On July 16th, 2013, the Office of Technology Development at Boston University held its fourth 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 welcomes the musical talents of Brendan James, a singer/songwriter who specializes in folk-based piano music. Brendan recently started a Kickstarter $20,000 campaign to raise money for his new album and has already gained 385 backers totaling over $30,000.
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 2013 Innovator of the Year award was Ted Moustakas. In addition, the founder of the National Academy of Inventors, Paul Sanberg, was also at the event to launch the BU chapter of the National Academy of Inventors.
The sponsors of this year’s Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll conference were Nixon Peabody, Sanofi, Pfizer, and Wolf Greenfield.