CED Life Science Conference

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JUST IN: Pre-conference session - University Life Science Startups open to all attendees (see FAQs for details) + Showcase Alumni Company Updates with AgBiome, Baebies, G1 Therapeutics, Locus Biosciences, Precision BioSciences

Life science entrepreneurs are developing innovations that will:

  • deliver cures and treatments to patients;
  • deliver efficiency and precision to the healthcare and agriculture industries;
  • and ultimately deliver a better tomorrow.

The CED Life Science Conference will showcase these innovators while connecting them to investors, partners, and clients to accelerate business growth. Join us to discover and celebrate how #InnovationDelivers.

About the Conference

The Council for Entrepreneurial Development is hosting the 27th annual CED Life Science Conference on February 27-28, 2018 in Raleigh, NC. As the premier life science event in the Southeast, the conference attracts nearly 1,000 attendees including trailblazing entrepreneurs, investors, corporate leaders, and industry visionaries from across the nation. This highly-anticipated gathering of the life science community boasts a first-class agenda featuring game-changing thought leadership from keynote speakers and expert panels, 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 through high-value networking opportunities including one-on-one partnering software.

NEW in 2018! Registration includes access to the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum. CED is partnering with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and Duke University to bring the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum to the Raleigh Convention Center, taking place in conjunction with the CED Life Science Conference. The Coulter Investment Forum will feature presentations from up to 20 life science companies representing a dozen top-tier universities from across the U.S. In parallel, the CED Life Science Conference will showcase over 25 companies on the main ballroom stage, including a few of the Coulter companies. In CED’s Innovation Room, all of the Coulter companies will be exhibited along with over 50 companies chosen by CED's selection committee for in-person networking with all attendees. View Press Release

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

Want to see more? Take a look back with this 2017 LSC Agenda and 2017 LSC Recap including videos, photos, media coverage, company profiles, and more.

Registration

Register online by Thursday, February 22. Rates increase on site. 

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Attendee Type

Regular Registration
Feb 2-Feb 22
On-site Registration
Feb 27-Feb 28
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

*Join and Save! CED Members get the lowest rates. Are you an entrepreneur or work for a startup? You may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $550. Plus, your co-workers get access to the lowest rate. Click for Entrepreneur Membership Info

**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 Grace gwilliamson@cednc.org before registering.

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

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Cancellation Policy:

  • All registrations must be accompanied by payment to be officially processed.
  • Registrations may not be substituted online.
  • Cancellations received before February 22 are refundable.
  • Cancellations received February 23 and after are non-refundable.

If you are experiencing technical issues with registration, please email Grace gwilliamson@cednc.org for assistance.

 

