Newlab and the Biodesign Challenge Alumni Board present The Business of Biodesign, a live networking event featuring two complementary panels:

Panel 1: Founders – Turning Ideas into Biodesign Companies
Moderated by Sara Nejad, BDC Alumni and Product Realization Specialist, Newlab 

  • Tessa Callaghan, CEO, AlgiKnit
  • Ross McBee, Chief Scientific Officer, TomTex
  • Chui-Lian Lee, CEO, Werewool

Panel 2: Funders – New Investment Opportunities in Biodesign
Moderated by Clair Purcell, Chief Venture Builder, Newlab

  • Pratibha Vuppuluri, Head of Global Portfolio & Investments, Unreasonable Group
  • Sabriya Stukes, Chief Scientific Officer, IndieBio

Join us on May 25, 6:00pm ET at Newlab (19 Morris Ave, Brooklyn) to meet and learn from the entrepreneurs building the next companies in biodesign, and the investors supporting them. The panel discussions will be followed by a networking reception and Newlab tour where light refreshments will be served.

About Newlab

Newlab advances technologies that support the health of our planet. Acting as facilitator, connector, and translator for its community of experts and innovators, Newlab helps build, test, and scale world-changing ideas through investment, venture building, and structured collaboration with industry and government partners.

Recently named Fast Company’s Design Company of the Year, Newlab opened in the Brooklyn Navy Yard in 2016, transforming what was once a naval machine shop into an 84,000 square foot center for applied innovation. Today, Newlab is home to over 200 companies, more than 900 entrepreneurs, and domain experts – all working together to apply transformative technologies to the world’s most pressing challenges. To date, Newlab has helped its member companies raise over $450M in capital, with over $400M of successful exits, and a collective valuation of over $2.8B.

About Biodesign Challenge

Biodesign Challenge (BDC) is a nonprofit education program and competition that gives high school and college students the opportunity to envision the future of biotechnology. Throughout the academic year, students create new biotech applications in agriculture, energy, medicine, fashion, architecture, and more. They simultaneously consider the ethical and environmental impacts of introducing new technologies to society.

Each June, finalist teams from classrooms showcase their designs at the BDC Summit before a global audience, including 50 interdisciplinary judges who award the coveted Glass Microbe. BDC alumni go on to turn their projects into startups, showcase in galleries and design festivals, receive patents, and become BDC instructors themselves. To date, the business community has invested $20+ million in BDC startups.