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RAIN 2021 – Collaboration as the New Normal

Posted on June 17, 2021 — Jessica Jones Gupta

The University City Science Center annual RAIN Conference is back on July 22nd – and taking place in-person! When the pandemic hit, even perceived competitors collaborated for the greater good, which is why this year’s program will explore “Goodwill,” a theme that has emerged as we move towards our collective new normal.

Conference Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Sponsor Remarks – Independence Blue Cross
  • Fireside Chat with Dr. Drew Weissman
    Dr. Drew Weissman is a Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a physician-scientist best known for his work with RNA biology that laid the groundwork for the mRNA vaccines for COVID-19 developed by BioNTech/Pfizer and Moderna. Dr. Weissman’s laboratory studies focus on RNA and innate immune system biology to support vaccine research and gene therapy.
  • Case Study – BARDA Mask Challenge Lessons Learned
  • Presentation from Independence Blue Cross
  • Closing/Intro to Venture Café

About RAIN (Regional Affinity Incubation Network)
The Annual RAIN Conference serves as a platform for organizations that support entrepreneurship to share information and capabilities as a means to reduce barriers to the region’s innovation community. Held annually, the half-day conference attracts members of the business, civic and academic communities.

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