4th Drug Development Forum

The Intersection of Drug Development, Deal-Making, and Business Strategy

OCTOBER 28–29, 2019 | THE COLONNADE HOTEL | BOSTON

WHAT TO EXPECT

This conference provides a unique networking opportunity, featuring insights from C-suite and executive leadership at biotech, mid-sized and large pharma companies addressing the strategic and operational challenges in the following areas:

Deal-Making and Business Strategy – This track will highlight how to map out the right financing strategy for your company and share best practices for mitigating risks and unlocking the potential of partnerships, licensing deals, and M&A transactions

Product Development Strategy This track will cover the end-to-end drug development process, focusing on early R&D, clinical development, and the complexities of product commercialization up through launch

Featured Speakers

Sandy Macrae

Sandy Macrae

CEO

SANGAMO THERAPEUTICS

Peal Huang

Pearl S. Huang, Ph.D.

President and CEO

CYGNAL THERAPEUTICS

Lizabeth Leveille

Lizabeth Leveille

Associate Vice President and Head, Boston Innovation Hub, BD&L

MERCK

James Robinson

James Robinson

President and Chief Operating Officer

PARAGON BIOSCIENCES

Emily Minkow

Emily Minkow

Chief Business Officer

PREVAIL THERAPEUTICS

Elliott Levy

Elliott M. Levy, M.D.

Senior Vice President, Global Development

AMGEN

David Weinreich

David Weinreich, M.D., MBA

Senior Vice President, Global Clinical Development

REGENERON

Molly Harper

Molly Harper

Senior Vice President and Global Franchise General Manager

AKCEA THERAPEUTICS

Lotus

Lotus Mallbris, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice President, Immunology Development

ELI LILLY AND COMPANY

Robert Bagdorf

Robert Bagdorf, M.D., M.B.A.

Group Lead, Search and Evaluation, Worldwide Business Development

PFIZER

Kleem Chaudhary

Kleem Chaudhary, Ph.D.

Head BD&L

BIOGEN

Rich Daly

Rich Daly

Chief Operating Officer

BEYONDSPRING PHARMACEUTICALS

WHO ATTENDS?

This event is aimed at professionals in the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical device and venture capitalist fields responsible for:

  • M&A/Licensing/Business Development
  • Corporate Strategy and Operations
  • R&D
  • Clinical Development
  • Legal/Transactions
  • Commercial
  • Finance
  • Regulatory

EVENT OVERVIEW

As many blockbuster products face the loss of exclusivity, life science organizations face staunch competition from generic and biosimilar products to maintain their stronghold in certain markets. There is a lot riding on the success of new drug development, and companies are increasingly turning to external sources of innovation to supplement organic pipeline growth and replace key products within their portfolios.

Biotechs continue to push the boundaries of R&D innovation, exploring specialized areas of research, often entering undefined, first-in-class territory. However, changing regulatory requirements, payer expectations, and investor demands make drug development and commercialization an increasingly risky endeavor, leaving little to no margin for error. It takes strong leadership, a well-articulated and communicated shared vision, and innovative partnerships to navigate the competitive landscape and ensure the successful development of a commercially viable product in today’s healthcare environment.

FierceBiotech’s 4th Drug Development Forum features executive leadership perspectives from biotech and big pharma companies on emerging trends and market dynamics that will help effectively prioritize R&D spend and unlock the potential of a licensing, joint venture or M&A deal.

PANEL DISCUSSIONS, CASE STUDIES, AND LEADERSHIP PERSPECTIVES ON TOPICS ESSENTIAL TO YOUR SUCCESS! 
  • Interact with biotech, mid-sized and large pharma company leaders and trade ideas for tackling the biggest industry challenges, from preclinical research through pivotal trials and beyond
  • Optimize early phase clinical activity to ensure successful trial execution and regulatory approval
  • Discuss innovative deal structures and investment models that can de-risk collaborations and partnerships and help assist the development of drugs
  • Hear how companies build business cases to support new product development and prioritize capital allocation for the R&D budget
  • Consider the pros and cons associated with different sources of financing and determine how that can impact a company’s long-term goals
  • Understand the risks and rewards of commercializing a product on your own vs. finding a strategic partner
  • Discuss critical questions small companies should ask when evaluating potential partners
  • Develop a go-to-market/launch strategy that successfully differentiates your product and provides the best possible outcomes for patients

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