2020 Speakers


Keynote Speaker at 2020 Conference

Michael Varney, PhD

Michael Varney, PhD

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Executive Vice President, Genentech Research and Early Development

2020 Conference Speakers

Jeremy Bender, PhD, MBA

Jeremy Bender, PhD, MBA

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Vice President Corporate Development, Gilead Sciences

Mira Chaurushiya

Mira Chaurushiya

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Principal, 5AM Ventures

Steven Chinowsky

Steven Chinowsky

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Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP, San Diego Office

Benjamin F. Cravatt

Benjamin F. Cravatt

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Professor, The Scripps Research Institute

Tom Daniel

Tom Daniel

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Venture Partner, ARCH Ventures

Iain Dukes

Iain Dukes

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Venture Partner, OrbiMed Advisors LLC

Dan Estes, Ph.D.

Dan Estes, Ph.D.

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Partner, Frazier Healthcare Partners

Evan Feinberg

Evan Feinberg

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CEO, Genesis Therapeutics

Simone Fishburn, PhD

Simone Fishburn, PhD

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Vice President and Editor in Chief, BioCentury Inc.

Chris Garabedian

Chris Garabedian

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Venture Partner, Perceptive Advisors

Pamela Garzone, RPh., MSc, PhD

Pamela Garzone, RPh., MSc, PhD

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Chief Medical Officer, Calibr, a division of Scripps Research

Chris Haskell, PhD

Chris Haskell, PhD

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Vice President and Head of the West Coast Innovation Center, Bayer

John Hood, PhD

John Hood, PhD

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Founder & Board Chairman, Endeavor Biomedicines

Richard Heyman

Richard Heyman

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Executive Chairman and Co-founder, Metacrine Inc.

Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD

Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD

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Deputy Director, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center; Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center

Rachna Khosla, MBA

Rachna Khosla, MBA

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Vice President, Business Development, Amgen

Ravi Kiron, PhD, MBA

Ravi Kiron, PhD, MBA

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Head, BioPharma External Innovation, EMD Serono, Inc.

Nina Kjellson

Nina Kjellson

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General Partner/West Coast, Canaan

Jim Krenn

Jim Krenn

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Partner, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Ken Kubota

Ken Kubota

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VP, Astellas Pharma

Julie Law

Julie Law

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Associate Professor, Salk Institute

Jay Lichter, PhD

Jay Lichter, PhD

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Managing Director, Avalon Ventures; President & CEO, COI Pharmaceutica

Jonathan Lim, MD

Jonathan Lim, MD

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Managing Partner, City Hill; Venture Partner, ARCH Venture Partners

Angele Maki, PhD

Angele Maki, PhD

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Vice President, Emerging Technology & Innovation, Eli Lilly & Company

Carole Nuechterlein

Carole Nuechterlein

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Head, Roche Venture Fund

Eric Owiesny

Eric Owiesny

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Partner, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young

Joe Panetta

Joe Panetta

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President and CEO, Biocom

Ioannis Sapountzis, PhD

Ioannis Sapountzis, PhD

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Corporate Senior Vice President, Business Development, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Uwe Schoenbeck, PhD

Uwe Schoenbeck, PhD

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Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer, Emerging Science and Innovation (ES&I), Pfizer Worldwide Research, Development, and Medical

Curtis Scribner, MD

Curtis Scribner, MD

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Independent Drugs, Biologics, and Gene Therapy Regulatory Consultant

Bavani Shankar, MBA

Bavani Shankar, MBA

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Head of Transactions, Business Development & Licensing, BioPharmaceuticals R&D, AstraZeneca

Laura Shawver, PhD

Laura Shawver, PhD

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President, CEO, & Director, Synthorx

Jason Skolnik

Jason Skolnik

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Corporate and Securities Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrick & Rosati

Avi Spier

Avi Spier

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Head, Search and Evaluation, Novartis

Jay Stamatis, MBA

Jay Stamatis, MBA

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Vice President, Head of Business Development and Acquisitions, AbbVie 

Alex Szidon, PhD

Alex Szidon, PhD

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Vice President and Head of Business Development, gRED at Genentech

David Szymkowski

David Szymkowski

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Vice President, Cell Biology, Xencor

Ben Thorner

Ben Thorner

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Senior Vice President, Business Development and Licensing, Merck Research Laboratories

Jeffrey Warmke, PhD

Jeffrey Warmke, PhD

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Senior Vice President, Search and Evaluation & Alliance Management, Global Business Development, Daiichi Sankyo

Bradley Wolff

Bradley Wolff

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Head of West Coast Life Sciences, Citi Corporate and Investment Banking

Timothy Wright, MD

Timothy Wright, MD

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General Partner, Time BioVentures