Life Science Conference

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


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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.

As emerging companies are breaking through barriers and scaling for success, this conference aims to empower entrepreneurs and our life science community with current learning and new perspectives in a stimulating environment that encourages collaboration and fosters key connections that will help propel breakthrough companies and inspire future discovery.

“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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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

Web: http://www.raleighconvention.com/

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
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 rcostello@cednc.org or by phone at 919.226.0464.

What is the cost to attend?

Stay tuned and Save the date for next year's conference! Feb 28-March 1, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. More details to be released later this year. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest news and conference announcements. 

And don't miss the CED Tech Venture Conference, September 13-14, 2016.

What is the nearest airport?

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

Where can I stay?

The Marriott City Center Raleigh and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel are both convenient to the Raleigh Convention Center. Discounted room block information will be available closer to the event.

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel
421 South Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone 919-834-9900
www.sheratonraleigh.com

Marriott City Center
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120
www.marriottraleigh.com

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.

Tue, Mar 1
2016 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Registration Open
2016 - 8:45am to 10:00am
FREE EVENT CED AgBio Workshop: 'Navigating the Big Six'. Limited Space. Additional RSVP required: http://goo.gl/forms/ElbZP7NAfB
2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Partnering Meetings
2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am
FREE EVENT NC State Alumni Entrepreneurs: 'Life Science Companies Changing The World'. Limited Space. Additional RSVP required: http://ow.ly/Ye8ru
2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Lunch On Your Own (No lunch on site. Conference officially begins at 1pm.)
2016 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
INVITE ONLY Joint Board Lunch - CED, NC Biotechnology Center, NCBIO
2016 - 1:00pm to 6:00pm
Innovation Room Open
2016 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm
Opening Remarks: Joan Siefert Rose, Prabhavathi Fernandes, William A. Hawkins III + Featured Opening Speaker Bob Hugin, Chairman and CEO of Celgene Corporation
2016 - 1:45pm to 2:15pm
#BreakingThrough: Leading Perspectives on Genomics - "The Future of Gene Editing" Charles Gersbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University + "The Quantified Self" Jeffrey Pollard, M.D., Director of Medical Affairs, 23andMe
2016 - 2:15pm to 2:45pm
Networking Break
2016 - 2:45pm to 3:15pm
Innovation Track 1: Biotech & Pharma - Showcase Company Presentations: T3D Therapeutics, Inc., Achelios Therapeutics, AlphaSyx Therapeutics, Spyryx Biosciences
2016 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm
Innovation Track 1: Biotech & Pharma - "Innovative Funding and Partnership Models in Biotech" Moderated by Jeff Abbey; Panelists include Karen Akinsanya, Stephen Bloch, Jimmy Rosen, Barbara Sosnowski
2016 - 2:45pm to 4:00pm
Innovation Track 2: Device & Diagnostics - "A Fireside Chat with Richard Kuntz" Moderated by William A. Hawkins III; Featuring Richard E. Kuntz
2016 - 3:15pm to 4:00pm
Innovation Track 2: Device & Diagnostics - Showcase Company Presentations: Camras Vision, Biofluidica, Inc., Surgilum, Physcient, Inc., OncoTAb, Inc., CivaTech Oncology, Inc.
2016 - 4:00pm to 4:30pm
Networking Break
2016 - 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Investing in the Next Big Thing - "Funding on the Front Lines" Carrie Cox + "The State of Venture Capital Investing" Bobby Franklin + "Funding Life Science Innovation" Moderated by Bobby Franklin; Panelists include Jim Healy, Ross A. Jaffe, Kris Jenner
2016 - 5:45pm to 7:00pm
Conference Reception
2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
INVITE ONLY Leadership Dinner
Wed, Mar 2
2016 - 7:15am to 12:00pm
Registration Open
2016 - 7:30am to 8:30am
INVITE ONLY CEO Breakfast
2016 - 8:00am to 8:45am
Continental Breakfast
2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Innovation Room Open
2016 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Partnering Meetings
2016 - 8:45am to 9:45am
Opening Remarks + "#BreakingThrough: The Big Deals" Moderated by Prabhavathi Fernandes, Ph.D.; Panelists include Chris Kroeger (Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals), Robert Ryan (Scioderm), and Cindy Whitehead (Sprout Pharmaceuticals)
2016 - 9:45am to 10:00am
"Transforming Patient Outcomes with Cognitive Computing" Ashish Cowlagi, Program Director, Watson Health, IBM
2016 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Networking Break
2016 - 10:30am to 11:00am
Showcase Company Presentations: Envisia Therapeutics, Innocrin Pharmaceuticals, KeraNetics, Precision Biosciences
2016 - 11:00am to 11:30am
"Exponential Technologies and the Future of Healthcare" Asif Dhar, M.D., Chief Health Informatics Officer and Principal, Deloitte Consulting, LLP
2016 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Networking Break
2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Closing Lunch + "Developing Cellularly Active Inhibitors of CARM1 for a New Anti-Cancer Treatment" Katherine Yang, North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
2016 - 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Presentation of Annual Life Science Leadership Award to Fred Eshelman, Chairman of The Medicines Company; Founder of Eshelman Ventures, LLC
2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm
Closing Speaker: 'A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Stockholm' Robert J. Lefkowitz, M.D., The Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2012); Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; James B. Duke Professor, Duke University Medical Center

