The future of biotech is

PHD-led scientist-led founder-led.

A free virtual summit convening biotech founders, PhDs, scientists, investors and leaders.

Registration now
open!

A new breed of biotech company is rapidly emerging:
the founder-led biotech.

We believe the best biotech companies of the future will be led by founders. Companies like Ginkgo Bioworks, Asimov, PathAI, and many more are blazing the trail for the next generation.

The Founder-Led Biotech Summit is a free virtual event that brings together leaders from around the globe to drive this movement.

Keynote speaker

Reshma Shetty

Reshma Shetty, Co-Founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, will present a keynote speech, sharing her story from co-founding the company to taking it public through a SPAC in 2021.

Additional speakers & hosts include

Host

Emily Leproust

Founder & CEO, Twist Bioscience

Andy Beck

Founder & CEO, Path AI

Host

Pam Silver

Professor of Systems Biology, Harvard

Host

TJ Parker

Co-founder & CEO, PillPack

Host

Mark Smith

CEO, Finch Therapeutics

Speaker

Nabiha Saklayen

Co-founder & CEO, Cellino

Speaker

Alec Nielsen

Founder & CEO, Asimov

Host

Jen Nwankwo

Founder & CEO, 1910 Genetics

Speaker

More Speakers & Hosts
Coming soon

11/1

Monday
12 - 1:00pm et — Core Session

Summit Kickoff

Reshma Shetty, Co-Founder of Ginkgo Bioworks, will present a keynote speech, sharing her story from co-founding the company to taking it public through a SPAC in 2021.

Reshma Shetty
Co-founder
Ginkgo Bioworks
3 - 4:00 PM et — Networking

Speed Meetings

Meet relevant people through our structured 5-minute speed chats.

11/2

Tuesday
12 - 1:00pm et — Core Session

Founders to Watch Awards

Listen to several Founders to Watch awardees give flash talks on their companies and the problems they are solving for human health and sustainability.  Apply »

3:30 - 4:30 Pm ET — The future of bio

Reproductive Medicine

New technologies for family planning, genetic medicine, IVF, and other topics surrounding reproduction.

11/3

Wednesday
12 - 1:00pm et — Core Session

tactics for building in bio

Interested in building? This talk is designed to help first-time founders understand how to go from idea to action.

3:30 - 4:30 Pm ET — The future of bio

AI-native biotech

Inference and design enabled by machine learning for exploring biology and developing new therapeutics.

11/4

Thursday
12 - 1:00pm et — Core Session

$200k Pillar VC Pitch Competition

$200K in non-dilutive grant prizes to to fuel founder-led bio startups. Live voting for audience choice awards. Apply »

3:30 - 4:30 Pm ET — The future of bio

Next generation gene and cell therapies

Expanding the reach of gene and cell therapy technology.

11/5

Friday
12 - 1:00pm et — Core Session

Funding Strategies

Discover strategies to build relationships with investors and secure capital to launch your startup.

10 - 11:00 AM et

Virtual lab tours

Learn more about building in Boston; attend virtual tours of lab spaces in the area. 

$200k
Pillar VC Pitch Competition

All prizes are grants (dilution-free). Winners will receive coaching and mentorship from experienced biotech founders.

$100k

First
Place

First prize will be awarded to the most compelling team working on breakthrough science with the potential for significant impact.

$25k

Second
Place

Two second place prizes will be awarded to promising teams as they emerge into the biotech ecosystem.

$15k

Third
place

Two third place prizes will be awarded to two teams that are onto something exciting at the intersection of bio and tech.

$5k

Audience
Choice

Four audience choice awards will be chosen by you during the live event.

Notable dates:
Oct. 1st — Initial entries due by 11:59 pm ET
Oct. 15th — Finalists notified
Nov. 4th — Finalists pitch live to expert judges

Founders to Watch Awards

The Founders to Watch Award honors emerging CEOs who are tackling complex challenges at the intersection of biology and technology.

Recipients are founders you’ll want to follow over the next few years — they’re disruptors with an eye on impact. 

Each recipient will receive 1:1 coaching and mentorship from experienced biotech founders, as well as the opportunity to host a flash talk during Founder-Led Bio Week. From human health to sustainability, we invite you to apply or to nominate a founder who is transforming biotech by October 1, 2021.

Register

Founder-led Biotech Week is a free and
entirely virtual summit.