BioPharm America™ 2012 program is full-to-brimming with top life science CEOs

BioPharm America™, to be held September 19–21, 2012 in Boston, MA has an unprecedented program line-up featuring top CEOs for what will be the most influential US life science partnering event of 2012. EBD Group, the leading partnering firm for the life science industry, will hold the annual event at the Westin Boston Waterfront in collaboration with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio).

BioPharm America is well-established as the leading North American life science partnering event,” said Carola Schropp, President of EBD Group. “The deals that have previously been made at this event have had an incredibly positive impact on the year-end prospectus for our attending biotech and pharma executives. They count on us to bring them face-to-face with the best the industry has to offer.”

“The landscape for biopharma companies is changing with new laws and a greater focus on patient needs,” said David Meeker, CEO of Genzyme, a Sanofi company. “What worked in the past to make Genzyme a global biotechnology leader based in Massachusetts, may not work today. I look forward to sharing thoughts on innovation and partnering opportunities with others at BioPharm America.”

Wednesday’s opening plenary session “Who is the best player in the value chain?” will be moderated by Doug Cole of Flagship Ventures with speakers Robert J. Gould of Epizyme;Mike Poole of AstraZenecaTerry Porter of Takeda Pharmaceuticals; and Philip Vickersof Shire HGT.

“This topic will ensure a lively discussion,” said Robert J. Gould, Epizyme’s President and CEO. “Biotechs have demonstrated the ability to deliver innovative research, but we have often relied on pharma partners to bring those discoveries through clinical development and beyond. Emerging strategies, like the creation of personalized therapeutics for patients with genetically defined diseases, now enable innovation in business models as well. It will be interesting to explore the potential for biotechs to once again drive their products through development and to the market.”

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 industry expert Karen Bernstein of BioCentury. Speakers include Geoff MacKay of OrganogenesisDavid Meeker of Genzyme, a Sanofi company; and Richard Pops of Alkermes.

“Partnering is one of the most critical tools to offset the cost associated with R&D. We will discuss innovation in pharmaceutical development and how collaborations have changed the way we do business,” said Richard Pops, CEO of Alkermes.

Adding suspenseful fun to the program, Wednesday’s spotlight panel “Let’s make a deal because ‘Biotech has talent’” will give delegates in the audience 30 seconds to pitch their company, product, technology or service to a star-studded panel of judges representing big pharma. Moderator Douglas MacDougall of MacDougall Biomedical Communications will call upon delegates to present to the jury made up of John Gustofson of AstraZenecaTomas Landh of Novo NordiskJames O’Mara of Ironwood Pharmaceuticals; Deanna Petersen of Shire; and John Sorvillo of Amgen. The first and second place winners will receive a full 30-minute private one-to-one meeting with the panelist of their choice.

The program topics cover pressing issues for industry insiders, from spotlight panels covering innovative partnerships in field of immunotherapy, pre-competitive collaborations, emerging markets and global drug development strategies, to a discussion on best deal structures. The business development track includes pharma/venture hybrid funds, financing models and a critical review of major deals of the past year.

Again this year, BioPharm America will celebrate the announcement of the Fierce 15, selected for their pioneering technology and innovative business models, with John Carroll, Editor-in-Chief of FierceBiotech, set to lead a discussion with several Fierce 15 CEOs on the current landscape in life sciences.

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Registration information for BioPharm America can be found by going

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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