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B-BIC: Translating Discoveries Into Products


A road map to commercialization


Grant funding up to $350,000 per project


Built with 16 institutions and the NIH


Boston Biomedical Innovation Center (B-BIC) is a life sciences accelerator funded by the National Institutes of Health and our member institutions to increase the return on investment in research. We speed the translation of research technologies into products for doctors and their patients, for the good of society.

Our members are a consortium of academic medical centers in Boston including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Grant Funding

B-BIC provides funding for technology development and translational research, including regulatory, reimbursement, and business development aspects that are part of an overall commercialization strategy.

Project Management
Skills Development
External Partnerships

Clinical Domains


Technical Domains


Unmet Clinical Need

November 14, 2019

Written by Paul Tessier A common refrain heard by healthcare entrepreneurs is that they should focus on satisfying an “unmet clinical need,” however there is no universal definition of the phrase, “unmet clinical need.”  Even established companies and public healthcare agencies, who use the concept of an unmet clinical need to assist in developing product…

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B-BIC: ‘IS MORE THAN JUST FUNDING’, with Kantum Pharma

October 14, 2019

We are thrilled to share with you a new web video we are releasing that highlights our ‘Commercialization Coaches’ and other services that are ways B-BIC successfully differentiates from other grants. Kantum Pharma, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of Acute Kidney Injury, received its first B-BIC Pilot grant in 2017.

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Specialist Series: Technology in Search of an Application

October 9, 2019

Technology in Search of an Application Part II of the Specialist Series: The Road to Commercialization: Challenges and Opportunities Written by John Randle Development models always start with addressing clinical needs, but scientific discoveries and technological advances typically happen independently from solving clinical problems. This article will explore ways you can ensure that you are…

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February 5, 2018

Q:  Do I need to have slides?  A:  Pitches only need to address the suggested elements.  Use of reference materials or other visual elements is welcome if they help convey the product concept and can be shared using your laptop screen.  AV equipment will not be available. Q:  How formal will the pitches be? A:…

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FAST PITCH FOR FUNDING: Quick Tips for a successful pitch

August 14, 2018

Keep pitch short and focused on the technology and its commercial application. Limit the discussion of preliminary results, and focus on the most relevant results with conclusions – not data. Present the science within the context of the business strategy. This event will provide you with the opportunity to pitch a team of experts on your research.…

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The Road to Commercialization: Series Introduction

September 2, 2019

Written by Erin McKenna, B-BIC Deputy Director There are multiple frameworks out there that outline the process for developing promising biomedical research into a range of innovative solutions – pharmaceuticals, biologics, medical devices, and diagnostics.  Many of these processes leverage concepts that come from regulations developed by the FDA, the European Commission and others to…

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NEW AWARD: Congratulations Dr. Steven Greenberg!!

September 2, 2019

TITLE: Generation of a Novel Therapeutic Antibody for Treatment of Allergic Asthma TYPE OF AWARD: Pilot CLINICAL AREA:  Lung INSTITUTION: Brigham and Women’s Hospital   DESCRIPTION: Asthma affects 8% of the US population, approximately 25 million people. About 10% of patients have severe asthma, accounting for an estimated 1.8 million emergency department visits, 439,000 hospitalizations, and 3,630 deaths annually…

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The Breakdown of a B-BIC Proposal / Business Plan

September 2, 2019

Over the course of 2019, our coaches and staff broke down the B-BIC application process to provide you with expert advice on all the of the questions we ask you to answer when applying for our program. For those who are not applying yet, the B-BIC proposal has many similarities to a business plan, which…

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Congratulations Dr. Sylvie Breton!

May 27, 2019

TITLE: Diagnostic for Acute Kidney Injury Associated with Cardiovascular Diseases TYPE OF AWARD: Drive TECHNOLOGY TYPE:  Diagnostic INSTITUTION: MGH   DESCRIPTION:  Acute kidney injury (AKI) is a frequent complication in hospitalized patients, including those undergoing cardiac surgery. However, two critical barriers to the clinical management of these critically ill patients remain the need for better methods…

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New Award: Congratulations Dr. Robert Flaumenhaft!

May 27, 2019

TITLE: A Rapid, Inexpensive Platelet Function Test TYPE OF AWARD: Pilot CLINICAL AREA:  Blood INSTITUTION: BIDMC DESCRIPTION:  Antiplatelet agents such as clopidogrel and aspirin are used in the treatment of heart attacks and strokes and are among the most commonly used drugs in the U.S. Problems associated with these drugs include bleeding risk (which complicates invasive…

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SPECIALIST SERIES: What Is An Investible Hypothesis?

May 26, 2019

By Jay Knowles Partner, Innovation Many venture capitalists look for opportunities to invest in a company or a project such that if it reaches a certain inflection point, that company will become significantly more valuable, and what it will cost to get it to that point. As an example, investors often like to see how…

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Venture Adventure: Exploring the Role of the Inventor in Commercialization

February 21, 2019

Written by Carl Berke, PhD. Partner at the Partners Innovation Fund Thomas Edison famously remarked, “Invention is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”. The Wizard of Menlo Park was a prolific inventor who never left his lab, but his intellectual property was adopted by a plethora of companies who translated his technology into products that delighted…

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Specialist Series: Understanding And Articulating Your Financials And Funding Requirements

January 7, 2019

By Lesley Watts When describing the financial support necessary to develop a technology, the first step is to be clear about the scope of the work you are addressing, as no single source of funding will be able to support all of the associated R&D costs.  Anyone who is assessing your project plan will want…

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Specialist Series: Building Your Project Plan

November 13, 2018

Co-authored by Erin McKenna, B-BIC Deputy Director & Ron Blackman, B-BIC Sr. Project Manager. When considering a development path needed to move technology to the clinic and beyond, it’s essential to address two questions:  Who will support the development of your technology, and what will they want to see to believe it can be commercialized? Who Will Support…

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New Award: Congratulations Dr. Darren Roblyer

November 13, 2018

TITLE: CardioptOx: A new real-time quantitative cardio-pulmonary monitoring technique for improved patient care. TYPE OF AWARD: Pilot TECHNOLOGY TYPE: Diagnostic Device CLINICAL AREA:  Heart INSTITUTION: Boston University DESCRIPTION: Approximately 600,000 deaths per year are attributed to cardiopulmonary disease in the US. Many patients suffering from cardiopulmonary disease experience complications that require hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) stays.…

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