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

Issac Cheng, MD

Issac Cheng, MD

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Investment Professional, Morningside

Marianne De Backer, PhD, MBA

Marianne De Backer, PhD, MBA

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Global Head Business Development & Licensing, Member of the Executive Committee, Bayer

Evan Fienberg

Evan Fienberg

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CEO, Genesis Therapeutics

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 Biosciences

Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD

Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD

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Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology-Oncology, Deputy Director at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, Koman Family Presidential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research, Chief of the Division of Regenerative Medicine, Deputy Director of the Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center, Co-Leader of the Hematologic Malignancies Program, and Director of Stem Cell Research at UC San Diego Moores Cancer 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

Ken Kubota

Ken Kubota

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VP, Astellas Pharma

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

Michael O’Donnell

Michael O’Donnell

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Partner, Morrison & Foerster

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

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

Benjamin Thorner

Benjamin 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

Timothy Wright, MD

Timothy Wright, MD

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General Partner, Time BioVentures