Speakers and Panelists


  • SARA JANE DEMY established Demy-Colton in 2008 to develop high value-added events and help reposition existing events in the life sciences industry.
    She has taken her formidable experience and expertise to craft effective investor and CEO events that further business objectives. Her impressive background in supporting biotech’s growth includes being the founder of Biotech Showcase and the Biotech CEO Summits that are held in Napa and Europe. In addition, Sara was Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations, and Head of the New York Office for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Sara understood the problems facing biotech companies and developed solutions to help advance the sector. She launched and developed the BIO CEO & Investor Conference, BIO Investor Forum, BIO’s regional venture conferences, CEO boot-camps, the Business Forum at BIO’s Annual Meeting, BioEurope, BioEurope Spring, and BIO Asia. Sara also built the prototype for “the partnering system,” which is used throughout the biopharmaceutical sector today.

  • JEREMY ABBATE is the VP & Publisher of Scientific American and its related titles. He is responsible for developing and executing new media programs, brand extensions and collaborative ventures serving the international opinion leadership that turns to Scientific American for the best views of the future.
    He appears regularly at conferences and events to facilitate high-level discussions on healthcare, innovative science and technology. He has spearheaded co-branded partnerships with several international organizations including TEDMED, CES, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Carter Center. Working to bring important scientific ideas into a dynamic media environment, he has led projects serving some of the world’s largest corporate organizations, including Colgate Palmolive, Johnson& Johnson, Procter & Gamble, Philips, Amgen, BMS and others.
    His writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Psychology Today and other national publications. Abbate penned the forward to the popular medical travel guide, Patients Beyond Borders. He serves on several advisory committees in the life science and healthcare space.

  • RALPH SNYDERMAN, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke University from 1989 to July 2004 led the transition of an excellent medical center into an internationally recognized leader of academic medicine. He oversaw the development of the Duke University Health System, one of the most successful integrated academic health systems in the country, and served as its first President and Chief Executive Officer. Dr. Snyderman has played a leading role in the conception and development of personalized health care, an evolving model of national health care delivery. He was among the first to describe personalized health care -- a personalized, proactive, patient-driven approach to care that is recognized as a dominant force to improve health and minimize the burdens of disease. The Association of American Medical Colleges has referred to Dr. Snyderman as the “father of personalized medicine.”  He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and is the recipient of numerous scientific and leadership awards.


  • DR. ROBERT J SCHNEIDER is a leading biomedical investigator and has been a biotech entrepreneur for more than 30 years. He combines innovative biomedical scientific research with disruptive models of business development to pioneer new therapies in for the benefit of patients. Dr. Schneider is a co-founding scientist of six biotechnology/small pharmaceutical companies: ImClone Systems (New York); PTC Therapeutics (New Jersey); Canji (San Diego); GenCell (Paris); Charterhouse Pharmaceuticals (London); and ENB Therapeutics (New York). Dr. Schneider is the Albert Sabin Professor of Molecular Pathogenesis and for seven years until 1/2020, the Associate Dean for NYU Technology Ventures and Partnerships (TVP) at NYU Langone Health/NYU School of Medicine. He oversaw the integration and transformation of NYU technology transfer that launched over 100 startup companies during that time. Dr. Schneider is a research scientist and maintains a productive lab performing basic and translational research on metastatic breast cancer, regulation of the immune response, and regulation of adult tissue stem cells for tissue regeneration. He is the author of more than 180 peer-reviewed publications in leading journals and has been continuously funded by the NIH for more than 30 years.
  • DR. ABRAHAM HEIFETS is CEO and Co-Founder of Atomwise, where he and Co-Founder Dr. Izhar Wallach invented the use of deep convolutional neural networks for drug discovery. Dr. Heifets was a Massey Fellow at the University of Toronto—a center for AI innovation—and a Fellow of the Ontario Brain Institute. His doctoral work applied machine learning and classical AI techniques to organic synthesis planning, a long-standing challenge in chemistry. His vision of AI bringing better, safer and more potent drugs to patients was recently featured in the July 2019 Moonshot issue of Newsweek. Dr. Heifets is a thought-leader on the use of AI for drug discovery and is an author on 24 papers, patents and patent applications. Dr. Heifets has presented his work to the U.S. GAO, the National Institutes of Health, the American Chemical Society, and the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence.
  • MARIAN NAKADA PhD, VP Venture Investments for Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, has almost 30 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, starting her career at the laboratory bench at Centocor and moving to a research leadership role before Centocor’s acquisition by Johnson & Johnson in 1999.  She transitioned to Janssen Business Development where she executed deals to support the expansion of the Biologics portfolio.  She joined JJDC, Johnson & Johnson’s corporate venture group in 2013.   She is passionate about leveraging Johnson & Johnson’s capabilities to help her portfolio companies succeed.  Marian has a BA in Biology from Harvard College and a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Pennsylvania.  She is currently on the Boards of Navitor Pharmaceuticals, Twenty-eight Seven Therapeutics, Ribon Therapeutics, Artizan Biosciences as well as the New England Venture Capital Association where she is working to champion change as an active contributor to its Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 
  • NOAM SOLOMON is the CEO and Co-Founder at immunai, the first and only company to map the entire immune system for better detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. Leveraging single-cell technologies and machine learning algorithms, immunai has mapped out thousands of immune cells and their functions, building the largest proprietary data set in the world for clinical immunological data. Prior to co-founding immunai, Noam had a dual career in both the industry and academia. Noam is a double PhD, and served as a post-doctoral researcher in the Mathematics department at MIT, and in the center of mathematical sciences and applications at Harvard University. In his research, he developed and applied tools from algebra and Algebraic Geometry in the study of classical problems in combinatorics. Noam also worked as an algorithms developer in the Israeli defense forces and subsequently as a data scientist, consultant and head of data science in several hi-tech companies in Israel.
  • ALICE ZHANG is the CEO and Co-Founder of Verge Genomics. Alice has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 Featured Honoree, MIT Technology Review’s Innovator Under 35, and SF Business Times’ 40 Under 40. Prior to Verge, she spent seven years at the forefront of systems biology research at the National Cancer Institute, the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics at Princeton University, and UCLA. She spent five years in the UCLA-Caltech MD/PhD program, where she helped author several papers on gene networks involved in neuroregeneration.  Alice received her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in Molecular Biology and was a recipient of the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. In her spare time, Alice also is an angel investor and advisor for startups at the intersection of technology and biology.


  • PHYLLIS BARKMAN-FERRELL is the Global Head of External Engagement for Alzheimer’s disease and Neurodegeneration at Eli Lilly & Company, where she previously served as the leader of the Global Alzheimer’s disease development team. Ferrell’s most recent prior position was Vice President of the Chief Commercial Services Officer for Eli Lilly and Company.
    Ferrell has been with Lilly for more than 25 years and has held many leadership roles throughout the organization. She has led efforts in medical affairs, medical development, commercial capabilities, sales, marketing, recruiting, business development, strategy, transformation, Six Sigma, and corporate financial planning. 
    Ferrell received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and management with minors in computational mathematics and Asian studies from DePauw University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Magna Cum Laude honors in 1994. She received an MBA in general management and a certificate in public management from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in 2001 and graduated with both Arjay Miller Scholar honors and as the Arbuckle Award recipient.

  • DR. MYLEA CHARVAT became interested in the brain at age 13 when her grandmother began to suffer cognitive problems. A clinician with a business background, she was an early employee with Travelocity in the 1990s and went on to train as a clinical neuropsychologist and neuroscientist and in 2015 founded Savonix. At Savonix, Mylea drives strategy to address dementia globally with business and clinical leaders and works as a domain expert in digital cognitive assessment with partners from Boston University to Fortune 50 CEOs seeking to detect and prevent cognitive decline and dementias.
    Mylea has authored several peer review publications in mental health and neuroimaging. She completed her fellowship in clinical neuroscience at Stanford and has been a lecturer at Stanford, The University of San Francisco and San Francisco State University. She is a contributor for Psychology Today, has written for Tech Crunch and Huffington Post and appeared as a subject matter expert at many conferences including MedTech Showcase, The Atlantic Council, the NIH and NIA and with the Duke Leadership Program.
    Mylea is committed to advancing the integration of cognitive health data into mainstream healthcare. The inspiration for Savonix came when her husband was severely injured in an accident and she experienced, first-hand, the difficulty in attaining vital health data needed to achieve recovery – including cognitive screening. She realized that if access was difficult for her with all her connections, that it must be virtually nonexistent for most people. She got to know the spouses and parents of other patients. What she learned in these conversations was a wake-up call. With a blossoming career ahead of her in academic medicine, Dr. Charvat left over a decade of work and a prestigious career path toward professorship to found Savonix.

  • HOWARD FILLIT, MD, Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, is an internationally recognized geriatrician, neuroscientist, expert in Alzheimer's disease and an innovative philanthropy executive.The Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation is a nonprofit whose mission is to rapidly accelerate the discovery and development of drugs to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Fillit has had a distinguished academic medicine career and is currently a clinical professor of geriatric medicine and palliative care, medicine and neurosciences at The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. Throughout his career, Dr. Fillit has maintained a limited private practice in consultative geriatric medicine with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Fillit has received numerous awards and honors including the Rita Hayworth Award from the Alzheimer’s Association, and has authored or co-authored more than 350 scientific and clinical publications.
  • PROFESSOR RITCHIE is a world-leading authority on dementia and has been a senior investigator on more than 30 drug trials of both disease-modifying and symptomatic agents for the condition. Professor Ritchie is leading the PREVENT project to identify mid-life risks for dementia, and the European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD) consortium, to understand early aspects of Alzheimer’s disease before dementia develops.
    Professor Ritchie has extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, having sat on advisory boards of numerous pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, and clinical research organizations, all with an interest in developing drugs and clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease. Professor Ritchie is the Chair of the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium, Professor of the Psychiatry of Ageing and Director of the Centre for Dementia Prevention at the University of Edinburgh, Director of Brain Health Scotland, Associate Director of the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility and Co Coordinator at IMI-EPAD.


  • MICHAEL C RICE, MS, MBA Mike leads Cello Health BioConsulting’s Gene and Cell Therapeutics and Rare Diseases practices. He also co-heads the oncology practice focusing on hematologic malignancies and genetically defined cancers. Prior to Cello Health BioConsulting, Mike gained over a decade of experience creating new biotech ventures from academic inventions pertaining to nucleic acids and cellular platforms applied across monogenetic diseases and oncology. Industry positions involved translational research, strategic planning, technology transfer, finance and business development.
    Mike holds an MBA, with a concentration in Biotechnology from the Alfred Lerner School of Business and Economics, at the University of Delaware, an MS in Molecular Pharmacology from Thomas Jefferson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Delaware. Mike studied the molecular basis of cancer at the Kimmel Cancer Institute and is recognized for his extensive intellectual property and publication portfolio pertaining to cancer genetics, recombinational DNA repair, gene therapy, diagnostics, and agricultural trait improvement.
    Mike is a member of the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT), the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM), the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the Licensing Executives Society (LES), and the American Heart Association (AHA).

  • FARAZ ALI has been the Chief Executive Officer at Tenaya Therapeutics since 2018.  Tenaya has a mission to discover, develop, and deliver curative therapies that target the underlying causes of heart disease, and that advance innovative science derived from three multi-modality product platforms: Regeneration, Gene Therapy, and Precision Medicine.  Mr. Ali was previously Chief Business Officer at REGENXBIO, a leading in vivo AAV gene therapy company. Prior to that, he was a Vice President at bluebird bio, a leading ex vivo LVV gene therapy company. Mr. Ali also had roles of increasing global commercial leadership at Genzyme Corporation, where he helped launch multiple first-in-class enzyme replacement therapies for rare (orphan) diseases. He started his career at General Electric, including technical roles at GE Healthcare and business assignments at GE Corporate. Mr. Ali received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS from Stanford University. He is the proud father of three little girls – including identical twins – who teach him more about nature vs nurture than can be gained from any biology textbook.
  • GEOFF MCDONOUGH, MD is the president and CEO of Generation Bio, which is developing a new class of gene therapy – redosable, titratable, and manufacturable at scale, with the potential for wide therapeutic reach in both rare and prevalent indications. Geoff formerly served as president and chief executive officer of Swedish Orphan Biovitrum AB (Sobi) from 2011– 2017. Prior to Sobi, he held a variety of senior roles at Genzyme Corporation, including president of Genzyme Europe and senior vice president and general manager of the global lysosomal storage disease business. Geoff has a Bachelor of Science in biology and a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating summa cum laude in both. He obtained his doctor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and completed his residency training in internal medicine and pediatrics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston Children's Hospital.
  • SAPAN SHAH, PhD joined StrideBio as Chief Executive Officer in January 2019, and has led efforts to expand the company’s scientific platform, operations, and external partnerships to support an innovative pipeline of engineered adeno-associated virus vectors and gene therapy products targeting rare disorders. Dr. Shah has spent the past 20 years as an advisor, entrepreneur, founder and chief executive working with innovative companies advancing novel therapeutics for areas of unmet medical need. Prior roles have included CEO of ARMGO Pharma, CEO of Shionogi Inc., Co-founder and Chairman of Ezose Sciences, Founder and CEO of Novatherx, Entrepreneur in Residence at Yale University and Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company. Dr. Shah holds a PhD in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University and BA degrees in Mathematics, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology from the Integrated Science Program at Northwestern University.


