On July 19th, 2011, the Office of Technology Development at Boston University held its second annual networking conference entitled, Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll (TDRR), from 4-8pm at 775 Commonwealth Avenue.
TDRR is a networking event designed to connect scientists and engineers with entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators. The event showcased emerging technologies from Boston University’s research programs in the fields of life sciences, physical sciences, medical technology, new ventures, and student-based ventures. The event also included participation from key translational research centers.
The event prides itself on finding a great band every year to provide lively music and create a relaxed atmosphere for networking. This year, TDRR welcomed the musical talents led by our own Victor Coelho of the music department and blues legend Lou Pride coming all the way from Chicago.
At 6:30pm, Provost of Boston University Jean Morrison announced the recipient of this year’s 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. The winner of the 2011 Innovator of the Year award was Avrum Spira.