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Financing Alternatives: Where’s the Money??
Thursday, June 9, 2011

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Registration and Networking
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Industry Panel
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Networking Reception

Although VC's are a traditional source of funds, there are many opportunities for financing that can get your company to where you need it to be. You just need to know the right people.  Join our panel to hear from government granting agencies, foundations, angels and VCs who have opportunities for you to fund your company.  Our Panel discussions are candid, interactive and informal. We want you to walk away with the real story behind how things work so you can make it happen yourself. This Panel will be followed by a Networking Reception.


  • Jodi B. Black, PhD; MMSc, Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research Activities, NHLBI, NIH
  • Sohini Chowdhury, Associate Director, Research Programs, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
  • Jon Mogford, PhD, Deputy Director, DARPA-Defense Sciences
Cost & Registration

-Regular Price: $50
-Partners' Network: $40
-Meet with Alumni: $30
-Student: $20


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
1000 Marsh Road
Building 1100
Menlo Park, CA 94025-1015
Click here for Venue Directions»


Jodi B. Black, PhD; MMSc, Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research Activities, NHLBI, NIH
Dr. Black has over 20 years of scientific research and research administration experience with a diverse background in basic and clinical science, programmatic administration, and leadership. She has developed, implemented, and managed large, diverse, multidisciplinary scientific programs and projects in areas including infectious diseases, cancer and genomics, has established research resources and enhanced their utilization, has promoted training and career development, and has developed strategic alliances between academic, healthcare and commercial organizations to leverage resources and capacity across institutions. As Deputy Director, Division of Extramural Research Activities (DERA), National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, she provides scientific and management leadership and oversight of extramural research and training programs that are remarkable in their diversity, scope, and funding. DERA scientific activities span the Institute’s entire $2.8 billion research portfolio involving cardiovascular, lung, blood diseases, sleep disorders, and blood resources and encompass basic, clinical, and population-based research and training. Dr Black currently also serves as the Acting-Director of the Office of Translational Alliances and Coordination providing leadership and coordination to accelerate the translation of basic discoveries and innovations into new diagnostics, devices, and therapeutics. The Office facilitates identification of emerging areas of translational opportunities and provides functional integration by developing interdependent teams that leverage resources and intellect across the NHLBI and with other ICs, agencies, and organizations.

Sohini Chowdhury, Associate Director, Research Programs, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Sohini Chowdhury joined the Foundation after spending five years at the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland. As the Senior Community Manager of the Forum's Technology Pioneers program, she was responsible for annually selecting and integrating innovative biotech, energy and IT technology companies into Forum activities. Ms. Chowdhury also worked directly for the Forum's CEO, acting as his liaison with key Forum stakeholders and overseeing several in-house projects. Ms. Chowdhury graduated with an MA from Georgetown University, and holds a BA in International Studies from Vassar College.

Jon Mogford, PhD, Deputy Director, DARPA-Defense Sciences
Jon Mogford is the Deputy Director in the Defense Sciences Office with interests in wound healing/regeneration, cellular therapies, tissue engineering, and vascular physiology. Dr. Mogford received his doctorate in medical sciences (physiology) from the Texas A&M; Health Science Center and performed post-doctoral work at the University of Chicago. He later served as a Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University. His research background includes studies on the role of growth factors, age, and ischemia/hypoxia on dermal wound healing/scarring and on the control of cell phenotype and microvascular function by cell adhesion receptors, growth factors, and extracellular matrix.

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