  • SARA JANE DEMY established Demy-Colton in 2008 to develop high value-added events and help reposition existing events in the life sciences industry.
    She has taken her formidable experience and expertise to craft effective investor and CEO events that further business objectives. Her impressive background in supporting biotech’s growth includes being the founder of Biotech Showcase and the Biotech CEO Summits that are held in Napa and Europe. In addition, Sara was Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations, and Head of the New York Office for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Sara understood the problems facing biotech companies and developed solutions to help advance the sector. She launched and developed the BIO CEO & Investor Conference, BIO Investor Forum, BIO’s regional venture conferences, CEO boot-camps, the Business Forum at BIO’s Annual Meeting, BioEurope, BioEurope Spring, and BIO Asia. Sara also built the prototype for “the partnering system,” which is used throughout the biopharmaceutical sector today.

  • JEFFREY C LAURENCE, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Weill Cornell Medical College, Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and Director of the Laboratory for AIDS Virus Research at those institutions. He is the Senior Scientist for Programs at amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, co-founded by Dr. Mathilde Krim and Dame Elizabeth Taylor. He is also Editor-in-Chief of Translational Research (the J of Lab and Clinical Medicine), now in its 105th year, and AIDS Patient Care and STDs, now in its 34th year. His current research focuses on mechanisms of HIV and HIV-treatment-associated cardiovascular and renal disease, and the thrombotic microangiopathies associated with complement activation and microvascular endothelial cell injury in HIV and other disorders including, most recently, COVID-19.
    Dr. Laurence received his BA summa cum laude from Columbia University in 1972, and his MD with honors from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine in 1976. He was elected a Rhodes Scholar to Oxford University in 1973, and was a Henry Luce Scholar at the Institute for Cancer Research in Osaka, Japan from 1974-1975. He completed a residency in internal medicine, followed by fellowships in hematology and oncology at The New York Hospital, and a research fellowship in immunology at The Rockefeller University, where he first became involved in AIDS.
    Dr. Laurence is a recipient of the Clinician-Scientist Award of the American Heart Association, the William S. Paley Fellowship in Academic Medicine, and an “Award of Vision” from the Red Ribbon AIDS Foundation. He is an elected Fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He was featured prominently in the oral history “AIDS Doctors: Voices from the Epidemic” (Bayer and Oppenheimer, Oxford University Press, 2000) and in a documentary film, “The Battle of amfAR,” describing the early days of AIDS, which premiered at Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival (2013), was presented at Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival, and shown on HBO. Dr. Laurence has three children, Auden, Galen, and Luca, and lives in Greenwich, CT.

  • MIGUEL-ANGEL PERALES, MD is the Chief of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplantation Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, as well as an Associate Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy, and serves as Chair of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology Transplantation and Cell Based Therapies Committee, and as a current member of the Board of Directors of Be The Match (National Marrow Donor Program - NMDP). From 2017 to 2020, he served as Secretary and member of the executive committee of the American Society for Transplantation and Cellular Therapy (ASTCT, former ASBMT). He also holds leadership positions and has been extensively involved in activities of the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) and Blood and Marrow Transplantation Clinical Trials Network (BMT CTN). Dr. Perales has over 200 publications including peer-reviewed articles, position papers, guidelines, book chapters, editorials and invited reviews, and has been an invited speaker at numerous national and international meetings over the past twenty years. Dr. Perales received his MD from the Free University of Brussels, and completed postdoctoral training at the Tufts Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
  • ALESSANDRO RAMBALDI, MD began his career at the Bergamo Hospital as a Medical Assistant in Hematology, in 1996, before moving to the position of Medical Director and Head of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit. Since 2004, he has been the Director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Program of the Bergamo Hospital. He is also Director of the Hematology Unit and the Department of Oncology and Hematology. He is also professor of hematology at the State University of Milan.


  • JEFFREY BOCKMAN is EVP, Oncology Practice Head at Cello Health BioConsulting (Previously Defined Health). Jeff has extensive commercial and strategic perspective on the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. He has directed hundreds of in-depth licensing opportunity, valuation and strategy assessments during his tenure at DH. 
    He often speaks at conferences on scientific and commercial issues in cancer, especially immuno-oncology. For example, Jeff recently chaired one of the main IO panels at BIO 2019.
    He was a Senior Research Scientist developing oligonucleotide therapeutics for viral diseases and cancer at Innovir Laboratories in collaboration with Sidney Altman at Yale. Prior to this, Jeff was Assistant Research Professor at The George Washington University School of Medicine. He received a BA from University of California at San Diego, a PhD from the University of California at Berkeley on prions in collaboration with Stan Prusiner at UCSF, and an MA in Creative Writing from New York University.
    Jeff is a member of the Licensing Executives Society (LES), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT), the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) and the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).  
    Jeff is on the advisory boards of ABL Bio, a Korean-based biologics platform company, and the Swiss-based immunotherapy company ImmunOS.

  • JAKE BECRAFT is a synthetic biologist and entrepreneur. He is the co-founder and CEO of Strand Therapeutics, and serves on its Board of Directors. Together with colleagues at MIT’s renowned Synthetic Biology Center, he led the development of the world’s first synthetic biology programming language for mRNA. Jake has been featured in Fierce Biotech, Bloomberg, the Boston Business Journal, and BioCentury, among others, for his vision and mission at Strand of applying this unique platform for real world disease applications. He has also been the recipient of prestigious national and international awards for his scientific and entrepreneurial achievements, including the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Award, the Andrew Viterbi Fellowship of MIT, Amgen Fellowship, and the Bristol-Myers Squibb 2018 Golden Ticket for recognition of Strand as an innovative startup. Beyond his work at Strand, Jake’s broader interests span synthetic biology, biologically engineered organism-machine interfaces, and the intersection of tech and biotech methodologies. He is an advocate among the life science entrepreneurial ecosystem for supporting young founders in biotech entrepreneurship. Currently, he serves on the advisory board of Starlight Ventures, an early stage venture firm, and also serves on the Executive Board of Public Health United, a non-profit focused on helping scientists better communicate their research for maximum impact. Previously, he served as a Science and Technology advisor to legislators in the Massachusetts State Legislature. Jake received his PhD in Biological Engineering and Synthetic Biology from MIT and his BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, graduating Magna cum Laude with distinction. He is an author or inventor on numerous high profile publications, patents and white papers, including in top tier journals such as Nature Chemical Biology and PNAS.
  • JENNIFER C PETTER, PhD is the Founder and CSO of Arrakis Therapeutics.  Previously she was Vice President of Chemistry at Celgene, Vice President of Drug Discovery at Avila Therapeutics, Vice President of Research at Mersana Therapeutics, Director of Small Molecule Drug Discovery at Biogen, Section Head in Oncology Chemistry at Sandoz/Novartis, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Petter graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in chemistry, earned her PhD in organic chemistry at Duke University with Ned Porter, and was a post-doctoral fellow in Ron Breslow’s group at Columbia University.  She has ushered multiple compounds into the clinic for the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and sepsis.
  • ARTHUR T SANDS, MD, PhD, has served as the Chief Executive Officer at Nurix and a member of the company’s board of directors since September 2014. Prior to joining Nurix, Dr. Sands was the co-founder and served as President, Chief Executive Officer, and as a member of the board of directors of Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company focused on target validation and pharmaceutical development, from 1995 to July 2014. Before founding Lexicon Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Sands was an American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human and Molecular Genetics at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Sands holds a BA in Economics and Political Science from Yale University and an MD and a PhD in Cell Biology from Baylor College of Medicine.


  • DENNIS PURCELL is the original Founder of Aisling Capital LLC. Previously, he served as the Senior Managing Partner. Prior to Aisling Capital, Mr. Purcell served as Managing Director of the Life Sciences Investment Banking Group at Chase H&Q (formerly Hambrecht & Quist, “H&Q”). While at H&Q, he was directly involved with over two hundred completed transactions and supervised over $10 billion of financing and advisory assignments in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical products industries.
    Mr. Purcell is a frequent commentator on the industry and has been honored in the “Biotech Hall of Fame” by Genetic Engineering News, named to the Biotechnology All-Stars list by Forbes ASAP, honored as one of the top 50 Irish-American businessmen and cited as one of the top 100 contributors to the biotechnology industry.
    In the past, Mr. Purcell has served on numerous private and public healthcare company boards.  He currently sits on the Boards of Real Endpoints, Summus Global, Inc., BioScience Managers Pty Ltd., and Ichnos Sciences. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board at Life Science Leader Magazine; Member of the Board at NYBIO Association; Board Member at The University of Delaware Investment Visiting Committee as well as a member of the Biopharmaceutical Innovation Board at the University of Delaware.
    Mr. Purcell received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware.

  • MICHAEL GAITO is the Global Head of J.P. Morgan's Healthcare Investment Banking Group. Over the course of his 24 years with the firm, Mr. Gaito has advised clients on transactions representing over $95 billion, primarily involving strategic advisory and financing assignments for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies worldwide. He has advised on some of the largest transactions in the history of the biotechnology industry, including advising Pharmacyclics on its $21 billion sale to AbbVie, and Medivation on its defense and ultimate $14 billion sale to Pfizer. Mr. Gaito originally joined J.P. Morgan as part of Hambrecht & Quist's Healthcare Investment Banking Group, working in the New York office. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Princeton University, and his Masters of Business Administration from Columbia University, and currently resides in San Francisco with his wife, two daughters and their dog.


  • CHRISTINA JENKINS, MD is a venture investor and strategic advisor with expertise spanning clinical medicine, venture capital, health systems, and managed care organizations. Her knowledge of healthcare providers, payers, and consumers enables successful innovation, growth, and improved outcomes. 
    As a Venture Partner for Portfolia’s FemTech and Active Aging and Longevity Funds, Dr. Jenkins invests in early-stage companies targeting women’s health, or that seek to leverage women’s role as primary health decision maker and caregiver.
    She also serves as Executive Advisor for Lucania Partners, working alongside healthcare leaders to implement growth and redesign strategies in alignment with consumer and population needs. Previously, Dr. Jenkins was the founding CEO of OneCity Health Services, a subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals (H+H), built to establish value-based payment capabilities for 1M lives. There, she scaled new integrated care models and technology platforms across 200 hospital and community-based organizations. 
    Dr. Jenkins is a Board Director for Independence Health Group (parent of Independence Blue Cross), a member of Springboard’s Women’s Health Executive Committee, a Board Observer for Madorra, and an advisor to value-generating healthcare companies including Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Elektra, Incredible Health, Babyscripts, and Wellth. 

  • PATRICK JORDAN is CEO of Mycovia Pharmaceuticals and Partner at NovaQuest Capital Management.  Mycovia is advancing a novel oral therapy for the treatment of recurrent vulvovaginal candidiasis, which affects 138 million women with significant physical, emotional, and financial consequence. Owing to Mycovia’s progress in addressing a major global health concern, Mr. Jordan was named 2020 CEO of the Year by Triangle Business Journal.
    At NovaQuest, Mr. Jordan brings more than 25 years of healthcare leadership in corporate development, operations, and provider services to structure financing solutions for the biopharmaceutical industry.
    Previously Mr. Jordan held numerous leadership positions at IQVIA, from data solutions to operations management. An original member of NovaQuest at its founding at Quintiles, Mr. Jordan led the group’s investment partnership strategy in Europe.
    Mr. Jordan earned a BA from Duke University; an MA from the University of Durham, UK; and an MBA from Duke University.

