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

Alice Zhang

Co-Founder and CEO, Verge Genomics

Bernat Olle

CEO and Co-founder, Vedanta Biosciences

Celine Halioua

Founder and CEO, Loyal

Surge Biswas

Co-founder & CEO, Nabla Bio

Mark Smith

CEO, Finch Therapeutics

Nabiha Saklayen

Co-founder & CEO, Cellino

Sean McClain

Founder & CEO, Absci

Jen Nwankwo

Founder & CEO, 1910 Genetics

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
Daily from 1 - 1:30 PM et

Speed Chats

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

11/2

Tuesday
9 - 11:00Am et — Workshop

Scientific Communication for Founders With Liz Neeley

Learn how to create a science story that motivates your team and captivates funders for your startup. 9 – 9:30 AM ET session open to all. 9:30 – 11:00 AM ET limited space workshop. Apply to attend.

12 - 1:00pm et — Core Session

Funding Strategies for Startups

11/3

Wednesday
11 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Women's Leadership Breakfast

Meet women and other underrepresented genders building in biotech. Limited space. Apply to attend.

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.

11/4

Thursday
12 - 1:00pm et — Core Session

$200k Pitch Competition Award Ceremony

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

4 - 5:00 Pm ET — The future of bio

The Future of Cell and Gene Therapies Panel

Expanding the reach of gene and cell therapy technology.

11/5

Friday
12 - 1:00pm et — Core Session

Synthetic Biology and Sustainability

Meet leading founders who are solving the worlds biggest problems in biology and sustainability.

10 - 11:00 AM et & 2 - 3:00 PM ET

Virtual lab tours

Attend virtual tours of some of our favorite lab spaces suitable for biotech startups.

$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 — Top three awardees share their ideas alongside field leaders;
                      live audience choice voting closes and winners are announced

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.