2021 Events

Last year we built relationships with founders through workshops, founder talks, and deep dives into opportunities for innovation.

Events for 2022 announced soon!

Pre-registration for 2022 now open!

11/1

Monday
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM ET

Welcome

15 minute summit kickoff with Founder-led Biotech Summit hosts Pillar VC & Petri.

Tony Kulesa
Co-founder,
Petri
12 - 1:00 PM ET — CORE SESSION

Summit Kickoff with 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.

Reshma Shetty
Co-founder,
Ginkgo Bioworks
1 - 1:30 PM ET — Networking

Speed Meetings

Meet relevant people through our structured 3-minute speed chats.

2 -3:00 PM ET — Legal

IP Law for Startups

Join Goodwin for a talk covering the basics on IP law for biotech startups.

Erini Svokos Partner, Goodwin
Yasin Akbari Associate, Goodwin
3 - 4:00 PM ET — Founder Talk

Bernat Olle

Bernat is Chief Executive Officer at Vedanta Biosciences. Vedanta is pioneering rational design of drugs made of defined consortia of bacteria that are essential dwellers of the gut ecosystem.

Bernat Olle
Co-founder & CEO,
Vedanta Biosciences
4 - 5:00 PM ET — Founder Talk

Jen Nwankwo

Jen Nwankwo is the Founder and CEO at 1910 Genomics. 1910 Genetics  is integrating AI computation and biological automation to accelerate the design of small molecule and protein therapeutics. 

Jen Nwankwo
Founder & CEO,
1910 Genetics

11/2

Tuesday
9 - 9:30 AM ET — Workshop

Scientific Communication for founders with Liz Neeley

Liz Neeley, CEO of Liminal Creations, will give a talk on communication strategies for scientific founders.

Liz Neeley
Co-founder & CEO,
Liminal Creations
9:30 - 11 AM ET — Workshop

Scientific Communication Workshop

Learn how to create a science story that motivates your team and captivates funders for your startup. Limited space workshop. Apply to attend.

Liz Neeley
Co-founder & CEO,
Liminal Creations
12 - 1:00PM ET — CORE SESSION

Getting your first term sheet

Discover strategies to build relationships with investors and secure capital to launch your startup.
Jamie Goldstein Founding Partner, Pillar VC
1 - 1:30 PM ET — Networking

Speed Meetings

Meet relevant people through our structured 3-minute speed chats.

3 - 4:00 PM ET — Founder Talk

Celine Halioua

Celine Halioua is Founder and CEO of Loyal. Loyal is a biotech startup developing drugs to extend dog lifespan. She also dabbles in biotech & deep-tech investing.

Celine Halioua
Founder & CEO,
Loyal
4 - 5:00 PM ET — Panel

Accelerating Biotech Product Development

Learn from leaders developing transformative technologies for cell transfection, lab-grown cotton and DNA data storage. Hosted by Cambridge Consultants

Mike Dunkley
SVP of Bioinnovation, Cambridge Consultants
Bethany Grant Head of R&D, Kytopen
Tracy Kambara Head of Molecular Biology, CATALOG
Luciano Bueno
Founder and CEO, Galy
8:30 - 10:00 PM ET — in-person event

founder-led biotech happy hour (Bay Area)

Join us for a fun evening celebrating founders, scientists and biotech enthusiasts at this in-person happy hour at CANOPY Jackson Square in San Francisco (must be vaccinated to attend).

RSVP Here. Hosted by Petri Bio, Cantos Ventures and Boom Capital

11/3

Wednesday
11 AM - 12:00 PM ET — Networking

Women's Leadership breakfast

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

12 - 1:00 PM 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.

Tony Kulesa
Co-founder,
Petri
1 - 1:30 PM ET — Networking

Speed Meetings

Meet relevant people through our structured 3-minute speed chats.

2 - 2:30 PM ET — Hiring

The 4 Truths About Hiring

David Edelson and Kate Kozak of TriNet offer advice for biotech founders on hiring and compliance. Hosted by TriNet.

