Life Science Conference

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Take Advantage of Early Registration by Midnight on FEB 2! Save $75 + Get Access to Opening Workshops & NEW Networking Lunch.


"I have found the CED Life Science Conference to be the leading regional conference for life science business networking,” said Matt Kane, CEO, Precision BioSciences. “I can depend on making valuable new connections and industry insight.”

As one of the leading life science gatherings in the nation, the CED Life Science Conference attracts nearly 1,000 participants each year and boasts globally recognized industry leaders as speakers, showcases the most exciting and innovative NC-based life science companies, and connects these companies to a diverse group of venture capital and corporate investors. As an attendee, you’ll meet innovative thinkers and companies from across the life science landscape, representing biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital health, diagnostics, drug delivery, and AgBio. The conference features a first-in-class program agenda, a demo room for emerging companies and university tech transfer groups, special workshops & content for entrepreneurs, and ample networking for the vibrant life science community that exists in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina.

The CED Life Science Conference is presented in partnership with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center and NCBIO.

Take a look back at the CED Life Science Conference 2016 with this Conference Recap including links to videos, photos, and more conference coverage. 

“The CED Life Science Conference is the number one event local to the Research Triangle for life science up-to-date learning and ideas for capital formation,” said Fred McCoy, President and CEO of NeuroTronik. “It’s the gathering of our community, not to be missed.”

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Take Advantage of Early Registration by Midnight on FEB 2! Save $75 + Get Access to Opening Workshops & NEW Networking Lunch.


Attendee Type Early Registration through Feb 2 Regular Registration Feb 3-Feb 23 On-site Registration
Entrepreneur - CED Member
(includes Partnering)
     $275      $350      $400
Entrepreneur - Non-member*
(includes Partnering)
     $475      $550      $600
CED Member**      $500      $575      $650
Non-member**      $650      $725      $800
University/Tech Transfer Professional
(includes Partnering)**
     $500      $575      $650

*If you are an entrepreneur but not yet a CED member, you may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. Please contact Lindsay Burns, CED's Membership Manager, to secure the best value for the conference by email

**Partnering can be added for an additional $300. Investors, Sponsors, and University/Tech Transfer Professionals can access complimentary partnering with a discount code. If you fall into one of these categories but do not yet have a code, please contact Lindsay Burns at before registering.

What is Partnering? Find Out More about One-on-One Appointment Scheduling

Media interested in attending the conference should contact Emily McLoughlin at

Registration/Cancellation Policies

All registrations must be accompanied by payment to be officially processed.
Registrations may not be substituted online.
Cancellations received before February 17, 2017 are refundable, less a $50 administration fee.
Cancellations received after February 17, 2017 are non-refundable.

Tue, Feb 28
2016 - 8:30am to 6:00pm
Registration Open
2016 - 9:00am to 11:30am
Opening Workshops
2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Partnering Meetings
2016 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
NEW "Birds of a Feather" Networking Lunch
2016 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Innovation Room Open
2016 - 1:00pm to 2:15pm
Official Conference Opening & Speakers - Details TBA Soon!
2016 - 2:15pm to 2:45pm
Networking Break
2016 - 2:45pm to 4:00pm
Company Presentations & Speakers - Details TBA Soon!
2016 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Networking Break
2016 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Day 1 Closing Speaker
2016 - 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Networking Reception
Wed, Mar 1
2016 - 7:30am to 12:00pm
Registration Open
2016 - 8:00am to 9:00am
Continental Breakfast
2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Innovation Room Open
2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Partnering Meetings
2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am
Day 2 Opening Speakers & Company Presentations - Details TBA Soon!
2016 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Networking Break
2016 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Company Presentations & Speakers - Details TBA Soon!
2016 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Networking Break
2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Closing Lunch & Speaker


Hear From Experienced & Influential Industry Leaders

New Speakers TBA Soon! The biggest names in life science are featured in the CED Life Science Conference speaker lineup. Global thought leaders will give diverse perspectives on transformative trends in the industry, the convergence of life sciences and technology, funding for emerging companies, and how life science entrepreneurs are scaling for success, while also sharing their findings and insightful predictions about the future.

Past speakers have included: John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Eli Lilly & Co - Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Dennis Gillings, Ph.D., CBE, Founder & Former Executive Chairman, Quintiles - Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., Nobel Laureate - Alex Gorsky, CEO, Johnson & Johnson - Clayton Christensen, Professor, Harvard Business School; Author of Innovator’s Dilemma - Deborah Dunsire, M.D., President and CEO, EnVivo Pharmaceuticals - Herbert W. Boyer, Founder, Genentech - Krishna Yeshwant, M.D., General Partner, Google Ventures

Ibraheem Badejo
Senior Director, New Ventures (Med Devices)
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center
Robert Califf
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
James Greenwood
President & CEO
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Mark McClellan
Director and Professor; Former Commissioner, FDA
Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Adele Oliva
Co-founder & Managing Partner; Managing Partner, Quaker Partners
1315 Capital, LLC
David Simmons
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Conference Co-chair
Nathan Stasko
Co-founder and CEO
Novan, Inc.
Cindy Whitehead
Founder & CEO; Conference Co-chair; former CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals
The Pink Ceiling


Highly Visible, Tailored Sponsorship Opportunities at the CED Life Science Conference

Attracting hundreds of executive level managers and directors, as well as investors and successful entrepreneurs, the CED Life Science Conference provides an ideal target audience for companies looking to gain visibility within this community. With varying levels of sponsorship and a number of events to sponsor, corporate backers have numerous options to gain the exposure they desire. If your company would like to sponsor the CED Life Science Conference 2017, please contact Robin Costello or call 919.549.7500.

