See what MassCONNECT participants have to say about their experiences in the MassBio entrepreneur mentorship program.
"Our faculty have great ideas and the MassCONNECT program provides the essential real world flavor, advice, and connections to catalyze and transform those ideas into business plans, commercial products, and companies."
– Isaac (Zak) Kohane, MD, PhD, Lawrence J. Henderson Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital Informatics
“MassCONNECT’s free service pairs business, product development, intellectual property, and commercial leaders, plus sharp MBA students, with entrepreneurs to help formulate strategy, define a business model, identify market needs – and prepare for financing their dreams.”
– John Tagliamonte, VP of Business Development, Juniper Pharmaceuticals
“MassCONNECT’s mentoring program for our clinician entrepreneurs is the top mentoring program in a crowded sea of programs vying for innovation. What makes MassCONNECT unique is the unparalleled investment of time from top talent whose unique insight unlocks commercial value for impactful results. All of Tufts Medical Center teams have emerged stronger both financially and strategically as a result of our MassCONNECT experience.”
– Nancy Wetherbee, Director, ORBIT, Tufts Medical Center
“We have put together a diverse and solid advisory team in large part due to MassCONNECT. We have participated in a number of accelerator and incubator programs, and MassCONNECT was invaluable. We particularly liked the ability to have "focus group" sessions on specific questions-this seemed to work well for both us and our mentors. Several of them have continued to help us in meaningful ways.”
– Michio Painter, Co-Founder, Blue Therapeutics
"In 2014, Aldatu participated in a number of accelerator-type programs (as well as business plan competitions with mentor elements), and we are frequently asked which we have found to be most beneficial. It is a quick answer for us – MassCONNECT was easily the mentor experience that most advanced our pitch and business strategy, and most prepared us for our funding success later in the year. The focused mentorship of our tailored team definitely took us to task, but the tangible benefits were clear and well worth the time. We are forever grateful for having had the opportunity!"
– David Raiser, CEO, Aldatu Biosciences
"MassCONNECT was a very valuable program for our team. It connected us to a number of industry advisors who we remain in touch with to this day. These are individuals who provided critical formative thought in the early days of VitaThreads when we were still working to focus our vision of what the company could and should be. Transitioning from a unique and exciting academic technology into a usable commercial product with accompanying strategy and logistics train to bring it to market is a non-trivial exercise and not one done in a vacuum. The MassCONNECT program provided key learning opportunities and outstanding mentors in helping to ease this transition for VitaThreads."
– Adam Collette, CEO, VitaThreads