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Name Title Speakers/Moderators
Thursday, May 14th
8:00am-4:45pm
Pavilion Reception
Registration
8:00am-9:30am
Garden Terrace
Networking Breakfast
9:30am-10:00am
Pavilion
Welcome and Participant Introductions
10:00am-10:45am
Pavilion
What's changing: Dynamics of building great life sciences companies in 2015 Speakers:
Doug Cole MD, General Partner, Flagship Partners
Dan Lynch, Chairman, bluebird bio
David Schenkhein MD, CEO, Agios Pharmaceuticals
Nancy Simonian MD, CEO, 
Syros Pharmaceuticals
10:45am-11:15am Networking Break
11:15am-12:00pm
Pavilion
AIR > Civitas > Acorda: 17 years in the life of a biotech company Speakers:
Glenn Batchelder, Founder and Board Member, 
Civitas Therapeutics
Rick Batycky PhD, CSO, Acorda Therapeutics, Inc. and Founder and former CSO, Civitas Therapeutics
12:00pm-1:30pm
Garden Terrace & 
Private Dining Rm.
Lunch & Lunch Conversations
1:30pm-2:15pm
Pavilion
Break-out conversations:

Genetics and Pharmacogenomics at Merck Research Labs Boston




Insights into the changing VC landscape



Managing into the clinical stage



Speaker:

Robert Plenge MD, PhD, Vice President, Head of Genetics & Pharmacogenomics

Speaker:
Brian Gallagher PhD
, Partner, 
SR One



Speaker:
Tom Hughes PhD, CEO, Zafgen
2:15pm-2:45pm Networking Break
2:45pm-3:30pm
Pavilion
Opportunities in microbe-based therapeutics Speakers:
Jamie Heywood, Co-Founder, PatientsLikeMe; Chairman, AoBiome
David Whitlock, Founding Scientist, AoBiome
3:30pm-4:00pm Networking Break
4:00pm-4:45pm
Pavilion
Assembling great teams and creating high-performance cultures Speakers:
Deborah Dunsire, CEO, Forum Pharmaceuticals
Peter Hecht, CEO, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
5:00pm-6:30pm
Meet at dock
Attendee and Guest Activity: Bay Cruise around Strong Island & Bird Sanctuary (Sign-up on-site.)
5:00pm-7:00pm
Tennis courts
Attendee and Guest Activity: Tennis Round Robin at the Wequassett courts. Bring your own racquet or one will be provided. (Sign-up on-site.)
7:00pm-9:30pm
Outer Bar
Clambake (Convergence attendees are welcome to have 1 guest join them.)
Friday, May 15th
8:00am-3:30pm
Pavilion Reception
Registration
8:00am-9:00am
Garden Terrace
Networking Breakfast
9:00am-9:45am
Pavilion
Is this a bubble and if so what would pop it? Speakers:
Stelios Papadapoulos PhD, Chairman, Biogen Idec, Exelixis, Regulus Therapeutics
Anna Protopapas, Former President, Millennium
9:45am-10:15am Networking Break
10:15am-11:00am
Pavilion
How regulatory agencies and payers are impacting drug development Speaker:
Kenneth Kaitin PhD, Professor and Director, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development
11:00am-11:30am Networking Break
11:30am-12:15pm
Pavilion
The future of gene therapy and gene editing Speakers:
Jorn Aldag, Chief Executive, uniQure N.V.
Katrine Bosley, CEO, 
Editas Medicine
12:15pm-2:00pm
Garden Terrace & 
Private Dining Rm.
Lunch & Lunch Conversations
2:00pm-2:45pm
Pavilion
What virtual means today Speaker:
Werner Lanthaler, CEO, Evotec
2:45pm-3:00pm Networking Break
3:00pm-3:45pm
Pavilion
The new disruptors Speakers:
Peter Lansbury, CSO, Lysosomal Therapeutics
Robin Smith, CEO, Orig3n
*Activities subject to change