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University of Missouri Extension & Engagement Week – October 18-23

Extension and Engagement Week 2021 brings together all four universities in the UM System, MU Extension, MU Health, and statewide partners, stakeholders, state agency leaders and legislators – all working together to learn, brainstorm and create a plan for improving the health, well-being and health outcomes of people in the state of Missouri. A variety of events presented by leaders and thinkers around the state will explore all things health, from issues of health equity to the opioid crisis. All faculty, staff, students and interested members of the public are welcome to attend!


MU NextGen Discovery Series: Precision Addiction Science Research at MU – October 20, 12 PM – 1 PM

The NextGen Precision Health Discovery Series provides learning opportunities for UM System faculty and staff across disciplines, the statewide community and other partners to learn about the scope of precision health research and identify potential collaborative opportunities. This month, Brett Froeliger, PhD will highlight ongoing efforts from across the system for addressing drug addiction and share his own translational research that is focused on identifying mechanisms of action of new treatments for substance use disorders.


2021 Cigna Innovation Challenge Semifinalist Pitch Day – October 21, 10 AM CST

The 2021 Cigna Innovation Challenge is a global initiative led by Cigna and MATTER to help empower and support people living with diabetes to reach their optimal health. Watch semifinalists pitch their diabetes care solutions to a panel of industry leaders for an opportunity to participate in an accelerator program aimed at outlining a pilot opportunity with Cigna. This virtual event is free and open to the public.


MATTER Workshop: Product Development Series Part 1: Product Management – October 26, 1:30 PM – 3 PM CST

Effective product management boils down to knowing what to build and when to build it. This workshop will go over how to set up a transparent and predictable product management process that is designed to work for startups but will scale with organization growth. The workshop will also discuss how to use customer benefit metrics to drive product and other business decisions. Tickets are available to this virtual workshop from MATTER for $25.


Pharmaceutical Quality Symposium 2021: Innovations in a Changing World – October 26-27

The Pharmaceutical Quality Symposium is a free virtual event provided by FDA’s CDER Small Business and Industry Assistance (SBIA) program. A part of the SBIA Regulatory Education for Industry (REdI) series, the symposium will address the latest developments in pharmaceutical quality and highlight ways in which innovations have been embraced in a changing world. Presentations that may be of interest to early stage academic entrepreneurs are listed below. Please see the Agenda for a full list of topics to be covered.

  • The Knowledge-Aided Assessment and Structured Application (KASA) presentations will cover the quality assessment of applications for new drugs and biologics licenses.

  • Day 2 will have a series of presentations for the topic ‘A Foundation of Science’, which will cover case studies on how laboratory research directly enabled guidance for industry and regulatory approval for specific products.


MATTER Tales from the Trenches: Sean Lane, CEO of Olive – October 27, 1 PM – 2:30 PM CST

Join Olive CEO Sean Lane and MATTER for the next Tales from the Trenches™ where Sean will discuss his pivot from government service to entrepreneurship, what's coming up next for Olive and advice for entrepreneurs. Olive is a health tech AI startup founded by Sean in 2012. This virtual event is free and open to the public.


MATTER Workshop: Product Development Series Part 2: Development Process – October 28, 10 AM – 11:30 AM CST

Effective product development boils down to knowing how to build high quality, secure, easy to maintain and scalable products as efficiently as possible. It’s not about technology; it’s about setting up a process that allows each of the aforementioned qualities to be easily measured and to use those measurements to drive critical product build decisions. This workshop will cover how to set up that development process with the right metrics. Tickets are available to this virtual workshop from MATTER for $25.


MATTER Health Equity Innovation Accelerator: Startup Showcase – November 4, 2 PM – 5 PM CST

Join MATTER and YWCA Metropolitan Chicago for the inaugural Health Equity Innovation business accelerator showcase. Come to meet the cohort, learn about their health equity solutions and have the opportunity to virtually network with the cohort after their pitches. This virtual event is free and open to the public.


19th Annual Great Plains Infectious Disease Conference – November 5-6

Great Plains Infectious Disease (GPID) fosters networking and cutting-edge research in infectious diseases. Faculty, senior students and post-docs from throughout the region will present their research on infectious diseases at GPID 2021. The deadline to submit an abstract is November 1st. This in-person event, hosted by the University of Missouri, is free for faculty, graduate students, post-docs, technicians and undergraduates.


Matter: The Evolution of Virtual Care – November 9, 12 PM – 1:30 PM CST

Join MATTER and Trustmark for the next program in Insights on Innovation for Self-insured Employers to hear from a panel of stakeholders on the rapid evolution of virtual care. The conversation will explore how virtual care options are changing the game for self-insured employers and employees, where the market is going, what self-insured employers are looking for in terms of innovative solutions and how to offer those solutions. This virtual event also offers a networking opportunity and it is free and open to the public.


Washington University Equalize 2022 Program Application – Due November 10

Equalize is a pitch competition designed to take national action around the disparity of women academic inventors forming university startups. Applications for the 2022 virtual mentor program and in-person event (to be held in St. Louis, Missouri on June 30, 2022) are due November 10, 2021. This program matches women academic entrepreneurs in MedTech and Therapeutics with industry mentors to develop a pitch to be presented in front of investors, industry experts, and peers. The product concept must be no more than 4 years from IND or product launch. A full listing of eligibility requirements can be found here.


M2D2 Barracuda Bowl Pitch Event – November 16, 3 PM – 5:30 PM CST

Watch an impressive lineup of innovative medtech entrepreneurs pitch to a panel of industry-leading investors from the Boston area and stick around for a networking opportunity. This virtual event, hosted by M2D2, is free and open to the public.


UMass Lowell: Financial Planning and Modeling for Startups – November 18, 12 PM – 1 PM CST

Strong financial planning is necessary to put a startup in the best position to succeed. But in a dynamic startup, a static budget will leave founders guessing. A comprehensive and adaptable financial model lays the groundwork for businesses to reach their goals through accurate forecasting, in-depth scenario planning and proper expense management. Learn how to navigate the complexity of back-office finances in this lunch and learn hosted by the UMass Lowell Innovation Hub. This virtual event is free and open to the public.


SHARPhub On-Demand Webinars

You’ll find valuable guidance in this library of on-demand webinars from the experts at BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting (BBCetc). Their on-demand webinars provide access to topics to help you pursue the funding and guidance you need to commercialize your innovation. They are made available courtesy of BBCetc and are free of charge for SHARPhub program participants. Others may access the webinars for a fee.

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