CED Life Science Conference

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"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.”

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.

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 IS OPEN

Save $75 with Early Registration by Midnight on FEB 1

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Attendee Type

Early Registration
through Feb 1
Regular Registration
Feb 2-Feb 22
On-site Registration
Feb 27-Feb 28
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

*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 $475. 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.

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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
2017 - 11:00am to 12:30pm
INVITE ONLY Joint Board Lunch (Room 402)
2017 - 1:00pm 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 2:00pm
Lightning Round Company Presentations - Apply in Companies section. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 2:00pm to 2:30pm
Featured Speaker (Ballroom C)
2017 - 2:30pm to 3:00pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 3:00pm to 3:30pm
Showcase Company Presentations - Apply in Companies section. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Investor Panel - Speakers TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 4:15pm to 4:45pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 4:45pm to 5:15pm
Showcase Company Presentations - Apply in Companies section. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Featured Speaker TBA (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, 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 (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
2017 - 8:30am to 9:00am
Opening Remarks & Featured Speaker TBA
2017 - 9:00am to 9:30am
NC CEO Updates TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 9:30am to 10:00am
Big Deals Panel TBA (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 - Apply in Companies section. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 10:50am to 11:30am
Investor Panel TBA (Ballroom C)
2017 - 11:30am to 12:00pm
Showcase Company Presentations - Apply in Companies section. (Ballroom C)
2017 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm
Networking Break (Innovation Room - Ballroom A&B)
2017 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm
Closing Lunch • NC School of Science & Math Presenter • Life Science Leadership Award • Featured Speaker TBA (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.

Coming Soon! Speakers for 2018 will be announced later this year. Speakers from last year's conference included former FDA commissioner Robert Califf, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University Health System Dr. Murali Doraiswamy, president & CEO of BIO James Greenwood, and more. Our celebrated lineup of past CED Life Science speakers also includes Herbert W. Boyer, Ph.D. (Founder, Genentech), Clayton Christensen (Professor, Harvard Business School; Author of Innovator’s Dilemma), Deborah Dunsire, M.D. (President & CEO, XTuit Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), Dennis Gillings, Ph.D., CBE (Founder & Former Executive Chairman, Quintiles), Alex Gorsky, (Chairman & CEO, Johnson & Johnson), Bob Hugin (Executive Chairman, Celgene Corporation), John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D. (Former Chairman & CEO, Eli Lilly & Co.), and Jeremy M. Levin (Former President & CEO, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd.).

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

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

Entrepreneurs: Apply for Your Company to be Showcased 

APPLY NOW
Deadline = Friday, December 1

This application serves as your request for both featured opportunities:

  1. Innovation Room: Reserved exhibit table for one-on-one networking with potential investors, partners and clients 
  2. Main Stage Showcase/Lightning Round: Live on-stage presentation as part of the main conference agenda + Innovation Room exhibit

Why Apply:

  • Investor Exposure. Take advantage of the most efficient, cost-effective way to get in front of 50+ investors from across the country.
  • Networking: Show and Tell. Exhibit your company in person for potential partners & clients to experience.
  • 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.
  • News Coverage. Maximize your exposure to local and national press in attendance.
  • Lowest Registration Rate! Selected entrepreneurs and co-workers can attend the conference for $275/person.​

Who Should Apply:
Companies 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, or Medical Device.

To Apply:
Applications are submitted through My CED (our secure community portal). The application may be edited up until the time you submit.  

Link: https://ced-nc.force.com/Community/CommunityCEDLogin

  • If you already have a profile, enter your email address and password
  • If you are new to the community, quickly create a profile

Once logged in, click on "Apply to Present at Life Science 2018" (in the upper right). 

Application Deadline:

  • All applications must be completed by 5pm on Friday, December 1.
  • Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee in December and company selectons will be announced publicly in January.

Look back at 2017 Featured Companies selected for Growth Stage Updates, Showcase, Lightning Round, SEMDA Pitch Competition, and Innovation Room. And check out 2017 Company Presentation Videos.

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
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?

Save $75 with Early Registration by Midnight on FEB 1. Click Here for Rates

CED Members get the best rates. Are you an entrepreneur or work for a startup? You may be able to join CED and attend the conference for less than $475. And your co-workers get access to the lowest rate. Click for Entrepreneur Membership Info

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.

Click Here for More Details on Partnering

Where can I stay?

Stay tuned! Discounted hotel room blocks will be available later this year. The Marriott City Center Raleigh and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel are both convenient to the Raleigh Convention Center.

Marriott City Center - Discounted room block info coming in late 2017.
500 Fayetteville Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Phone: 919-833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Discounted room block info coming in late 2017.
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.