  • KATE RYDER is the founder and CEO of Maven, the leading women’s and family digital health company. Maven offers virtual care and services across fertility, maternity, and pediatrics, and operates the largest women's and family health telehealth network. With Maven, employers and health plans can see improved maternal outcomes, lower costs, and attract and retain more parents in the workforce. Kate founded Maven in 2014, reimagining healthcare for women and families from the ground up after seeing first hand how the lack of access to care impacted those starting a family and returning to work as new parents.
    Prior to founding Maven, Kate worked in venture capital and as a journalist, writing for the Economist from Southeast Asia, New York and London and for the New Yorker. In 2009, she worked with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson, helping him write his memoirs about the financial crisis.
    Named to Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Companies” list, Maven has raised more than $87 million in capital from top investors, including Sequoia Capital, Oak HC/FT, and Icon Ventures. Kate has been named to Crain’s New York Business 40 under 40 and to Fast Company’s “Most Creative People.” She has spoken on stage at industry events including the Forbes Healthcare Summit, Fortune Brainstorm Health, the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Summit and HLTH. Kate received her BA from the University of Michigan and her MSc from the London School of Economics. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and daughter.

  • SURBHI SARNA, CEO and Founder of nVision Medical. When she was 13, Surbhi was a patient. It was then that she realized she wanted to fill the void in female-health related innovation. She attended UC Berkeley and then worked as an engineer. Finally, she decided to tackle some of the issues she witnessed in women’s health and became CEO and founder of nVision Medical. nVision developed a catheter based device for early detection of ovarian cancer. After raising $17M in venture funding, completing several clinical trials and obtaining FDA clearance, nVision was purchased by Boston Scientific for $275M in April of 2018. Surbhi has authored numerous patents, been an invited speaker at universities including UCSF and Harvard, and has been featured in publications such as Bloomberg, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc Magazine and GigaOm.  She was named on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2014.
  • MYLENE YAO, Cofounder and CEO, has led Univfy® from technology invention and platform development to commercialization. Mylene’s vision is to combine healthcare AI, scientific validation and fintech to power access to the most effective and safest fertility treatments for women and couples. Mylene has more than 20 years of experience in clinical and scientific research in reproductive medicine. Prior to Univfy, she was faculty at Stanford University where she led NIH-funded fertility and embryo genetics research and developed the Univfy technology with the academic founding team. Mylene is co-inventor on Univfy's global IP portfolio, comprising patents issued in the US and other countries.
    Mylene graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School and completed her OB/GYN residency training at McGill University. She received her clinical subspecialty training in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard University. Mylene received awards for her research on pre-implantation embryo development and uterine receptivity. She is co-author of the Infertility chapter in Berek and Novak’s Gynecology, the top medical textbook for OB/GYNs.


  • ART PAPPAS has over 40 years of experience as a pharmaceutical industry executive and venture  capital investor in life science companies. Art founded Pappas Capital in 1994, and over the  past twenty-five years the firm has managed more than $540 million in capital and invested  in more than 85 companies. 
    Art currently serves as a director for Aura Biosciences, OrphoMed and Reneo  Pharmaceuticals, and as a board observer for Amplyx Pharmaceuticals, Balance  Therapeutics and Real Endpoints. Prior to founding Pappas Capital, Art held senior  leadership positions at Glaxo Holdings, Abbott International, Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals and the Dow Chemical Company. He previously served as Chairman for CoLucid  Pharmaceuticals, and on the boards of Afferent Pharmaceuticals, Arix Bioscience, Chimerix,  Quintiles Transnational Corp., TYRX, Syntonix Pharmaceuticals, LEAD Therapeutics and  Embrex; and board observer for Kezar Life Sciences, Milestone Pharmaceuticals and  Plexxikon. 
    Art serves on the boards of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, The Wistar Institute, the Duke Cancer Institute, and the Medical University of South Carolina. Art is a decorated  Vietnam veteran, having served as an officer in the US Army 101st Airborne Division and with 2nd PSYOP Airborne JFK Special Warfare. Art received a BS in biology from The Ohio State University and an MBA in finance from Xavier University.

  • AMY ABERNETHY, MD, PhD As the Principal Deputy Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Amy P. Abernethy, MD, PhD, helps oversee the agency’s day-to-day functioning and directs special and high-priority initiatives that cut across offices overseeing FDA’s regulation of drugs, medical devices, tobacco and food.  As acting Chief Information Officer, she oversees FDA’s data and technical vision, and its execution.
    Dr. Abernethy, a hematologist/oncologist and palliative medicine physician, is an internationally recognized clinical data expert and clinical researcher.  Her areas of expertise include cancer data, real world evidence, clinical trials, health services research, patient reported outcomes (PROs), clinical informatics, and patient-centered care. 
    Before coming to FDA, Dr. Abernethy served as chief medical officer, chief scientific officer, and senior vice president for oncology at Flatiron Health (a member of the Roche Group), where she led the research oncology, clinical operations and data science teams, and contributed to the overall strategic vision of the company, including directing their research vision on real world evidence. 
    Prior to that, Dr. Abernethy was professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine, where she ran the Center for Learning Health Care in the Duke Clinical Research Institute and the Duke Cancer Care Research Program in the Duke Cancer Institute. At Duke, she pioneered the development of technology platforms to spur novel advancements in the care of people with cancer and other serious life-limiting illnesses.


  • BETH ROGOZINSKI is a serial entrepreneur, technology professional, and business strategist who has spent the last several years focused on digital medicine.  She has produced and published more than 30 games and apps, including over a dozen products for health and wellness.  As Chief Product Officer at Pear Therapeutics, she led the development of Pear’s first clinical products and the product team submission of the De Novo 510k to the FDA.  Pear’s ReSET™ was cleared by the FDA in 2017 as the first ever prescription digital therapeutic. 
    Beth is an advisor to many start-ups and accelerators and has consulted with international biopharma and venture groups around digital health investments.   Beth serves on the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s committees for Digital Health and chairs the program for Brain Health.  She has written and published on digital therapeutics and tech innovations and is a frequent speaker at technology and healthcare events.

  • PAOLO CASSANO is an Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director of Photobiomodulation at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Division of Neuropsychiatry and at the MGH Depression Clinical and Research Program.
    Since 2009, he has served as PI on multiple studies on Transcranial Photobiomodulation (tPBM) for several neuropsychiatric. These groundbreaking projects have demonstrated preliminary efficacy of near-infrared radiation for the treatment of mood disorders and for ameliorating cognition. Considerable press attention stemmed from these studies, with CNN and Washington Post coverage at the national level.
    At the MGH Neuropsychiatry and Neuromodulation lab, he is actively pursuing the identification of biological targets of the effects of tPBM.
    Dr. Cassano is particularly interested in studying tPBM, as a pro-cognitive intervention, in patients with cognitive impairment, and has reported with other groups on the use of tPBM to treat chronic traumatic brain injury and Down Syndrome, as well as to enhance cognition in healthy volunteers.
    In Nov 2016, he co-founded a neurotech, Niraxx Light Therapeutics Inc., to facilitate the technology transfer from translational research to readily available products for the general public.

  • JUAN-PABLO MAS is a Partner at Action Potential VC in Palo Alto, CA. He represents APVC on the Boards of Cala Health, CVRx, Exo Imaging, Neuspera Medical, Presidio Medical, Saluda Medical, and SetPoint Medical. He was previously an investor at Lightstone Ventures and Morgenthaler Ventures, where he was a Board observer at Ardian, Twelve, Nuvaira, Cabochon Aesthetics, and Miramar Labs.
    Prior to investing, Juan-Pablo led efforts in R&D and Strategy in Medtronic’s CardioVascular Division, where he was named “Medtronic Inventor of The Year.” Subsequently, he was a member of the Global Brand Strategy team at Eli Lilly within the Cardiovascular business.
    Juan-Pablo earned an MBA and an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, and a BS in EE from the University of Massachusetts. He now serves on the Oversight Committee for Stanford’s Neuroscience Institute (Wu Tsai), the Advisory Board for UCSF’s Rosenman Institute, and is a founding Board Member of LatinxVC. 

  • RENEE RYAN has 25 years of building category-creating healthcare companies. She led the medical technology investments for Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJDC) on the West Coast and Asia Pacific for 8 years. While at J&J, she made over 15 new investments, including the Series A for Cala Health. Previously, she was a healthcare investment banker at RW Baird, Jefferies and Goldman Sachs.


  • EMI GONZALEZ is a Principal for Social Starts and Joyance Partners spearheading investments in Boston. Our focus is to help catalyze innovation by investing in the emerging science and technology of health and happiness as well as delightful moments. Her main areas of investments include healthcare, life sciences, and biotechnology. She is an entrepreneur, running-enthusiast, investor and world traveler. Prior to Joyance Partners and Social Starts, she founded a diabetes digital health company, consulted for Half Court Ventures, an early-stage VC firm, and was the Director for Harvard’s premier undergraduate competition, i3 Innovation Challenge. She holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Harvard College and is a co-author in two publications related to cardiovascular regeneration in Circulation Research and Nature Communications. Emi is passionate about health equity and helping founders accomplish their goals.
  • JOHN L BROOKS III is the Managing Director of Healthcare Capital LLC, which advises early-stage life sciences companies. Mr. Brooks is on the board of a number of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, and he recently managed as CEO and President a Phase III biotechnology company’s clinical development and managed a successful reverse merger. 
    Mr. Brooks is the former President & Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Joslin Diabetes Center, a Boston based diabetes research, clinical care, and education organization.
    Mr. Brooks is a well-known life sciences executive.  He has co-founded seven life sciences companies. He was a co-founder of Prism Venture Partners, a $1.25B venture capital firm.
    Prior to that, Mr. Brooks was a senior medical device executive at Pfizer, and a senior manager at Arthur Andersen & Co. in Boston, MA, where he focused on early stage companies.
    A native of Massachusetts, he holds an MS in Business Administration and a BBA cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and he is a Certified Public Accountant.
  • TOMAS LANDH was appointed the R&D Innovation Sourcing VP in 2014. He was previously Director Strategy and Innovation Sourcing at Novo Nordisk, Diabetes Research. Tomas joined Novo Nordisk in 2003.
    Tomas is currently responsible for evaluation of external innovation regarding all aspects of diabetes, rare blood diseases and endocrine disorders. In addition, he works closely with the teams responsible for assessing innovation in the other therapy areas of Novo Nordisk, obesity, NASH, and CVD. Besides innovative therapies, Tomas is involved in the evaluation of a broad range of technologies, including new drug delivery systems and protein engineering means. Tomas is also involved in developing new strategic modes of accessing innovation in general.
    Tomas has more than 25 years of experience of all stages of drug development, from academia, small businesses, foundations and big pharma/biotech. He received his PhD in Biophysical Engineering from Lund’s Institute of Technology. Tomas is currently an international advisor to LARTA/ NIH- and NSF-CAP programs.

  • CHRISTOPHER LENTO has 28 years of diversified healthcare experience.  He has held positions of increasing scope and responsibility in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, healthcare technology, & digital health industries.  Chris is currently employed by Noom, Inc. as Head of Healthcare Strategic Partnerships where he leads a newly created business unit working to establish partnerships with top life sciences organizations.  He has recently held senior executive roles in digital health with both Pear Therapeutics & Palo Alto Health Sciences.  Chris is also President of CSL Healthcare consulting where he assists digital health companies develop their go-to-market and commercial strategies. Chris resides in Falmouth, Maine.
  • KOMATHI STEM, COO of Glooko. Stem has served in a wide range of leadership roles in the life science industry with a focus on the use of real-world data and digital technologies to transform and accelerate clinical trials. In her previous role, Stem was founder and CEO of monARC Bionetworks, a health data collection and analytics company aimed at modernizing clinical research by empowering patients to share their real-world data generated from routine care and digital tools so it can be transformed into real-world evidence that accelerates research and improves care. Prior to monARC Bionetworks, Stem has led the transformation of clinical trials via her leadership roles at Science 37, Genentech, AstraZeneca, Amgen and Eli Lilly. She holds a Master of Science degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Virginia.


  • SARA JANE DEMY established Demy-Colton in 2008 to develop high value-added events and help reposition existing events in the life sciences industry.
    She has taken her formidable experience and expertise to craft effective investor and CEO events that further business objectives. Her impressive background in supporting biotech’s growth includes being the founder of Biotech Showcase and the Biotech CEO Summits that are held in Napa and Europe. In addition, Sara was Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations, and Head of the New York Office for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Sara understood the problems facing biotech companies and developed solutions to help advance the sector. She launched and developed the BIO CEO & Investor Conference, BIO Investor Forum, BIO’s regional venture conferences, CEO boot-camps, the Business Forum at BIO’s Annual Meeting, BioEurope, BioEurope Spring, and BIO Asia. Sara also built the prototype for “the partnering system,” which is used throughout the biopharmaceutical sector today.

