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Special Programs

RAIN 2021 - Collaboration as the New Normal

Thursday, Jul 22, 2021 | 1:30 PM-3:30 PM
RAIN2021 confirmed

Sponsored by Independence Blue Cross

Independence Blue Cross

2020 proved that organizations must rethink the way they do business. Competitors collaborated, unlikely partners came together and established companies supported nascent startups. The common theme: the greater good.

The 2021 RAIN Conference, Goodwill: Collaboration as the New Normal will explore examples of unique collaborations that have put competition aside and goodwill at the forefront.

Conference Agenda:

  • Welcome
  • Sponsor Remarks – Independence Blue Cross
  • Fireside Chat with Dr. Drew Weissman & Tiffany Wilson, CEO of The Science Center

    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 from Public/Private Collaborations
  • Presentation from Independence Blue Cross: Creative Collaboration
    Join the Innovation team from Independence Blue Cross for an introduction to Design Thinking and the application of creative techniques used to achieve better collaboration and problem solving across industries.
  • Closing/Intro to Venture Café July 22nd Lineup

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.