Springboard Enterprises

ATLS 2009

all things life science 2009


About AllThingsLifeSciences: 2009

Co-hosted by Springboard Enterprises, Phenomenelle Angels Fund I, LP, Life Science Angels, the New York Biotechnology Association, and the New York City Investment Fund, the Springboard: AllThingsLifeScience 2009 program featured 30 of the most promising high-growth, women-led companies in the life sciences. There were Forum Events held across the United States in October, 2009, showcasing the entrepreneurs before an audience of the area’s top corporate, angel, and venture investors.

Silicon Valley Forum Co-Host

New York City Forum Co-Hosts:

Series Co-Host

Madison Forum Co-Host

Washington DC Bootcamp

When: July 15-16, 2009
Where: Washington, DC

In a trio of events in Washington, DC Springboard welcomed the newest class of women-led life science companies at a two day intensive program which included a briefing at the White House and a Reception with Congressman Van Hollen (MD-8), Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-12) and other members of Congress on Capitol Hill. The program left attendees and presenters lauding it as energizinginspirational, and life-changing.


Hosted by the Office of Public Engagement
Speakers: Elizabeth Vale, Business Liaison, Office of Public Engagement
Tom Kalil, Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology
Dr. Kavita Patel, Director of Policy for the Office of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs
Heather Zichal, Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change
Dr. Pamela Reilly Contag, CEO ConcentRx
Kay Koplovitz, Chairman, Springboard Enterprises

  • CAPITOL HILL RECEPTION co-hosted by Women In Bio
    Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-12)
    Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-20)
    Congressman Chris Van Hollen (MD-8)
    Jim Greenwood, CEO, BIO
    Jill Griffiths, VP Global Thought Leadership, Aetna
    Kay Koplovitz, Chair, Springboard Enterprises


Madison Venture Forum

When: October 1, 2009
Where: University of Wisconsin, Fluno Center
601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715

With the support of the Phenomenelle Angels, several State Government Departments and the University of Wisconsin, Madison Dean of the College of Letters and Science, the Madison venture forum was the first stop in the ATLS road show. The forum, plus an Equity Matters Seminar program and pre-forum reception the evening before, was held at the Fluno Center at the University of Wisconsin in Madison on October 1, 2009 to an audience of Midwest angel investors, venture capitalists and area service providers. An expert panel of entrepreneurs launched the day’s 18 company presentations, divided by timely “break-out” sessions in the demo area designed for one-on-one discussions and by a “Meet the Companies” luncheon that further facilitated the connections between potential funders and our presenting companies. Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton gave an inspiring speech about the developing Madison bioscience sphere and the importance of Springboard’s involvement. Secretary of Financial Institutions Lauri Keating Heinemann participated and the day concluded with a panel of Midwest investors.

Silicon Valley Venture Forum

When: October 15, 2009
Where: Paul Brest Hall, Building 4
Munger Complex, Stanford University
559 Nathan Abbott Way, Stanford, CA 94305

The Silicon Valley venture forum on October 15, 2009 was hosted in partnership with Silicon Valley-based Life Science Angels. Springboard Chairman Kay Koplovitz, President Amy Millman and a panel of Springboard Alumnae met with 20 women professors and researchers from the Stanford Medical School for a special pre-forum meeting and an al fresco reception was held the night before for about 100 supporters and alumnae hosted by Springboard Advisory Council member Ellen Hancock at her Los Altos home. The next day 19 companies presented at the Stanford Law School facility to an intimate group of angels, venture capitalists, program sponsors, coaches, and officials from the University.

“Thank you again for a wonderful event – the fruit of your efforts over the last few months were obvious – the [women] were outstanding and gave wonderful pitches.”
Yael Weiss, Merck & Co., Inc.

New York City Venture Forum

When: October 30, 2009
Where: Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP
300 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017

Working with the New York City Investment Fund and the New York Biotechnology Association in a high-profile partnership, the New York City venture forum took place at PricewaterhouseCoopers in front of a diverse group of investors, business development executives, University tech transfer agents, sponsors, coaches and experts from the New York life sciences scene. Keynote speaker Dr. Peter Corr of Celtic Therapeutics and former head of science and technology for Pfizer, discussed how start-up life science companies can help address the current discovery and development challenges faced by large pharmaceutical companies. Featured speakers New York City Economic Development Corporation’s President Seth Pinsky, New York City Investment Fund’s President & CEO Maria Gotsch and New York Biotechnology Association President Nathan Tinker all underscored the opportunities the city has to offer life sciences companies with emphasis on the 2010 opening of the new East River Science Park, managed by sponsor Alexandria Real Estate. Twenty-four companies presented in NYC – from biotechnology and devices to diagnostics, healthcare and health IT.