  • BOB S HU, MD, is Director of Cardiac MRI at Sutter Health. He is Board certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine, practices at PAMF's Palo Alto Center. His interests include anatomic vascular studies, non-invasive cardiac testing, transesophageal echocardiography, cardiac imaging, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Hu completed his medical training and residency at Stanford University. He is involved in the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association.
  • PROF EIKE NAGEL, MD, PhD, FESC, FACC, FRCR is a Professor and Director of the Institute for Experimental and Translational Cardiovascular Imaging at the University Hospital Frankfurt am Main. From 2007 to 2015 he was Professor and Head of the Department of Clinical Cardiovascular Imaging at King's College London. 
    With 300 scientific publications, 30 book chapters and 20,000 citations, Nagel is a pioneer in the research and clinical use of MRI of the heart. In a groundbreaking paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2019, Nagel and an international consortium were able to show that patients with stable chest pain (angina pectoris) can be guided as safely with noninvasive perfusion MRI as with the invasive cardiac catheterization currently used as the routine technique, saving many cardiac catheterizations. A large media response (Altmetric Score > 13451; 29th most discussed scientific paper for over 10 years) was achieved by a paper published in JAMA-Cardiology on cardiac involvement in patients after surviving COVID-19 infection. It was shown that in more than 3/4 of the infected patients the heart is affected and many people with benign courses of the disease (few symptoms, no hospital stay) have mild heart muscle inflammation (myocarditis) or pericarditis. While the long-term effects of these abnormalities are not yet known, there is strong evidence that COVID-19 can cause some damage of the heart.
    In 2016 he received the Gold Medal of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) for his merits in the field of science and establishment of MRI for clinical applications.

  • ERIC TOPOL, MD, is the Founder and Director of the Scripps Research Translational Institute, Professor, Molecular Medicine, and Executive Vice-President of Scripps Research. As a researcher, he has published over 1,200 peer-reviewed articles, with more than 280,000 citations, elected to the National Academy of Medicine, and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. His principal scientific focus has been on the genomic and digital tools to individualize medicine.
    In 2016, Topol was awarded a $207 million grant from the NIH to lead a significant part of the Precision Medicine (All of Us) Initiative, a prospective research program enrolling 1 million participants in the US. This is in addition to his role as principal investigator for a flagship $35M NIH grant to promote innovation in medicine. He was the founder of a new medical school at Cleveland Clinic, Lerner College of Medicine, with Case Western University. He has over 280,000 followers on Twitter (@EricTopol) where recently he has been reporting insights and research findings for COVID-19. Besides editing several textbooks, he has published 3 bestseller books on the future of medicine: The Creative Destruction of Medicine, The Patient Will See You Now, and Deep Medicine: How Artificial Intelligence Can Make Healthcare Human Again. Lastly, Topol was commissioned by the UK 2018-2019 to lead planning for the National Health Service’s integration of AI and new technologies.


  • BETH HALPERN helps health care clients achieve coverage and reimbursement for innovative technologies. She advises pharmaceutical and device manufacturers, health care providers, and trade associations about Medicare and other payers' policies and develops strategies to improve access to care. Beth helps clients advocate before administrative agencies and Congress, and she advises about Medicare law for clients involved in litigation. The American Health Lawyers Association recognized Beth as a member of the Hogan Lovells team of Pro Bono Champions for their work with the D.C. Appleseed Center on HIV/AIDS in the District of Columbia. Beth is a member of the Tahirih Justice Center's D.C. Advisory Council, and her work contributed to Hogan Lovells being recognized as Firm of the Year by Tahirih in 2015.
  • MARC ENGELSGJERD is the senior equity analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence specializing in the biotechnology sector. Prior to joining Bloomberg, Marc was a senior principal and oncology practice lead at inThought Research. His additional experience includes time spent in equity research at Banc of America Securities and UBS and as director of clinical affairs at Veritas Medicine, an eHealth startup.  
    Marc earned his MD at the UCSF School of Medicine followed by residency training at the Washington University School of Medicine and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular & Cellular Biology from the University of Arizona.

  • SAM FAZELI is a senior analyst and the EMEA head of Bloomberg Intelligence, a dynamic platform for in-depth research. Dr. Fazeli specializes in global pharmaceuticals. Dr. Fazeli brings with him over 22 years of experience conducting equity research as a pharmaceutical analyst, working at firms such as Nomura International and HSBC.
    Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2010, Dr. Fazeli worked at Piper Jaffray, Ltd. as a pharmaceutical analyst and head of European research.  Before transitioning to investment banking, Dr. Fazeli was a research scientist for seven years.
    Dr. Fazeli has been ranked a top analyst by both the U.K. and Pan-European Extel surveys. He received a bachelor’s of science from Cardiff University, and a PhD in pharmacology from the University of London.

  • BRIAN RYE is a senior health care policy analyst for Bloomberg Intelligence, a unique research platform that provides context on industries, companies, and government policy.  Mr. Rye covers the impact of Washington legislation and regulations on the healthcare industry. 
    Prior to working with Bloomberg Intelligence, Mr. Rye was a Senior Healthcare Analyst with Bloomberg Government. He spent 12 years as an equity research analyst at SunTrust, Raymond James and Janney Montgomery Scott. In those capacities, he followed biotech, pharmaceutical and other health-care companies. Rye also served as a senior business management analyst for Booz Allen Hamilton’s civil health group. 
    He received a bachelor’s degree in economics from Vanderbilt University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.


  • MIKE EDELHART is Managing Partner for Social Starts and Joyance Partners. A pioneering media and startup executive, Mike was the original Executive Editor of PC Magazine, and later was Executive Vice President at Ziff Davis. Mike has been CEO at many startups, including Olive Software, Inman News, and Zinio. Mike was a partner at Redleaf, a VC fund. At SoftBank, Mike directed content for the Seybold, Interop, and Comdex conferences, and launched new businesses. Mike has consulted to Bloomberg, Reuters, and AARP; authored more than 20 books; and currently hosts a podcast called Inception.Mike Edelhart is Managing Partner for Social Starts and Joyance Partners. A pioneering media and startup executive, Mike was the original Executive Editor of PC Magazine, and later was Executive Vice President at Ziff Davis. Mike has been CEO at many startups, including Olive Software, Inman News, and Zinio. Mike was a partner at Redleaf, a VC fund. At SoftBank, Mike directed content for the Seybold, Interop, and Comdex conferences, and launched new businesses. Mike has consulted to Bloomberg, Reuters, and AARP; authored more than 20 books; and currently hosts a podcast called Inception.
  • ALEXANDRA BAUSE is a Co-Founder and Investment Director at Apollo Health Ventures, an early stage investment fund focused on developing interventions that enhance human health and longevity.
    As a trained pharmacist and biomedical science PhD, Alexandra has always been following her passion for improving healthy longevity. Her PhD studies at Harvard Medical School were focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms that contribute to cellular aging and could be targeted to increase mammalian health span. After her PhD, Alexandra worked with The Boston Consulting Group where she specialized on Pharma and Biotech Strategy to drive the development of innovative therapeutics.
    At Apollo, Alexandra is leading the venture creation programs that conceptualize and develop strategies for innovative biotech ventures targeting the aging process at a molecular level. She is also managing the pipeline and diligence process for external investment opportunities, predominantly focusing on preclinical stage biotech companies. 

  • DAVID GIAMPAOLO is the founder and Chief Executive of Pi Capital. He previously founded, built up and sold several businesses and health club chains in the US, Europe and Asia. David has financial interests in several other businesses and industries and has been involved as an investor, advisor and board member of some of the most successful health & fitness companies in the world including Fitness First, 24 Hour Fitness, and Zumba Fitness. David is Chairman of Gousto, Oga Fit, Sarva and EXi, non-executive director of Agronomics and also a senior advisor to AMG (Affiliated Managers Group, Inc.) and BC Partners. David is currently on the board of the Coalition for Inclusive Capitalism, a member of YPO, the Chief Executives Organization and the Global Leadership Circle of ONE. In addition, he is a trustee of Speakers4Schools.org and Pro Bono Economics.
  • HARALD STOCK is a Life Science Entrepreneur, Board Director, and serial CEO with unique broad, global scope:
  • Leadership and Board track record in large multi-national, mid-cap and early-stage, public and private companies;
  • Experience in Consumer Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals, Diagnostics, Medical Devices and Biotechnology;
  • Mentor for entrepreneurs and executives; supported development of more than ten individuals to take on and succeed as CEO / President;
  • Passionate about innovating Pain Therapies, Women’s Health and Oncology;
  • Driven by enabling equitable access of innovative healthcare for patients by building and shaping high performance teams of outstanding talent.

Harald is a former world top-10 triathlete with 100+ endurance event victories; previously was national-level skier and tennis player; and nowadays is a recreational runner, mountain-biker, fly fisher, golfer and skier. He currently is an active Co-Founder at CognifiSense, EptivA Therapeutics and alta, and a director at Blue Therapeutics, QDTI and Consilient Health.


  • GAUTAM AGGARWAL has twenty years of pharmaceutical and consulting experience and focuses on providing strategic guidance to clients within life sciences organizations. His previous employers have included GlaxoSmithKline, Boston Consulting Group, and Campbell Alliance.
    His recent engagements have involved commercial assessment, indication prioritization, white-space strategy, commercial model design and in-licensing/out-licensing support. Gautam has provided strategic advice to a wide range of clients, spanning Top-5 pharmaceutical manufacturers, emerging biotechnology manufacturers, biopharmaceutical investors, and service providers to biopharmaceutical companies. He has spoken at several industry conferences (LES, CED, EBD, BIO-Windhover, CHLA, Banff Venture Forum) and has published a peer-reviewed article on deal-timing.
    Gautam received his MBA. from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke. He holds an MS and a BS in Bio-Statistics from UNC-Chapel Hill.

  • JUDY CAMPAGNARI is a passionate healthcare and pharmaceutical strategist with proven experience creating “value from vision”. She has over 28 years of pharmaceutical industry and consulting experience, the majority in new product drug development. She is currently Executive Director, Head of STAR (Solutions to Accelerate Results to Patients), Alexion’s patient centric idea & strategy incubator where she leads a team responsible for creating enterprise level solutions and ideas designed to break down barriers and accelerate Alexion’s products to patients living with rare disease. Prior to joining Alexion she held positions of increasing responsibility as a member of the Pfizer Commercial organization serving as the New Products Commercial lead for several currently marketed products including Tarceva® (erlotinib), Xeljanz® (tofacitinib), and Eliquis® (apixaban; co-promote with BMS). Ms. Campagnari received an AB degree from Smith College (Northampton, MA), an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, and an Executive MBA Certificate from the Harvard Business School.
  • WILLS HUGHES-WILSON is Head of Patient Access & Commercial Planning at Mereo Biopharma and a member of the company’s executive leadership team.  She joined Mereo in March 2018 with responsibility for leading the company’s access and commercialisation strategies across the portfolio.

    Prior to joining Mereo, Hughes-Wilson was Chief Patient Access Officer and SVP Patient Access & External Affairs at Sobi, with executive accountability for Sobi’s go-to-market approach across a broad orphan drug portfolio, including the company’s successful first-in-class haemophilia product launches;  as well as market-oriented development across the company’s early-stage clinical development programmes.  Previous to that, she was Vice President Health & Market Access Policy at Genzyme.

    Hughes-Wilson has been an active participant in the field of rare diseases and orphan drugs since the early 2000s, spanning membership of the EMA’s COMP Working Group with Interested Parties, the European Commission’s EU Committee of Experts on Rare Diseases (EUCERD) and, currently, the Steering Group of the European Mechanism of Coordinated Access (MoCA).

    Hughes-Wilson is an honours graduate in Law & Politics.
  • LORENZ MULLER has 30 years of pharmaceutical industry experience serving startup-to-large multinational companies. He currently serves as the Chief Commercial Officer at Milestone Pharmaceuticals, where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s transition from an R&D to a fully commercial organization. Prior to joining Milestone, he led the marketing team at Exact Sciences focused on the growth of the diagnostic Cologuard® for colorectal cancer. Before that Mr. Muller led the thrombosis franchise at Daiichi Sankyo with responsibility for the launch of novel cardiovascular blood-thinning drugs Effient® and Savaysa®. Prior to Daiichi Sankyo, he was Vice President of Marketing and Healthcare Outcomes at CV Therapeutics, where he oversaw the launch of Ranexa®, a first-in-class treatment for chronic angina. Mr. Muller received his BS in chemical engineering and life sciences and his MS in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his MBA from Harvard.
  • PETER PITTS is a Visiting Professor at the University of Paris School of Medicine and President of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest. He is a former member of the United States Senior Executive Service and FDA Associate Commissioner. He a member of the Council for International Organizations of Medical Sciences (CIOMS) Expert Working Group to help advance patient involvement in the development and safe use of medicines. He is the lead author of many professional peer reviewed publications including the Lancet, Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science, and Nature Biotechnology. He is an Associate Editor of Therapeutic Innovation & Regulatory Science (the official DIA journal), Advisory Board, Journal of Commercial Biotechnology and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Patient Magazine His new book is The Value Equation: A. Journey Through the Innovation Ecosystem in the Time of COVID. 


