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Live Notes and Conference Coverage in Real Time. COVID19 And The Impact on Cancer Patients Town Hall with Leading Oncologists; April 4, 2020

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD 

@StephenJWillia2

UPDATED 4/08/2020 see below

The Second in a Series of Virtual Town Halls with Leading Oncologist on Cancer Patient Care during COVID-19 Pandemic: What you need to know

The second virtual Town Hall with Leading International Oncologist, discussing the impact that the worldwide COVID-19 outbreak has on cancer care and patient care issues will be held this Saturday April 4, 2020.  This Town Hall Series is led by Dr. Roy Herbst and Dr. Hossain Borghaei who will present a panel of experts to discuss issues pertaining to oncology practice as well as addressing physicians and patients concerns surrounding the risk COVID-19 presents to cancer care.  Some speakers on the panel represent oncologist from France and Italy, and will give their views of the situation in these countries.

 

Speakers include:

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Ensign Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Professor of Pharmacology; Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital; Associate Cancer Center Director for Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center

Hossain Borghaei, DO, MS , Chief of Thoracic Medical Oncology and Director of Lung Cancer Risk Assessment, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Giuseppe Curigliano, MD, PhD, University of Milan and Head of Phase I Division at IEO, European Institute of Oncology

Paolo Ascierto, MD National Tumor Institute Fondazione G. Pascale, Medical oncologist from National Cancer Institute of Naples, Italy

Fabrice Barlesi, MD, PhD, Thoracic oncologist Cofounder Marseille Immunopole Coordinator #ThePioneeRproject, Institut Gustave Roussy

Jack West, MD, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, City of Hope California

Rohit Kumar, MD Department of Medicine, Section of Pulmonary Medicine, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Christopher Manley, MD Director, Interventional Pulmonology Fox Chase Cancer Center

Hope Rugo, MD FASCO Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Harriet Kluger, MD Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Director, Yale SPORE in Skin Cancer, Yale Cancer Center

Marianne J. Davies, DNP, MSN, RN, APRN, CNS-BC, ACNP-BC, AOCNP Assistant Professor of Nursing, Yale University

Barbara Burtness, MD Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology);  Head and Neck Cancers Program, Yale University

 

@pharma_BI and @StephenJWillia2 will be Tweeting out live notes using #CancerCareandCOVID19

Live Notes

Part I: Practice Management

Dr. Jack West from City of Hope talked about telemedicine:  Coordination of the patient experience, which used to be face to face now moved to a telemedicine alternative.  For example a patient doing well on personalized therapy, many patients are well suited for a telemedicine experience.  A benefit for both patient and physician.

Dr. Rohit Kumar: In small cancer hospitals, can be a bit difficult to determine which patient needs to come in and which do not.  For outpatients testing for COVID is becoming very pertinent as these tests need to come back faster than it is currently.  For inpatients the issue is personal protection equipment.  They are starting to reuse masks after sterilization with dry heat.   Best to restructure the system of seeing patients and scheduling procedures.

Dr. Christopher Manley: hypoxia was an issue for COVID19 patients but seeing GI symptoms in 5% of patients.  Nebulizers have potential to aerosolize.  For patients in surgery prep room surgical masks are fine.  Ventilating these patients are a challenge as hypoxia a problem.  Myocarditis is a problem in some patients.  Diffuse encephalopathy and kidney problems are being seen. So Interleukin 6 (IL6) inhibitors are being used to reduce the cytokine storm presented in patients suffering from COVID19.

Dr. Hope Rugo from UCSF: Breast cancer treatment during this pandemic has been challenging, even though they don’t use too much immuno-suppressive drugs.  How we decide on timing of therapy and future visits is crucial.  For early stage breast cancer, neoadjuvant therapy is being used to delay surgeries.  Endocrine therapy is more often being used. In patients that need chemotherapy, they are using growth factor therapy according to current guidelines.  Although that growth factor therapy might antagonize some lung problems, there is less need for multiple visits.

