Life Sciences Innovation Program

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Life Sciences Innovation Program (LSIP), a joint collaboration between the Harvard Biotech Club, MassBio and Harvard Business School. LSIP facilitates the creation of Harvard-based life science companies by educating academic scientists and business students about life science entrepreneurship, matching startup founders with life science industry experts, and providing a platform to pitch innovative concepts to investors. To encourage cross-collaboration, seminars and events are open to all Harvard affiliates, regardless of background.

LSIP Co-Sponsors:

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Spring 2018

Business Track

A seminar series at Harvard Business School to introduce business students to life science entrepreneurship. 

April 4, 2018: Cracking the mind of a biotech investor
What investors really care about and how to get them to fund you.

  • Vinit Nijhawan, Entrepreneur and Investor

6-7:30 PM, Hawes Hall Room 201, HBS

April 9, 2018: Sizing up your addressable market
How to determine and validate your potential market opportunity.

  • Alex Waldron, Chief Commercial Officer at Pear Therapeutics

4-5:30 PM, Hawes Hall Room 102, HBS

April 19, 2018: Launching a healthcare startup
Taking your first steps the right way and building a successful foundation.

  • Bonnie Fendrock, CEO Cyta Therapeutics

5-6:30 PM, Hawes Hall Room 201, HBS






Scientist Track

A seminar series at Harvard Medical School to educate scientists about commercializing their innovations.

March 29, 2018: Life Science Entrepreneurship 101
Introduction to creating a life science startup, overview of resources in Boston, how to evaluate an idea and first steps. 

  • Imran Nasrullah, Director of Business Development & Licensing, Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals
  • Lucie Rochard, Manager of Innovation Services, MassBio

5-6:30 PM, Cannon Room, Building C, HMS. RSVP below.

April 17, 2018: Launching technologies from Harvard
Overview of Harvard's resources for startups.

  • Michal Preminger, Executive Director, HMS Office of Technology Development
  • Alice Ly, Associate Director, Harvard Innovation Labs
  • Su Chiang, Senior Associate Director, Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator

5-6 PM, TMEC 227, HMS

April 23, 2018: Financing for life science startups
Early stage financing options for startups, including non-dilutive funding, VCs, angel investors, and industry partners. 

  • Peter Kolchinsky, Founding Partner, RA Capital Management
  • Parker Cassidy, Chief Commercial Officer, Mitra Biotech

5-6:30 PM, Cannon Room, HMS

All Harvard-affiliates are welcome to attend every seminar, whether at HMS or HBS. 

Upcoming Events:



Fall 2018

In September 2018, ten startup teams will be selected to participate in a 4-month mentorship program. Teams will work with life science entrepreneurs and industry experts to commercialize their innovations. Mentors will be carefully matched to the needs of each team by our collaborators at MassBio and MassCONNECT. Applications will be available in August 2018. 

Please check back soon for more information.


Winter 2018-2019

In December 2018, we will host a final showcase for teams that complete the LSIP mentorship program. The final pitch event will be open to the public, LSIP mentors, industry professionals, and potential investors. Industry-sponsored cash prizes will be awarded.

Please check back soon for more information.

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