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ISMMS-KiiLN Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Award

Starting this year, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), together with Keystone for Incubating Innovation in Life sciences Network (KiiLN), will present the ISMMS-KiiLN Postdoctoral Entrepreneurship Award at the Annual Innovation Awards Ceremony. This newly established award will become an annual prize to honor postdoctoral entrepreneurs at the SINAInnovations conference. Established in 2019 through a generous gift from the co-founders of KiiLN (five former ISMMS postdocs), this award will recognize postdoctoral fellows who co-found or lead companies to address unmet needs in life sciences including but not limited to Basic Science, Translational Science, and Clinical Care Delivery. The award is designed to highlight entrepreneurial endeavors of ISMMS postdoctoral fellows who take their discoveries beyond the bench by creating diagnostics, devices, therapeutic products, etc.

Award Criteria:

You are eligible to apply if you

  1. are a current or former ISMMS postdoctoral fellow; or have a team that includes at least one ISMMS postdoctoral fellow as co-founder or C-suite executive AND
  2. Have formed a company (e.g. startup or non-profit organization) addressing an unmet need, or have commercialized an invention, or have developed a technology, etc.

Details on application format and eligibility are available at this link. Send your applications to team@kiiln.org (cc: melody.tam@mssm.edu) by 5 pm on August 23rd 2019. The winners will be recognized at the 2019 SINAInnovations Award Ceremony on Monday October 14th. 


The Small Business Administration (SBA) has selected KiiLN as a winner in the 2017 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition.


We are pleased to announce our partnership with CSweetener, a tech-enabled mentor-matching program for senior-level women in healthcare.

Csweetener is dedicated to matching female healthcare leaders new + near to the c-Suite with those who have successfully navigated this terrain and are eager to share their knowledge and experience.  For more information about how you can benefit from CSweetener’s services, please go to http://www.csweetener.org and fill out the form; in the ‘subject’ line, please begin with ‘KiiLN’ for tracking purposes. 


Co-working space for biotech startups is now available through our partner BioLabs New York.


If you are a scientist with an idea for a company or a new start-up that needs help navigating the NYC life science scene, KiiLN can help! Email us: team@kiiln.org

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