On July 24th, 2012, the Office of Technology Development at Boston University held its third 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 including the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Photonics Center, Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation, and Wallace H. Coulter Foundation.
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 of The Void Union, a musical collective brought together by their love of Jamaican music styles. Their years of experience in the Jamaican music scene have earned the VOID Union’s members the credit and respect of many renowned musicians, with their mission being to always keep music and art as their number one priority.
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 2012 Innovator of the Year award was James Collins.
The sponsors of this year’s Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll conference were Latham & Wakins LLP, Sanofi US, and Nixon Peabody LLP.