  • LINDA PULLAN is the founder of Pullan Consulting, which helps in all aspects of business development for fund raising and partnering, including outreach, evaluation, valuation, negotiation and strategy. Linda and her team have an extensive deal sheet from company acquisitions to Phase III to preclinical candidates to technologies, with deals and clients in the US, Europe, and Asia.  

    After a PhD in Biochemistry, Linda has over 20 years of industry experience, starting in drug discovery at Monsanto/Searle/Pfizer and ICI/Zeneca/AstraZeneca. She led teams that put Seroquel, a multi-billion-dollar antipsychotic, and other molecules into development. Business development began with in-licensing technology and early drug candidates at AstraZeneca, and continued as head of oncology hematology licensing for Amgen. She then joined Kosan Biosciences as VP of Business Development, focusing on out-licensing. Now she and her team serve as consultants to a wide array of biotechnology and pharma companies. She has taught business development for several companies, served as a grant reviewer for the Australian Medical Research Futures Fund, and has served as an expert witness in licensing litigation. She also served as CEO and on boards for several small companies and for the AUTM Foundation.  Linda has spoken at many meetings, published papers and chapters. 

    The team at Pullan Consulting writes a free monthly newsletter Pullan’s Pieces (sign up on www.PullanConsulting.com), for thousands of readers. The website also includes links to webinars and whitepapers. 

  • ROBERT A. COPELAND, PhD is the President, Co-Founder & CSO of Accent Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company developing oncology-focused, small molecule therapies in the emerging field of RNA modification. He was formerly President of Research and CSO of Epizyme, Inc. and before that, Vice President of Cancer Biology at GlaxoSmithKline. He has contributed to drug discovery and development efforts leading to 19 investigational new drugs entering human clinical trials. Robert has contributed more than 200 publications to the scientific literature, holds 14 issued U.S. patents and has authored five books in the areas of protein science and enzymology. He is a member of multiple editorial and advisory boards as well as a Fellow of the AAAS. He received his doctorate in chemistry from Princeton University and did postdoctoral studies as the Chaim Weizmann Research Fellow at the California Institute of Technology.
  • JOAN HEATH PhD is a Laboratory Head in the Epigenetics and Development Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne, Australia. Her research is focused on finding new targets for the successful treatment of cancers with some of the lowest 5-year survival rates, namely those of the liver, pancreas and colon. To do this, she employed an ENU-mutagenesis screen in zebrafish to identify genes that are indispensable for the huge expansion of the digestive organs during vertebrate development. Her laboratory’s identification of the underlying genes in these zebrafish mutants uncovered a group of RNA processing genes, transcription factors and nuclear pore components that are essential for the rapid growth and proliferation of cells during organogenesis. Using a variety of genetically-engineered mouse models, she has since shown that several of these genes are also indispensable for tumorigenesis and could provide effective targets for cancer therapy.
  • CAROLYN NG is Managing Director at Vertex Ventures HC. At Vertex HC, Carolyn leads venture investments across biotechnology, medical devices and health technology fields. Carolyn currently serves on the Board of Directors for Epirium Bio, Obsidian Therapeutics, Twentyeight-Seven Therapeutics, Boundless Bio and Nuvaira. She led Vertex HC’s investment into Elevate Bio, and was also previously on the Board of Directors of Bicycle Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BCYC), and a Board Observer for Visterra before it was acquired by Otsuka Pharmaceutical for USD430M. She has previously closely supported Vertex’s investment into Twelve (acquired by Medtronic for USD458M). Working across the US, Europe and Asia, she plays an active role in expanding the geographical reach of Vertex HC and its portfolio companies for cross-border collaborations, business development and syndication.

    She started her healthcare training in the oncology pharmacy department of the National University Cancer Institute of Singapore, where first hand clinical experience inspired her to pursue scientific research in oncology. As an oncology scientist, she is deeply passionate about innovation that impacts patients’ lives. Prior to joining Vertex, Carolyn was also a Pharma Strategy Consultant at Deallus Consulting, a specialized London-headquartered life sciences consulting firm where she led global strategic projects for clientele comprised of the top 20 global pharmaceutical companies.

    Carolyn holds a PhD in Cancer Molecular Biology from the NUS Graduate School for Integrative Sciences and Technology (NGS), where she was a recipient of the prestigious NGS PhD Scholarship. As an inventor and patent holder of a novel small molecule nuclear receptor activator indicated for the treatment of neuroblastoma, her research work was awarded the AAPS-NUS Prize (American Association of Pharmaceutical Society-National University of Singapore). She also holds a BS degree in Pharmacy with First Class Honours from the National University of Singapore, where she received the PSS Prize for Pharmaceutics awarded to the top graduating student in the class.

    Outside of Vertex, Carolyn is a retired competitive squash player, a high intensity interval training enthusiast, and an aspiring but untalented oil painter.

  • JENNIFER C PETTER, PhD is the Founder and CSO of Arrakis Therapeutics.  Previously she was Vice President of Chemistry at Celgene, Vice President of Drug Discovery at Avila Therapeutics, Vice President of Research at Mersana Therapeutics, Director of Small Molecule Drug Discovery at Biogen, Section Head in Oncology Chemistry at Sandoz/Novartis, and Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh.  Dr. Petter graduated from Dartmouth College with an AB in chemistry, earned her PhD in organic chemistry at Duke University with Ned Porter, and was a post-doctoral fellow in Ron Breslow’s group at Columbia University.  She has ushered multiple compounds into the clinic for the treatment of cancer, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disorders, and sepsis.
  • DAVID SEGAL is a Senior Business Development Manager at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI) specializing in facilitating the translation of novel cancer discoveries by WEHI scientists. Prior to joining the Business Development team at WEHI, David undertook over 15 years of commercially oriented academic research and industry roles focused on drug discovery and target validation in oncology and metabolic disorders.  
    David completed his PhD at the Australian National University in the immune response to retrovirus infections. He was a Fogarty Fellow in the NIAID at the NIH campus in Bethesda MD and undertook large scale gene expression analysis of chronic myelogenous leukemia.


  • SARA JANE DEMY established Demy-Colton in 2008 to develop high value-added events and help reposition existing events in the life sciences industry.
    She has taken her formidable experience and expertise to craft effective investor and CEO events that further business objectives. Her impressive background in supporting biotech’s growth includes being the founder of Biotech Showcase and the Biotech CEO Summits that are held in Napa and Europe. In addition, Sara was Vice President, Business Development & Investor Relations, and Head of the New York Office for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Sara understood the problems facing biotech companies and developed solutions to help advance the sector. She launched and developed the BIO CEO & Investor Conference, BIO Investor Forum, BIO’s regional venture conferences, CEO boot-camps, the Business Forum at BIO’s Annual Meeting, BioEurope, BioEurope Spring, and BIO Asia. Sara also built the prototype for “the partnering system,” which is used throughout the biopharmaceutical sector today.

  • PRABHAVATHI FERNANDES, PhD, has more than 35 years of pharmaceutical discovery, development and management experience having held executive leadership positions at pharmaceutical corporations including Bristol-Myers Squibb Pharmaceutical Research Institute, Abbott Laboratories and The Squibb Institute for Medical Research. During these years she was directly involved in the development of antibiotics, six of which have been approved, with one, clarithromycin, achieving sales over a billion dollars for Abbott laboratories. After leaving Bristol- Myers Squibb, she has founded and led four biotechnology and CRO companies as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of each of these companies, including Cempra, Inc., DarPharma, Ricerca and Small Molecule Therapeutics. Dr. Fernandes is the Chairperson of both the National Biodefense Science Board (NBSB) and the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Global Antibiotic Research and Development Partnership, a DNDi/WHO initiative. She has also served as an advisor to the World Health Organization. She currently serves on the Boards of OpGen (OPGN), Ocugen (OCGN) and Aelin Therapeutics. She has authored over 250 publications and several reviews, book chapters and served as an editor for books. Dr. Fernandes obtained her undergraduate and Master’s degree training in India, worked at the University of Ghent, Belgium in Immunochemistry, received her PhD in Microbiology from Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.
  • THOMAS HEYMANN has been part of Sepsis Alliance since 2007, serving as President and CEO since 2013. Tom has led Sepsis Alliance to consecutive years of growth including the organization’s drive to increase sepsis awareness from 19% to 71% and the expansion of sepsis.org to a site serving more than 2.5 million patients, family members, caregivers and medical professionals each year. Tom also led the organization’s efforts to launch the Sepsis Alliance Clinical Community and the Sepsis Alliance Institute which have trained more than 40,000 health professionals, and Sepsis Alliance Voices, a new platform for national and state advocacy. Tom earned his BS from Northwestern University and his MBA from Columbia Business School.
  • CIARA KENNEDY was appointed President and CEO of Amplyx Pharmaceuticals in 2016. Dr. Kennedy has a proven track record of delivering significant results and advancing therapeutic and diagnostic programs across multiple therapeutic areas and stages of development in the biotech industry. Amplyx has successfully raised over $150M to develop novel treatments for immunocompromised patients. Dr. Kennedy has successfully in-licensed, and advanced into Phase 2 studies, programs to address a variety of life-threatening conditions. Dr. Kennedy is also a founder of Reneo Pharmaceuticals and Mirum Pharmaceuticals. Dr. Kennedy serves as an independent Board member of Otonomy (OTIC) and privately held, Aristea Therapeutics. 

    Prior to Amplyx, Dr. Kennedy served as COO at Lumena Pharmaceuticals, until the company’s acquisition by Shire Pharmaceuticals in 2014 and as Vice President, Head of Cholestatic Liver Disease at Shire post acquisition. As COO of Lumena, Dr. Kennedy played a critical role in the development of assets licensed from Pfizer and Sanofi, financing the company and preparing to take the company public. Prior to Lumena, Dr. Kennedy held several positions at Cypress Bioscience Inc. where she played a key role in the company’s FDA approval and launch of Savella® for Fibromyalgia, corporate acquisitions and the in-licensing of several clinical assets. Prior to joining Cypress Bioscience, Dr. Kennedy held several positions in the Program and Alliance department of Biogen Idec, managing multiple projects spanning the drug discovery and development continuum.  A PhD scientist by training, Dr. Kennedy received her doctorate at the Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2004 Dr. Kennedy became a member of the inaugural class of the Rady School of Management at UCSD and graduated with a Master of Business Administration in 2006.

  • JOHN SPERZEL is President and CEO of T2 Biosystems (NASDAQ: TTOO), a leader in the rapid detection of sepsis-causing pathogens. From 2014 to 2020, he served as President and CEO of Chembio Diagnostics (NASDAQ: CEMI), a point-of-care diagnostics company focused on infectious diseases. John previously served as President and CEO of ITC Medical, a privately-held point-of-care diagnostics company owned by Warburg-Pincus, and previously held executive and commercial leadership positions at Axis-Shield (Abbott), Bayer Diagnostics (Siemens), Instrumentation Laboratory, and Boehringer Mannheim (Roche). John earned his Bachelor of Science in Business/Management from Plymouth State University. He serves on the Board of Directors of Ontera Bio and serves as a Board Advisor to Sepsis Alliance.


  • ANN-HUNTER VAN KIRK is a Senior Equity Research Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence covering the Biopharmaceutical sector. She particularly focuses on gene editing, animal health, aesthetics, generics, and eyecare industries. Prior to joining Bloomberg Intelligence, Ann-Hunter worked in sell-side equity research at Barclays Investment Bank, BMO Capital Markets, and Cantor Fitzgerald. Ms. Van Kirk holds a master's degree from the London School of Economics and two bachelor's degrees from Southern Methodist University with honors.
  • ALI J. SATVAT joined KKR in 2012 and is Co-Head of the Health Care industry team within KKR’s Americas Private Equity platform and Head of Health Care Strategic Growth, for which he chairs the Health Care Strategic Growth Investment Committee and the Health Care Strategic Growth Portfolio Management Committee. He currently serves on the boards of directors of AcuFocus, Arbor Pharmaceuticals, Blue Sprig Pediatrics, BridgeBio Pharma, Clarify Health Solutions, Coherus BioSciences, Eidos Therapeutics, Headlands Research, Impel NeuroPharma, Slayback Pharma and Trilogy MedWaste and has been actively involved with KKR’s investments in Ajax Health, Falcon Vision, GenesisCare, Gland Pharma, Panasonic Healthcare, PRA Health Sciences and Spirox. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Satvat was a principal with Apax Partners, where he successfully led or participated in many of its health care private equity and growth equity investments. Previously, he held various positions with Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, Audax Group and The Blackstone Group. Mr. Satvat holds an AB, magna cum laude, in History and Science from Harvard College and an MBA in Health Care Management and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the board of directors of the Healthcare Private Equity Association.
  • BRENTON L. SAUNDERS, Former Chairman, President and CEO, Allergan. Mr. Saunders is currently Chairman and CEO of Vesper Health Acquisitions Corp. He is Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Allergan and had served in the role of President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2014 and of Chairman since October 2016, having previously served as Chief Executive Officer and President, and as director, of Forest Laboratories, Inc., prior to its acquisition by Allergan.