David Edelson Director, International Services, TriNet
Kate Kozak National Industry Director, Life Science, TriNet
3 - 4:00 Pm ET — Founder Talk

Alice Zhang

Join us for a founder talk with Alice Zhang, CEO and Co-founder of Verge Genomics. Verge is using human genomics to develop transformational genetic medicines.

Alice Zhang
Co-founder & CEO,
Verge Genomics
4 - 5:00 PM ET — The Future of Bio

The Impact of Machine Learning on Therapeutics

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

Surge Biswas
Co-founder & CEO
Nabla Bio
Gleb Kuznetsov
Co-founder & CEO
Manifold Bio
Virginia Burger
Co-founder & CEO
New Equilibrium Biosciences
5:30 - 6:30 PM ET — The Future of Bio

Living on the edge: emerging opportunities in extreme biology

Hosted by Fauna Bio, Arcadia Science and Peel Therapeutics

Ashley Zehnder
Co-founder & CEO
Fauna Bio
Seemay Chou
Co-founder & CEO
Arcadia Science
Joshua Schiffman
Co-founder & CEO
PEEL Therapeutics

11/4

Thursday
10 - 10:30 AM ET — Legal

IP talk with David Harburger, Ph.D.

David Harburger
Life Sciences Patent Attorney & Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig, LLP
12 - 1:00 PM ET — CORE SESSION

$200k Pillar VC Pitch Competition

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

1 - 1:30 PM ET — Networking

Speed Meetings

Meet relevant people through our structured 3-minute speed chats.

3 - 4:00 PM ET — Founder Talk

Sean McClain

Sean McClain is Founder and CEO of Absci a drug and target discovery company harnessing deep learning and synthetic biology to expand the therapeutic potential of proteins.

Sean McClain
Founder & CEO,
Absci
4 - 5:00 Pm ET — The future of bio

The Future of Cell and Gene Therapies Panel

Join us for a panel exploring expanding the reach of gene and cell therapy technology. 

Jake Becraft
Co-founder & CEO
Strand Therapeutics
Lex Rovner
Co-founder & CEO
64x Bio
Nabiha Saklayen
Co-founder & CEO
Cellino
5:30 - 7:30 Pm ET — in-person event

Founder-Led Biotech Summit Party

For those of you ready (and vaccinated) please come join us for this in-person happy hour at Middlesex in Cambridge’s Central Sq. Boston, MA. Hosted by First Republic Bank. RSVP here.

11/5

Friday
10 - 11:00 AM et — Tour

Virtual lab tours

Learn more about building in Boston; attend virtual tours of lab spaces in the area.
— Nest Bio
— Greentown Labs

Joy Srinivas-Vargas
Laboratory Operations Manager, Nest.bio Labs
Sam Crum
Membership Growth Manager, Greentown Labs
12 - 1:00PM ET — CORE SESSION

Synthetic Biology and Sustainability

Learn from a panel of founders working on  the intersection of synthetic biology and sustainability.

Jen Keane
Co-founder and CEO, Modern Synthesis
Maricel Saenz Founder and CEO, Compound Foods
Josh Moser
Venture Partner, Petri
Luciano Bueno
Founder and CEO, Galy
2 - 3:00 PM et — Tour

Virtual lab tours

Learn more about building in Boston; attend virtual tours of lab spaces in the area.
— Lab Central
— Alexandria LaunchLabs

Johannes Fruehauf
Co-founder and President, LabCentral
Jill Kirchdorfer
Director of Lab Operations, Alexandria Launchlabs
Gabrielle Wood
Senior Operations Coordinator, Alexandria Launchlabs
3 - 4:00 PM ET — Founder Talk

Mark Smith

Join us for a founder talk with Mark Smith, CEO of Finch Therapeutics. Finch is a clinical-stage microbiome therapeutics company.

Mark Smith
CEO
Finch Therapeutics
4 - 5:00 Pm ET — The future of bio

Next Generation 'omics

New ways of measuring nucleic acids, proteins, sugars, lipids, and other biomolecules, across space and time.

Jack O'Meara
Co-founder & CEO
Ochre Bio
Mariana Matus
Co-founder & CEO
Biobot Analytics
Mimoun Cadosch Delmar
Founder & CEO
Matterworks

2022 events
announced soon!

Oct 31st - Nov 4th, 2022

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