Our Alumnae

“Thank you a million times! Words cannot express what a great experience this has been! I am grateful to all of you for your help, guidance and patience! I am proud to be a Springboard alumna and look forward to the future with all of you!” -Michelle White, Michelle’s Miracle (ATLS 09)

“A life-changing experience in all respects! I hope there is a congressional medal of honor at some point, because that’s what everyone at Springboard deserves. Thank you to the entire team for the wonderful experience. I’m really looking forward to the future with all of you.” -Susan Catalano, Cognition Therapeutics

“Again, thank you SO much for the wonderful and extraordinarily impressive and helpful program. I benefited greatly from your efforts already – and that’s even before getting any funding! What an incredible program you’ve built! I am so pleased to be lucky enough to take part in Springboard as a presenter this year – and, hopefully, in subsequent years, as an involved supporter.” -Cynthia Lander, Moerae Matrix, Inc.

“Thank you so much for this opportunity and the wonderful days in Washington DC. I am truly honored to be a part of such an inspiring organization. To be in a room with you, your team, and all of these inspiring woman is something I will always treasure. The entrepreneurial, passionate spirit of the group was so invigorating!” -Maria E. Bennett, SPR Therapeutics, LLC

“The entire experience: the incredible women, the planning, the events, the insights, the learning, the connections, the receptions, the fun and sharing, the synergy and juice that flowed around the room, all of it was a highlight of my life. Your vision of how to bring women together to share and brainstorm, to help each other, is unique. Nowhere in the entire world does this happen, I am sure.” -Kathy Callender, PharmaJet

“And you really know how to stage an event! It was wonderful, and many congratulations on making it through the first [venture forum in the road show]. Two to go, and I’m looking forward to both. Thanks for always being my cheerleader. Appreciated more than you can know.” -Carol Nacy, Sequella

“Springboard has been one of the best experiences of my life.” -Deborah Mash, Ibogen, Inc.

“Thank you a million times! Words cannot express what a great experience this has been! I am grateful to all of you for your help, guidance and patience! I am proud to be a Springboard alumnae and look forward to the future with all of you!” -Michelle White, Michelle’s Miracle, Inc.

“I wanted to thank all of you for your help with the organization, coaching and…introductions for the Palo Alto and New York Springboard presentations. DesignMedix benefited from all of the effort. There is no doubt that all of the coaching and suggestions helped to make better presentations. I also greatly appreciate the ongoing contacts and information. Thanks for your willingness to spend time.” -Lynnor Stevenson, Design Medix

“Thank you so much for a really wonderful experience for Semprae at Springboard. From the get go, you have been amazingly supportive as we move through this exciting, challenging process of building a successful business.” -Rachel Braun Scherl, Semprae Laboratories, Inc.

Our Partners and Affiliates

“I wanted to thank you for a fantastic day, meeting your impressive “graduates” and “students” and attending the White House briefing.” -Stefanie Shelly, Capital One Bank

“Words do not adequately describe what a fantastic , talented and brilliant group Springboard has assembled ! I am so impressed and honored to have been in such great company! I will call you next week but in the meantime please accept this message of appreciation and thanks!” -Michael Murdoch, Aon Corporation

“I enjoyed being part of the Springboard boot camp today with all of your accomplished alumnae, inspiring new members and experienced advisors. Thanks for inviting me to participate!” -Elaine Jones, Pfizer, Inc.

“I wanted to let you know that Pete Farner of TGap venture capital was absolutely raving about the professionalism and quality of the presentations/deals at the conference in Madison. I’ve actually never heard him be so effusive. CONGRATULATIONS and very well deserved!!!!!” -Linda Hall Keller, Carlson School of Business, U of M

“What a fabulous forum! Thank you… for your leadership to place Springboard at the heart of innovation in Palo Alto.” -Carol Nichols, Circle C Ventures

“Thank YOU for making our participation in Springboard so incredible! We really enjoyed every moment of it and look forward to staying in touch and participating again!” -Camille DeSantis and Maria Casini, Guard Dog Brand Development