University Bioconnect: Growing your Start Up w/ NIH

Jun 28, 2023 5:30PM—7:30PM


Manuel's Tavern 602 North Highland Avenue Northeast Atlanta, GA

Cost Free

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For our next event, we are excited to welcome 3 representatives from NIH – Dr. Joshua Hooks, Dr. Stephanie Davis and Dr. Saroj Regmi.

Dr. Joshua Hooks is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow who joined NIA’s Office of Strategic Extramural Programs in August 2022. He is primarily working with the Small Business team, assisting with various opportunities for start-ups and new entrepreneurs. Dr. Hooks is leading and developing several programs to assist small businesses, and early-stage investigators, bring their age-related innovations to market. Additionally, he is working to evaluate and implement programs aimed to diversify the backgrounds and experiences of individuals in aging technology and research.

Dr. Stephanie Davis is the small business program coordinator for National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute[NHLBI]. Before joining the NHLBI’s Innovation and Commercialization Office in December 2020, Stephanie was selected for the 2019-2020 Executive Branch AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellows Program, where she served as a Program Manager in the National Institute on Aging Office of Small Business Research.

Dr. Saroj Regmi is a Program Director at the National Cancer Institute’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Development Center. In his role, he provides oversight, guidance, administers funding, as well as offers networking assistance for small businesses to accelerate the translation of cancer-related technologies. Prior to joining the NCI, Saroj was a Program Officer at the National Institute on Aging Office of Strategic Extramural Programs (OSEP) where he led the development of entrepreneurship-focused programs and played a key role in planning and implementation of a suite of programs to help small businesses and early-career scientists. Saroj conducted his postdoctoral work at NIH and received his Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology from Dartmouth Medical School.

Come join the conversation with three excellent NIH representatives that are determined to help small businesses come to life!

5:30pm-6:00pm Networking and hanging out
6:00pm-6:30pm Josh, Stephanie, Saroj presentation and Q/A
6:30pm-7:30pm Networking and hanging out

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Dress code: on the casual side of business casual, depending on your preference. (It’s a light social hang, so feel free to wear whatever you have on that day or whatever feels right to you).

University Bioconnect is founded on the observation that major biotech centers such as Kendall Square in Boston have community gatherings to share ideas and discuss the many themes that are collectively biotech. One can show up to these events and meet tons of people passionate about biotech’s potential to improve the world, people like researchers from top-tier institutions, clinicians, biotech startup founders, venture capital investors, and employees of massive biotech companies. Before you know it, three hours have passed, and connections have been made that sometimes lead to innovations that would have been impossible otherwise.

As we see it, Atlanta is past-due for developing a similar scene. The University Bioconnect Meetup is being launched by Ph.D. students from Georgia Tech, Emory, GSU, and Morehouse with assistance from VentureLab at Georgia Tech, to host monthly meetups with wide-ranging topics to foster the types of connections that make great biotech hubs thrive. With its leading position in research, clinical expertise, and recent and planned infrastructure, Atlanta is well-positioned to create the world’s next top high-growth biotech community; join us and help make that vision a reality!