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BBA Life Sciences Conference

Thursday, September 20, 2018 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Boston Marriott Cambridge - 50 Broadway, Cambridge, MA


The Boston Bar Association is excited to once again host its annual Life Sciences Conference, featuring speakers and discussion exploring the interplay between the life sciences sector and the law. This is the premier legal conference for Boston-area practitioners and industry experts from law firms, in-house legal departments, academia, and government. Each year we feature high-level keynote discussions, interactive breakout sessions, and robust networking. Join area general counsel, entrepreneurs and business leaders, investors, regulators, and top lawyers who represent clients from throughout the life sciences sector on IP, transactional, and regulatory matters to discuss cutting edge industry knowledge and strategies for you to bring to back to your practice. Don’t miss the premier networking conference for life sciences practitioners.

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Conference Agenda:

8:30am - 9:15am Registration and Breakfast

9:00am - 10:00am Keynote Discussion

New Developments in Drug Pricing and Reimbursement

  • Michael Caljouw, Vice President, State Govt and Regulatory Affairs, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
  • Pat Cerundolo, Partner, Foley Hoag
  • Tim Hunt, Senior Vice President, Editas Medicine

10:15am - 11:15am Breakout Sessions

Big Data and Artificial Intelligience

  • Carl Kukkonen III, Partner, Jones Day
  • Deniz Kural, CEO & Founder, Totient
  • Kevin Lynch, Chief Business Officer, Recursion Pharmaceuticals
  • Long Phi Le, Director of Computational Pathology, Mass General Hospital

Licensing Agreements with Universities and Research Institutions

  • Robert Licht, Partner, Choate, Hall & Stewart
  • Nate Kurtis, Director of Strategic Transactions, The Broad Institute
  • Janet Smart, Vice President of IP and Legal Affairs, Proteostasis Therapeutics
  • Robin Walker, Vice President and Head of Legal, Casebia Therapeutics

IP Trends

  • Catherine McCarty, Partner, Goodwin
  • Jennifer Zarutskie Sieczkiewicz, Vice President and Chief of IP, Wave Life Sciences

11:30am - 12:30pm Breakout Sessions

Digital Health Medicine

  • Sandra Brown, Vice President of IP and Legal, Akili Interactive Labs
  • Alexis Gilroy, Partner, Jones Day

Trends in Capital Raising

  • Douglas Eby, CEO, Cambridge Science Corporation
  • Mark Fitzgerald, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
  • Anthony Walsh, Principal, BioInnovation Capital

IP Litigation Trends

  • Eric Marandett, Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart
  • Kevin Prussia, Partner, WilmerHale
  • Jeremy Younkin, Partner, Foley Hoag

12:30pm - 1:30pm Lunch

1:45pm - 2:45pm Breakout Sessions

Gene Therapy

  • Susan Langer, Senior Manager of Business Development, Biogen
  • Manny Simons, Founder & CEO, Akouos
  • Magdalena Tyrpien, Director of Corporate Strategy, Abeona

Trends in Biotech Licensing

  • Marcia Anderegg, Lead Counsel, Shire
  • David McIntosh, Partner, Ropes & Gray

Innovations in Clinical Trial Design

  • Brian Alexander, President and CEO, Global Coalition for Adaptive Research
  • Stephen Friend, 4youandme
  • Farah Gerdes, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

3:00pm - 4:00pm Breakout Sessions

Privacy Developments in the Life Sciences Industry

  • Jennifer Couture, Executive Director and Chief Privacy Officer, Alexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Julia Hesse, Partner, Choate Hall & Stewart
  • Susan Wise, Chief Privacy Officer, Biogen

Disputes Over the Back-End Money: The Litigator's View

  • Chris Allen, Vice President and Head Counsel, Shire
  • Peter Cicala, Chief Patent Counsel, Celgene
  • John Dougherty, Partner, Haug Partners
  • Devin Smith, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Minerva Neurosciences
  • Joseph Vittiglio, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, AMAG Pharmaceuticals
  • Conna Weiner, Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS

Government Enforcement

  • Kirsten Mayer, Partner, Ropes & Gray

4:00pm Networking Reception

Registration Information:

Boston Bar Members – $450.00
Government Lawyers/Legal Services Members – $250.00

Non-Member Guests – $525.00
Conference + Membership – $675.00

To reserve your seat, create a New User account -or- contact Rachel Andreas: 617.778.1904

Boston Bar educational programs are sponsored in part by the Joan B. DiCola Fund of the Boston Bar Foundation. This fund provides critical support for Boston Bar Association programs and initiatives that foster the education and professional development of lawyers. For more information on the BBF or this fund, please click here.




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