    Prior to that, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Bausch + Lomb Incorporated, a leading global eye health company, serving in this capacity from March 2010 until August 2013. Mr. Saunders also held a number of leadership positions at Schering-Plough, including the position of President of Global Consumer Health Care and was named head of integration for the company’s merger with Merck & Co. and for Schering-Plough’s acquisition of Organon BioSciences. Before joining Schering-Plough, Mr. Saunders was a Partner and Head of Compliance Business Advisory at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Prior to that, he was Chief Risk Officer at Coventry Health Care and Senior Vice President, Compliance, Legal and Regulatory at Home Care Corporation of America. Mr. Saunders began his career as Chief Compliance Officer for the Thomas Jefferson University Health System.

    Mr. Saunders serves on the Board of Directors of Cisco Systems, Inc. and BridgeBio Inc., and is a member of the Business Council.

  • KEVIN SHERIDAN is a Managing Director in the Global Healthcare Investment Banking Group at Jefferies, responsible for advising large-cap biopharmaceutical companies in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Prior to joining Jefferies, Mr. Sheridan spent 11 years at UBS, where he advised biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the United States. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Sheridan was employed as a Senior Management Consultant in the Healthcare Industry. Mr. Sheridan graduated from Columbia Business School and received his BA from Rutgers University.


  • KIMBERLY HA is an experienced communications strategist and influencer, Kimberly has advised leaders from Fortune 500 companies to innovative startups, crafting organizational narratives and serves as a strategic communications advisor.

    She has helped some of the world’s most respected leaders and organizations tell their story, developing corporate narratives and executive positioning plans and investor pitches for startups and entrepreneurs. Providing counsel on all aspects of communications strategy.

    She was previously Senior Director at FTI Consulting (NYSE:FTI), where she advised a broad range of clients from Fortune 500 to early-stage companies on business transformation, corporate and executive positioning, crisis and issues management, and financial communications.

    Kimberly was previously Global Editor at Biopharm Insight, the Financial Times Group. She is regularly invited to speak at industry events and has deep institutional knowledge and network within M&A, IPO and Media markets.

  • ANN DEWITT is a General Partner of the investment team at The Engine. Ann is a Board Member at Biobot, Mori, Cellino, E25Bio, Kytopen, Lucy Therapeutics, Syzygy & Vaxess. Ann was most recently at Sanofi where she held senior roles in business development and strategic venture investment. Prior to Sanofi, she was at Flagship Ventures. Ann started her career in R&D at 3M Company, working across fields of materials, biology, engineering. Ann holds an MBA from Harvard and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from MIT. She serves on the Board of Women in the Enterprise of Science and Technology and on the Life Science Council of Springboard Enterprises.
  • ALEX MORGAN (Twitter: @genomicsdoc) is currently a Partner at Khosla Ventures, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm which invests broadly in technology from seed stage funding to later stage capital.  Alex has a special focus in biotechnology, healthcare, data science, and AI/ML and serves on the boards of a number of Khosla Ventures portfolio companies. Alex has an MD and PhD in biomedical informatics from Stanford. As a scientist, he has published over 50 scientific publications, primarily at the intersection of computer science, biology, and healthcare, and has licensed IP to three separate companies.  Prior to working in venture capital, Alex was involved with a number of startups, and worked as a senior artificial engineer for the MITRE Corporation.

    Example Investments: Advanced Chemotherapy Technologies, Arpeggio Bio, Atrendex, BioAge, Bionaut, Cellino, Deep Genomics, DiscernDx, Docbot, Earli, Ellipsis, Faeth, Flow Neuroscience, Fountain Biotherapeutics, Hello Heart, Invoy, Karius, Kernel, Known Medicine, Loop Genomics, Menten AI, Mirvie, Nebula Genomics, Ochre Bio, Oncobox, Overture, Pardes Bio, Prellis, Probably Genetic, Rubedo, Q Bio, StimScience, STIMIT, Syllable Corporation, Vitro Labs

  • BENJAMIN QUIROGA is a general partner at Humboldt Fund. He was a Former Director at Australis Sea Food, a Chilean salmon farming market, which was acquired by Legend Holdings for $880M. He was also a proprietary trader at LarrainVial, and a co-founder at Kreas. He graduated from the Universidad Catolica de Chile.


  • TED HAACK joined LatticePoint in July 2016 and provides advisory services to early-stage companies in the cell and gene therapy space and has advised on market access, EMA Adaptive Pathways, international expansion, talent acquisition, and key customer relationships. Prior to consulting, he spent 17 years working in the pharmaceutical industry and headed the Market Access function for Genzyme’s Rare Disease Business Unit and Pfizer’s Head of Head of Market Access, Primary Care BU. Before joining Pfizer, he spent 7 years at Schering-Plough in various regional and affiliate finance roles. Ted began his career at Deloitte & Touche, including two years in Frankfurt, Germany and is a qualified SEC Audit Committee Financial Expert. He was appointed as an Independent Director of Promethera Biosciences (BE) in April 2019. He has a BS degree in accounting from Villanova University, a Master of Arts in International Affairs from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University, and an MBA from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He speaks fluent German in addition to his native English.

  • JUDY CAMPAGNARI is a passionate healthcare and pharmaceutical strategist with proven experience creating “value from vision”. She has over 28 years of pharmaceutical industry and consulting experience, the majority in new product drug development. She is currently Executive Director, Head of STAR (Solutions to Accelerate Results to Patients), Alexion’s patient centric idea & strategy incubator where she leads a team responsible for creating enterprise level solutions and ideas designed to break down barriers and accelerate Alexion’s products to patients living with rare disease. Prior to joining Alexion she held positions of increasing responsibility as a member of the Pfizer Commercial organization serving as the New Products Commercial lead for several currently marketed products including Tarceva® (erlotinib), Xeljanz® (tofacitinib), and Eliquis® (apixaban; co-promote with BMS). Ms. Campagnari received an AB degree from Smith College (Northampton, MA), an MBA from the Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh, and an Executive MBA Certificate from the Harvard Business School.
  • JESSICA MARTINEZ is a Senior Program Officer in the Global Health Strategy and Portfolio Management organization at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She leads life science industry engagements and partnerships as well as ecosystem shaping, access to innovation, and sustainable financing efforts. Recently, she has been heavily focused on COVID-19: convening vaccine development alliances, securing manufacturing capacity for LMIC- and LIC-bound therapeutics, and facilitating the launch of monoclonal antibodies in LMICs and LICs.

    Prior to joining the Foundation, Jessica was a senior member of Pfizer’s Corporate Strategy Team specializing in long-term risk management, revenue durability, and commercial model innovation. Before that, Jessica was a founding member of Pfizer’s Center of Excellence for Strategic Pricing and Reimbursement, and she was the global pricing and reimbursement lead for Pfizer’s largest assets.

    Before switching to industry, Jessica was a consultant with IMS/IQViA Consulting and LEK Consulting. Jessica holds a BA in Molecular Biology from Princeton University and an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. 

  • DENNIS PURCELL is the original Founder of Aisling Capital LLC. Previously, he served as the Senior Managing Partner. Prior to Aisling Capital, Mr. Purcell served as Managing Director of the Life Sciences Investment Banking Group at Chase H&Q (formerly Hambrecht & Quist, “H&Q”). While at H&Q, he was directly involved with over two hundred completed transactions and supervised over $10 billion of financing and advisory assignments in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical products industries.

    Mr. Purcell is a frequent commentator on the industry and has been honored in the “Biotech Hall of Fame” by Genetic Engineering News, named to the Biotechnology All-Stars list by Forbes ASAP, honored as one of the top 50 Irish-American businessmen and cited as one of the top 100 contributors to the biotechnology industry.

    In the past, Mr. Purcell has served on numerous private and public healthcare company boards.  He currently sits on the Boards of Real Endpoints, Summus Global, Inc., BioScience Managers Pty Ltd., and Ichnos Sciences. He sits on the Editorial Advisory Board at Life Science Leader Magazine; Member of the Board at NYBIO Association; Board Member at The University of Delaware Investment Visiting Committee as well as a member of the Biopharmaceutical Innovation Board at the University of Delaware.

    Mr. Purcell received his MBA from Harvard Business School and his BS in Accounting from the University of Delaware.

  • DENISE‌ ‌SCOTS-KNIGHT‌ ‌is‌ ‌CEO‌ ‌and‌ ‌a‌ ‌board‌ ‌member‌ ‌of‌ ‌Mereo‌ ‌BioPharma‌ ‌(NASDAQ:MREO),‌ ‌a‌ ‌company‌ ‌focused‌ ‌in‌ ‌oncology‌ ‌and‌ ‌rare‌ ‌diseases‌ ‌which‌ ‌she‌ ‌co-founded‌ ‌in‌ ‌2015.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌led‌ ‌the‌ ‌company‌ ‌through‌ ‌financings‌ ‌of‌ ‌over‌ ‌$300m‌ ‌including‌ ‌in‌ ‌an‌ ‌IPO‌ ‌and‌ ‌also‌ ‌through‌ ‌a‌ ‌recent‌ ‌corporate‌ ‌transaction‌ ‌with‌ ‌Ultragenyx.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌over‌ ‌25‌ ‌years’‌ ‌experience‌ ‌in‌ ‌venture‌ ‌capital‌ ‌and‌ ‌R&D‌ ‌management.‌ ‌She‌ ‌was‌ ‌an‌ ‌investment‌ ‌manager‌ ‌at‌ ‌Rothschild‌ ‌Asset‌ ‌Management‌ ‌before‌ ‌heading‌ ‌Nomura's‌ ‌life‌ ‌science‌ ‌investment‌ ‌as‌ ‌Managing‌ ‌Director‌ ‌for‌ ‌over‌ ‌12‌ ‌years‌ ‌leading‌ ‌the‌ ‌MBO‌ ‌in‌ ‌2010.‌ ‌She‌ ‌has‌ ‌been‌ ‌a‌ ‌board‌ ‌member‌ ‌on‌ ‌many‌ ‌US‌ ‌and‌ ‌European‌ ‌private‌ ‌and‌ ‌public‌ ‌companies‌ ‌and‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌current‌ ‌board‌ ‌member‌ ‌of‌ ‌Elanco‌ ‌Animal‌ ‌Health‌ ‌(NYSE:ELAN)‌ 


  • CHRIS APOLITO has over 20 years of pharmaceutical and strategy consulting experience, with positions in discovery research, business development, and management consulting. His previous employers include GlaxoSmithKline, Becton Dickinson, AVOS Life Sciences, and Campbell Alliance.

    While at GlaxoSmithKline, Chris’s scientific accomplishments led to multiple patent authorships and peer-reviewed publications. In business development roles, Chris was responsible for corporate strategy and reviewing in-licensing and out-licensing opportunities. For the last 15 years, Chris has led consulting engagements focused on corporate strategy, R&D portfolio strategy, and commercial assessments across the life science sector.

    Chris earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School as a member of Beta Gamma Sigma academic honor society. He has an MS from the University of Buffalo and a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester.

  • SARAH JIMS has over a decade of experience in the life sciences industry within academic research, industry settings, and consulting. Recent engagements have included portfolio strategy, commercial assessment, commercialization strategy, and launch readiness, spanning a variety of therapeutic areas and modalities including gene therapy/gene editing, rare disease, neurology, and immuno-oncology.  Previously, Sarah worked in a gene therapy laboratory where she co-authored peer-reviewed publications and spoke at national conferences regarding gene therapy vector biology, therapeutic optimization, and therapeutic strategies for a variety of disease states.

