The future of early stage biotech funding is topic of keynote panel at BioPharm America™ 2013

Early stage biotech partnering and source funding are the subjects of a keynote panel and are topics on the program at BioPharm America™ 2013, September 17–19 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston, MA.

The keynote panel on Wednesday, September 18, entitled “Who will be funding early stage biotech in the future?” is moderated by well-known industry analyst Luke Timmerman, VP of Life Science Initiatives, Xconomy. Panelists include Bruce Booth, Partner at Atlas Venture;Alexis Borisy, Partner at Third Rock Ventures; Jens Eckstein, President of SR One; Dennis Purcell, Senior Managing Partner at Aisling Capital; and Gregory C. Simon, CEO of Poliwogg Holdings, Inc.

“This topic is extremely timely. The recession is still a not too distant memory in investors’ minds, but the new optimism is real, and recent IPO activity is fueling the interest of VCs,” said Timmerman. “This panel will get the straight talk directly from investors on what is really going on in the markets, and if past is prologue in shaping the future of biotech investing.”

“Early stage biotech research is inherently risky, and for venture firms syndication used to be the way to mitigate this risk,” said Borisy. “Today there are fewer VC firms actively investing in early stage companies. This group is sometimes going it alone through the company formation phase before looking to syndicate, taking a much more hands on approach to company building and assuming greater risk with the prospect of greater reward. There are pros and cons to this approach, and I look forward to the discussion on this topic at BioPharm America.”

“It is time to turn the valley of death into the bridge of life by expanding the pool of investors in early stage health companies. The jobs act allows us for the first time to inform the public about private offerings and attract millions of new investors who want to invest in things they care about,” said Simon. “By translating projects so the public can understand their potential benefit we can unleash the tremendous amount of untapped potential for early stage life science companies.”

Other program offerings that touch upon biotech partnering include the panel “Why can’t big pharma invest in my company?” and “Partnering: Thinking beyond the deal,” a roundtable discussion.

BioPharm America is organized by EBD Group, the leading partnering firm for the life science industry, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio). One-to-one networking at BioPharm America is powered by partneringONE®, the leading conference networking solution for the life sciences.

Registration information is available at MassBio members receive an additional USD 200 discount by adding the code ‘MassBio‘ in the comments field of the online registration form.

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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.

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