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Virtual Knowledge Assistant Work Exchanged for Donations to Philippine storm victims

Very pleased to spread the word that Leo von Wendorff, a colleague of ours at the Cambridge Innovation Center whose business is largely based in the Philippines.will, for one month,  donate all proceeds from his virtual knowledge worker business to victims of Super-Typhoon Haiya.

 

 

Leo Von Wendorff CEO, VKW Leo Von Wendorff, CEO, VKW

 

Leo writes:

Dear Friends of VKW-

Cities and Towns were destroyed.

Lives were lost.

Thousands may still be missing.

Together with you

We want to help

Recreate Communities

Let’s rebuild their Lives!

 

For one month, we are offering our Virtual Private Assistant services in exchange for your donation. 100% of the proceeds will go to the victims of Super Typhoon Haiyan via Philippine Red Cross. Let us take on your time-consuming and mundane tasks, knowing that your donation will help rebuild the lives of those affected by this terrible tragedy.

 

Please submit your project, work order or task request to Typhoon@VKWinc.com or (617) 299-1176 by December 7, 2013.

 

Typical tasks that we can handle for you:

  • Data Entry, such as data entry of all your business cards

  • Appointment settings for your business or personal event

  • Execute your social media and telemarketing campaign

  • Lead mining

  • Internet research

 

All task and pledges are subject to our review and depending on resources available.

-Your VKW Team
–Anita Harris Leo Von Wendorff CEO, VKW
Anita M. Harris is managing director of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations and marketing firm based at the Cambridge Innovation Center, in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA.  HarrisCom specializes in media relations and content services for clients in health, science, technology, energy and education, worldwide. 

 

Boston’s District Hall Celebrates Grand Opening

DHALL_w_logo_and_tag_linePleased  to have attended the celebration for the opening of  District Hall–the beautiful new event center  for innovators located in Boston’s snazzy Seaport District–just across from the Institute for Contemporary Art.  Managed by the Venture Cafe Foundation–a sister organization  of the Cambridge Innovation Center (C)C)  where I work– District Hall has a large event space, conference and class rooms, a restaurant and a view of the Harbor. What I like best is its scale–it’s not a skyscraper,  is not overwhelming like the nearby convention center or the CIC in Kendall Square. It’s just a simple, welcoming  space with white board, galore.

As described on  its Web site as:

“It’s the first building of its kind in the world….

” …A dedicated civic space where the innovation community can gather and exchange ideas. Inside you’ll find open workspace, classrooms, assembly space, flexible use ‘pods’, and writable surfaces everywhere!  Also stop by for coffee and food at Brew and Gather.”

“…The result of a collaborative public-private partnership. When Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced his vision for the Innovation District, he called for a gathering space for innovators to get together and share ideas. The building was then privately funded and built by Boston Global Investors, as the first project in their twenty-three acre masterplan for Seaport Square. Operations and programming are run by the Venture Café Foundation, a not-for-profit sister organization to the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC). ”

Its  hospitality partners are Gather and Brew, both operated by The Briar Group. The building and the restaurant were designed by Hacin + Associates.

Without the generous support of John HancockIdeaPaint and Philips Color Kinetics, District Hall would not be the unique space it is today.”

District Hall
75 Northern AvenueBoston, MA.  02210

 

—Anita M.Harris, Managing Director
Harris Communications Group

The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR and market development firm.  Based in Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA, we provide a media relations, marketing communications, writing, crisis communications, content, marketing and social media services for companies in health, science, technology and energy. 

SynDevRx Gets $1.6M to develop drug to slow tumor growth

My Cambridge Innovation Center  lunch mates should be buying, today–having announced $1.6M in investments for their company SynDevRx,  which develops drug candidates that target an enzyme that controls the vascular cells. As reported in today’s Boston Business Journal,  Syn Dev Rx’s solution is  based on a drug developed at Judah Folkman’s lab at Children’s Hospital Boston.

According to the BBJ: “Founded in 2007, SynDevRx is developing treatments for cancer and metabolic diseases including diabetes, obesity and fatty liver disease. ” The company says  its technology increases a increases the activity of small molecule drugs by about 10 times, allowing for reduced doses, lower exposure and lower risk of toxicities. The company’s lead compound, SDX-7320, is in pre-clinical development for solid tumors. 

In addition to executives Bradley Carver, CEO; James Shanahan, co-founder; and John Petersen, vice president of research and development, listed as directors on the filing are Eric Tooker, manager of Translational Accelerator LLC, a $20M biotech venture fund in Phoenix, Ariz. and Richard Love, managing partner at Translational and former CEO at both Triton Biosciences Inc. of Alameda, Calif. and ILEX Oncology Inc. of San Antonio, Texas.

Congrats, guys!

–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is managing director of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations and digital marketing firm based in Cambridge, MA. 

New zoning law to transform Kendall Square

Kendall Square will become a livelier  business and residential area as a result of a new zoning law passed last week by the Cambridge City Council.