2017 Headline Sponsor


Showcasing North Carolina's Most Exciting & Innovative Emerging Companies 

The deadline to submit Company Applications has passed. Showcase, Lightning Round, and Innovation Room Companies will be announced by early February.

Innovation Room Company: Reserved Exhibit Table to Display Your Capabilities

  • Investor Exposure. #1 opportunity for one-on-one networking and live display of your capabilities to 50+ investors from across the country.
  • Networking: Show and Tell. Exhibit your technology in person for potential partners & clients to experience (equipped with 8 ft. table, power & internet).
  • FREE Partnering: One-on-one Appointment Scheduling. Before the conference, registered entrepreneurs get access to Partnering software to request and manage private one-on-one meetings with investors and strategic partners (a $300 value).
  • Special Promotion. Get featured on the conference website, in the mobile app, in pre-conference email blasts, and other event materials.
  • Media Coverage. Maximize your exposure to local and national press in attendance (over 30 news articles written in 2016).
  • Lowest Registration Rate! $275 Registration by Feb 2. Entrepreneurs selected for Innovation Room (& co-workers) attend the conference for the lowest rate.​

Showcase or Lightning Round: Live On-stage Presentation

Innovation Room table and ALL BENEFITS listed above PLUS:

  • Live On-Stage Presentation. Share your story in front of 1,000+ investors, top industry visionaries, corporate leaders, and fellow entrepreneurs. (View videos from 2016.)
  • Pitch Scrub with Community Mentors. Prepare for your presentation with one-on-one help from a team of proven leaders. 
  • FREE ADMISSION. Each entrepreneur selected for Showcase or Lightning Round gets 1 free registration. Co-workers can attend for the special low rate of $275/person before February 2.

To participate in the Innovation Room or on-stage Showcase/Lightning Round at the conference, your company must be developing a product or technology in one of the following areas: AgBio or AgTech, Animal Health, Biotech and Pharmaceutical, Diagnostic, Drug Delivery, Healthcare IT/Digital Health, Medical Device.

CED is partnering with the Southeastern Medical Device Association (SEMDA) to provide an exclusive opportunity at the CED Life Science Conference 2017. A select number of Showcase Company applicants will be chosen to present on Day 2 of the conference as part of the SEMDA Pitch Rounds Road Show. If selected for the Road Show, you will compete to be chosen as the NC Regional Winner. The Regional Winner has the chance to compete at the SEMDA Annual Conference for $10,000 and a slot as presenter at the 2017 AdvaMed Conference.

"This conference is one of the most highly-anticipated annual events for our team. I am pleased to return to the conference especially since last year’s participation in the Innovation Room facilitated several investor meetings that led to successful investment deals. We are honored to be selected as a Showcase Company for the best opportunity to build on those connections and increase our exposure.” - Ray Krauss, CEO of Camras Vision (2016 Showcase Company, 2015 Innovation Room Company)

Check out these 2016 Showcase Company Videos. The selected 2016 Showcase and Innovation Room companies hail from across NC, including: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Greenville, and the Research Triangle Park.

When and where will the CED Life Science Conference take place?

The CED Life Science Conference 2017 will be held February 28-March 1 at the Raleigh Convention Center:

Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
General Information: (919) 996-8500

Who attends?

The CED Life Science Conference attracts a diverse group of 1,000 life science industry leaders and professionals from around the nation, including:

  • Entrepreneurs leading Biotech, Pharmaceutical, Med Device, Diagnostic, Drug Delivery, Healthcare IT, AgBio, and Animal Health companies
  • Investors including Growth, VC, Corporate, Strategic, Angel, and Individual Investors
  • Corporate Leaders
  • University Innovators
  • Nationally-recognized industry leaders and professionals
  • Press/Media
What is the cost to attend?

Take advantage of Early Registration by Midnight on FEB 2! Save $75 and guarantee your spot at opening workshops and a special networking lunch. 

Click Here for Detailed Registration Rates


Where can I stay?

The Marriott City Center Raleigh and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel are both convenient to the Raleigh Convention Center. Discounted room block rates are available. Book now for best availability!

Marriott City Center - Block Rate: $199/night plus taxes - Book by Feb 16
Click Here to Make Your Reservation

Applies Feb 27-March 1. Limited Availability.
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Block Rate: $189/night plus taxes - Book by Feb 14
Click Here to Make Your Reservation

Applies Feb 27-March 1. Limited Availability.
421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone 919-834-9900

What is the nearest airport?

Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) is the nearest airport to the Raleigh Convention Center.

How can attendees schedule one-on-one meetings?

At the CED Life Science Conference, Partnering software provides the opportunity to request and manage private one-on-one meetings with investors, emerging life science companies, and strategic partners through a sophisticated partnering platform. Partnering is included in Entrepreneur registration. Investors, Sponsors, and University/Tech Transfer Professionals can also access complimentary partnering with a discount code. If you fall into one of these categories but do not have a code, please contact Lindsay Burns at before registering. All other attendees can purchase registration that includes partnering for an additional $300.

Click Here for More Details on Partnering

Are any sponsorship opportunities available for the CED Life Science Conference?

Yes, sponsorship packages are available. To inquire about pricing, please contact Robin Costello via email at or by phone at 919.226.0464.

Am I allowed to record any of the conference sessions or events?

No, any unauthorized recording of the CED Life Science Conference sessions or events is strictly prohibited.

Will anyone be taking pictures during the conference?

Yes, pictures will be taken during the conference. By registering for the conference, you acknowledge that there is a possibility your picture may be taken.


Merck, Lilly, J.P. Morgan, Amgen, Google, GE Ventures…all in one place. At the CED Life Science Conference, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with investors and leading and emerging life science companies through Partnering. Facilitated in partnership with the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the CED Life Science Conference Partnering Platform allows you to schedule private one-on-one meetings around key program sessions of interest to maximize your conference experience.