For metastatic breast cancer,  high risk ER positive are receiving endocrine therapy and using telemedicine for followups.  For chemotherapy they are trying to reduce the schedules or frequency it is given. Clinical trials have been put on hold, mostly pharmokinetic studies are hard to carry out unless patients can come in, so as they are limiting patient visits they are putting these type of clinical studies on hold.

Dr. Harriet Kluger:  Melanoma community of oncologists gathered together two weeks ago to discuss guidelines and best practices during this pandemic.   The discussed that there is a lack of data on immunotherapy long term benefit and don’t know the effectiveness of neoadjuvant therapy.  She noted that many patients on BRAF inhibitors like Taflinar (dabrafenib)   or Zelboraf (vemurafenib) might get fevers as a side effect from these inhibitors and telling them to just monitor themselves and get tested if they want. Yale has also instituted a practice that, if a patient tests positive for COVID19, Yale wants 24 hours between the next patient visit to limit spread and decontaminate.

Marianne Davies:  Blood work is now being done at satellite sites to limit number of in person visits to Yale.  Usually they did biopsies to determine resistance to therapy but now relying on liquid biopsies (if insurance isn’t covering it they are working with patient to assist).  For mesothelioma they are dropping chemotherapy that is very immunosuppressive and going with maintenance pembrolizumab (Keytruda).  It is challenging in that COPD mimics the symptoms of COVID and patients are finding it difficult to get nebulizers at the pharmacy because of shortages; these patients that develop COPD are also worried they will not get the respirators they need because of rationing.

Dr. Barbara Burtness: Head and neck cancer.  Dr. Burtness stresses to patients that the survival rate now for HPV positive head and neck is much better and leaves patients with extra information on their individual cancers.  She also noted a registry or database that is being formed to track data on COVID in patients undergoing surgery  and can be found here at https://globalsurg.org/covidsurg/

About CovidSurg

  • There is an urgent need to understand the outcomes of COVID-19 infected patients who undergo surgery.
  • Capturing real-world data and sharing international experience will inform the management of this complex group of patients who undergo surgery throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, improving their clinical care.
  • CovidSurg has been designed by an international collaborating group of surgeons and anesthetists, with representation from Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Korea, Singapore, Spain, United Kingdom, and the United States.

Dr. Burtness had noted that healthcare care workers are at high risk of COVID exposure during ear nose and throat (ENT) procedures as the coronavirus resides in the upper respiratory tract.  As for therapy for head and neck cancers, they are staying away from high dose cisplatin because of the nephrotoxicity seen with high dose cisplatin.  An alternative is carboplatin which generally you do not see nephrotoxicity as an adverse event (a weekly carboplatin).  Changing or increasing dose schedule (like 6 weeks Keytruda) helps reduce immunologic problems related to immunosupression and patients do not have to come in as often.

Italy and France

Dr. Paolo Ascierto:   with braf inhibitors, using in tablet form so patients can take from home.  Also they are moving chemo schedules for inpatients so longer dosing schedules.  Fever still a side effect from braf inhibitors and they require a swab to be performed to ascertain patient is COVID19 negative.  Also seeing pneumonitis as this is an adverse event from checkpoint inhibitors so looking at CT scans and nasal swab to determine if just side effect of I/O drugs or a COVID19 case.  He mentioned that their area is now doing okay with resources.

Dr. Guiseppe Curigliano mentioned about the redesign of the Italian health system with spokes and hubs of health care.  Spokes are generalized medicine while the hubs represent more specialized centers like CV hubs or cancer hubs.  So for instance, if a melanoma patient in a spoke area with COVID cases they will be referred to a hub.  He says they are doing better in his area

In the question and answer period, Dr. West mentioned that they are relaxing many HIPAA regulations concerning telemedicine.  There is a website on the Centers for Connective Health Policy that shows state by state policy on conducting telemedicine.   On immuno oncology therapy, many in the panel had many questions concerning the long term risk to COVID associated with this type of therapy.  Fabrice mentioned they try to postpone use of I/O and although Dr. Kluger said there was an idea floating around that PD1/PDL1 inhibitors could be used as a prophylactic agent more data was needed.

