ASPET “Guppy Tank” Translational Science Pitch Showcase

Thursday April 29, 2021

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm Central Time (CT)

View session on the EB Virtual Platform (EB registration required)


Chair :

Ryan Staudt
University of Pittsburgh

Harshini Neelakantan
Ridgeline Therapeutics

The “Guppy Tank” competition will showcase three trainee contestants effectively delivering science pitches describing the translational and commercial value of their scientific research. Contestants have been chosen based on initial applications, which were reviewed by a panel of judges chosen from across ASPET (TCP, DDD, and MCD members). Chosen finalists have been trained by expert ASPET-affiliated mentors to craft and develop their final pitch presentations. The session will showcase a keynote talk by a seasoned scientific entrepreneur, who will highlight the hallmarks of a successful science pitch. Finalists will then deliver their pitches, which will be scored by an elite panel of judges. Identified "Best Pitch" and “People’s Choice” winners (latter identified via online poll question during the session) will be announced.


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Last Updated: February 8, 2021
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April 27 – 30, 2021

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