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Pitch Perfect: Startup and Leadership Lessons with John Younger, MD

In this episode of the podcast, When Science Speaks, John Younger, MD, Vice President for Science and Technology at Science Center shares his expert perspectives as a physician-scientist and biotech entrepreneur. Drawing upon his unique blend of skills and experience, John discusses:

  • The main ingredients of a winning pitch from startups to potential investors
  • Typical moments during pitch meetings that trigger “go or no-go” moments
  • Whether poor communication can kill an otherwise fundable project or, alternatively, can strong communication save an otherwise flawed project
  • Scientists are often told they need to be better storytellers – and entrepreneurs may be advised to do the same to humanize their pitch. Is this always good advice?
  • How scientists should convey information to investors – both before and after they get funding – to accurately provide realistic status updates without freaking out their often non-scientist funders
  • Are there certain qualities or practices that have helped him successfully make transitions in his career journey
  • Attributes that make him effective in his current role
  • What it was like to testify before Congress earlier this year on entrepreneurship
  • Professional advice he would give to his “younger Younger” self

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