Please revisit this page as the recording of this Town Hall will be made available next week.

UPDATED 4/08/2020

Below find the LIVE RECORDING and TAKEAWAYS by the speakers

 

 
Town Hall Takeaways
 

Utilize Telehealth to Its Fullest Benefit

 

·       Patients doing well on targeted therapy or routine surveillance are well suited to telemedicine

·       Most patients are amenable to this, as it is more convenient for them and minimizes their exposure

·       A patient can speak to multiple specialists with an ease that was not previously possible

·       CMS has relaxed some rules to accommodate telehealth, though private insurers have not moved as quickly, and the Center for Connected Health Policy maintains a repository of current state-by-state regulations:  https://www.cchpca.org/

 

Practice Management Strategies

 

·       In the face of PPE shortages, N95 masks can be decontaminated using UV light, hydrogen peroxide, or autoclaving with dry heat; the masks can be returned to the original user until the masks are no longer suitable for use

·       For blood work or scans, the use of external satellite facilities should be explored

·       Keep pumps outside of the room so nurses can attend to them quickly

·       Limit the use of nebulizers, CPAPs, and BiPAPs due to risk of aerosolization

 

Pool Our Knowledge for Care of COVID Patients

 

·       There is now a global registry for tracking surgeries in COVID-positive cancer patients:  https://globalsurg.org/cancercovidsurg/

·       Caution is urged in the presence of cardiac complications, as ventilated patients may appear to improve, only to suffer severe myocarditis and cardiac arrest following extubation

·       When the decision is made to intubate, intubate quickly, as less invasive methods result in aerosolization and increased risks to staff

 

Study the Lessons of Europe

 

·       The health care system in Italy has been reorganized into “spokes” and “hubs,” with a number of cancer hubs; if there is a cancer patient in a spoke hospital with many COVID patients, this patient may be referred to a hub hospital

·       Postpone adjuvant treatments whenever possible

·       Oral therapies, which can be managed at home, are preferred over therapies that must be administered in a healthcare setting

·       Pneumonitis patients without fevers may be treated with steroids, but nasal swab testing is needed in the presence of concomitant fever

·       Any staff who are not needed on site should be working from home, and rotating schedules can be used to keep people healthy

·       Devise an annual epidemic control plan now that we have new lessons from COVID

 

We Must Be Advocates for Our Cancer Patients

 

·       Be proactive with other healthcare providers on behalf of patients with a good prognosis

·       Consider writing letters for cancer patients for inclusion into their chart, or addendums on notes, then encourage patients to print these out, or give it to them during their visit

·       The potential exists for a patient to be physiologically stable on a ventilator, but intolerant of decannulation; early discussions are necessary to determine reasonable expectations of care

·       Be sure to anticipate a second wave of patients, comprised of cancer patients for whom treatments and surgery have been delayed!

 

Tumor-Specific Learnings

 

Ø  Strategies in Breast Cancer:

·       In patients with early-stage disease, promote the use of neoadjuvant therapy where possible to delay the need for surgery

·       For patients with metastatic disease in the palliative setting, transition to less frequent chemotherapy dosing if possible

·       While growth factors may pose a risk in interstitial lung disease, new guidelines are emerging

 

Ø  Strategies in Melanoma:

·       The melanoma community has released specific recommendations for treatment during the pandemic:  https://www.nccn.org/covid-19/pdf/Melanoma.pdf

·       The use of BRAF/MEK inhibitors can cause fevers that are drug-related, and access to an alternate clinic where patients can be assessed is a useful resource

 

Ø  Strategies in Lung Cancer:

·       For patients who are stable on an oral, targeted therapy, telehealth check-in is a good option

·       For patients who progress on targeted therapies, increased use of liquid biopsies when appropriate can minimize use of bronchoscopy suites and other resources

·       For patients on pembrolizumab monotherapy, consider switching to a six-week dosing of 400 mg

·       Many lung cancer patients worry about “discrimination” should they develop a COVID infection; it is important to support patients and help manage expectations and concerns

 

 

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AACR and Dr. Margaret Foti Announce Free Virtual Annual Meeting for April 27, 28 2020 and other Free Resources

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD

Please see the following email from Dr. Foti and the AACR on VIRTUAL MEETING to be conducted April 27 and 28, 2020.

