Office of Technology Development to Host Fifth Annual “Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll” Conference

2014 Innovator of the Year Award will be announced by Provost Jean Morrison

Boston, MA – The Office of Technology Development at Boston University will host its fifth annual networking conference entitled, Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll (TDRR), on July 15, 2014 from 4 – 8 pm at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA.

TDRR is a networking event designed to connect scientists and engineers with entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. The event will showcase emerging technologies from Boston University’s research programs in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences, medical technology, new ventures, and student-based ventures.

At 5:30 pm, BU’s Vice President and Associate Provost for Research, Gloria Waters will announce the recipient of the 2014 Innovator of the Year Award. This award seeks to highlight translational research at Boston University by recognizing an entrepreneurial faculty member who translates his/her world-class research into inventions and innovations that benefit humankind.

Gloria Waters, the Innovator of the Year Recipient, and Managing Director of the Office of Technology Development Vinit Nijhawan will be available following the announcement of the award to participate in a photo-op and press conference.

In what has become an annual tradition, the event will also provide live music to foster a dynamic atmosphere for networking. This year, TDRR welcomes the live music of Parsonfield, formerly Poor Old Shine, an alternative Americana touring band based in Mansfield, CT.

TDRR will include participation from key translational research centers including the Evans Center – Affinity Research Collaboratives, Center for Regenerative Medicine, and Boston Biomedical Innovation Center among others. Additionally TDRR will showcase the first Social Entrepreneurship award where four projects that hope to make a difference in the world, will be competing for a prize of $3,000 to further their research. TDRR attendees will decide the winner the day of the event. Contestant projects include a smartphone-enabled biometric identification that can identify people by imaging their ears, and a cellphone card incentive system for new mothers to continue ART among others.