Dear Fellow Biotech Enthusiasts,
Five years ago in October I started NYC Bio and, then working with
co-founders Kristin Neuman and Ritu Goyanka (without whose help things
would not have happened), we've seen many a wonderful Meetup.
NYC Bio has been relatively inactive for the past couple of years due
to a few minor events of the founders like new jobs, PhDs, babies and
businesses (i.e. "real" lives...) and we're very fortunate that Samir
Ajmera (who manages the NYU Incubators at DUMBO Brooklyn and Varick
Street) along with Cristina Kendall have planned and organized this
Thursday's event, "Growing the NYC Biotech Ecosystem."
My personal thanks to them and please do the same; the response to a
fresh NYC Bio event has been extraordinary.
Many of you have emailed me, many more have registered and it looks
like we're on track for another great (and big) meeting. Our Meetup
group has grown to over 1000 members and, at the current rate, we're
likely to have over 100 registered attendees. Still, make sure to pass
on the word to those who might be interested but might not be on
Meetup. As always, this is a great chance to (re)make connections with
the entrepreneurially minded.
The strength of your response proves that the mission--and people--of
NYC Bio are still very current. As many of you know, in addition to
our Meetup events NYC Bio is a 503(c) not-for-profit. Straight from
our Mission Statement, "NYC Bio aims to facilitate collaboration,
innovation and entrepreneurship in the NYC bioscience community. Our
goal is to build and sustain a thriving NYC biotech cluster. Through
networking and educational events, we draw together people and
resources from the NYC pillars of academia, medicine, business and
We've worked toward this goal in a very grassroots fashion--from the
people--and the interest in our mission has if anything only
increased. Things have sort of stabilized for me and I'm now in a
place to see about getting people together to make NYC Bio really
active again. If you're passionate about biotech startups and have
time and skills to contribute (web design anyone?), please let me
The Greater New York City region has an absolutely tremendous amount
of biotech potential and there has been some great progress. Still, I
think we've quite a ways to go until there's the sort of critical
density where entrepreneurial biotech people say, randomly run into
each other in the gym and discuss until after midnight the application
of a new phage selection system to the design of HIV vaccines by
co-mutation of phage and HIV which might happen to be particularly
useful in evolving long-term protective antibodies (or whatever; not
sure if anyone's tried that yet...).
Thank you to all who have helped along the way (including especially
Proskauer Rose LLP, who hosted the majority of events), all who've
presented and all who've attended.
Show your support by coming and again please make sure to thank
Cristina and Samir.
Dr. John P. Wilson, Ph.D.
Postdoc, Pappin Laboratory of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (official
job and research)
Founder NYC Bio
Founder Inventive Child, LLC "Where young minds prosper"(TM)
Founder Wilson Advanced Research, Products, LLC (WARP) "Bringing
products to life that make life better"(TM)