  • MIKE DOMBECK, COO, Arcellx, Inc. brings nearly 25 years of experience in pharma and biotech strategy and licensing. Most recently, Mike served as SVP of Corporate Development for Precision BioSciences, where he led transactions worth more than $2 billion, including a CAR-T co-development and co-promotion partnership with Baxalta that won the 2016 LES Deal of Distinction award, and in vivo gene editing collaborations with Gilead and The University of Pennsylvania’s Gene Therapy Program. Previously, Mike worked at GlaxoSmithKline in R&D Strategy and Portfolio Management, supporting portfolio analysis, business development, innovations in clinical trial design, evaluation and adoption of digital transformation initiatives, and optimization of global IP filings. Mike has worked with a wide range of start-up, small, medium, and large therapeutics companies, both private and public, and was a co-founder of Cempra Pharmaceuticals. Mike holds an MBA from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, an MPP from Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy, and a BS in biology from the Duke University Trinity College of Arts and Science.

  • GEOFF GLASS has spent more than 25 years helping lead services and therapeutic companies in the Life Sciences sector. Having started his career in EY’s consulting practice, Geoff spent nearly 10 years running major accounts and practice areas for the firm. At Valeant (now Bausch Health), Geoff served on the executive team for nearly five years, first as CIO and then running the company’s Asia business. In 2009, he was recruited to help lead the turn-around of Patheon. During a seven-year tenure at Patheon, Geoff had leadership of key functions that included Strategy, Corporate Development, Sales, Marketing, Pricing and Contracting, and concluded his tenure as the President of the Banner Life Sciences division. He has also served as the CEO of Sancilio Pharmaceuticals and worked with many Private Equity groups, including as an Operating Partner at LongueVue Capital. In addition to leading Kiniciti, Geoff also currently serves as the Chairman of Avadel Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: AVDL).

  • TOM MATHERS joined Pappas Capital in 2018 and has more than 29 years of executive management experience in the life science and medical device industries. He is located in Boston and focuses primarily on company formation. Tom is the founder of Allievex Corp., and currently serves as its President and CEO, as well as a director. Allievex is developing novel therapies for the treatment of rare pediatric neurodegenerative diseases. Allievex’s lead product candidate is tralesinidase alfa, an investigational enzyme replacement therapy for the treatment of children with Sanfilippo syndrome type B or mucopolysaccharidosis IIIB (MPS IIIB).

    Prior to Pappas Capital and Allievex, Tom was the President and CEO of CoLucid Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLCD), a Pappas Ventures III portfolio company founded by Pappas Capital, which focused on the development of lasmiditan for the acute treatment of migraine headaches. Eli Lilly & Company acquired CoLucid in March 2017 in an all cash transaction worth nearly $1 billion. Prior to CoLucid, Tom was President and CEO of Peptimmune, Inc.; President and CEO of Cell Based Delivery, Inc.; Vice President and General Manager of Cardion AG; and Vice President of Strategic Development at Genzyme Corporation.

  • JOE ZENKUS, MS PT, MBA, is the Head of Business Development and Strategic Alliances at Sarepta Therapeutics. An accomplished biopharma leader with an established track record of value creation while undertaking expanding roles, Joe has executed on a wide range of deal types globally, from early discovery research collaborations to clinical / commercial stage M&A. Prior to joining Sarepta, Joe served as the Business Development Lead for Pfizer’s Rare Disease Business Unit. He previously held various leadership roles at Mylan in Corporate Development and Sales Operations. Earlier in his career, he held sales roles at Schering-Plough / Merck. Joe earned an MBA in Finance from London Business School and an MS in Physical Therapy from the University of Massachusetts.


  • WALTER GREENLEAF, PhD, is a neuroscientist and a medical technology developer working at Stanford University. With over three decades of research and development experience, Walter is considered a leading authority in the field of digital medicine and medical virtual reality technology

    As a research scientist and medical product developer, Walter’s focus has been on computer-supported clinical products, with a specific focus on virtual reality and digital health technology, including systems to treat Post-traumatic Stress, Anxiety Disorders, Stroke, Addictions, Autism, and other difficult problems in behavioral and physical medicine. He has had a principal role in several pioneering medical product companies, including Pear Therapeutics, Virtually Better, MindMaze, and InWorld Solutions.

    Walter is currently a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s MediaX Program, a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, and the Director of Technology Strategy at the University of Colorado National Mental Health Innovation Center. He previously served as the Director of the Mind Division, Stanford Center on Longevity, where his focus was on age-related changes in cognition.  Walter was the founding Chief Science Officer for Pear Therapeutics, and is currently the Chief Science Officer for Interaxon.

    Walter a member of the Board of Directors for Brainstorm: The Stanford Laboratory for Brain Health Innovation, for Sine Wave, and for Cognitive Leap. In addition to his research at Stanford University, Walter is the technology and neuroscience advisor to several early-stage medical product companies and accelerator / incubator programs.

  • ADAM GAZZALEY, MD, PhD is the David Dolby Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry at the UC San Francisco, and the Founder & Executive Director of Neuroscape, a translational neuroscience center engaged in technology development and scientific research of novel brain assessments and optimization tools. Dr. Gazzaley is co-founder and Chief Science Advisor of Akili Interactive, Sensync and JAZZ Venture Partners. He has been a scientific advisor for over a dozen technology companies including Apple, GE, Nielsen, Deloitte. He has filed multiple patents - notably his invention of the first video game cleared by the FDA, authored over 150 scientific articles, and delivered over 675 invited presentations around the world. He wrote and hosted the nationally televised PBS special “The Distracted Mind with Dr. Adam Gazzaley”, and co-authored “The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World”, winner of the 2017 PROSE Award. Dr. Gazzaley has received many awards and honors, including the 2015 Science Educator Award and the 2020 Global Gaming Citizen Honor.

  • CHARLIE HARTWELL is the Managing Partner of Bridge Builders Collaborative, a group that have been pioneering investors in the space of mindfulness, mental health, digital therapeutics for the last 10 years.  They’ve invested in companies such as Headspace, Happify Health, Pear Therapeutics, Interaxon, Insight Timer and others.  Bridge Builders is committed to investing in companies that provide invitations for people to Go Deeper, to awaken human potential and create opportunities for deeper levels of conscious awareness and transformation.

  • RONAN LEVY is the Co-Founder & Executive Chairman of Field Trip. 
    An entrepreneur and a visionary, Ronan is one the founders of Field Trip. Concurrent with his work at Field Trip, he is a partner at Grassfed Ventures, a venture capital and advisory firm focused on the cannabis and biotech industries and is Chief Strategy Officer and Member of the Board of Directors for Trait Biosciences Inc., a leading biotech company in the hemp and cannabis industries. Prior to his current roles, Ronan (along with Joseph, Hannan and Ryan) co-founded Canadian Cannabis Clinics and CanvasRx Inc., the latter of which was acquired by Aurora Cannabis Inc. (NYSE: ACB) in 2016, after which he served as Senior Vice President, Business and Corporate Affairs for Aurora. A lawyer by training, Ronan started his career as a corporate lawyer at Blake, Cassels Graydon LLP and Legal Counsel at CTVglobemedia Inc. (now Bell Media Inc.) He holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Commerce degree, both from the University of Toronto.
  • EKATERINA MALIEVSKAIA is the Chief Innovation officer and Co-Founder of COMPASS. 
    Ekaterina received her medical degree from St Petersburg Medical Academy in St Petersburg, Russia, and then moved to the US where she completed her Internal Medicine residency training. She worked in private practice, academic medicine and public health for more than 15 years in the greater New York area. She was a Clinical Instructor of Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, as well as a Research Professor at City University of New York.
    After moving to London in 2011, Ekaterina worked in global health and medical philanthropy, focusing on improving outcomes in maternal and child health. She founded COMPASS Pathways with her husband George Goldsmith in 2016, having experienced at first hand the challenges in accessing evidence-based and effective mental health care for a family member.
  • BERRA YAZAR-KLOSINSKI, PhD, is the Chief Scientific Officer of MAPS Public Benefit Corporation and Deputy Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit, MAPS. Dr. Yazar-Klosinski is responsible for development of strategic, catalytic, and capacity-building activities to facilitate research on psychedelics in compliance with the global regulatory landscape. She has been actively involved in the clinical development of MDMA-assisted therapy, LSD-assisted therapy, cannabis, and ibogaine. After gaining experience in clinical research laboratories with Geron Corporation and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Yazar-Klosinski joined MAPS in 2009 to work with an organization where profit wouldn't dictate the agenda of scientific research. She has supported MAPS clinical research and regulatory affairs through all stages of growth for over a decade. Dr. Yazar-Klosinski earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Drama from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz.


  • LY NGUYEN-JATKOE: As head of the Custom Intelligence team for the Americas and lead for cell and gene therapy thought leadership at Informa, Ly Nguyen-Jatkoe partners with clients to develop personalized solutions using Informa’s suite of pharma data and insights. She has 20+ years of experience in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry and extensive experience in market research and analysis.

    While at Informa, Ly has led research in therapy areas including oncology, autoimmune, and infectious diseases, offering expert opinion on strategy as well as disease, epidemiology, and drugs. Prior to her current role, she was Vice President of Disease Analysis and Strategy where she led a global analyst and market access team across the Datamonitor Healthcare and Biomedtracker solutions at Informa. Ly has served as Commercial Strategy Director where she oversaw the content strategy and thought leadership team and as Director of Product and Service Development in the U.S., where she focused on developing content and building relationships with clients. Ly first joined Informa in 2010 as an analyst for Datamonitor Healthcare, an Informa Pharma Intelligence product that specializes in in-depth market assessments and drug forecasts. She has a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and carried out her postdoctoral research with the Immunology team at Janssen, a Johnson & Johnson company.
  • DANIEL CHANCELLOR has a decade of experience as an analyst in the biopharma industry, spanning roles in drug discovery, market analysis, competitive intelligence, and strategic consulting. He now develops and leads Informa Pharma Intelligence’s thought leadership program, producing materials that help clients across a range of hot topics in the biopharma industry, most recently including COVID-19, immuno-oncology, tumor-agnostic drug development, advanced therapies and M&A.

    As part of this, Daniel regularly participates in webinars, conferences and other speaking arrangements, and he is featured across leading publications such as Nature Reviews Drug Discovery, Scientific American, Scrip, In Vivo and Vice. Prior to joining Informa, Daniel worked as a medicinal chemist at the UK biotech company Summit Therapeutics and graduated with First Class Honours in Natural Sciences from the University of Bath.

  • MARK GORDON is the founder and CEO of Diviner, a disruptive startup applying prediction science and biopharma experts to forecast clinical trial outcomes and their impact on biotech stocks. Mark has spent 20 years helping biotech and pharma companies adopt software, data and analytics to improve R&D pipelines and get drugs to market. During the last decade he has held leadership positions in product strategy, product management, innovation, and M&A in large business intelligence units at Informa and Thomson Reuters.

  • Since 2017, MATTHIAS KOPF, PhD, has been the Head of Product Management at Molecular Health, responsible for software products in the oncology and pharma space. From 2015-2017, he was the Product Manager at Molecular Health. Matthias studied biology with a focus on molecular biology and bioinformatics at the University of Freiburg (Germany) from 2006–2012. Matthias was awarded his PhD in bioinformatics from the University of Freiburg (Germany) in 2015.

  • DANIEL MYTELKA has spent the last twenty-five years looking for value at the border between science and business in the biopharma industry. Originally trained in the biosciences (AB Molecular Biology from Princeton, PhD Genetics from UC Berkeley), he received an MBA from the University of Chicago before spending almost twenty years at Eli Lilly in diverse roles including strategy/portfolio management, business development and market access. After a stint as director of simulation and policy for the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation, he joined Diviner where he is the Head of Methodology.

  • FRIEDRICH VON BOHLEN is Co-Founder & CEO of Molecular Health GmbH. He is also co-founder and managing partner of dievini Hopp BioTech Holding GmbH & Co. KG. He holds a diploma in biochemistry from the University of Zurich and a PhD in neurobiology from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH). He held various positions at Fresenius AG, FAG Kugelfischer KGaA and WASAG Chemie AG. In 1997 he founded LION bioscience AG whose CEO he was for seven years. He is chairman of the Board of Apogenix AG and Novaliq GmbH and board member of CureVac AG, Heidelberg Pharma AG and Co-Chair of the Evaluation Board of the Wyss Translational Center Zurich.


  • NOOMAN HAQUE is the Head of Life Sciences and Healthcare at Silicon Valley Bank for EMEA. He leads a team supporting early, growth-stage and established multinational businesses in all sectors of life sciences. Nooman is responsible for expanding the bank’s business across Europe. As part of an international team he helps clients with innovative financing solutions through the bank’s broad platform of investment & commercial banking, asset management and capital connections. He is a frequent panelist, writer and spokesperson for the industry.

