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Yale Innovation Summit 2021

              Entrepreneurs IGNITE

A Virtual Experience

Highlighting entrepreneurial Yale faculty and students and the investable innovations coming out of Yale labs

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OCR hosted the most inclusive Yale Innovation Summit in Event’s History

From May 18 through May 21, 2021, Yale’s Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) hosted the seventh Yale Innovation Summit.

Having to adapt our event to a virtual experience created some exciting opportunities. Specifically, we were able to accept submissions from more innovators than ever before; nearly 100 biotech and healthcare startups ranging from pre-company ideas to A and B round ventures were featured this year in an online Pitch Video Showcase, 36 of which competed live over three afternoons in front of 30 leading investors. The portfolio of projects and startups spotlighted are from the Yale community and Connecticut Innovations. These entrepreneurs were given the chance to present to executives from approximately 100 top venture capital groups attending the event, reaffirming that the Yale Innovation Summit is the best opportunity to be seen in Connecticut.” Bill Wiesler, Ph.D., M.B.A., Director of New Ventures and of Blavatnik Fund for Innovation at Yale said.


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***Award Recipients***

Pitch Day 1 - Recap Video

Pitch Day 2 - Recap Video

Pitch Day 3 - Recap Video

Faye Rogers headshot
Targeted Therapeutics for Cancers with Gene Amplification
Gloria Huang
New Treatment Strategy for ARID1A-Mutated Cancers

2021 Blavatnik Awardees

Read full announcement here.

Choukri Ben Mamoun headshot
Professor of Medicine (infectious diseases) and of Microbial Pathogenesi
Virtus Therapeutics: A Novel Therapy for Pantothenate Kinase-Associated Neurodegeneration
Demetrios Braddock
Associate Professor of Pathology
Net Therapeutics: Targeting NETs in Human Disease
Joseph Contessa headshot
Professor of Therapeutic Radiology and of Pharmacology
Apira: Developing Therapeutic OST Inhibitors
Anjelica Gonzalez
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Aero Therapeutics: Preclinical Validation of Low-Cost Versatile Respirator
Mustafa Khokha
Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care Medicine)
Small Molecule Regulation of β-catenin Nuclear Transport: New Targets Against Cancer
Nikhil Malvankar
Assistant Professor of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry
Faster, Reliable & Scalable DNA Sequencing using Biomolecular Electronics
Faye Rogers headshot
Associate Professor of Therapeutic Radiology
TargetGene Therapeutics: Direct Targeting of Amplified Cancer Driver Genes as a Therapeutic Strategy

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