View Past Agendas: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 |2011 |2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004

2015 Agenda

Bookmark and Share
Please send speaker or topic suggestions to our program chair. Request an invitation. Add the agenda to your Outlook calendar or other calendars

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
Nancy Simonian MD, CEO, 
Syros Pharmaceuticals  

Moderator:
Jeff Jonker
, President, NGM Biopharmaceuticals, Inc.
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  

Moderator:
Reid Leonard PhD
, VP, Corporate Development, POTENZA Therapeutics
12:00pm-1:30pm
Garden Terrace
Lunch & Lunch Conversations
12:00pm-1:30pm
Private Dining Rm.
Lunch Discussion: Data Privacy and Cyber Security Issues

Hosted by Foley & Lardner LLP
Speaker:
Seth Berman
, Executive Managing Director, Stroz Friedberg

Moderator:
Matthew Karlyn
, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
1:30pm-2:15pm

Private Dining Rm.
Break-out conversations:

Genetics and Pharmacogenomics at Merck Research Labs Boston  


Speaker:

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

Moderator:
Jeff Walsh, Chief Operating Officer, Bluebird Bio
Pavilion Insights into the Changing VC Landscape Speakers:
Brian Gallagher PhD
, Partner, 
SR One
Jason Rhodes, Partner, Atlas Venture

Moderator:
Marian Nakada
, VP Venture Investments, Johnson & Johnson Development Corp.
Overlook (outside)

Opportunities in Microbe-based Therapeutics

Speakers:
Jamie Heywood, Co-Founder, PatientsLikeMe; Chairman, AoBiome
David Whitlock, Founding Scientist, AoBiome  

Moderator:
Robert Weisman
, Life Sciences Reporter, The Boston Globe
2:15pm-2:45pm Networking Break
2:45pm-3:30pm
Pavilion
Managing into the Clinical Stage   Speakers:
Yamo Deniz MD
, Vice President, Rare Diseases, Global Medical Affairs, Genzyme
Tom Hughes PhD, CEO, Zafgen

Moderator:
Laurie Halloran
, President and CEO, Halloran Consulting Group
3:30pm-4:00pm Networking Break
4:00pm-4:45pm
Pavilion
Assembling Great Teams and Creating High-performance Cultures Speakers:
Deborah Dunsire MD
, CEO, Forum Pharmaceuticals
Peter Hecht PhD, CEO, Ironwood Pharmaceuticals
5:00pm-6:30pm
Meet at Cape Cod 
Nat'l Practice Area
Attendee and Guest Activity: Golf Workshop at Cape Cod National. Work with instructors on your swing and short game. Transportation available. (Sign-up on-site.)
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, CEO, Mersana Therapeutics
9:45am-10:15am Networking Break
10:15am-11:15am
Pavilion
Innovation & Cost Pressures in...

Drug Development and R&D










Health Insurance and Healthcare Delivery


Speaker:

Kenneth Kaitin PhD, Professor and Director, Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development  

Moderator: 
Alison Taunton-Rigby, PhD, OBE
, Director & Trustee, Healthcare, Life Sciences and Financial Services

Speaker: 
Eric Schultz
, CEO, Harvard Pilgrim

Moderator: 
Colin Hill
, CEO, GNS Healthcare
11:15am-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-1:45pm
Garden Terrace
Lunch & Lunch Conversations including:

Getting to the Clinic: Tips and Tricks for a Successful Ride! 





Hosted by:

Katie McCarthy, Managing Director, Halloran Consulting Group


12:15pm-1:45pm
Private Dining Rm.
Lunch Discussion: The New Disruptors Speakers:
Peter Lansbury PhD
, CSO, Lysosomal Therapeutics
Robin Smith, CEO, Orig3n

Moderator:
Steve Dickman
, CEO, CBT Advisors

2:00pm-2:45pm
Pavilion
How Patients Will Find Trials, and How Trials Will Find Patients Speakers:
Thomas Klein
, CEO, Cytolon
Gadi Lachman, CEO, TriNetX
Martin Naley, CEO, Cure Forward

Moderator:
Alvin Shih MD, EVP of Research, Retrophin
2:45pm-3:00pm Networking Break
3:00pm-3:45pm
Pavilion
What Virtual Means Today Speaker:
Michael Gilman, PhD
, CEO, Padlock Therapeutics
Werner Lanthaler PhD, CEO, Evotec
*Activities subject to change