It is no secret that the entrepreneurial landscape of the life sciences sector has experienced a seismic shift in recent years. Understanding your company’s needs, the funding opportunities available, and specifics on what investors look for are all critical elements entrepreneurs need to know to find the right fit for their company’s technology sector and stage of development.
On March 22, at the NEOMED Institute, the Greater Montreal chapter of Women In Bio will host a half-day conference. This event will bring together seasoned life science entrepreneurs and investors to discuss the challenges, as well as the opportunities, in funding innovation in the life sciences. A panel of investors will discuss the broad range of funding options and platforms that are available and share tips on effectively interacting with potential investors. In addition, an entrepreneur showcase session will highlight Québec success stories, with CEOs sharing their experiences and offering advice.
Speakers will include: Rebecca Yu (Head of JLABS @ Toronto), Clarissa Desjardins (CEO & Founder, Clementia Pharmaceuticals), Margaret Magdesian (CEO & Founder, ANANDA Devices), Geneviève Guertin (Portfolio Manager, FSTQ), Inès Holzbaur (General Partner, Amorchem), Maha Katabi (Partner, Sectoral Asset Management), Tara Nickerson (Chief Business Officer, Prothena Biosciences), Michèle Houpert (Director, Life Sciences Branch, Ministry of Economy, Science and Innovation), and Louise Proulx (Chief Development Officer, Therillia Development Company). Early Bird pricing is available.
Stas Gayshan is Managing Director at the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC) and the founder of CIC Boston.
Stas leads the development of new CIC projects in the Americas, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and beyond, connecting innovators across boundaries and borders. Stas works with governments, universities, large corporations, real estate developers, entrepreneurs, non-profits, funders, and other stakeholders to solve difficult problems, build powerful, interwoven innovation ecosystems, and help cities craft lasting, impactful outcomes.
A globally sought-after thought leader on innovation and entrepreneurship, Stas is often seen speaking at conferences and judging startup competitions around the world.
Stas Gayshan joined CIC in early 2014. Previously, Stas was the Founder & CEO of Space with a Soul, a 20,000 square foot coworking space in Boston’s Innovation District. Stas is an entrepreneur, an attorney and he worked in Democratic political campaigns at various levels prior to starting Space with a Soul. In his political work, Stas focused on the intersection of collaboration, technology and activism.
Stas has been recognized by the Boston Globe as one of the Most Innovative People in Massachusetts Business and by CJP as one of Boston’s most influential young leaders. He holds leadership positions in several philanthropic and non-profit organizations active in the Greater Boston area. Stas has a B.A. and J.D. from Boston College.More Details