Month: November 2013

Women in Bio help others at Pivotal Changes event

On October 29th in South San Francisco, Amgen hosted the San Francisco Bay Area chapter’s Pivotal Changes event, which provided guidance for evolving your career through every stage of life. Christine Fera of Lighthouse Capital Partners moderated a panel of invited speakers including Lyn Christenson, a leadership coach with the Linkage Group; Gerry Hansen, founder of Hansen Coaching and Consulting; and Deanna Kosaraju, founder and CEO of Global Tech Women. Though all three speakers addressed the topic from different, yet complementary, angles, the value of strong sponsorship, the necessity of establishing a solid network, and the importance of asserting yourself were common themes of the evening. The enthusiastic and engaged audience of over 100 attendees had enough questions that the event could have lasted double the scheduled time, and all the panelist stayed late into the evening to answer many of the questions that could not be accommodated in the question and answer session. The presentation was bookended by lively networking amongst the attendees over delicious food and drinks.

The event, which was co-sponsored by King and Spalding LLP, also included a successful clothing drive for Dress for Success organized by Brooke Anderson-White and Fiore Cattaruzza. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit that provides disadvantaged women with the clothing and counseling necessary to launch a career. The attendees donated their extra business clothing and money was raised through a raffle for several beautiful pieces of Lia Sophia jewelry donated by Lia Sophia. According to Anderson-White, “The volunteers at Dress for Success were thrilled at the amount and quality of clothing collected and amazed to learn that all the raffle tickets were sold within an hour.” 


Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable and SR One bring OneStart Life Science Entrepreneurship Competition to the Americas

Applications are invited from young, enthusiastic Life Science Entrepreneurs for the chance to translate their cutting edge research into a successful startup. The winner will receive $150K, lab space, and business and intellectual property legal support. 

LONDON, Nov. 20, 2013 – Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) has partnered with SR One to bring their successful OneStart Biotech Business Plan competition to the Americas. OneStart Americas invites individuals or teams of burgeoning life science entrepreneurs under 36 years of age to apply in one of four tracks: drug discovery, medical devices, diagnostics, or health information technology. Thirtyfive selected semi-finalists will undergo two-months of extensive mentorship from venture capitalists, pharmaceutical executives, and other entrepreneurs in order to turn their idea into a comprehensive business plan. 

Entrants will compete for $150,000, free lab space at QB3 in San Francisco for up to one year, and business and legal support. Winners will be selected from a pool of ten finalists based on criteria including innovation, impact to patient health, and quality of the business plan. The only stipulation is that the prize money be used to develop the idea. Unlike other entrepreneurial competitions, all intellectual property is retained by the winning team and neither OBR nor SR One claim any equity in the winning idea.

Launch events for OneStart America will be held in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and Boston.

More information including launch dates, entry requirements, building a team, and the application process is available here. Furthermore, if you are passionate about entrepreneurship but do not have a clear idea of your own or would like to form a team to help develop your idea, create a profile with the Co-Founders Hub here.