This is truly a wonderful job by AACR.  In a previous posting I had considered the need for moving international scientific meetings to an online format which would make the information available to a wider audience as well as to those who don’t have the opportunity to travel to a meeting site.  At @pharma_BI we will curate and live tweet the talks in order to enhance meeting engagement, as part of the usual eConference Proceedings we do.

Again Great Job by the AACR!

Dear Colleagues,

We hope you are staying safe and well and are adjusting to the challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic. During this crisis, we remain steadfast in supporting our members and our mission.

I am pleased to announce a number of actions that we are taking to disseminate innovative cancer science and medicine to the global cancer research community:

  • AACR Virtual Annual Meeting 2020: Selected Presentations. We were excited to receive more than 225 clinical trials for presentation at the Annual Meeting. Due to the time-sensitive nature of these trials—many of which are practice-changing—we are making them available to the community at the time of the original April meeting. Therefore, as per our recent announcement, the AACR will host a slate of selected sessions online featuring these cutting-edge data.
This Virtual Annual Meeting will be held on April 27 and 28, 2020, and will include more than 30 oral presentations in several clinical trial plenary sessions along with commentaries from expert discussants, as well as clinical trial poster sessions consisting of short videos providing the authors’ perspectives. The Virtual Meeting will feature a New Drugs on the Horizon session as well as nine minisymposia that will showcase a broad sample of basic and translational science. Topics will include genomics, tumor microenvironment, novel targets, drug discovery, therapeutics, immunotherapy, biomarkers, and cancer prevention. A special minisymposium titled “Advancing Cancer Research Through an International Cancer Registry” will feature use cases of data available through AACR Project GENIE.

This Virtual Meeting will be available free to everyone, although attendees will be asked to register to participate. The session and presentation titles for the Virtual Meeting, as well as a link to the registration site, will be posted to the AACR website by Monday, April 13.

  • Release of Abstracts. All of the abstracts scheduled for presentation in the Virtual Meeting—and any other clinical trial abstracts that are scheduled for presentation at the rescheduled meeting—will be posted online on Monday, April 27. All other abstracts that have been accepted for presentation at the rescheduled meeting will be posted online on Friday, May 15.
  • AACR Annual Meeting 2019: Free Webcast Presentations. The complete webcasts of the AACR Annual Meeting are typically made freely available 15 months after the conclusion of the meeting. However, we have made these webcast presentations available free effective immediately, so that you can review the most compelling science from the Annual Meeting 2019 which was held in Atlanta.
  • Free Access to AACR Journals. To ensure that all members of the cancer research community have access to the information they need during this challenging time, we have opened access to our nine highly esteemed journals effective today through the end of the virtual meeting. Please be sure to visit the AACR journals webpage for journal highlights, and to sign-up for eTOC alerts.
  • Rescheduled AACR Annual Meeting. We are planning to reschedule the Annual Meeting for late August while at the same time closely monitoring the developments surrounding COVID-19. An official announcement of the rescheduled meeting will be made in the near future.

We hope that these plans will enable you to continue your important work during this global health crisis. Thank you for all you do to accelerate progress against cancer, and thank you for your loyalty to the AACR.

Sincerely,
Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc)
Chief Executive Officer
American Association for Cancer Research

 

For more information on Virtual Meetings please see

Is It Time for the Virtual Scientific Conference?: Coronavirus, Travel Restrictions, Conferences Cancelled

and  REAL TIME conference coverage at https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/press-coverage/

and other article and e-conference proceedings on this Online Open Access Journal

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Live Notes from Town Hall for Patients with Leading Oncologists on Lung Cancer and COVID19 3_28_20

Reporter: Stephen J. Williams, PhD

UPDATED 3/31/2020

Leading Thoracic Oncologists from the United States and Milan, Italy shared their opinions and views on treating lung cancer patients during this COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the panel is a thoracic oncologist from Milan Italy who gave special insights into the difficulties and the procedures they are using to help control the spread of infection within this high at-risk patient population and changes to current treatment strategy in light of this current virus outbreak.  Please see live notes and can follow on Twitter at #LungCancerandCOVID19.  Included below is the recording of the Zoom session.

