On July 15th, 2014, the Office of Technology Development at Boston University held its fifth 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 showcases 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 includes participation from key translational research centers and new venture groups including:
- Clinical and Translational Science Institute
- Evans Center – Affinity Research Collaboratives
- Center for Regenerative Medicine
- Wallace H. Coulter Translational Research Partnership
- Boston Biomedical Innovation Center
- Center for Future Technologies in Cancer Care
- Engineering Product Innovation Center
- Rafik B. Hariri Institute for Computing and Computational Science & Engineering
- Fraunhofer Center for Manufacturing Innovation
- BU Start-Up Summer Camp
New Ventures launching from Boston University:
Additionally TDRR will be having the first Social Entrepreneurship award. Four projects, which hope to make a difference in the world, will be competing for a prize of $3,000 to further their research. The winner will be decided by the TDRR attendees the day of the event. The projects competing are:
- China Adherence through Technology Study (CATS), which is a WISE-PILL enabled cellphone reminder for patients to take their medicine
- Project “911”, this is a mobile phone enabled connection of patient needs with health care resources
- SEARCH, a smartphone enabled biometric identification that can identify people by imaging their ears
- Post-Natal HIV Care in Africa, a cellphone card incentive system for new mothers to continue ART
This year the Office of Technology Development is proud to announce that TDRR is going digital with an electronic poster board display. These displays will highlight the latest advancements and technologies in the field of life sciences, physical sciences, medical technology, new ventures, and student-based ventures.
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 music by of Parsonsfield (formerly Poor Old Shine), an alternative Americana band.
At 5:30pm, the Vice President and Associate Provost for Research of Boston University Gloria Waters will announce 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 past winners have included Mark Grinstaff (2010), Avrum Spira (2011), James Collins (2012), and Ted Moustakas (2013).
The sponsors of this year’s Tech, Drugs, and Rock n’ Roll conference are Nixon Peabody, Pfizer, Sanofi, Shore Chan, and Wolf Greenfield.
View images from the event here!