Tue, Feb 27
2017 - 8:00am to 6:00pm
Registration Open (Ballroom Level)
2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Partnering Meetings (Room 302)
2017 - 9:00am to 10:30am
Pre-conference Session - University Life Science Startups: From Campus Invention to Commercial Impact - Open to ALL Attendees - See FAQs for details. (Room 306)
2018 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
Investor Reverse Pitch Lunch presented by CED Connections to Capital - Open to Registered Entrepreneurs & Investors ONLY - Participating Funds TBA (Room 306)
2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
INVITE ONLY Joint Board Lunch (Room 402)
2017 - 12:45pm to 7:00pm
Innovation Room Open (Ballrooms A&B)
2017 - 1:00pm to 1:40pm
OFFICIAL CONFERENCE OPENING & Featured Speakers TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 1:40pm to 2:05pm
Lightning Round Company Presentations - Specific Companies TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 2:05pm to 2:45pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2018 - 2:15pm to 3:20pm
*Coulter Forum* Company Presentations - Medical Device - Therapeutics: Intact Therapeutics ∙ Novonate ∙ Renerva ∙ Kinos Medical ∙ Inscope Medical Solutions ∙ SFC Fluidics (Room 301)
2017 - 2:45pm to 3:20pm
Showcase Company Presentations - Specific Companies TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 3:20pm to 4:00pm
Investor Panel: Andrew ElBardissi, M.D., Deerfield; Ron Meeusen, Ph.D., Cultivian Ventures; Jorge Ramirez, H.I.G. BioHealth Partners moderated by Fred Eshelman, Eshelman Ventures (Ballroom C)
2017 - 4:00pm to 4:40pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 4:40pm to 5:25pm
"Health System Transformation" Featured Speakers: Patrick Conway, M.D., M.Sc., President and CEO-Elect, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina + Steve Nelson, Co-Founder, Carbon, Inc. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 5:25pm to 5:55pm
Coulter Forum Company Showcase Presentations: Element Genomics; RxMP Therapeutics, LLC; HistoSonics, Inc. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 5:55pm to 7:00pm
Networking Reception (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
INVITE ONLY Leadership Dinner
2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
INVITE ONLY Coulter Forum Reception (Room 402)
Wed, Feb 28
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 - Open to ALL Attendees (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 8:00am to 12:30pm
Innovation Room Open (Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 9:00am to 12:30pm
Partnering Meetings (Room 302)
2017 - 8:30am to 9:20am
Opening Remarks & #InnovationDelivers Healthcare Providers Panel: Julie Freischlag, M.D., Wake Forest Baptist Health; William L. Roper, M.D., M.P.H., UNC Health; Eugene Washington, M.D., Duke Health
2017 - 9:20am to 10:00am
CED Showcase Alumni Company Updates with AgBiome, Baebies, G1 Therapeutics, Locus Biosciences, Precision BioSciences (Ballroom C)
2018 - 9:25am to 10:25am
*Coulter Forum* Company Presentations - Medical Device - Diagnostics and Health IT: Nanopore Dx ∙ Microelastic Ultrasound ∙ XaTek ∙ Sanguina ∙ WhiteCoat Healthcare ∙ I-Function (Room 301)
2017 - 10:00am to 10:30am
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 10:30am to 10:55am
Lightning Round Company Presentations - Specific Companies TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 10:55am to 11:35am
Investor Panel: Ali Behbahani, M.D., NEA; Daniel O'Connell, M.D., Ph.D., Arix Bioscience; Stacey Seltzer, Aisling Capital + moderated by Scott Weiner, Pappas Ventures (Ballroom C)
2017 - 11:35am to 12:15pm
Showcase Company Presentations - Specific Companies TBA (Ballroom C)
2018 - 11:40am to 12:20pm
*Coulter Forum* Company Presentations - Therapeutics and R&D Services: AsclepiX Therapeutics, LLC ∙ Kerberos Biopharma, Inc. ∙ NephroDI Therapeutics, Inc. ∙ East River BioSolutions (Room 301)
2017 - 12:15pm to 12:35pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 12:35pm to 1:20pm
Closing Lunch • NC School of Science & Math Presenter • Life Science Leadership Award presented to Max Wallace, CEO, Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC²) (Ballroom C)
2017 - 1:20pm to 2:00pm
Featured Speaker: Gary Glick, Ph.D., President & CEO, IFM Therapeutics, LLC (Ballroom C)

Speakers

Get Exposure to Game-changing Thought Leadership From Industry Visionaries

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.

NEW: CED Showcase Alumni Company Updates with AgBiome, Baebies, G1 Therapeutics, Locus Biosciences, Precision BioSciences
Speaker Panel: Hear how #InnovationDelivers from the Leaders of Major NC Healthcare Providers

Investor Panels including Aisling Capital, Arix Bioscience, Canaan Partners, Cultivian Ventures, Deerfield Management, NEA

Press Release: Max Wallace to Receive the CED Life Science Leadership Award
Press Release: Leaders from Canaan Partners, Duke Health, Eshelman Ventures Named Co-chairs

Conference Co-chairs

Stephen Bloch
General Partner
Canaan Partners
Fred Eshelman
Chairman, The Medicines Company (MDCO); Founder
Eshelman Ventures LLC
Eugene Washington
Chancellor for Health Affairs, Duke University; President and CEO,
Duke University Health System

Conference Co-chairs

Speakers

Ali Behbahani
Partner
NEA
Patrick Conway
President and CEO-Elect
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
Andrew ElBardissi
Investor
Deerfield Management
Julie Freischlag
Chief Executive Officer
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
Paul Garofolo
Co-Founder, Chief Executive Officer, & Chairman
Locus Biosciences
Gary Glick
President & CEO
IFM Therapeutics, LLC
Priya Kishnani
Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics
Duke University Health System
Sreekar Mantena
Regeneron Science Talent Search scholar
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Ron Meeusen
co-founder and Managing Partner
Cultivian Ventures
Steve Nelson
Co-Founder
Carbon, Inc.
Mike Nicholson
Chief People Officer
Precision BioSciences
Daniel O'Connell
Investment Director
Arix Bioscience
Jorge Ramirez
Vice President
H.I.G. BioHealth Partners
William Roper
CEO
UNC Health Care System
Stacey Seltzer
Partner
Aisling Capital
Director of Microbials Development
AgBiome
Mark Velleca
CEO
G1 Therapeutics
Max Wallace
CEO
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC²)
Richard West
Founder and CEO
Baebies

Speakers

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 2018, please contact Robin Costello or call 919.549.7500.

