Yale BioHaven Entrepreneurship Seminars begin with TheraLogics

'Starting a Drug Development Venture Without Venture Capital'

New Haven, Conn. --The Yale BioHaven Entrepreneurship Seminars series begins its fall schedule on Wednesday, September 20 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Anlyan Center Auditorium of Yale Medical School, 300 Cedar Street.

This program will feature TheraLogics, Inc., a technology start-up company that is unusual because it has not received -- and is not seeking -- venture capital investments. Rather, it is funded through licensing agreements of technology previously developed by one co-founder of the company. TheraLogics also anticipates participating in a non-profit foundation as a potential source of research revenue.

Speakers are Max Wallace, the C.E.O. of TheraLogics and former C.E.O. of Trimeris Pharmaceuticals; and Sankar Ghosh, professor of immunobiology, and molecular biophysics & biochemistry at Yale University and co-founder of TheraLogics.

Many major human diseases, including arthritis, asthma, colitis, and cancer can be attributed to problems related to regulation of the transcription factor NF-kB. The goal of TheraLogics is to develop effective inhibitors of NF-kB and to bring these drugs into the clinical arena by establishing a network of investigators in academia and biopharm, who are each focusing on one of the major NF-kB–relevant target diseases.

Wallace and Ghosh will discuss how they have managed to move from basic research to applying a technology rapidly, even though TheraLogics has yet to make itself visible on the web or with a physical research facility. Their intention is to show potential academic founders and entrepreneurs a new model for translating technologies.

Refreshments and networking will follow the seminar from 5 to 7 p.m. Registration is free, but advance RSVP to Larry Banks at larry.banks@yale.edu or the Yale Office of Cooperative Research at 203-436-8096 is required. Directions to the event are available on line at http://info.med.yale.edu/maps/cab.html

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Yale BioHaven Entrepreneurship Seminars are sponsored by the Yale Office of Cooperative Research and Connecticut United for Research Excellence (CURE), and jointly promoted by Yale Entrepreneurial Society (YES) and Yale Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Society (YBPS). For further information on the seminar, please contact Tracy Huang at 203-785-3846 or tracy.huang@yale.edu.

The Branford company, 454 Life Sciences, will be featured in the next seminar of the Yale-Bio Haven series on November 8.

Links to have active in the text:

Sankar Ghosh http://www.mbb.yale.edu/fl/fl_s_ghosh.htm

Immunobiology http://www.med.yale.edu/immuno/

Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry http://www.mbb.yale.edu/index.htm

Yale Office of Cooperative Research http://www.yale.edu/ocr/

CURE http://www.curenet.org

Yale Entrepreneurial Society http://www.yes.yale.edu/

Yale Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Society http://www.yale.edu/ybps


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