Keynote Speaker:

Ailis Tweed-Kent

Cocoon Biotech

Ailis Tweed-Kent, M.D., is a Notre Dame alumna and the CEO and founder of Cocoon Biotech, Inc., a Boston-based startup seeking to advance silk fibroin as a material science platform with broad potential in the human health, animal health, agriculture, and consumer product industries. Cocoon Biotech believes silk’s unique properties offer the potential to transform our ability to formulate, deliver, and stabilize molecules, with resulting improvements in manufacturing processes, safety, and efficacy. Additionally, Cocoon argues that the remarkable strength and tunable material characteristics exhibited by silk enable impactful and far-reaching innovation.

Event Partners

Ice Miller's emerging companies team has deep experience in the legal issues that are critical to growth and success such as entity formation, capitalization, capital raising, intellectual property rights and protection, growth and exit strategies, corporate governance, tax matters and employee incentive compensation arrangements.

Irwin IP was founded in 2014 by Barry Irwin, a 27-year veteran of high-stakes intellectual property litigation. Barry is a “double domer” and currently an adjunct professor at the Notre Dame Law School. Irwin IP provides premium, efficient, and ethical advocacy and represents a wide variety of clients, from small start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Please visit for more information.


Innovation Rally Event Registration - Nov. 22, 2019 - WEB

Innovation Rally Event Registration - Nov. 22, 2019 - WEB

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