CED Life Science Conference

Official Agenda Revealed
50+ Breakthrough Companies to be Featured at the CED Life Science Conference 2017
20+ Global Thought Leaders in the Speaker Lineup
Art Pappas to Receive the Life Science Leadership Award at the Closing 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 by the Council for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) 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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REGISTRATION

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Attendee Type Regular Registration Feb 3-Feb 23 On-site Registration
Entrepreneur - CED Member
(includes Partnering)
     $350      $400
Entrepreneur - Non-member*
(includes Partnering)
     $550      $600
CED Member**      $575      $650
Non-member**      $725      $800
University/Tech Transfer Professional
(includes Partnering)**
     $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 $550. Please contact Lindsay Burns, CED's Membership Manager, to secure the best value for the conference by email lburns@cednc.org

**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 lburns@cednc.org before registering.

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

If you are currently registered for Partnering, you will receive login information starting Monday, February 6.

Media interested in attending the conference should contact Emily McLoughlin at emcloughlin@cednc.org

Registration/Cancellation Policies

All registrations must be accompanied by payment to be officially processed.
Registrations may not be substituted online.
Cancellations received before February 23, 2017 are refundable.
Cancellations received after February 23, 2017 are non-refundable.

Tue, Feb 28
2017 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Registration Open (Ballroom Level)
2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Partnering Meetings (Room 305)
2017 - 9:00am to 10:15am
Pre-conference AgTech Workshop sponsored by Smith Anderson - "Precision Agriculture: Will Data-driven Ag Save the World’s Food Supply?" (Room 306) - See FAQs for details.
2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am
Pre-conference Workshop sponsored by NCSU Alumni Entrepreneurs Network - "Life Science Companies Changing The World - A Panel Discussion" (Room 306) - See FAQs for details.
2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
INVITE ONLY Joint Board Lunch (Room 402)
2017 - 11:30am to 12:30pm
Pre-conference "Birds of a Feather" Networking Lunch sponsored by Pfizer (Room 306 & Foyer) - For Attendees with EARLY REGISTRATION ONLY (registered by Feb 2) - See FAQs for details.
2017 - 12:45pm to 7:00pm
Innovation Room Open (Ballrooms A&B)
2017 - 12:45pm to 1:40pm
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE OPENING & Featured Speakers • Anthony Copeland, NC Secretary of Commerce • Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, Former FDA Commissioner (Ballroom C)
2017 - 1:40pm to 2:00pm
Lightning Round Company Presentations: UVision 360, Inc. ∙ OncoTAb, Inc. ∙ Agile Sciences ∙ Neuro Pharmalogics, Inc. ∙ CivaTech Oncology, Inc. ∙ BioMedomics, Inc. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Robin Smith, CEO, Orig3n • NC Research Campus Update: Mark Spitzer, NC Research Campus + Steven H. Zeisel, UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute + Mario Ferruzzi, NC State Plants for Human Health Institute (Ballroom C)
2017 - 2:30pm to 2:55pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 2:55pm to 3:25pm
Showcase Company Presentations: Anutra Medical, Inc. ∙ Panaceutics Inc ∙ Vigor Medical Systems, Inc. ∙ 410 Medical (Ballroom C)
2017 - 3:25pm to 4:10pm
"Follow the Money" moderated by Charles Merritt, Hatteras Venture Partners • Kadir Kadhiresan, Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation • Steve Hall, Lilly Ventures • Nick Naclerio, Illumina Ventures • Nilesh Kumar, Novo Ventures (Ballroom C)
2017 - 4:10pm to 4:40pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 4:40pm to 5:15pm
Showcase Company Presentations: Locus Biosciences ∙ Ribometrix, Inc. ∙ PT Wired ∙ kēlaHealth (Ballroom C)
2017 - 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Closing Speaker • Mark McClellan, Director and Professor of Business, Medicine and Health Policy Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy (Ballroom C)
2017 - 5:45pm to 7:00pm
Networking Reception (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
INVITE ONLY Leadership Dinner
Wed, Mar 1
2017 - 7:15am to 12:00pm
Registration Open (Ballroom Level)
2017 - 7:30am to 8:30am
INVITE ONLY CEO Breakfast (Room 402)
2017 - 8:00am to 8:30am
Continental Breakfast (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 8:00am to 12:30pm
Innovation Room Open (Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Partnering Meetings (Room 305)
2017 - 8:30am to 9:00am
Opening Remarks & Featured Speaker • James C. Greenwood, CEO, Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
2017 - 9:00am to 9:30am
ScaleUp Company Presentations • Kelly Smith, Director of Microbials Development, AgBiome • Drew Schiller, CEO & Co-founder, Validic • Stephen Butts, CEO, Arrivo Management, LLC • Myla Lai-Goldman, CEO, GeneCentric Diagnostics (Ballroom C)
2017 - 9:30am to 10:00am
"Big Deals" • Nathan Stasko, CEO, Novan, Inc. • Shelia Mikhail, former CEO, Bamboo Therapeutics • moderated by Cindy Whitehead, CEO, The Pink Ceiling (Ballroom C)
2017 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 10:30am to 10:50am
Lightning Round Company Presentations: Ecodyst ∙ Renovion, Inc. ∙ SiNON Therapeutics ∙ Applied LifeSciences & Systems ∙ Bonumose Biochem (Ballroom C)
2017 - 10:50am to 11:30am
"Trends in Corporate Funding" moderated by Adele Oliva, 1315 Capital • Ibraheem Badejo, Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center • Karen Akinsanya, Merck • Alan Kriz, Bayer CropScience • Megann Vaughn Watters, LabCorp (Ballroom C)
2017 - 11:30am to 12:15pm
SEMDA MedTech Pitch Competition: baebies, inc. ∙ Contego Medical, LLC ∙ KindHeart, Inc. ∙ Physcient, Inc. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 12:15pm to 12:35pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 12:35pm to 1:15pm
Closing Lunch • NC School of Science & Math Presenter: Dory Li • Life Science Leadership Award to Art Pappas, Managing Partner, Pappas Capital introduced by William A. Hawkins III, Former Chairman and CEO Medtronic (Ballroom C)
2017 - 1:15pm to 2:00pm
Featured Speakers • Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Health System • Southeastern Medical Device Association Pitch Competition Winner Announced (Ballroom C)

Speakers

Hear From Experienced & Influential Industry Leaders

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.

