19
Apr
2017

Photos from the TR Anniversary Party and Boston Marathon

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Timmerman Report Anniversary Party last week at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and those who volunteered and cheered Monday at the Boston Marathon.

This was the third year in a row I’ve visited Boston in mid-April to run a TR subscriber party and run the marathon. It’s fast becoming a favorite TR tradition. It’s also a great way to mix business and pleasure (or pain).

Enjoy a few of the photos from the party, taken by my lovely wife Tracy Cutchlow, plus a couple shots from the iconic race.

For those of you on the West Coast, never fear. There will be another TR Anniversary Party on May 9 at Adaptive Biotechnologies, 1551 Eastlake Ave East, Seattle. Charlotte Hubbert of the Gates Foundation and Thong Le of Accelerator will talk investment trends. Three interesting startups — M3 Biotechnology, Nohla Therapeutics, and a stealth spinout to be named later from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center — will make quick pitches. Personally signed copies of “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age” will also be available for purchase. The event is free, but you have to RSVP to save a spot.

Now, on to the photos:

Standing room in the back as the TR Anniversary Party got underway

Standing room in the back as the TR Anniversary Party got underway

Hard to believe it's been two years. I've learned a lot on the fly about building a bootstrapped, independent biotech media company.

Hard to believe it’s been two years. I’ve learned a lot on the fly about building a bootstrapped, independent biotech media company.

Phil Sharp of MIT, one of the most distinguished biologists of his generation, compared "Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age" to "The Double Helix," the controversial classic by James Watson. I'm honored.

Phil Sharp of MIT, one of the most distinguished biologists of his generation, compared “Hood: Trailblazer of the Genomics Age” to “The Double Helix,” the controversial classic by James Watson. I’m honored.

Abbie Celniker, partner at Third Rock Ventures and chair of MassBio, discussed some of the work going on behind the scenes to advance women in biotech leadership.

Abbie Celniker, partner at Third Rock Ventures and chair of MassBio, discussed some of the work going on behind the scenes to advance women in biotech leadership.

TR contributor Leora Schiff, a consultant with Altius Strategy focused on defining pharmaceutical value, had a chance to introduce herself to readers. She had the line of the night, quoting a colleague whose reaction to TR was “Oh, that’s the publication that’s willing to say when the Emperor Has No Clothes.” Darn right.

The TR Anniversary Party is a family affair. Here's my 5-year-old, who gamely snapped a photo of her Dad with Phil Sharp. She was well-behaved, enduring Dad's "boring, boring, boring" biotech event.

The TR Anniversary Party is a family affair. Here’s my 5-year-old, who gamely snapped a few photos. She was very well-behaved, although afterward, when I said the event was “fun” she corrected me. “It was boring, boring, boring, boring, boring,” she said.

Me with Phil Sharp. Pretty sure my wife took this one, as the little one would've have had to stand on a chair.

With Phil Sharp. Pretty sure my wife took this one, as the little one would’ve have had to stand on a chair.

Last but not least, we talked science. Naveen Mehta, a fourth-year grad student at MIT, talked about a new idea for cancer vaccines.

Last but not least, we talked science. Naveen Mehta, a fourth-year grad student at MIT, talked about a new idea for cancer vaccines.

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Daniel Dadon, a newly minted PhD from MIT, described a new idea for a company that seeks to deliver biologic drugs in higher concentrations. He told me later he was approached by a couple of people who were quite interested, and maybe able to help. Sparks flew! Love it.

Boston Marathon Expo day was a great time to feel the community excitement around the big run.

Boston Marathon Expo day was a great time to feel the community excitement around the big run.

Coming down the homestretch on Boylston Street, Boston Marathon 2017. Finished in 3:10:21. This year was especially tough, as it was a bit hot with temperatures in the 70s. But I ran fast enough to qualify again for a fourth straight year. See you in Boston again in April 2018.

Coming down the homestretch on Boylston Street at the Boston Marathon. Finished in 3:10:21. Temperatures were high, over 70 degrees Fahrenheit, making this especially hard. But I still ran fast enough to qualify for a fourth straight year. See you again at the great race in April 2018.