnLaunch, 281 summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
Series A Venture Fast Track: A Fundraising Bootcamp for Post-Seed Entrepreneurs with Top Boston VCs & Investors
When: June 28, 8:30am - 2:00pm
Where: LearnLaunch, 281 summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
For more information and to register please visit the Events' website

MIT Enterprise Forum's Demo Day events     
Winning startups from Thailand and Poland will be pitching, and prominent members of the Boston entrepreneurial ecosystem such as David Cancel of Drift and Assaf Biderman of Superpedestrian will be speaking on a panel. MIT professors, researchers, and students will be present as well.
MITEF Thailand Demo Day
When: June 19, 5-9pm
Where: MIT Samberg Conference Center
For more information and to register please visit the Event website

MITEF Poland Demo Day
When: June 275-9pm
MIT Media Lab
For more information and to register please visit the Event website  

A MedTech Legend Shares Secrets to his Success

: June 20, 2017, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Cambridge Innovation Center, One Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Join for an evening with a giant in the medical device world, as Manny Villafaña shares his stories and experience being at the front lines of cardiac innovation. Manny Villafaña has been envisioning and creating products which have revolutionized care for millions of patients. As an entrepreneur, he has successfully brought 7 companies through IPO's and as an inventor he hasn't stopped designing better solutions to challenging problems. Join us for an entertaining evening with a true medical device visionary.

Please RSVP here 

Harvard Medical School Public Forum: Does Overeating Cause Obesity?
When: June 21, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Where: Marriott Long Wharf Hotel, Harborview Ballroom, 296 State Street,
Experts in the field of obesity medicine, including faculty from Harvard Medical School (HMS) and around the country, will lead a discussion of the complexities of obesity and an assessment of its causes and effective treatment. Offered in conjunction with the HMS Blackburn Course in Obesity Medicine, the 2017 Public Forum includes an opportunity to ask questions to the faculty and help frame the discussion. The session is free and open to the public.
For more information and to register please visit the Event website

Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll 2017

When: July 11, 2017 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Where: Boston University, Metcalf Hall, George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Boston University's Office of Technology Development announces the 8th Annual Tech, Drugs, and Rock n' Roll networking event.
 Meet like-minded people, explore new ventures and celebrate the intersection of the medical, technology and business communities at this year's Tech, Drugs and Rock n' Roll.
Innovator of the Year: The award will be presented by the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research of Boston University Gloria Waters.
Exhibits and digital posters: Representatives from the Boston University research community will display the latest advancements and technologies in their field.
To register please visit the Event website

4th Life Science Knowledge Management Summit
When: August 9, 2017 - August 10, 2017, 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Where: Wyndham Boston Beacon Hill, Boston,
This year's summit will be augmented with a second track featuring sessions on the application of vision-focused KM for data-analysis, business insights and strategic planning. This track will develop the ability of executives and decision makers to improve business outcomes by developing cross-functional teams focused on targeted analytics, data-driven strategies and sound governance.
For more information and to register please visit the Event website   

MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge: Startup Spotlight 2017

When: June 14, 2017
Where: Hatch Fenway, Landmark Center, 8th Fl, 401 Park Drive, Boston, MA, 02215
The Startup Spotlight 2017 will bring tighter 400+ innovators, entrepreneurs, investors, corporate business development and business professionals for a unique, interactive and delicious networking event at Hatch Fenway.
The application is now open as MIT Enterprise Forum searches for 40 exhibitors to represent the best of the best startups in the Boston/Cambridge area. Learn more and apply before April 21, 2017.
For more information and to register please visit the Event website

4th Cell & Gene Therapy (CGT) Conference
When: September 11-12, 2017
Where: Boston, MA.
This meeting will bring together academia and industry to showcase several new technologies emerging in the field of cell and gene therapy.
Session Topics: State of the Art in CGT; Preclinical Development of Novel Technologies; Translational Studies and Lessons Learned; Funding and Regulatory Challenges; and Product Development and Commercialization.
For more information and to register please visit the Event website

22nd International Conference of FFC: Functional Foods and Bioactive Compounds in Health and Disease: Science and Practice
When: September 23, 2017, 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Where: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School Boston, USA
Functional Food Center is pleased to announce its 22 nd International Conference "Functional and Medical Foods for Chronic Diseases: Bioactive Compounds and Biomarkers".  This conference will bring together experts in medicine, biology, and the food industry to discuss the functional foods with bioactive compounds as dietary interventions for chronic diseases. Conference organized by FFC and Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory at Department of Surgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

Call for Abstracts: 
Deadline for abstract submission has been extended until July 31st, 2017, 5pm. Please email your abstract as an attachment to

For more information and to register please visit the Event website
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