Posted by: Audrey Erbes | September 11, 2011

Life Science High Season Has Begun and Been Revised!

The “Season” for our industry has begun. There have been numerous life science banking investment meetings in September that were already held as well as those upcoming starting on the 7th. You can tune into the audio version of many of these presentations of companies at these meetings typically via the participating company websites. For example, search your favorite browser for Morgan Stanley Global Healthcare Conference, Sept. 13, 2011 and you’ll note many companies that have press releases that they are presenting. You can usually download access to the webcast and in some cases the presentation slides for limited period after the meeting (typically for 90 days).

The UBS Global Life Science Conference will also occur in NYC but Sept. 19-21, 2011. You can look at list of over 250 presenting companies once the conference starts and check out their audio webcast via UBS’s conference website: Go to Look for the webcast link to the right of the Global Life Sciences Conference. Note that only companies who have chosen to webcast will be listed. Practice on past conference—the UBS Specialty Pharmaceuticals conference held in May to get understanding how it works if you have specific companies you are tracking.

You’ll note that the “Season” has already started this week in the Bay Area as well. You’ll have to clone yourself to attend the Sept. 15th events of interest. And just wait until next week when the 22nd tops the conflicting events date. When the topics are different, it’s not so bad. But unfortunately, Meredith Brown Tuttle’s outstanding presentation for ACRP on the 15th will have to compete with lecture by former FDA Commissioner Dr. Kessler that same evening.

I’ve listed the highlights of this coming week’s meetings below:

  • BioCentury TV Today, See the Webcast Sunday, September 11,, 9:00 a.m. EDT; Topic: “Bioterrorism: Are We Safe? Biodefense 10 Years After 9/11”; Speakers: Dr. Thomas V. Inglesby, CEO and Director of the Center for Biosecurity at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; Col. Randall Larsen, USAF (Ret.), CEO of the WMD Center and Senior Fellow at the Homeland Security Policy Institute at George Washington University; Eric Richman, President & CEO of PharmAthene, whose biodefense portfolio includes an anthrax vaccine being developed in cooperation with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA); Dr. George Painter, Chairman and CSO of Chimerix, an antiviral specialist whose lead compound is being developed to treat smallpox under a contract with BARDA
  • Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Evening, Sept. 13, 2011; Topic: “Pipe Dream to Pipeline;” Speaker: Danny Cher, MD, Vice President of Clinical and Regulatory Affairs, Chesnut Medical Technologies
  • Northern Silicon Valley Partnership, Wednesday Morning, Sept. 14, 2011; Event: “Entrepreneur Pitch Event with Venture Capital and Angel Investors for: Life Sciences”-this event has been cancelled
  • San Jose Biocenter, Thursday, September 15, 2011; Topic: “Meet With… Merck & Co., Inc.”
  • BayBio, Thursday Afternoon, Sept. 15, 2011; Topic: “Venture Spotlight: Planning for Exit;” Moderator, Peter Boyd, Latham & Watkins; Panelist, Albert Cha, M.D., Ph.D., Managing Partner, ViVo Ventures; Jonathan MacQuitty, PhD, Partner, Abingworth
  • Palo Alto Chapter Meeting, Thursday Evening, Sept. 15, 2011; Topic: “What Makes Someone Confident;” Speaker: Elizabeth Agnew, M.S., Integrative Leadership Strategies LLC
  • And this one has been added…UCSF and Center for BioEntrepreneurship, Thursday Afternoon, Sept. 15, 2011; Topic: The BioEntrepreneurial Forum; Panel members:Douglas Crawford, Ph.D., Associate Executive Director of QB3; Erik Lium, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor of the Office of Innovation, Technology & Alliance; Felice Lu, Ph.D., Licensing Officer at the UCSF Office of Innovation Technology & Alliances; KT Moortgat, Ph.D., Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures; Michael Schwartz, MS, Program Director of Fluxion Bioscience; Jim Wells, Ph.D., UCSF professor and entrepreneur
  • Pacific Drug Safety Summit, Thursday and Friday, Sept. 15-16, 2011
  • NorCal BPPM, Friday Morning, Sept. 16, 2011; Topic: “The Role of Project Management in Early Research and Drug Discovery;” Speaker: Paul Gater, Global Project Manager at Roche Molecular Systems
  • San Francisco AWIS, Wednesday Evening, Sept. 14, 2011; Topic: “From Bench to Boardroom;” Speaker: Gail Maderis, President and CEO of BayBio
  • ACRP, Thursday Evening, Sept. 15, 2011; Topic: “Global IND Clinical Trial/Regulatory Documentation: Around the World in 90 Minutes;” Speaker: Meredith Brown Tuttle, RAC, Regulatorium
  • San Jose Biocenter, Thursday Evening, Sept. 15, 2011; Event: Fireside Chat with Former FDA Commissioner Dr. Kessler
  • NCC ACRP, Thursday Evening, Sept. 15, 2011; Topic: “Global IND Clinical Trial/Regulatory Documentation: Around the World in 90 Minutes;” Speaker: Meredith Brown Tuttle, RAC, Regulatorium
  • CACO Workshop, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011; Topic: “QT prolongation and Thorough QT study for cardiac safety – What a drug developer should know;” Speaker: Peter Staehr, MD, Senior Director, Cardiovascular/Metabolic Therapeutic Area, Gilead Sciences, Inc., Palo Alto

I’ll be attending many of these events this coming week. See you at the Bio2Device Group, Pitch Event in the morning on the 14th and San Francisco AWIS event that night if I can find someone with whom to carpool from Mountain View area. Not sure about the 15th, I should be home packing for travel to NYC early on Friday morning. So many choices!

You can download the entire list of my meeting picks with details for the coming week and through end of October in a pdf file by right clicking on the highlighted title Audrey’s Event Picks.

Have a great week!


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