2018 Headline Sponsor

Companies

70 Entrepreneurial Companies to be featured On Stage & in the Innovation Room

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 the on-stage presenting companies in the Innovation Room, which will also exhibit over 20 additional companies. 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, and agbio.

In addition to the selected companies, a handful of "CED Alumni" will utilize the conference as a platform to publicly release exclusive, newsworthy updates live on the main stage. Running parallel to CED Life Science, the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum will feature presentations from 19 companies. Registration for the conference gives access to attend company presentations at both events. (See FAQs for more detail)

View Company List by Sub-sector

Click the Company Name Below to View Full Profile
*Denotes a Showcase company.
**Denotes a Lightning Round company.
- Coulter = Companies chosen to present at the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum

Innovation Room Companies

When and where will the CED Life Science Conference 2018 take place?

The CED Life Science Conference 2018 will be held February 27-28 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 is the cost to attend?

CED Members get the best ratesClick Here for Rates

Are you an entrepreneur or work for a startup? You may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $550. And your co-workers get access to the lowest rate. Click for Entrepreneur Membership Info

Register online by Thursday, February 22. Rates increase on site. 

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.

The best part? FREE Partnering access is provided to Entrepreneurs, Investors, Conference Sponsors, and University Tech Transfer professionals registered for the CED Life Science Conference. 

Partnering is included in Entrepreneur registration.

Investors, Sponsors, and University/Tech Transfer Professionals can also access complimentary partnering with a discount code. If you are in one of these categories but do not have a discount code, please contact Grace Williamson gwilliamson@cednc.org before registering.

All other attendees can purchase registration that includes partnering for an additional $300.

Click Here for More Details on Partnering

How do I get access to attend the Coulter Investment Forum?

New in 2018! Registration for the CED Life Science Conference includes access to the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum, held the same dates and in the same venue as the conference.

CED is partnering with the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation and Duke University to bring the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum to the Raleigh Convention Center, taking place in conjunction with the CED Life Science Conference. The Coulter Investment Forum will feature presentations from 19 life science companies representing a dozen top-tier universities from across the U.S. In parallel, the CED Life Science Conference will showcase over 30 companies on the main ballroom stage, including 3 of the Coulter companies. In CED’s Innovation Room, all of the Coulter companies will be exhibited along with over 50 companies chosen by CED's selection committee for in-person networking with all attendees.

Coulter Forum's agenda and presenting company details will be released closer to the event dates. Registered conference attendees will be updated when new announcements are made. 

What is the "University Life Science Startups" pre-conference session?

Before the official start of the conference, CED, Duke University, North Carolina State University, Wake Forest University & The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are presenting a session to showcase "University Life Science Startups: From Campus Invention to Commercial Impact".

ALL registered attendees are invited to attend. For more info, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ced-pre-conference-session-university-life-science-startups-tickets-42801772253

The panel discussion, moderated by Vivian Doelling from North Carolina Biotechnology Center, features 8 of the most promising startup companies launched at these institutions: 410 Medical, Agile Sciences, AnelleO, EncepHeal Therapeutics, Phitonex, Spyryx, Zephyr Mobility, Chondrial Therapeutics, Inc.

This pre-conference session gives you the chance to hear firsthand from faculty founders and company leaders about how they’re moving cutting-edge scientific research and inventions from campus labs into the commercial market.

Also, hear how programs around the Triangle help create, nurture and scale university life science companies while translating research into real-world commercial applications, life-saving therapies, and economic results.

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?

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Block Rate: $199/night plus taxes - Deadline Feb 16
Click Here to Make Your Reservation
Or call 1-800-325-3535 to book. Ask for the "CED Life Science room block".

Applies Feb 26-28. Limited Availability.
421 S Salisbury Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-834-9900

The block of discounted rooms is full at the Marriott City Center.
Please contact directly for rates/availability.

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

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.