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Key Sessions

Anthony Barry

How pharma and VC collaborations are changing the industry

Pfizer

Amy Schulman

High-impact ideas and use-inspired research….a chat with MIT's Bob Langer on how to create innovations that matter

Polaris Partners

7:30am - 8:00am 30 mins
Main Agenda
Registration and Exhibition // Open all day
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The registration desk and exhibition will be open all day. 

7:30am - 8:30am 60 mins
Networking
Continental breakfast
8:00am - 6:00pm 600 mins
Main Agenda
One-to-one meetings
8:30am - 10:00am 90 mins
Pitch and Partner
Pharma and large biotech presentations
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Hear the latest partnering opportunities from global pharma companies.


9:15am - 10:00am 45 mins
Strategy and Business
Cross border investment
  • Speaker Darren Ji - Venture Partner, Lilly Asia Ventures
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10:15am - 11:00am 45 mins
Strategy and Business
How pharma and VC collaborations are changing the industry
  • Speaker Anthony Barry - Senior Director, Technologies, External Science and Innovation, Pfizer
  • Speaker Kevin Johnson - Partner, Medicxi
  • Speaker Marta New - Partner, Agent Capital
  • Speaker Lance Ostrom - Head, Boston Innovation Hub, Roche Partnering
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In recent years, pharma company R&D budgets have been under pressure. Pharma companies are struggling to find ways to continue to advance the development of attractive drug candidates from their own pipelines while simultaneously looking outside for attractive programs they can acquire. One way pharma companies can do more within a constrained R&D budget is to partner with outside investors in innovative ways in order to develop attractive drug candidates with “other people’s money.” This panel of industry experts will explore some of the ways that pharma companies and VC firms are partnering to develop drugs and generate investment returns.

10:15am - 11:00am 45 mins
Therapeutic Spotlight
Progress in neurodegeneration
  • Speaker Sophie Parmentier-Batteur - Director, Neuroscience, Early Discovery, Merck
  • Speaker Michael Ehlers - Executive VP, Research and Development, Biogen
  • Speaker Rebecca Evans - Senior Medical Director, Neuroscience, Takeda
  • Speaker Murali Gopalakrishnan - Head, Search and Evaluation Neuroscience, AbbVie
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11:00am - 12:00pm 60 mins
Therapeutic Spotlight
Company Presentations
11:15am - 12:00pm 45 mins
Strategy and Business
State of the industry and investment climate
  • Moderator Adam Feuerstein - Senior Writer, Biotech, STAT
  • Panelist Steve Abrams - Partner, Hogan Lovells
  • Panelist Kevin Bitterman - Partner, Atlas Venture
  • Panelist Alicia Irurzun-Lafitte - Principal, M Ventures
  • Panelist Rick Pierce - Founder, FEP Capital Advisors
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12:00pm - 1:00pm 60 mins
Networking
Luncheon
1:00pm - 1:45pm 45 mins
Strategy and Business
Nontraditional vs. traditional financing
  • Panelist Akanksha Halbe - Associate Director, Research Partnerships, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
  • Panelist Nilesh Kumar - Partner, Novo Ventures
  • Panelist William Podd - President and CEO, Landmark Capital and Family Office
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An influx of financing opportunities is available for life science companies but which way should you turn? Panelists will provide perspectives on financing options ranging from angel investing and venture philanthropy to traditional venture capital, offering alternatives on how they can work together and who best to turn to for partnerships.

1:00pm - 1:45pm 45 mins
Therapeutic Spotlight
Partnering in cell and gene therapies
1:45pm - 2:45pm 60 mins
Therapeutic Spotlight
Company Presentations
2:00pm - 2:45pm 45 mins
Strategy and Business
Working within your ecosystem: Leveraging the Boston biotech cluster
  • Panelist Lizabeth Leveille - Associate VP and Head, Boston Innovation Hub, BD&L, Merck
  • Panelist Chandra Ramanathan - VP and Head, East Coast Innovation Center, Bayer
  • Panelist Aaron Schwartz - Director, Search and Evaluation, Global Drug Discovery, Novo Nordisk Inc.
  • Panelist Kumar Srinivasan - VP, Scientific Partnering and Alliances, IMED Biotech Unit, AstraZeneca
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Boston is one of the most productive biotech breeding grounds in the world. Top research institutes and academics, early stage VC money, the who-is-who in serial entrepreneurs and a solid representation of mature biotechs all within a few square miles create an unmatched environment for innovation to thrive. No wonder that most pharma companies have built a strong presence to be close to the action. During this session the leaders of several Boston R&D centers will discuss their approach to accessing innovation.

2:45pm - 3:30pm 45 mins
Xcelerate Keynote Series
High-impact ideas and use-inspired research….a chat with MIT's Bob Langer on how to create innovations that matter
  • Speaker Amy Schulman - Co-Founder and CEO, Lyndra; Partner, Polaris Partners
  • Speaker Robert Langer, PhD, Sc.D. - David H. Koch Institute Professor, Koch Institute of Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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3:30pm - 5:30pm 120 mins
Xcelerate Keynote Series
Startup pitch competition
  • Judge Christine Brennan - Partner, MRL Ventures Fund
  • Judge Arjun Goyal - Co-Founder and Managing Director, Vida Ventures
  • Judge Matthew Hammond - Principal, RA Capital Management
  • Judge Paulina Hill - Principal, Polaris Partners
  • Judge Carlo Rizzuto - Partner, Versant Ventures
  • Moderator Douglas MacDougall - President, MacDougall Biomedical Communications
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Qualifying startup companies are invited to pitch their company using no more than four slides and four minutes to a panel of judges comprising venture capitalists and industry experts. Our panel of judges will determine the winner based on the quality and effectiveness of the pitch.

5:30pm - 7:30pm 120 mins
Networking
Exhibit hall reception
Showing of Streams