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


In this week’s episode, John Younger, MD, Vice President for Science and Technology at University City Science Center in Philadelphia, PA, 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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