Speakers

Hear From Experienced & Influential Industry Leaders

The biggest names in life science were featured in the CED Life Science Conference 2016 speaker lineup. Global thought leaders will give diverse perspectives on how life science entrepreneurs are #BreakingThrough barriers and scaling for success, while also sharing their findings and insightful predictions about the future.

Jeff Abbey
President and Chief Executive Officer
Argos Therapeutics, Inc.
Karen Akinsanya
Head, Early Scientific Assessment
Merck Business Development & Licensing
Steve Bloch
General Partner
Canaan Partners
Ashish Cowlagi - IBM
Program Director, Watson Health
IBM
Carrie Cox
Chairman and CEO
Humacyte, Inc.
Asif Dhar - Deloitte
Chief Health Informatics Officer and Principal
Deloitte Consulting, LLP
Fred Eshelman
Chairman of The Medicines Company; Founder of
Eshelman Ventures LLC
Prabhavathi Fernandes
Founder, President & CEO
Cempra Pharmaceuticals
President & CEO
National Venture Capital Association (NVCA)
Charles Gersbach
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Duke University
William A. Hawkins III
Former CEO, Medtronic; Lead Dir
Immucor, Inc.
Jim Healy
General Partner
Sofinnova Ventures
Bob Hugin
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Celgene Corporation
Ross Jaffe
Managing Director
Versant Ventures
Kris Jenner
Managing Director
Rock Springs Capital
Chris Kroeger
CEO, Cardioxyl Pharmaceuticals; Partner
Aurora Funds
Richard Kuntz
Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific, Clinical and Regulatory Officer
Medtronic, Inc
Bob Lefkowitz
Nobel Laureate, Chemistry 2012
Jeffrey Pollard
Director of Medical Affairs
23andMe
Jimmy Rosen
Venture Capital Deputy Director
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Robert Ryan, Scioderm
Co-Founder and Former CEO, Scioderm; President and CEO,
Innova Therapeutics
Barbara Sosnowski
Vice Pres & Global Head, External R&D Innovation Pharmatherapeutics
Pfizer
Cindy Whitehead
Co-founder and former Chief Executive Officer
Sprout Pharmaceuticals
Katherine Yang
NC School of Science and Mathematics, Class of 2016

Registration

Thanks for joining us at the CED Life Science Conference 2016. Save the date for next year's conference! Feb 28-March 1, 2017 at the Raleigh Convention Center. More details to be released later this year. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest news and conference announcements. 

And don't miss the CED Tech Venture Conference, September 13-14, 2016.

Sponsors

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.

2016 Headline Sponsor

Companies

Showcasing Innovative North Carolina Companies 

Company applications for Showcase and Innovation Room opportunities at the CED Life Science Conference 2017 will be open starting later this year. Sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date on application deadlines and announcements. 

Showcase companies listed below gave short pitches from the main stage. Innovation Room companies were exhibited, giving all conference attendees access to network with these emerging entrepreneurs. The selected Showcase and Innovation Room companies hail from across the state, including: Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Wilmington, Winston-Salem, Charlotte, Greenville, and the Research Triangle Park, and represent sectors across biotechnology, medical devices, digital health, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, drug delivery, and AgBio.

2016 Showcase and Innovation Room Companies are listed below:

 

Partnering

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.