MEDx Café

Wednesdays | 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

An informal time to meet with MEDx leadership to learn more about MEDx, an initiative between the School of Medicine and Pratt School of Engineering, held every other week at NOSH (1st floor, Trent Semans Center) or Twinnie's (1st floor, FCIEMAS). For more information, contact Donna Crenshaw.

  • February 19 | NOSH (1st floor, Trent Semans Center)
  • March 18 | NOSH (1st floor, Trent Semans Center)
  • April 1 | Twinnie's
  • April 15 | NOSH (1st floor, Trent Semans Center)
  • April 29 | Twinnie's
  • May 13 | NOSH (1st floor, Trent Semans Center)

Upcoming Events

Is Your Digital Health Product Ready for Venture Investment?

Friday, February 21

12:30 pm to 1:30 pm Duke Medicine Pavilion | 10 Duke Medicine Circle Room 2W96

Join Sarah Izzo and students from Fuqua School of Business for a dynamic presentation on investments for digital health products.

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Y Combinator Office Hours at Duke

Tuesday, February 25

11:00 am to 12:00 pm To be determined

Presenter: YC partner Jared Friedman and visiting partner Dr. Uri Lopatin

Since 2014, YC has funded over 250 bio, healthcare, and life science companies, making us one of the largest seed stage bio/healthcare funders in the world. YC partner Jared Friedman and visiting partner Dr. Uri Lopatin will be hosting office hours for early stage bio, healthcare, and life sciences companies. If you're looking for advice on turning your research into a company, or if you have questions about fundraising or YC, we hope to meet you. Limited spots for office hours are available, so we encourage you to sign up early. Please sign up by February 14, 2020 at 11:59pm PT. If you're selected, we'll reach out with your time slot and the location by end of day on February 19, 2020. Visit to sign up to attend.

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Y Combinator Lunchtime Fireside Chat

Tuesday, February 25

12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Rubenstein Library Holsti-Anderson Family Assembly Room 153

Presenter: YC partner Jared Friedman and visiting partner Uri Lopatin

YC is a seed accelerator based out of Silicon Valley. They have funded numerous successful startups including Airbnb, Dropbox, Reddit, and Instacart. Since 2014, YC has funded 250+ biotech companies, which makes them one of the largest seed stage biotech funders in the world. Join us for a lunchtime fireside featuring Y Combinator partner Jared Friedman, and visiting partner Uri Lopatin. Learn what it takes to launch and scale a life sciences company, and hear how and why biotech startup funding will change in the next 10 years. Register at

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Machine Learning for Synthetic and Quantitative Biology

Tuesday, February 25

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Hudson Hall 125

Presenter: Linchong You

A central objective in synthetic biology is to control the dynamics of engineered cells or cell populations in a predictable manner. Achieving this objective requires a quantitative description of biological systems that are both reliable and can be solved fast enough to guide experiments.

Y Combinator Happy Hour

Tuesday, February 25

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Gonza Tacos Y Tequila

Since 2014, YC has funded over 250 bio, healthcare, and life science companies, making us one of the largest seed stage bio/healthcare funders in the world. Join Y Combinator representatives for a happy hour for the healthcare and life sciences startup community. Register at:

Startup Sales and Marketing: Why Even the Greatest Products Don't Sell Themselves

Saturday, February 29

11:00 am to 3:00 pm The Bullpen at Duke Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative

Presenter: Chris Morrison, owner, ViaVerus LLC & Brian Regan, VP Strategy and Professional Relations, Sight Sciences Inc.

MEDx is pleased to announce to 2019-2020 Entrepreneurship Workshop Series. The workshops will be held from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on selected Saturdays starting Sept. 21, 2019 Open to faculty, students and staff. There is no cost to attend and lunch is provided. Advance registration for each workshop is required. Registration:

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National Academy of Engineering Regional Meeting: Engineering Therapies for The Future

Tuesday, March 10

8:30 am to 5:00 pm James B. Hunt, Jr. Library | NC State Centennial Campus

The central theme of the symposium is transferring innovation from the laboratory through commercialization to the clinic to improve healthcare across the planet.

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Innovations in Healthcare Annual Forum

Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 17

8:00 am to 5:00 pm Washington, D.C.

2020 Theme: "Achieving Value through Innovation"

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Bass Connections Showcase

Monday, April 13

3:30 pm to 6:00 pm Penn Pavilion

Come learn more about Bass Connections and find out what these research teams of faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and community partners have accomplished this year. This annual event features a poster session, lightning talks and a reception.

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NSF Grant Writing Workshop on Broader Impacts

Friday, April 17

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm Bostock Library, The Edge Workshop (Room 127)

Are you working on an NSF grant (or plan to write one in the future) and feel like you could use some guidance on the Broader Impacts (BI) requirement? What are they looking for? What makes a good BI project? How do I find the right partners? Where do I start? What resources are available to me here at Duke to help me write better, more competitive NSF grants?