RARE Battle of the Brains 

Thursday, September 14, 2017



Welcome to RARE Battle of the Brains as part of this year’s RARE Partnering and Investor Forum! This Shark Tank-style pitch competition will give development projects in rare disease face time with leading investors and provide a competitive platform to vie for $50,000 in prizes.
Competitors should meet the following criteria:
• Orphan indication
• Pre-clinical/Pre-Series A asset or project proposal
• Pitch must include the following:
o Disease overview
o Differentiation to what is standard of care on market or competitive edge
o Confidence in scientific rationale/mechanism to work in the disease of interest
o Quality of asset e.g. drug likeness
o Intellectual Property situation e.g. substance matter vs formulation vs indication
o Experimental plan proposed (the killer experiment) – showcasing target engagement & efficacy readouts
o Interaction with patient advocacy groups (if feasible)
Pitch presentations should wow judges in:
• 5-7 minutes 
• With 3-5 minute Q&A + Feedback from Judges
• Winners will be determined at the end of the competition by the panel of judges
• Winners will be announced at the event and in a subsequent Press Announcement
Applications are closed. 
Rock star judges represent the following companies:
• 5am Ventures/Scientist.com Investor
• Shire 
• Hatchbox Bio
• JLabs
A special thank you to RARE Battle of the Brains Pitch Competition Partners
• Cincinnati Children’s
• Scientist.com
• Takeda TAK-celerator, Centre for External Innovation (CEI) 

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