    Nooman’s background includes management consulting and investing. He was also a Government economist specialising in competition & innovation.

  • DR. ANTONIN (TONY) DE FOUGEROLLES joined Evox Therapeutics in late 2017. Evox is engineering exosomes, the body’s natural delivery system, to enable a wide variety of drugs to reach previously inaccessible tissues. Evox, based in Oxford UK, was founded in 2016, raised $46m Series B (Sept 2018), $95m Series C (Feb 2021), and completed 2 large pharmaceutical multi-target exosome partnerships in 2020 with Takeda (rare disease) and Eli Lilly (RNAi) with combined total deal value >$2b.

    Previously, Tony played a key role in pioneering and advancing 3 approved new transformative drug classes (mRNA, RNAi, and VHH Nanobodies) and helping build multi-billion-dollar businesses from start-up. Previously, Tony was CSO of Ablynx, founding CSO of Moderna (where he developed the underlying mRNA chemistry and formulations used in the covid-19 vaccines), and VP Research at Alnylam. Tony earned his PhD in Immunology from Harvard University.

  • DENISE SCOTS-KNIGHT is CEO and a board member of Mereo BioPharma (NASDAQ:MREO), a company focused in oncology and rare diseases which she co-founded in 2015. She has led the company through financings of over $300m including in an IPO and also through a recent corporate transaction with Ultragenyx. She has over 25 years’ experience in venture capital and R&D management. She was an investment manager at Rothschild Asset Management before heading Nomura's life science investment as Managing Director for over 12 years leading the MBO in 2010. She has been a board member on many US and European private and public companies and is a current board member of Elanco Animal Health (NYSE:ELAN).

  • TIM KNOTNERUS is CEO and member of the Board of Directors of AgomAb, a Belgian based biotech company developing therapies that modulate regenerative pathways. The team raised around $100M financing from top US and EU investors. Prior to AgomAb, Tim held the position of VP Corporate Development at AM-Pharma where he and the team executed a Phase IIb trial in patients with sepsis-associated acute kidney injury, secured a $600M option-to-buy deal with Pfizer and raised $133M in a private financing round. Prior to that, Tim was a Senior Associate at Aescap Venture, a VC fund investing in European medical companies. Tim is a Henri Termeer Fellow and holds an executive MBA from IMD, where he was named Valedictorian. He earned a Science and Innovation Masters and a Drug Innovation Masters from Utrecht University.

  • STEFFEN SCHUSTER, Dipl.-Kfm. has been Chief Executive Officer of ITM Isotopen Technologien München AG (ITM) since December 2011. During his time with ITM, Steffen has greatly expanded the development and production of medical radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals internationally and successfully led ITM from a pure radioisotope manufacturer to a global biotechnology and radiopharmaceutical company. In addition, he has concluded important strategic partnerships, secured relevant equity and debt financing, including a loan from the European Investment Bank, and opened new sites in Germany and USA as part of ITM’s growth course.

    Prior to his work at ITM, Steffen was a General Partner at TVM Capital. Before that, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of the publicly listed cycos AG. Earlier in his career, Steffen worked for the Siemens Network Division where he held a variety of leading roles including international M&A as well as Co-founder of the Mustang Ventures fund with headquarters in Silicon Valley where he acted as Managing Director and Investment Partner.

    Steffen received a Master’s Degree in Economics (Dipl.-Kfm.) from the University of Saarbrücken (Germany).

  • MARTIN WELSCHOF, PhD, is currently the CEO for BioInvent International. Before joining BioInvent, Martin was the CEO of Opsona Therapeutics, Managing Director and co-founder of Affitech A/S in Oslo/Norway and Copenhagen/Denmark. Prior to joining Affitech A/S, Martin was the Director of Technology at Axaron Bioscience AG, Heidelberg, Germany. During his period at Axaron he worked also in the parent company of Axaron Bioscience, LYNX Therapeutics Inc. in Hayward, California. Martin brings significant senior executive experience in the biotech sector having launched and built successful businesses focused on drug development and drug discovery platforms. He holds a PhD in the field of recombinant antibody technology from the University of Bielefeld, Germany. Martin also serves on the board of UTR AS, Nextera AS, APIM Therapeutics and BioMe.


  • LAURA RANDA is a visionary commercial leader with three decades of experience building high-performing commercial teams. She has been an executive leader at Novartis, GSK, Abbott and Regeneron and brings her experience with over 30 new drug launches driving pre-commercial activities early in the R&D cycle. She revolutionized C-Suite stakeholder engagements to build the Regeneron brand for Dupixent through payer innovation, personalized medicine and early clinical study design collaborations using Real World Evidence. Ms. Randa has been recognized twice by PharmaVoice magazine as one of the 100 Most Inspiring Leaders in the Life Sciences and is most recognized for her revolutionary C-Suite/payer stakeholder engagement strategy to drive commercial success.
  • KERRIE BRADY is a seasoned biotechnology entrepreneur and strategic business leader with more than 30 years of experience in the biopharmaceutical sector, more than ten of them dedicated to launching and building innovative startups.

    Kerrie joined OcuTerra in 2020 to build and lead the company through the next stage of development for OTT166, its Phase 2, disruptive non-invasive treatment for retinal disease. Prior to this, in 2013 Kerrie co-founded Centrexion where she served as CBO and EVP of Strategy and was instrumental in building the pipeline to five clinical programs, raising over $150M and led a $1B out license deal to big pharma for a Phase 1 asset.  

    She received her BPharm from the Victorian College of Pharmacy, earned her MBA from the Melbourne Business School (Award of Distinction) and her MSc in Biopharmaceuticals from the University of South Wales (UNSW) Sydney.

    Kerrie is a mentor for the MIT Venture Mentoring Service and the Sloan School of Management Delta V Board. She is the recipient of several awards including Quartz Top 10 US Women Start-Up Founders and Entrepreneurs, and PharmaVOICE 100 Most Inspiring People.

  • JEFFREY L CLELAND, PhD, has 30 years of industry experience in research and development, including more than a decade at Genentech, Inc. His experience in startups includes major roles in obtaining more than $450 million in capital at stages from Series A through D and exit via IPO including over $300 million in capital raised as CEO. As the founding CEO of Versartis (VSAR), he led one of top biotech IPOs of all time. After Versartis, he led the Series B financing and clinical translation of novel Johns Hopkins University technology as CEO of Graybug Vision (GRAY). He held executive management positions at BaroFold, Novacea and Targesome, and has managed directly all aspects of drug development and late-stage research. While at Genentech, Dr. Cleland served in product development and manufacturing roles. He held important leadership roles in the successful approval of two drugs, Herceptin® and Nutropin Depot®, as well as in early work on Lucentis®, Avastin®, and Kadcyla®. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Cleland has authored more than 100 articles and four books, and holds several issued patents. He serves on the Boards of BIO, Exicure, and Zylem and has advisory roles with small emerging biotechnology companies.

  • LLOYD DIAMOND is a seasoned medtech executive and CEO with 25 years of disruptive technology commercialization experience in the life science industry. He most recently served as the CEO of Precise Light Surgical, a commercially ready medical device company in Silicon Valley. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Bonesupport AB, a European orthobiologic company, where he drove rapid market penetration in Europe and the US which led to a successful IPO on the NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm. Lloyd has first-hand experience in the ophthalmology segment as he was responsible for managing Lumenis’ global surgical and vision franchises. He has commercialized many other disruptive technology platforms including at Kyphon and Laserscope. Lloyd received a dual degree in Biochemistry and Marketing from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University.

  • MINA SOOCH is Founder, CEO and President of Ocuphire Pharma (Nasdaq: OCUP). With over 25 years of pharma and biotech experience as CEO, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, and strategist, Mina has successfully raised hundreds of millions of dollars for over 10 biotech companies and led 3 successful public Nasdaq listings. She was co-founder & CEO of Gemphire Therapeutics, a public, clinical-stage cardiovascular company as well as co-founder & CEO of ProNAi Therapeutics, a public, clinical-stage oncology company. Mina also co-founded in 2003 Apjohn Ventures Fund with a focus on early-stage life sciences companies. Earlier in her career, she served as a global account manager at Monitor Group, a top-tier global strategy consulting firm based in Boston. She has served on the boards of over 12 private, public, and nonprofit firms, and has been the recipient of numerous awards, including one of the 2016 Deal Makers of the year by Crain’s Detroit Business. Mina received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BS summa cum laude in Chemical Engineering from Wayne State University in Michigan.


  • SEAN MORGAN-JONES spent most of his career in senior leadership positions within the Life Sciences Industry and so understands from an operational and strategic perspective, the unique challenges faced by biotechnology organisations as they grow from academic spin out, through to listing on the public markets.

    Sean specialises in C-Suite/Board appointments and can advise on board structure and governance and has built a portfolio focused primarily on Rare Diseases and Immuno-oncology and newer therapeutic modalities of Regenerative Medicine and Cell and Gene Therapies.

  • BARRY E. GREENE joined Sage as CEO in December of 2020, bringing more than 30 years of biopharmaceutical industry experience to this position. He previously joined the Sage Board of Directors in October of 2020. Prior to Sage, he served as president of Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Inc. since 2007, and he previously held the position of chief operating officer when he first joined the company in 2003. Prior to his 17 year tenure at Alnylam, Mr. Greene was the general manager of Oncology at Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. where he led the Company’s global strategy and execution for its oncology business, including strategic business direction and execution, culminating in the successful U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval and launch of VELCADE® (bortezomib) in mid-2003. Prior to joining Millennium in 2001, Mr. Greene served as executive vice president and chief business officer for Mediconsult.com, a healthcare consulting company. Earlier in Mr. Greene’s career, he held multiple leadership positions at AstraZeneca (formerly AstraMerck), and was a partner of Andersen Consulting, where he was responsible for the pharmaceutical/biotechnology marketing and sales practice. He is a member of the board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA).

    He received his BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and served as a Senior Scholar at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.

  • STEPHANIE LÉOUZON is Partner and Head of Torreya Europe. She has worked on over 100 strategic and financing transactions in the biopharmaceutical industry, with an aggregate value of over $75 billion.

    Stephanie joined Torreya in 2011. Previously, she was a Managing Director and Senior Advisor at Credit Suisse in London. She has also worked at Salomon Brothers, as a Director of Healthcare Investment Banking, and as a Vice President in the Investment Banking divisions of JP Morgan, and Lehman Brothers in New York.

    Highlights of Stephanie’s strategic advisory experience include the $34.6 billion Astra and Zeneca merger, the $6.8 billion Pharmacia & Upjohn merger, Hoechst’s $7 billion acquisition of Marion Merrell Dow; the creation of Syngenta through the merger of the agricultural businesses of AstraZeneca and Novartis; and the $3.1 billion Warner Chilcott LBO.

    Stephanie earned a BA cum laude from Mount Holyoke College and an MA and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

  • DAVID MEEKER, MD, a member of Rhythm’s Board of Directors since 2015 and Chairman of the Board since 2017, was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company in July 2020. Most recently, he served as President and CEO of KSQ Therapeutics for approximately three years. 

    Previously, David was the Executive Vice President and Head of Sanofi Genzyme, the specialty-care global business unit of Sanofi that focused on rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology and immunology. He joined Genzyme in 1994 as Medical Director and, over the course of his tenure, served the company as Vice President of Medical Affairs, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Executive Officer. 

    He led Genzyme’s commercial organization and global market access functions and managed the launch of several treatments for rare genetic diseases, including Aldurazyme®, Fabrazyme® and Myozyme®. 

    Prior to his tenure with Genzyme, David was Director of the Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Ohio State University. Dr. Meeker earned his MD from the University of Vermont Medical School and completed the advanced management program at Harvard Business School.

  • ANANT MURTHY is currently the General Manager, Europe for Argenx, a global immunology company committed to improving the lives of people suffering from severe autoimmune diseases. In this role, he is responsible for establishing and leading the company’s footprint in the broad and diverse European market.   

    Prior to Argenx, Dr. Murthy was the Vice President and Head of the Mid-Size Market Region at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, and was also the Head of Pricing, Market Access and Policy. He has previously held positions at ARIAD Pharmaceuticals and Incyte Corporation, following Incyte’s acquisition of ARIAD’s European operations, Celgene Corporation in both Europe and the US, and Medtronic. He was a legislative advisor to a member of the US House of Representatives and served as a strategy and management consultant with Ernst & Young LLP. On behalf of life sciences companies seeking to grow their businesses outside of the US, Dr. Murthy has directly negotiated with authorities to secure market access for specialty therapeutics in more than 30 countries.    

    Dr. Murthy, a native New Yorker, earned his PhD from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from the University of Rochester.