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Zinner Breakout Room, 1st Floor

70 Francis Street

Boston, MA 02115

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Ever wonder if your idea could be a viable product or service? Want to know how to move your idea forward? Join the Brigham Research Institute and MassBio for an expert panel discussion and networking session to learn more!

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  • 3:00-3:10 Welcome
  • 3:10-4:00 Panel discussion
  • 4:00-4:30 Networking


Panelists:
Rakshita Dhar, MS
Vinit Nijhawan, B.A.Sc
Ashis Saha, PhD


Rakshita Dhar, MS

Rakhshita currently serves on the Business Development team within Roche Partnering focused on early stage activities in platform technologies and assets located in Boston launching the Boston Innovation hub.

Prior to Roche, Rakhshita spent 6 years at MassBio where she created and oversaw all Innovation Services department and its signature programs MassCONNECT and Pharma partnering days. Under her leadership these programs have become industry leading efforts in both entrepreneurship and partnering and these models are now being emulated by other trade associations around the world.

Prior to MassBio, Rakhshita worked at a boutique business development life science consulting firm, Adjuvant Global Advisors in DC. She holds a Master’s degree in Molecular Biology from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from University of Mumbai.

She is very active in the life-science entrepreneurial community and often volunteers as a judge at various local pitch events.

Vinit Nijhawan, BASc

Vinit Nijhawan is Managing Director in the University Patent Monetization program at UnitedLex and its subsidiary iRunway.

Prior Vinit was Managing Director, Office of Technology Development at Boston University where he launched 8 venture-backed spinoffs and successfully executed a patent monetization program. Vinit teaches MBA courses on Entrepreneurship at BU Questrom School of Business, over 450 students have taken his courses. Vinit has over 30 years of experience building five startups: as CEO of three, five were acquired. Vinit was Venture Partner at Key Venture Partners and his one investment was acquired for $430M. Vinit is an advisor and board member to several technology startups and was a Mass High Tech All-Star in 2005. Vinit has participated in over 240 panel discussions and paper presentations, and was a Board Member of Mass Ventures, an early stage, quasi-public Massachusetts venture capital firm, a co-founder of EdTech Accelerator/Incubator LearnLaunch, ex-President of Massachusetts Association of Technology Transfer Offices and co-founder of Waterloo Alumni Angels. Vinit is also on the non-profit boards of the National Academy of Inventors and VentureCafe. Vinit earned a B.A.Sc in electrical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

Ashis Saha, PhD

Ashis Saha is a PhD medicinal chemist with biotech/pharma leadership and entrepreneurship experience. He is grateful to have led teams that advanced several diseases modifying therapy options to IND stage and beyond. His passion is innovation in drug discovery such that molecules could reach clinical trials in a rapid pace. Presently he is leading novel discovery strategies in metabolic diseases and oncology.


Direction to the Zinner Breakout Room (70 Francis Street): The Zinner Breakout Room is located in the Carl J. and Ruth Shapiro Cardiovascular Center at 70 Francis Street, Boston, MA. Upon entering the building at the street level, walk straight towards the escalators in the rear of the building. The Zinner Conference Center is located on your right; the Breakout room is through the large doors on the left.

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