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January 27, 2021 | Tom Ballard

BioTN Academic Alliance’s Knoxville Chapter unveils plans for 2021

Nate Brady already had a number of moving parts in his life before he added the latest – Chair of the Knoxville Chapter of BioTN’s Academic Alliance.

He’s finalizing everything leading-up to defending his research to earn his doctorate from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville while also shepherding a start-up Brady founded nearly a year ago. That company – LEAPh Biosystems LLC – is focused on providing a sustainable option for photovoltaics. The company’s name stands for Light Energy Applied Photosynthetic biosystem, and you can read more about it in this earlier article in

In a meeting last week, Brady outlined three major program initiatives for the Knoxville Chapter in 2021. They are to; (1) resume hosting the renamed “Virtual Beers and Careers” monthly events that were formerly known as “Beer and Biotech”; (2) join with the Memphis and Nashville chapters of the BioTN Academic Alliance to host an online job fair in April or May; and (3) host a second edition of the “Scipreneur Challenge” in November.

BioTN’s Academic Alliance is focused on offering graduate students, Ph.D. candidates and post-doctoral researchers attending a Tennessee-based academic institution the opportunity to network, career develop, expand skills and knowledge, and idea share through events and programs. Those interested in being a part of it should contact Brady ( who is also looking for a Co-Chair for the Knoxville Chapter.

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