According to Tim Rowe, president of the Kendall Square Association and a founder of the Cambridge Innovation Center, the zoning change will:allow a new gateway to MIT facing the Kendall Square MBTA station, construction of 1.1M additional square feet of new commercial space around the T stop,  hundreds of new housing units, plus additional restaurant and retail space on the ground floors of  all new buildings.

The new law requires that at least half the restaurant and retail space be operated by non-chain retailers, and that 5% of all new office space be set aside as “innovation space,” defined as small (avg. 200 sq. ft.) spaces rented on a month-to-month basis, with substantial shared-space components such as kitchens and coworking areas. The requirement for “innovation space”, along with incentives to building owners who increase their startup space to 20%,  address the concern that with the success of Kendall Square–which has seen considerable development in the last few years–global corporations ” might otherwise squeeze the startups out,” according to Rowe.

The law also requires MIT to create a new bike path (subject to a feasibiliy study) crossing Kendall Square that could eventually provide connections all the wya to the MInuteman bike path, which runs from North Cambridge to Bedford.

In a blog posted to the CIC community, Rowe said, “It is hard to overstate the importance of this change to the future of Kendall.”

–Anita M. Harris

Anita M. Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations and digital marketing firm headquartered in the Cambridge Innovation Center, in Kendall Square. 

 

HarrisCom Group to Offer MarCom Clinic August 9 2012, in Cambridge

Are your marketing materials up to snuff?

Find out at a communications clinic sponsored by the Harris Communications Group to be held from 3-5 on Thursday, August 9  at Venture Cafe in the Cambridge Innovation Center, 1 Broadway, 4th floor, in Cambridge, MA.

At the clinic Anita Harris will present a  brief introduction  to marketing communication, which will be followed by individual meetings  to discuss participant’s  press release, marketing piece or home page.

If you plan to attend, please let us know via the comment box, below.

Individual meetings will be set up the afternoon of the event on a first-come/first to sign-up basis;  additional times will be offered should demand exceed capacity.
The Harris Communications Group is an award-winning PR & marketing communications firm with specialties in health care, life science, tchnology, energy and education.

UK Life Science Consulting Firm Alacrita to launch US HQ in Cambridge, MA

Met the other day with Rob Johnson, who will soon be launching UK-based Alacrita, a global life science consulting firm, to Cambridge, MA.

Johnson  co-founded the company two years ago with  Anthony Walker, who had previously served as Executive Director of Global External R&D Europe at Eli Lilly. Johnson had led business development at Onyvax, a biotech company that developed biopharmaceuticals to combat cancer.

Drawing on the capabilities of more than 50 consultants worldwide, Alacrita provides strategic, operational, technical advice or hands-on project management to organizations of all sizes in the pharma, biotechnology and life science industries, Johnson said.

The company name is based the Latin, “alacritas,” or “lively.”It is meant to convey “a cheerful readiness.”

Clients may be academic institutes, tech transfer experts, life science investors, startups or established companies in need of expertise in business development and marketing, intellectual property, product development, and regulatory affairs, according to Johnson.

Whitepapers available for free on Alacrita’s Web site  include:

  • Biotech in Israel: A Land of Promise » May 2012 – by Anthony Walker, PhD
  • FDA Approvals Provide Reason For Cheer » March 2012 – by Robert Johnson
  • Deal Watch Annual Review 2011 » January 2012
  • Viewpoint: Pharma Industry Myths » January 2012 – by Anthony Walker, PhD
  • Europe’s stellar decade of prostate cancer innovation » September 2011 – by Rob Johnson
  • Are we all biotech now? » June 2011 – by Anthony Walker and Rob Johnson
  • China: Opportunities for biotech firms » March 2011 – by Rob Johnson and Li Zeng
  • Re-Profiling: a Hidden Threat to Originators? » February 2011 – by Dr Jo Davies
  • Deal Watch Annual Review 2010 » January 2011 – by Roger Davies and Jill Ogden
  • Mitigating Out-sourcing Risk » December 2010 – by Robert Johnson and Anthony Walker
  • Deal Watch: a Review of Notable Deals » October 2010 – by Sharon Finch

Alacrita’s US offices will be located in the Cambridge Innovation Center in Kendall Square, Johnson said.

 

–Anita M. Harris

Anita Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, a strategic PR & marketing communications firm located in Cambridge, MA.

 

 

Downturn, VC industry, present funding challenges for startups

The economic downturn of 2008 has led to significant changes in the Massachusetts Venture Capital industry. Those changes have made it easier now than at any time in the last ten years for startups to get relatively small amounts of seed money–but more difficult  for them to obtain “A Round” or additional series funding.

That was the consensus of  three Boston area venture capitalists who spoke at the Cambridge Innovation Center on  Wednesday, May 2.

