On January 25, 26, and 27 the Rosalind Franklin Society will host their annual end-of-year virtual conference co-sponsored by GEN. This 3-day, complimentary event, offers insights from leaders in cutting-edge fields such as precision medicine and space exploration to large and small biotech industry leaders, as well as journalists, and new leadership in Washington. This year’s conference speakers include prestigious scholars, authors, award winners, government leaders from NSF, OTPS, NASA, and the casting producer from Shark Tank!

Lowenstein partner and Tech Group Chair Ed Zimmerman will speak on the following panel:

How, When, and Why to be Disruptive…
Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Time: 2:05-2:35 p.m. ET

With the historical underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, it is critical to explore all sectors and new opportunities. From the perspective of a successful career at a prestigious law firm, Ed Zimmerman will showcase his work in venture capital and the creation of First Close Partners, to support start-ups by women and a range of other underrepresented minorities. The session will feature Betsy Zimmerman who is a co-founder and Carolina Huaranca Mendoza who is a General Partner. 


  • Ed Zimmerman, Partner; Chair, The Tech Group, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • Betsy Zimmerman, Co-founder, First Close Partners
  • Carolina Huaranca Mendoza, General Partner, First Close Partners