Creating a stronger, more diverse life science ecosystem by funding talented scientists and entrepreneurs in New York City from traditionally underfunded and underrepresented groups working to bring promising translational research to patients.

About the Challenge
The Prize

Two awards up to $250,000

Proposal Submission

2024 Submission Cycle
  • April 8 - Applications Open
  • June 14 - Submission Deadline
  • July TBD - Finalists Announcement
  • July 12 - Virtual Finalists Presentations
  • September 2 - Winners Notified
  • October - In-Person Award Ceremony at Cure

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2021-2022 Submission Cycle
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2020-2021 Submission Cycle
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Dr Amel Ibrahim, MBBS PhD MRCS

The Deerfield XSeed award has helped accelerate Bioworkshop’s progress in a way that’s hard to overstate. It has not only allowed us to showcase the versatility of our platform by developing a new model of the central nervous system and Parkinson’s disease but has also embedded us in Deerfield’s startup ecosystem. We’ve enjoyed access to networking events, seminars and support from their partners and contacts. As we’re approaching the next stage of our journey, commercialisation of our technology, I look forward to continuing to tap into the community for support and guidance as well as to contribute by mentoring the next generation of awardees.

Dr Amel Ibrahim, MBBS PhD MRCS
CEO & Founder, Bioworkshop

Leadership Committee Members

Joseph Pearlberg, MD, PhD, Committee Co-Chair and Vice President of Scientific Affairs, Deerfield Management

Christine Brideau, Vice President of Preclinical Pharmacology at Deerfield Discovery and Development (3DC)

Pulkit Gupta, PhD, Sr. Director-Venture Science, Lilly New Ventures

Glennis Mehra, PhD, Director of Biolabs@NYULangone

Claire Pomeroy, MD, MBA, President, Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation

Jane Williams, MD MPH, Vice President, head of Neuroscience, Rare Disease and Pediatrics at Syneos Health


Cure Opens Xseed Award Applications to Support Underfunded and Underrepresented NYC Life Science Startups With Up to $500,000

NEW YORK, April 9, 2024 — Cure.®, a healthcare innovation campus in New York City,has opened applications to the XSeed Award, an annual competitive program designed to disrupt the status quo by supporting traditionally underfunded and underrepresented minority- and women-led life science and healthcare startups working on drug development in New York City. Deerfield Management, a New York City-based healthcare investment firm, founded and supports the XSeed Award.

Deerfield Management Announces 2023 XSeed Award Winners

NEW YORK, April 3, 2023 — Deerfield Management Company, a healthcare investment firm and Advancium Health Network, a public charity dedicated to eliminating barriers to the advancement of healthcare, today announced the grant recipients and winners of the third annual XSeed Award. The winners will each receive a $250,000 grant to support business growth. Founded in 2019, The XSeed Award supports women- and minority-led life science startups in New York City to help address critical funding gaps and bridge promising translational research to the marketplace and commercial success.

Deerfield Management Announces Third Annual XSeed Award to Support Underfunded and Underrepresented NYC Life Science Startups

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – Nov. 29, 2022 – Deerfield Management Company, a New York City-based healthcare investment firm and Advancium Health Network, a public charity dedicated to advancing healthcare services and health equity through philanthropic investment, announced today the third annual XSeed Award, a program designed to support early-stage life science, minority- and women-led startups in New York City. A change from previous award seasons, this year, two life science startup companies will each be awarded up to $250,000.

News Archives

Deerfield Management Announces XSeed Award Winners
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Second Annual $500,000 XSeed Award Launched by Deerfield Management to Support Underfunded and Underrepresented NYC Life Science Startups
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On April 20th 2021, the XSeed Winners were announced at “Deerfield Live at the Cure”.
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Deerfield Launches a Novel Funding Mechanism, the X-Seed Award, to Support Early-Stage Life Sciences and Underrepresented Company Founders
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Deerfield Management Announces Winners of the First Annual XSeed Award
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