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
Register online by Thursday, February 22. Rates increase on site.
Feb 2-Feb 22
Feb 27-Feb 28
|Entrepreneur - CED Member
|Entrepreneur - Non-member*
|University/Tech Transfer Professional
*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 email@example.com before registering.
What is Partnering? Find Out More about One-on-One Appointment Scheduling
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
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
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
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)
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*Denotes a Showcase company.
**Denotes a Lightning Round company.
- Coulter = Companies chosen to present at the 2018 Coulter Investment Forum
Innovation Room Companies
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
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
CED Members get the best rates. Click 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.
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 email@example.com before registering.
All other attendees can purchase registration that includes partnering for an additional $300.
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.
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.
Yes, sponsorship packages are available. To inquire about pricing, please contact Robin Costello via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 919.226.0464.
Sheraton Raleigh Hotel - Block Rate: $199/night plus taxes - Deadline Feb 16
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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
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
Raleigh/Durham International Airport (RDU) is the nearest airport to the Raleigh Convention Center.
No, any unauthorized recording of the CED Life Science Conference sessions or events is strictly prohibited.
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.