Karen Akinsanya
Associate Vice President Business Development
Merck Research Labs BD & Licensing
Ibraheem Badejo
Senior Director, New Ventures (Med Devices)
Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center
Steve Butts
CEO
Arrivo Management, LLC
Robert Califf
Former Commissioner
Food & Drug Administration (FDA)
Anthony Copeland
Secretary of Commerce
The State of North Carolina
Dr. Murali Doraiswamy
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Duke University Health System
James Greenwood
President & CEO
Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
Steven Hall
General Partner
Lilly Ventures
Kadir Kadhiresan
Vice President, Venture Investments
Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC, Inc.
Alan Kriz
Strategic Alliance Manager
Bayer CropScience
Nilesh Kumar
Partner
Novo Ventures
Myla Lai-Goldman
CEO and President
GeneCentric Diagnostics
Dory Li
senior & national semifinalist in the Regeneron Science Talent Search
NC School of Science & Math
Mark McClellan
Director and Professor; Former Commissioner, FDA
Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Charles Merritt
Special Advisor; Manager of Venture Capital Multiplier Fund
Hatteras Venture Partners
Sheila Mikhail
Co-founder and former CEO
Bamboo Therapeutics
Nick Naclerio
Founding Partner
Illumina Ventures
Adele Oliva
Partner & Co-founder; Managing Partner, Quaker Partners
1315 Capital, LLC
Art Pappas
Managing Partner
Pappas Capital
Drew Schiller
Co-founder and CEO
Validic
David Simmons
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Conference Co-chair
PPD
Kelly Smith, AgBiome
Director of Microbials Development
AgBiome
Robin Smith, Orig3n
CEO
Orig3n
Nathan Stasko
Co-founder and CEO
Novan, Inc.
Megann Vaughn Watters
Associate Vice President
LabCorp
Cindy Whitehead
Founder & CEO; Conference Co-chair; former CEO of Sprout Pharmaceuticals
The Pink Ceiling

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.

2017 Headline Sponsor

Companies

Over 50 Breakthrough Companies to be Featured On Stage & in the Innovation Room - View Press Release

Showcase and Lightning Round companies will share their story and present their business live on stage at the conference. Conference attendees will have the opportunity for in-person networking with these emerging entrepreneurs in the Innovation Room, which will also exhibit additional companies listed below. The selected Showcase, Lightning Round, and Innovation Room companies represent a diversity of life science sub-sectors, including: biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, medical devices, healthcare IT/digital health, diagnostics, drug delivery, animal health, consumer product, and AgTech.

In addition to the selected companies, a handful of growth-stage entrepreneurs will utilize the conference as a platform to publicly release exclusive, newsworthy updates live on the main stage.

Click the Company Name Below to View Full Profile
*Denotes a Showcase company.
**Denotes a Lightning Round company.

Innovation Room Companies

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, AgTech, 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 are the details of the Pre-conference Workshops?
  • 9:00am-10:15am - Pre-conference AgTech Workshop sponsored by Smith Anderson - "Precision Agriculture: Will Data-driven Ag Save the World’s Food Supply?" (Room 306)
    Precision agriculture and the use of data-driven ag technologies – perhaps analogous to precision medicine or data-driven medicine – offers promise as a potential answer to the impending global food crisis. The Precision Agriculture panel will feature a panel discussion offering perspectives from key local players in the ag industry, who will each share insights on the unique opportunities and challenges associated with precision agriculture.
    Click Here for More Information

     
  • 10:30am-11:30am - Pre-conference Workshop sponsored by NCSU Alumni Entrepreneurs Network - "Life Science Companies Changing The World - A Panel Discussion Highlighting Their Innovations, Entrepreneurial Journey, and What’s Next" (Room 306)
    Four companies, all with N.C. State alumni roots, discuss their technology, what brought them here today, and what we can expect to see from them in the future.
    Click Here for More Information
How do I get access to the Pre-conference "Birds of a Feather" Lunch?

The Pre-conference "Birds of a Feather" Lunch on Tuesday, February 28 is for EARLY REGISTRATION attendees only (registered by Feb 2). The main conference begins at 12:45pm in Ballroom C for those who register after Feb 2. 

  • 11:30am-12:30pm - Pre-conference "Birds of a Feather" Networking Lunch sponsored by Pfizer (Room 306 & Foyer)

If you have any questions, please email Lindsay Burns lburns@cednc.org

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 lburns@cednc.org 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 rcostello@cednc.org or by phone at 919.226.0464.

Where can I stay?

The Marriott City Center Raleigh and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel are both convenient to the Raleigh Convention Center.

Marriott City Center - Room block deadline has passed. Please contact directly for rates/availability.
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Room block deadline has passed. Please contact directly for rates/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.

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.

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.