 

UPDATED 3/29/2020

Leading Lung Cancer Oncologists from around the world are meeting and discussing concerns for lung cancer patients and oncologist during the novel coronavirus (SARS-COV2; COVID19) pandemic.  The town hall “COVID-19 and the Impact on Thoracic Oncology” will be held on Zoom on Saturday March 28, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:30 AM EST. sponsored by Axiom Healthcare Strategies . You can register at

Please join this virtual Town Hall

Zoom link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/846752048

Zoom Webinar ID: 846-752-048

eSpeakers

Anne Chiang, MD, PhD, Associate Professor; Chief Network Officer and Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Smilow Cancer Network

Roy S. Herbst, MD, PhD, Ensign Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology) and Professor of Pharmacology; Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center and Smilow Cancer Hospital; Associate Cancer Center Director for Translational Research, Yale Cancer Center

 Kurt Schalper, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Pathology; Director, Translational Immuno-oncology Laboratory

Martin J. Edelman, MD, Chair, Department of Hematology/Oncology, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Corey J. Langer, MD , Professor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Hossain Borghaei, DO, MS , Chief of Thoracic Medical Oncology and Director of Lung Cancer Risk Assessment, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Marina Garassino, MD, Fondazione IRCCS Instituto Nazionale del Tumori

Kristen Ashley Marrone, MD, Thoracic Medical Oncologist. Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD, MSCR, Medical Oncologist, Emory University School of Medicine

Jeffrey D. BradleyMD, FACR, FASTRO , Emory University School of Medicine

Brendon Stiles, M.D, Weil Cornell

@pharma_BI will be Live Tweeting in Real Time this Town Hall

Please follow at the following # (hashtags)

#LungCancerandCOVID19

#Livingwithcancer

#LungCancer

#NoOneAlone

and

UPDATED 3/29/2020

Below is a collection of live Tweets from this meeting as well as some notes and comments from each of the speakers and panelists.  The recording of this Town Hall will be posted on this site when available.  The Town Hall was well attended with over 250 participants

Town Hall Notes

The following represent some notes taken at this Town Hall.

Dr. Owonkiko: 1-2% lethality in China; for patients newly diagnosed with lung cancer 1) limit contact between patient, physician and healthcare facility = telemedicine and oral chemo suggested 2) for immunotherapy if i.v. must monitor health carefully

Dr. Kurt Schalper: on COVID19 testing: Three types of tests each having pros and cons.

  •     viral culture: not always practical as you need lots of specimen
  • ELISA: looking for circulating antibodies but not always specific for type of coronavirus
  • RT-PCR: most sensitive but right now not much clarity on best primers to use; he noted that there is a 15% variance in test results using different primers to different targeted COVID19 genes

Dr. Marina Garassino: The Lombardi outbreak was 1st in Italy and took them by surprise.  She admits they were about one month behind in preparation where they did not have enough masks as late as January 31.  It was impractical to socially distance given Italian customs in greeting each other.  In addition, they had to determine which facilities would be COVID negative and COVID positive an this required access to testing.  Right now they are only testing symptomatic patients and healthcare workers have to test negative multiple times.  As concerning therapy with lung cancer patients, they have been delaying as much as possible the initiation of therapy.  Patients that are on immunotherapy and immunosuppresive drugs are being monitored by CT scan more often during this pandemic so as instances of pneumotitis began increasing they were unsure if these patients are at increased risk of infection to COVID19 or just a bias in that they are screening more often so their risk to COVID 19 is unclear.  Dr. Garissino also felt we need to move from hospital based to community based measures of prevention against COVID infection (social distancing, citizens more vigilant).  She noted that usually the cancer patients are more careful with respect to preventative measures than the general populace.  Healthcare workers have to test negative twice in three days if they had been in close contact with a COVID postitive patient.  However her hospital is still running at 80% capacity so patients are getting treated. However there are ethical issues as to who gets treated, who gets respirators, and other ethical issues related to unfortunate rationing of care.