I published a full account of  the event –sponsored by McCarter-English law firm and  featuring Jo Tango of Kepha Partners, David Beisel of NextView Ventures, and CA Webb, of the the New England Venture Capital Association– at New Cambridge Observer.

–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations and marketing firm based in Cambridge, MA

 

Video Highlights: Pitching for Business

Here are  video highlights of Pitching for Business-an interactive workshop sponsored by the  Harris Communications Group at the Cambridge Innovation Center on Feb. 23, 2012.

Featuring
-Tim Rowe,  venture capitalist; founder and CEO, Cambridge Innovation Center

Coach/panelists
-Ann Getman, principal, Getman Strategic Communications
-Aaron Niederhelman, co-founder, INNOVATE Boston
-Lisa Williams, founder, Placeblogger.com
-Joe Wrinn,  communications counselor to universities

Moderator
Anita M. Harris, president, Harris Communications Group
VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS: 

Tim Rowe:   ” Pitching is an art, not a science”         5:39 minutes

-The goal is to find out if there’s a match
-Establish credibility
-Establish quantity
-Establish humanity
Link to video of Tim’s complete talk                       9:58 minutes

 

Ann Getman,  principal, Getman Strategic Communications  2:05 minutes

-Know your audience; avoid jargon
-Include what you do, for whom, and why

 


Aaron Niederhelman, co-founder,  INNOVATE Boston   
1:05 minutes


-Engage in a conversation

 

 

Lisa Williams, founder, Placeblogger.com        2:33 minutes

-Your pitch is an x-ray of your idea
-Slow down; write it down (with Brendan Smith, founder, Bizulu)
-Be concrete

 

Joe Wrinn, counselor to higher education       2:05 minutes

-Establish a personal connection
-Tell a story

VIDEO BY R2 Integrated

–Anita M. Harris
Anita Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning public relations 3.0 firm in Cambridge, MA.


 

 

 

 

Tim Rowe of Cambridge Innovation Center and Kendall Sq. Assn to speak at “Pitching for Business” Feb. 23, 2012

The Harris Communications Group pleased to announce that Tim Rowe, founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center (CIC)  and president of the Kendall Square Association, will kick off Harriscom’s  upcoming “Pitching for Business” workshop, to be held at the CIC, 1 Broadway, in Cambridge  from 3-5  on Feb. 23.

 

Rowe, who was featured in NPR’s “This American Life” as a judge of MIT’s 2009 $100K Elevator Speech Competition,  serves on the boards of several private companies. Prior to his current roles, Tim was a Manager with the Boston Consulting Group in Boston and an analyst with the Mitsubishi Research Institute in Tokyo.   Tim holds a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

In this interactive workshop, seasoned communication experts will offer tips on how to  develop and deliver a succinct, powerful pitch. We’ll then break into small groups for coaching and practice–with

Moderator:  Anita Harris, President, Harris Communications Group; former national tv journalist and
Speaker/Coaches:

  • Ann Getman, Principal, Getman Strategic Communications; former Boston chapter president, Public Relations Society of America
  • Aaron  Niederhelman, founder, INNOVATE Boston, former VP of Sales and Marketing,  SoftArtisans
  • Lisa  Williams, founder, Placeblogger.com
  • Joe Wrinn, counselor to higher education, former  Harvard University News Director

followed more networking at CIC’s Venture Cafe.

RSVP by 12N  Wednesday Feb. 22. 

Link to This American Life Program on MIT Elevator Pitch Contest 

 

–Anita Harris

Anita Harris is president of the Harris Communications Group, an award-winning  public relations firm specializing in strategic, integrated outreach for clients in health, science, technology and energy, worldwide. 

Harris Communications Group To Hold Free “Pitching for Business” Workshop Feb. 23

DOES YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH MAKE PROSPECTS WANT TO LEARN MORE…OR HEAD FOR THE DOOR? 

Come to a free workshop sponsored by the Harris Communications Group and find out!


WHAT: PITCHING FOR BUSINESS  WORKSHOP 

WHEN:  3-5 pm Thursday, February 23, 2012
RSVP by 12N  Wednesday Feb. 22. 

 

WHERE: Charles-Fenway Conference Rooms
Cambridge Innovation Center
1 Broadway, 14th Floor
Cambridge, MA (Near Kendall Square T,  corner of Broadway and 3rd)

DESCRIPTION: In this interactive workshop, seasoned communication experts will offer tips on how to  develop and deliver a succinct, powerful pitch. We’ll then break into small groups for coaching and practice–followed more networking at CIC’s Venture Cafe.

 

Moderator: Anita Harris, President, Harris Communications Group; former national tv journalist

Speaker/Coaches:

  • Ann Getman, Principal, Getman Strategic Communications; former Boston chapter president, Public Relations Society of America
  • Aaron  Niederhelman, founder, INNOVATE Boston, former VP of Sales and Marketing,  SoftArtisans
  • Lisa  Williams, founder, Placeblogger.com
  • TBA



 

 

 

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