Life Sciences Innovation Program

The Life Sciences Innovation Program (LSIP) is a 3-month entrepreneur mentorship program that facilitates the creation of Harvard-based life sciences companies. If you have a technology or idea that you want to commercialize, LSIP will help you get off the ground by connecting you with experienced startup advisors and providing a platform to pitch to the startup community. Mentors will be carefully matched based on your startup's needs by our collaborators at MassBio and MassCONNECT, and MBA students from Harvard Business School will provide team support.

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Previous events

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

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

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

  • Bonnie Fendrock, CEO Cyta Therapeutics






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

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

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

LSIP Co-Sponsors:

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