Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll


Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll (TDRR) is a networking event that started in 2010, which was designed to connect scientists and engineers with entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. The event highlights emerging technologies from Boston University’s research programs in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences, medical technology, new ventures, and student-based ventures, with the additional presence of participating applied and translational research centers.

The Office of Technology Development focuses on the idea of maximizing collisions and minimizing friction. TDRR focuses on the first half of that mission statement, attempting to galvanize our attendees into making connections (collisions) which develop into long lasting collaborations.

Another exciting feature of our unique event is the 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. Our past winners have been Mark Grinstaff (2010), Avrum Spira (2011), James Collins (2012), Ted Moustakas (2013), Mark Crovella (2014), Dr. David J. Salant (2015), and Ed Damiano (2016).

The event prides itself on finding a great band every year to provide lively music and create a relaxed atmosphere for networking. Each year we choose a unique band that fully encapsulates the Rock n’ Roll aspect of our event. In the past, our headlining musical acts have been Joshua Tree, Lou Pride, Brendan James, Parsonsfield, and Kingsley Flood.

The Office of Technology Development is grateful for our many generous sponsors. This year’s sponsors include Nixon Peabody, Sanofi, and Shore Chan DePumpo LLP. If you’re interested in sponsorship, please contact Susan Mulrean at

The event promises to be a fun summer evening of networking and building connections, fueled by some rock n’ roll!