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Technology Ventures

XSeed Award

Monday, January 16, 2023 - 5:00pm



Deerfield Management Company, a New York City-based healthcare investment firm and Advancium Health Network, a public charity dedicated to advancing healthcare services and health equity through philanthropic investment, are accepting applications for the third annual XSeed Award, a program designed to support early-stage life science, minority- and women-led startups in New York City. A change from previous award seasons, this year, two life science startup companies will each be awarded up to $250,000.

Finalists will present their work to an esteemed panel that includes: Claire Pomeroy, M.D., President and CEO of the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation; Elise Wang, Partner at Deerfield; Jenny Laird, VP, Search & Evaluation, Neuroscience at Eli Lilly; Joseph Pearlberg, M.D., Ph.D., Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Deerfield and H.C. Huang, Ph.D., Senior Director, Preclinical Pharmacology, Deerfield Discovery and Development at Deerfield; Nancy Thornberry, Founding CEO at Kallyope.

The deadline for submission is January 16 and virtual finalist presentations will be on March 2, 2023. The winners will be announced on April 3 during the award ceremony at Cure. To learn more about the XSeed Award’s applicant eligibility criteria and to submit applications, visit

The XSeed Award program was established by Deerfield in 2019 and made possible through a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to aid the development of the Deerfield-founded life sciences campus, Cure. Since its inception, the XSeed program has helped fill early-stage funding gaps within the life sciences industry by identifying and supporting promising translational research and commercial opportunities, financially and through a unique mentorship cohort.

In addition to the financial support, the winning teams will receive access to Cure’s networking ecosystem and campus, which includes move-in ready laboratory and office space, and other critical amenities tailored to physician-scientists and industry-focused entrepreneurs.

Contact your Technology Licensing Officer at CTV or Devin Jones directly with any questions about the application process:
Devin Jones
Columbia Technology Ventures
[email protected]