Session Abstract – PMWC 2020 Silicon Valley

Accelerators and incubators play a vital role in biomedical and digital health startups, providing advice, direction, resources, industry connections and funding required to start bringing their product visions to market. This Showcase will feature leading accelerators, incubators and selected successful startups.

Confirmed Presenting Companies:

 Speaker Profile

General Partner, SOSV, Founder, IndieBio

Arvind founded IndieBio, the world’s largest biotech program based seed fund. Using a blend of scientific method and design thinking Arvind and the IndieBio team funds startups that can impact over a billion people or address markets over a billion dollars. Beginning his professional life as an options market maker in the Pacific Coast Exchange in the Microsoft pit, Arvind left trading in search of a career with deeper meaning. Arvind set out and discovered design when IDEO hired him. As a design director of product development and strategy at IDEO, he led the team that designed the Samsung Galaxy Curve, amassed 8 patents, received many international design awards and moved to Shanghai to build the Asia product design team. Further, Arvind co-founded Starters, a personal fitness app that gained thousands of users in 98 countries. Joining SOSV in 2013, Arvind became a venture capitalist to invest in biotech and deep science technologies including AR/VR and new user interfaces. He is a regular speaker at TEDx, TechCrunch Disrupt, Slush conference, Startup Iceland and SFMOMA among others. His writing appears in Nature, Rotman, Forbes and Design Observer. He has been awarded 8 US Patents and has had his work in the SF Museum of Modern Art. Arvind received his B.S. in Genetic Engineering from UCSB and studied Industrial Design at SFSU. Arvind is married with two daughters. He is 2016 world champion in No Gi Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has climbed El Capitan and other big walls, was a BASE Jumper and big wave surfer. He is currently trains MMA and BJJ.

 Speaker Profile

Executive Director, CNY Biotech Accelerator

Kathi manages client interaction, facility operations, policy development, supportive programming and advancement of collaborative partnerships such as the Kingston Syracuse Pathway (KSP). KSP is a cross-border group working to solidify research collaboration and business growth opportunities. Kathi created the Medical Device Innovation Challenge, an intensive mentorship, and resource-rich program which has graduated 16 early-stage startup teams since the program was initiated in 2017. Kathi serves as a Board Member for both MedTech, a non-profit trade organization, and the Business Incubator Association of New York State and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Kathi is the Medical Device Annual Conference Chair and GCP Certification Instructor for the Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA). She also serves on the Human Factors Engineering Committee and Clinical Investigations Working Group for the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Most importantly, Kathi has 3 daughters and 6 very active grandchildren.

Accelerators/Incubators Showcase:
CNY Biotech Accelerator

Central New York Biotech Accelerator (CNYBAC) is located in an Opportunity Zone. CNYBAC staff promote programs, manage wet lab licensing, coordinate access to Upstate Medical University expertise and CORE Facilities, and match resources to biotech innovators within a collaborative ecosystem.

CNY Biotech Accelerator Partnerships And Programs
This presentation will provide an overview of the programs and partnerships that are generated through the Central New York Biotech Accelerator and our vibrant collaborative ecosystem. We do not compete for clients, rather we work together to support startup growth.

 Speaker Profile

Ph.D, Incubator Manager, QB3

Gino assists startups with placement into the QB3 incubator network and beyond. He also oversees the day-to-day operations at the QB3 [email protected] and coordinates the development of new incubator spaces. He has more than 15 years experience working at established life science companies and providing strategic and funding advice to startup companies. Gino earned his PhD in physics from UC Berkeley.