EBD Group to announce the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Startup Day competition grand prize winner at BioPharm America™ 2015 Partnering Event

BioPharm America™ 2015 life science partnering event will take place in Boston September 15–17 at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. The event will convene members of the global life science community to forge connections among startups, entrepreneurs and the drug development industry.

A pitch contest for startup and young companies will take place in the afternoon during  Biotech Startup Day on Wednesday, September 16. A panel of judges will choose a winner of this open-mic session from among 20 pre-selected Startup Day applicants, and the winner will receive a presentation slot and complimentary full access registration to the 2016 BioPharm America event.


Entrepreneurs participating in Biotech Startup Day also may be eligible to compete for a grand prize being awarded through the Johnson & Johnson Innovation Startup Day competition. The winner of this competition will have the opportunity to gain access to the use of one bench at a Johnson & Johnson Innovation, JLABS location for three months and six months of mentorship from a Johnson & Johnson Innovation team member. For specific eligibility requirements and application materials please visit the online information page.


Biotech Startup Day is a dedicated day at BioPharm America that is specifically designed to provide early-stage projects and young companies the opportunity to get on the radar of the global life science community through presentations and partnering meetings with Boston’s leading financiers, pharma dealmakers and biotech business key opinion leaders.


The live pitch contest will be moderated by Doug MacDougall, President of MacDougall Biomedical Communications, and the judging panel includes:

  • Jeffrey Arnold – Member, Mass Med Angels and Boston Harbor Angels
  • Thomas Luby – Senior Director, New Ventures, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Boston
  • Ivana Magovcevic-Liebisch – Senior VP and Head of Global Business Development, Teva  Pharmaceuticals
  • Jason Rhodes – Partner, Atlas Venture
  • S. Edward Torres – Co-Founder and Managing Director, Lilly Ventures


Register now and plan your Boston week this September 15–17. The deadline to submit your Biotech Startup Day registration for consideration is Tuesday, September 8, 2015. All awards will be announced onsite at Biotech Startup Day on Wednesday, September 16, 2015.


Partnering at BioPharm America is facilitated by partneringONE®, the gold standard one-to-one networking solution for the life sciences.


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About  EBD Group

EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group’s partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.

EBD Group’s conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:


EBD Group’s sophisticated web-based partnering service, partneringONE®, is used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and partnering360® is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences throughout the year.

EBD Group is an Informa company. Informa is the largest publicly-owned organizer of exhibitions, conferences and training in the world.

EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.

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Erin Righetti

EBD Group

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