MALSI+ 2021: The Hub at Warp Speed

From Lab to Jab to Beyond

Conference Agenda

Conference Agenda - Thursday, July 22, 2021

9.30am-10.00am  Gather/Network

10.00am-10.45am  Panel I: Investing in Innovation--What Investors Seek in Biotech Startups

Panelists representing four distinct categories of investors will share insights on what it takes to gain their attention and what they look for in making a decision to close a deal.

10.45am-12:00 pm Poster pitches/audience voting See the lineup of aspiring academic innovators.

12pm-12:45pm Lunch Keynote Speaker: Barbara Fox, CEO, Rheos Medicines "Journey from Academia to Serial Biotech Entrepreneur: Lessons Learned" Moderated by Kate Sheridan, Boston Globe STAT & Introduced by Kendalle Burlin O’Connell, President & COO of MassBio

12:45pm-1:45pm Structured and Open Networking/Visits at Marketplace for Innovators Tables

1:45pm-2:00 pm Poster winners announced

2:00pm - 2:45pm Panel 2: Pharma Innovations

Modern Pharma companies rely on external innovation with academic and industry partners to bolster their drug R&D pipelines. This panel features leaders of external innovation in 5 of the top 20 Pharma companies. These influential leaders will discuss their companies' perspectives and priorities regarding external innovation and share insights on how to most effectively interact with their teams.

  • Swarna Balasubramanian, Emerging Innovations Program Lead at AstraZeneca
  • Anjali Kumar, External Innovation Search and Evaluation, Eastern US, Johnson & Johnson Innovation;
  • Lizabeth Leveille, Vice President and Head, Boston & European Innovation Hubs, BD&L at Merck;
  • Wendi Yajnik, Global Head of Academic Partnerships and External Innovation at Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research.
  • Imran Nasrullah, Vice President & Head, Open Innovation Center North America - East at Bayer Pharmaceuticals (Moderator)

2:45pm Networking

For Speaker List with Bios, go to MALSI-2021/Speakers

MALSI + 2021 Sponsors

Platinum: MassBio, Novo Nordisk

Gold: Bayer; Massachusetts Life Science Center; McDermott, Will & Emery; Troutman Pepper

Silver: Burns Levinson, Goldcast

Supporter: Boston Entrepreneur's Network, Eli Lilly & Company, Explora Biolabs, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, J.P. Morgan