2009 Launch of VLAB Emerging Life Sciences Business Clinic

The Best of Times, the Worst of Times


Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Terrace 2C&D, 950 Page Mill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Event Description:

To use a Dickensian cliché, this is indeed a time of great upheaval in the life sciences industry. Words like “unsustainable trend”, “nothing like it in 50 years”, and “unprecedented change”, are routinely used in connection with healthcare in the US . As many of the old rules no longer apply, the time is ripe for new business models to emerge.  

Join us is in an interactive ½ day session of discussion and ideas from representatives of life sciences
businesses, entrepreneurs, VC's, clinical research labs, universities, and government programs about the trends, challenges, and investment opportunities in this space. Pre-register online for $40 for general public, $20 for students, and on-site registration for $50. Deadline for registration is May 14 at noon.

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8:30   Registration and Networking 
9:00   Welcome and Introduction
9:10   Keynote Speaker: New Dimensions for Healthcare in the Future by David Ewing Duncan, author, journalist, Director of Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley and host, Biotech Nation, National Public Radio
9:40   Interactive Panel Discussion: Our esteemed panel will explore the major factors that will influence life sciences ventures in the coming years.
  • The squeeze in funding from traditional sources (institutional venture funding, corporate investments, public markets, etc.)
  • New funding options in government grants and innovative revenue models
  • The reduction in traditional reimbursement for therapeutic drugs and device
  • The increased interest in diagnostics and personalized medicine
  • The lack of adequate regulatory structures and standard of care processes for novel technologies
  • The renewed focus on cost-effective health care delivery
  • The challenge of demonstrating clinical utility & proof of market in capital efficient way
  • The changing landscape of strategic partnerships and collaborations
Our panel includes representatives from venture capital, government grant programs, insurance and managed care, regulatory law, and clinical research. Our moderator and panelists will include:
  • Facilitator - Dr. Geetha Rao, CEO, Springborne Life Sciences
  • Kathy Conte, Managing Director, Hercules Technology Growth Capital
  • David Ewing Duncan, author, journalist, Director of Center for Life Science Policy at UC Berkeley and host, Biotech Nation, National Public Radio
  • Boris Iossel, President, OSMOS Clinical Research
  • Michael O’Donnell, Partner, Wilson Sonsini
  • Susan Weininger, CEO, The Gene Pool, Inc.
10:45  Morning Break
11:00  Life Science Mash-up
For this interactive part of the workshop, entrepreneurs will be invited to present a 1minute fast-pitch with 2 minutes of questions. After the presentations the entrepreneurs will be positioned at designated tables, inviting attendees to find out more about their business, and provide input and feedback. During this networking session, each attendee will have two votes to award their entrepreneurs of choice – one for best potential investment and one for most novel or interesting idea.
11:45  Entrepreneur Awards: Entrepreneurs with the most votes will be announced
12:00  Adjourn and Additional Networking


David Ewing Duncan, Keynote Speaker

David Ewing Duncan is an award-winning, best-selling author of seven books and numerous other writings. David's previous books include Masterminds: Genius, DNA and the Quest to Rewrite Life (Harper Perennial) and Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year (Harper-Collins/Avon), the latter published in 19 languages, and a bestseller in 14 countries. He is a Contributing Editor and Columnist for CondeNast Portfolio, and Chief Correspondent of NPR Talk's "Biotech Nation". He has also been a Contributing Editor to Wired, Discover, and MIT Technology Review, a regular contributor to National Geographic, Life and numerous other publications, as well as a producer for numerous television shows including NOVA and Discovery. At UC Berkeley, David is the Director of the Center for Life Science Policy and a Visiting Researcher at the Graduate School of Journalism

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