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The Twitter hashtag for the 2015 event is #cvforum15.

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
Jim Wright, PhD, Co-Founder and Scientific Advisory Board Chairman , Civits

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