HD66: search for a cure or a killer?

HD66: search for a cure or a killer?

by Babs Carryer


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"HD66: search for a cure or a killer" is a startup mystery novel - a contemporary story that takes place in a technology startup. Blending entrepreneurship with murder, the plot weaves together the discovery of a drug for an incurable disease with an unexpected invention that does the opposite - kills upon contact. Filled with evil venture capitalists, egotistical c-level executives, science, technology, and the roller coaster ride of a startup, "HD66" lets the reader experience life inside a high-technology new venture. The book is intended to be the first in a series involving the naïve sleuth (Brie Prince) and the first time detective (Straler Henrik) - an unusual friendship.

Brie Prince is a rising young executive at the startup, Quixotic, founded to bring to market a drug for Huntington's Disease (HD), a real life disease with no cure. The "66" in the title stands for the song, "Highway 66 Blues," by Woody Guthrie, who died from Huntington's and who is referenced in the manuscript.

Brie is desperate for this cure to save her father - and herself. But, in today's world, bringing a new drug to market is not simple or quick. Brie needs the inventor of the drug to help her. Unfortunately, the scientist-inventor is found dead in the river. Only Brie knows that this was neither accident nor suicide, but murder. She must prove that he was murdered and uncover the killer to find the clue that he left behind to save her.

The author is donating a portion of all proceeds to charities which combat HD and violence against women.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781518766206
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 11/13/2016
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Babs Carryer is a serial technology entrepreneur who is active in multiple entrepreneurial activities. She teaches entrepreneurship, provides mentorship and coaching to early-stage companies, and writes about entrepreneurship on her blog, NewVenturist (http://newventurist.com). She is currently director of education and outreach for the Innovation Institute at the University of Pittsburgh (http://innovation.pitt.edu) where she works to inspire faculty and student around innovation and entrepreneurship. Babs spent 15 years at Carnegie Mellon University, helping to start and grow the university's entrepreneurial ecosystem. She was director of training and faculty development at VentureWell. Babs is President of Carryer Consulting, and has worked with hundreds of companies and startups to grow their businesses. Babs is also co-founder of LaunchCyte (http://launchcyte.com), with a portfolio of five companies which have commercialized university technologies into marketplace products. Babs has a Masters in Public Management from Heinz College at CMU, and a BA from Mills College in CA. She is a co-founder of the Pittsburgh Chapter of Women in Bio (http://www.womeninbio.org/wib-chapters/pittsburgh). Babs makes her home in Pittsburgh, where she is an active member of the startup scene. "HD66: search for a cure or a killer?" is Babs's first novel, one that she hopes to turn into a startup mystery series. Babs is donating a portion of all proceeds to charities which combat HD and violence against women.

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