On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the third annual Battle of the Biotech Bands, hosted by the Arts & Business Council of Boston, took place at Boston’s Royale Nightclub. Described as a fun, community-driven, networking event, Battle of the Biotech Bands features bands associated with Boston-based biotech companies. The bands compete to raise money for a charitable foundation of their choosing. According to the event's website, Battle of the Biotech Bands is “an amazing opportunity for biotech companies and innovators throughout Boston to rock out and partner with architecture, design, and building professionals.”
AURAL GAVAGE (Momenta Pharmaceuticals), who played on behalf of The Jolane Solomon Research Fund at Boston College, took home the gold. MOLECULAR GROOVE (PerkinElmer), who played on behalf of The American Cancer Society, and the ZAC MAC BAND (Ironwood Pharmaceuticals), who played on behalf of The Boys & Girls Club of Middlesex County also competed. Merrimack Pharmaceutical's BAD IDEA, the 2014 winner, opened the night.
“The Battle of the Biotech Bands is truly a unique event that brings together individuals from across the building and life science spectrum – a networking opportunity that doesn’t feel like you’re networking,” said Carly Bassett, Co-Chair, Battle of the Biotech Bands. “It’s about the music, charitable organizations, and connecting gifted innovators in the biotech industry with the teams of people that help make their organizations possible. Already in our third year, the industry response has grown exponentially. Our hope is to continue this annual tradition for many years to come.”
The event was sponsored by a variety of businesses, including Merrill Datasite, a virtual data storage company; Biobridges, a pharmaceutical and biotechnology consulting company; and Choate, a law firm.
"Having the opportunity to sponsor the Battle of the Biotech Bands is personally and professionally gratifying," said Jason Falchuk, BioBridges' Managing Partner. "Our life sciences community is made up of brilliant, inspiring people working together to develop breakthrough therapies. Music also unites, inspires, and heals. If I had to choose only one event that captures the pulse of our exceptional community, this is it."