Bold Women - Transforming Big Ideas: Springboard Brings Great Women-Led Companies to Stanford Again October 15

Thursday, October 15, 2009 General News
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Springboard Enterprises, in partnership

with Silicon Valley-based Life Sciences Angels and with the support of the Stanford Medical and Law Schools, will host a forum presenting some of the most transformational early stage ventures led by women. The 30 companies and CEOs selected are highly
qualified, serve large and rapidly growing markets and offer a wide range of opportunities within the sector including drug platforms, devices, diagnostics, therapeutics, health care products and health IT.  

The Stanford event is the second stop of Springboard's 2009 forum "road show" program where faculty, students, angel, venture, and corporate investors get a preview of 30 women-led life sciences companies.  In addition to the presentations, the featured speaker is distinguished scientist Dr. George Poste, founder of the BioScience center at ASU and former Chief Science and Technology Officer and President of Research & Development for SmithKline Beecham.

"Springboard has had an outstanding ten-year record of recruiting, qualifying, coaching and showcasing great companies that deliver positive returns to their investors," stated Kay Koplovitz, co-founder and chairman of Springboard Enterprises. "Today's innovations in life sciences are nothing less than miraculous and we've identified some of the most exciting innovations being commercialized by a group of very talented and accomplished women."

Over one hundred companies from across the U.S. and abroad applied to take part in AllThingsLifeSciences 2009.

The Stanford forum is the second leg of a three-event road show. During October selected companies also presented at events at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and will travel to New York City on October 30.

Presenting Companies for the AllThingsLifeSciences: Venture Capital Forum road show:

A&G Pharmaceuticals, Maryland

AdhereTx Corporation, Massachusetts

Arcxis Biotechnologies, California

Arriva Pharmaceuticals, California

Ativa Medical, Minnesota

Avaxia Biologics, Massachusetts

BioMarker Strategies, Maryland

CanFel Bio, California

Closys Corporation, Minnesota

Cognition Therapeutics, Inc, Pennsylvania

ConcentRX, California

Curemark, New York

Design Medix, Oregon

Epicardial Technologies, California

EraGen BioSciences, Wisconsin

Eso-Technologies, Wisconsin

Evidence-Based Solutions, New York

Ibogen, Florida

InfraTrac, Inc, Maryland

Kemeta, Arizona

Michelle's Miracle, Michigan

Moerae Matrix, Indiana

Pasteuria Bioscience Inc, Florida

PharmaJet, Colorado

Quintessence, Wisconsin

Semprae Laboratories, Inc, New Jersey

Sequella, Maryland

Slender Medical, Israel

SPR Therapeutics, Ohio

Stemina Biomarker Discovery, Wisconsin

Zenobia Therapeutics, California

AllThingsLifeSciences Road Show Co-hosts: Life Science Angels; Phenomenelle Angels; New York City Investment Fund and New York City Biotech Association.  Sponsors: Aetna Foundation; Alexandria Real Estate; Covington and Burling LLP; Grant Thornton LLP; Morrison Foerster LLP; Merck & Co; MetLife;  the Wisconsin Department of Commerce; Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions; The University of Wisconsin College of Letters and Science; Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP.    The Venue sponsors:  The George Washington University's Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence; University of Wisconsin/Madison's Fluno Center; Stanford's Medical and Law Schools; and PricewaterhouseCoopers .  Contributors: Women In Bio and Guard Dog Brand Development.

Venture-Catalyst Springboard Enterprises is the go-to organization for information about and support for emerging growth ventures led by women. Springboard recruits, qualified, coaches, showcases, and supports women entrepreneurs as they seek equity capital and build their businesses. The 380 companies that have been showcased at Springboard forums have raised over $4.5 billion in equity, grants, and corporate investments and provided positive returns for their investors including 7 IPOs. Springboard Enterprises is supported by Patron Sponsors AETNA Foundation; AON; Capital One Bank, NASDAQ Foundation; Venable LLP, Grant Thornton LLP, and The George Washington University and Center For Entrepreneurial Excellence (CFEE).

SOURCE Springboard Enterprises

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