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Key Sessions

Christiana Bardon

What's the next big thing on investors' wish list?

Burrage Capital

Steve Dickman

Why Chinese investors are pouring big money into biotech

CBT Advisors

7:30am 7:30am (0 mins)


Registration, exhibition and breakfast

8:00am 6:00pm (600 mins)

Pitch and Partner

One-to-one meetings

8:30am 10:00am (90 mins)

Pitch and Partner

Pharma and large biotech presentations

Hear the latest partnering opportunities from global pharma companies.

  • Moderator Michael Rice - Principal, Defined Health

10:00am 12:15pm (135 mins)

Pitch and Partner

Biotech presentations

8:30am 9:00am (30 mins)

Translational Impact Forum

Inaugural Charles River World Congress on Animal Models in Drug Discovery & Development

From Bedside to Bench and Back Again: Using Clinical Data to Develop Translatable Models for Drug Discovery

8:30 am – Welcome and live broadcast start 

Speaker: James C. Foster

8:40 am – Charles River Annual Research Models in Drug Discovery Award Presentation

Speaker: Sonia Vallabh and Eric Minikel

  • Speaker James C. Foster - Chairman, President and CEO, Charles River
  • Speaker Sonia Vallabh - Prion scientist, Broad Institute; Co-Founder, Prion Alliance
  • Speaker Eric Minikel - Prion scientist, Broad Institute; Co-Founder, Prion Alliance

9:00am 12:20pm (200 mins)

Translational Impact Forum


9:00 am – Historical perspective on reverse translational medicine

Speaker: Elazer R. Edelman, MD, PhD

10:00 am – Break 

10:20 am – The microbiome, sex and diet: Implications for metabolic studies

Speaker: Jake Lusis, PhD

11:20 am – Bench to bedside in oncology: Translation of cancer vaccines from mouse models to human clinical trials

Speaker: Jay A. Berzofsky, MD PhD

  • Speaker Jay Berzofsky, MD, PhD - Chief, Vaccine Branch, Senior Investigator Head, Molecular Immunogenetics and Vaccine Research Section, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute
  • Speaker Elazer R. Edelman, MD, PhD - Thomas D. and Virginia W. Cabot Professor of Health Sciences and Technology, MIT; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Senior Attending Physician, Coronary Care Unit, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  • Speaker Jake Lusis, PhD - Professor of Microbiology, Human Genetics and Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles

10:15am 11:00am (45 mins)

Strategy and Business

What's the next big thing on investors' wish list?

  • Panelist Christiana Bardon - Portfolio Manager, Burrage Capital
  • Panelist Kevin Johnson - Partner, Medicxi
  • Panelist Nilesh Kumar - Partner, Novo Ventures
  • Panelist Eddie Martucci - Co-Founder and CEO, Akili Interactive Labs; VP, PureTech Health

11:15am 12:00pm (45 mins)

Strategy and Business

Alternative financing and venture philanthropy

  • Moderator Jeffrey Quillen - Partner, Foley Hoag LLP
  • Panelist Sohini Chowdhury - Deputy CEO, Michael J Fox Foundation
  • Panelist William Podd - President and CEO, Landmark Capital and Family Office
  • Panelist Michael L. Salgaller - Supervisor, Invention Development and Marketing Unit, National Cancer Institute
  • Panelist Jun Xu - Executive Director, Therapy Acceleration Program, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

12:15pm 1:00pm (45 mins)

Strategy and Business

Why Chinese investors are pouring big money into biotech

  • Moderator Steve Dickman - CEO, CBT Advisors
  • Panelist Darren Ji - Venture Partner, Lilly Asia Ventures
  • Panelist Sam Murphy - Head, International Business Development, Salubris Pharmaceuticals
  • Panelist Jimmy Wei - Venture Partner, KPCB China

1:00pm 2:00pm (60 mins)

Strategy and Business

It takes two: Advancing innovation through academic-industry partnerships

  • Moderator Asher Rubin - Global Head, Life Sciences and Healthcare Industry Group, Hogan Lovells

1:30pm 4:50pm (200 mins)

Translational Impact Forum

TRACK ONE:  Approaches for rare and neglected diseases

1:30 pm – Stem cell approaches for studying inherited cardiovascular diseases

Speaker: Joseph Wu, MD, PhD

2:30 pm – Team science to advance therapeutics for Batten Disease

Speaker: David Pearce, PhD

3:30 pm – Break

3:50 pm – How the genomics revolution is changing understanding of rare diseases and cancer

Speaker: Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS

  • Speaker Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS - Founder and President, Rare Genomics Institute/Natera
  • Speaker David Pearce, PhD - President of Research, Sanford Health; Pediatrics Professor, Sanford School of Medicine of the University of South Dakota
  • Speaker Joseph Wu, MD, PhD - Professor and Director, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute; Simon H. Stertzer, MD Professor of Medicine and Radiology, Stanford Cardiovascular Institute

1:30pm 4:50pm (200 mins)

Translational Impact Forum

TRACK TWO: Practical applications of bedside to bench reverse translation

1:30 pm – The Translational Medicine Guide: Asking the right question at the right time

Speaker: Laetitia Devy-Dimanche

2:30 pm – Neurimmune's reverse translational platform

Speaker: Jan Grimm, PhD

3:30 pm – Break

3:50 pm – Improving translational animal models of CNS disease – The critical role of new technologies

Speaker: Antti Nurmi, PhD

  • Speaker Laetitia Devy-Dimanche - Head of Global Project Management, EMD Serono
  • Speaker Jan Grimm, PhD - Chief Scientific Officer, Neurimmune Holding AG
  • Speaker Antii Nurmi, PhD - Managing Director, Charles River

2:00pm 5:00pm (180 mins)

Pitch and Partner

Biotech Presentations

2:00pm 2:45pm (45 mins)

Startup Program

How to avoid VCs and still get the money you need

  • Moderator Luke Timmerman - Founder and Editor, Timmerman Report
  • Panelist Chris Garabedian - Chairman and CEO, Xontogeny
  • Panelist Peter Kolchinsky - Managing Director and Portfolio Manager, RA Capital
  • Panelist Rick Pierce - Founder, FEP Capital Advisors
  • Panelist Barbara Russell - Managing Director, Detwiler Fenton
  • Panelist James Shanahan - Co-Founder, VP Business Development, SynDevRx, Inc.

3:00pm 5:30pm (150 mins)

Startup Program

Startup pitch competition

Pitch your startup to a panel of judges comprised of business development execs, venture capitalists, and industry experts! 

Qualifying startup companies are invited to pitch their company using no more than four minutes. Our top notch panel of judges will determine the winner by the quality and effectiveness of the pitch.

  • Moderator Douglas MacDougall - President, MacDougall Biomedical Communications
  • Judge Christine Brennan - Principal, MRL Ventures Fund
  • Judge Jeremy Springhorn - Partner, Flagship Ventures
  • Judge Anna Turetsky - Associate, Lightstone Ventures
  • Judge Geeta Vemuri - Managing Partner, Agent Capital

5:30pm 7:30pm (120 mins)


Exhibit hall reception