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The Search Is On for the Next Big Life Science Innovation
Date:2/23/2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Springboard Enterprises has over a decade of experience delivering promising "investment-ready" companies led by women to potential investors and corporate partners.  Today they launch their 2012 forum program, a community-driven accelerator designed to fast track the growth of the best women-led biotechnology, medical device and healthcare IT companies from around the world. The search is on for the next ViaCell, MinuteClinic, Icagen, Xenogen, Athenix and Achillion to join the 475+ members of the Springboard Portfolio.  Priority Deadline to apply: April 3, 2012.

"Start with an international network of trusted entrepreneurs, investors, and other experts at your disposal," said Kay Koplovitz, Springboard co-founder and Chair, "add to that 11 years of expertise in facilitating quality connections, and you get Springboard: your own Personal Advisory Board.  We look forward to leveraging this network for the newest class of life science entrepreneurs that will pass through the Springboard pipeline this year building invaluable connections and learning how to raise capital."

Springboard's recipe for success is simple: recruit innovative women-led businesses; conduct a review by an all-star cast of prominent investors, seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts; select the most promising opportunities; match them with a who's-who team of advisors who open doors to new opportunities; and provide ongoing resources and relationships for life.  Springboard companies have direct access to strategic partners such as Aetna, Novartis, GE, a long list of angel and venture investors, as well as our affiliate group of prominent women private equity investors.  

"The ability to understand what companies need at a granular level and deliver the right resources at the right time is critical," said Springboard President, Amy Millman.  "Our Springboard Life Scie
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