Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s new program for entrepreneurship 

and business innovation in the life sciences.


As part of inBIO, CSHL Meeting Program is running pitch showcases attached to select meetings throughout the year. Showcases will see academic scientists present cutting-edge research that holds significant translational and commercial potential to an audience of investors, industry representatives and business development experts. This is an excellent opportunity for presenters to connect with new industry partners,identify prospects for investment and receive valuable feedback from biotech start-up professionals.

CSHL meeting attendees are invited to submit a pitch proposal for consideration. Pitches are expected to cover translational research in the field pertaining to the main meeting; pitches can range from basic exploratory discovery to early-stage start-ups. If chosen by CSHL’s inBIO selection committee, you will be allocated a time slot at the showcase to present your pitch. Best pitch of the day wins one free registration package for a future CSHL meeting.

Please submit proposals to Cat Donaldson at If you are selected to present, we will provide you with a toolkit including advice on assembling your slide deck, delivering an effective pitch, and preparing for follow-up questions. One goal of this program is to introduce entrepreneurship and business to scientists that might not otherwise have easy access to such exposure – so we welcome proposals from scientists who do not have previous experience with this type of event.


Upcoming 2019 showcases

Blood Brain Barrier                                                                                      April 3

Microbiome                                                                                                July 18

Microbial Pathogenesis & Host Response                                                September 10

Plant Genome and Engineering                                                               December 4

If you would like to attend an inBIO showcase as a member of the audience, please RSVP to

Previous showcases

Biology of Genomes                                                                                      May 9, 2017

     Best pitch for exploratory research: Elizabeth Waters, University of Wisconsin-Madison

     Best pitch for early-stage start-up: Mark Yandell, University of Utah                                      

Microbial Pathogenesis                                                                                 September 12, 2017

     Best pitch: Emily Crispell,Emory University

Gene Expression and Signaling in the Immune System                             April 24, 2018

     Best pitch: Haiting Ma, Whitehead Institute/MIT

Biology of Genomes                                                                                      May 8, 2018

     Best pitch: Sidi Chen, Yale University

Mechanisms of Aging                                                                                    October 1, 2018

Biological Data Science                                                                                November 7, 2018