BioPharm America™ 2012 program features industry’s biggest names providing insight on doing better deals

The robust program at BioPharm America™ this year will feature executives from big pharma including Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, AstraZeneca, Bayer HealthCare, Bristol-Myers Squibb, GlaxoSmithKline, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Merck, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Pfizer, Sanofi, Shire, and Takeda. The event, organized by EBD Group, the leading partnering firm for the life science industry, will be held September 19–21, 2012 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA in collaboration with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio).

“With the broad spectrum of biotech and life science companies being represented and the high caliber of attendee, BioPharm America 2012 promises to be the strongest partnering conference we’ve seen to date,” said Robert K. Coughlin, President and CEO of MassBio. “There are so many innovative thinkers and industry experts in the Massachusetts supercluster—we are excited to hear what happens when they connect with counterparts from around the globe.”

“This year we absolutely have the best program ever, with provocative topics and some weighty speakers,” said Carola Schropp, President of EBD Group. “From the workshop on making your 30-second pitch and the Fierce 15 awards, to the SciBx Innovation Summit, we have some new and engaging offerings that will be a big draw, not to mention the superb partnering opportunities.”

The BioPharm America program kicks off with a big day on Wednesday. Two concurrent workshops will open the morning activities. The first, “Does pharma see value in immunotherapies?” will be moderated by Madhusudan V. Peshwa of Maxcyte, with panelistsKarin Hehenberger of Coronado Biosciences; Randi Isaacs of Novartis; Edward Lanphier of Sangamo BioSciences; and Ronald A. Pepin of Celldex Therapeutics.

The other workshop, “Let’s make a deal because ‘Biotech has talent,’” will give audience members 30 seconds to pitch their company, product, technology or service to a star-studded panel of judges. This workshop is moderated by Douglas MacDougall of MacDougall Biomedical Communications, and judges include Steven Edelson of BioCentury Publications, Inc.; Gregor Fachinger of Bayer HealthCare; John Gustofson of AstraZenecaTomas Landh of Novo NordiskJames O’Mara of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals; Deanna Petersen of Shire; and John Sorvillo of Amgen.

Wednesday’s opening remarks will be followed by a special announcement of the 2012 Fierce 15 with John Carroll of FierceBiotech, followed by a keynote address by David Meeker of Genzyme, a Sanofi company. Afternoon panels split into a business development and strategy track and a spotlight track.

Thursday’s Keynote panel “From start-up to commercial company and the challenges in between: Could we do it again today?” will be moderated by Karen Bernstein of BioCentury with speakers Geoff MacKay of OrganogenesisDavid Meeker of GenzymeLonnie Moulder of TESARO; and Richard Pops of Alkermes plc.

Friday’s SciBX Innovation in Drug Discovery & Development Summit, held in partnership with Nature Publishing Group and BioCentury Publications Inc. is an exciting addition that will focus on opportunities afforded by macrocycles and constrained peptides in the area of targeting intracellular protein-protein interactions, their potential for improved oral bioavailability and related benefits in advance of a roadmap white paper. Speakers on the SciBX Summit panel include Bruce Booth of Atlas Venture; Spiros Liras of Pfizer; Barry Morgan of GlaxoSmithKline; Patrick Reid of PeptiDream Inc.; Tomi Sawyer of Aileron Therapeutics; and Gregory Verdine of Harvard Medical School/Third Rock Ventures.

Evening events, networking opportunities, exhibition receptions, company presentations and scheduled partnering meetings are what make BioPharm America the place where biotech industry partnerships get started.

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About EBD Group

EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group’s partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.

EBD Group’s conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:

  • BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®, Europe’s largest life science partnering conferences, supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • BioPharm America™, the fastest growing partnering event in North America
  • Biotech Showcase™, a unique forum in San Francisco for presenting to investors and business development executives, co-produced with Demy-Colton Life Science Advisors
  • BioEquity Europe, the investor conference co-organized with BioCentury Publications and BIO
  • ChinaBio® Partnering Forum, the first dedicated biotech/pharma partnering conference in China, co-produced with ChinaBio® LLC
  • EuroMedtech™, EBD Group’s partnering event for the innovative medical technology industry
  • The Global Impact Forum™, a unique and innovative partnering conference in impact investing and venture philanthropy.

EBD Group’s sophisticated web-based partnering service, partneringONE®, is used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and partnering360® is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences throughout the year.

EBD Group is an Informa company. Informa is the largest publicly-owned organizer of exhibitions, conferences and training in the world.

EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.

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About BioPharm America 2014

BioPharm America is where biotech industry partnerships get started. Meet face-to-face with biotech and pharma executives from around the world to identify and enter strategic relationships. Equipped with partneringONE®, BioPharm America is the only event in North America based on the same reputable formula as EBD Group’s acclaimed European events BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®.

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