University Bioconnect is excited to welcome Dr. Todd Sulchek. He graduated with his PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University and has published over 85 peer-reviewed scientific papers. Currently, he is a scientific co-founder of CellFE and a Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Tech. His expertise is in understanding the biomechanical responses of cells, especially through the design of microsystems. His current role is to develop CellFE’s microfluidics platform. CellFE focuses on a scalable, high-throughput microfluidic device for efficiently delivering gene-editing molecules into cells. Join us as Dr. Sulchek shares his thoughts on microfluidic biotechnology!
5:30-6:00 Networking and hanging out
6:00-6:30 Dr. Sulchek’s presentation and Q/A
6:30-7:30 Networking and hanging out
We’ll also be welcoming the technology startup teams and mentors participating in the Spring 2023 cohort of Nucleate Atlanta. Nucleate is a nonprofit, student-led biotech startup accelerator that doesn’t take equity or charge any fees; it’s intended to be a positive educational experience both for the program runners and the startup teams. Nucleate was spun out of Harvard’s Biotech Club in 2019 and has since generated dozens of companies that have cumulatively raised over $170 million in funding to build a proteomics sequencer, drug discovery engine, RNA therapies, crop-enhancing microbes, and many others. Today, Nucleate is evolving into a fully-fledged national organization, and Atlanta is one of its newest branches.
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!