Dr. Anne Chiang: Scheduled visits have notably decreased.  They have seen patients visits decrease from 4500 down to 2300 in two weeks but telemedicine visits or virtual visits have increased to 1000 so are replacing the on site visits.  She also said they are trying to reduce or eliminate the extremely immuno-suppressive drugs from chemotherapy regimens.  For example they are removing pemetrexemed from standard regimens and also considering neoadjuvant chemotherapy.  As far as biopsies, liquid biopsies can be obtained in the home so more preferred as patients do not have to come in for biopsy.

Dr. Edelman: Fox Chase is somewhat unique in being an NCI center which only does oncology so they rely on neighboring Jeanes Hospital of the Temple University Health System for a lot of their outpatient and surgical and general medicine needs.  Patients who will be transferred back to Fox Chase are screened for COVID19.

Brenden Stiles: Lung cancer surgeries have ground to a halt.  He did only one last week.  The hospital wants to conserve resources and considers lung cancer surgery to great a COVID risk.  They have shut down elective surgeries and there are no clinical trials being conducted.  He said that lung cancer research will be negatively impacted by the pandemic as resources are shuttled to COVID research efforts.

 Live Tweets

 

Other article of note on Coronavirus (COVID19) please see our Coronavirus Portal at

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/coronavirus-portal/

 

 

 

 

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Is It Time for the Virtual Scientific Conference?: Coronavirus, Travel Restrictions, Conferences Cancelled

Curator: Stephen J. Williams, PhD.

UPDATED 3/12/2020

To many of us scientists, presenting and attending scientific meetings, especially international scientific conferences, are a crucial tool for disseminating and learning new trends and cutting edge findings occurring in our respective fields.  Large international meetings, like cancer focused meetings like AACR (held in the spring time), AAAS and ASCO not only highlight the past years great discoveries but are usually the first place where breakthroughs are made known to the scientific/medical community as well as the public.  In addition these conferences allow for scientists to learn some of the newest technologies crucial for their work in vendor exhibitions.

During the coronavirus pandemic, multiple cancellations of business travel, conferences, and even university based study abroad programs are being cancelled and these cancellations are now hitting the 2020 Spring and potentially summer scientific/medical conferences.  Indeed one such conference hosted by Amgen in Massachusetts was determined as an event where some attendees tested positive for the virus, and as such, now other attendees are being asked to self quarantine.

Today I received two emails on conference cancellations, one from Experimental Biology in California and another from The Cancer Letter, highlighting other conferences, including National Cancer Coalition Network (NCCN) meetings which had been canceled.

 

Experimental Biology - San Diego 2020 - April 4-7

Dear Stephen,

After thoughtful deliberations, the leaders of the Experimental Biology host societies have made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel Experimental Biology (EB) 2020 set to take place April 4–7 in San Diego, California. We know how much EB means to everyone, and we did not make this decision in haste. The health and safety of our members, attendees, their students, our staff, partners and our communities are our top priority.

As we have previously communicated via email, on experimentalbiology.org and elsewhere, EB leadership has been closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus disease). Based on the latest guidance from public health officials, the travel bans implemented by different institutions and the state of emergency declared in California less than 48 hours ago, it became clear to us that canceling was the right course of action.

We thank you and the entire EB community for understanding the extreme difficulty of this decision and for your commitment to the success of this conference – from the thousands of attendees to the presenters, exhibitors and sponsors who shared their time, expertise, collaboration and leadership. We deeply appreciate your contributions to this community.

What Happens Next?

Everyone who has registered to attend the meeting will receive a full registration refund within the next 45 days. Once your registration cancellation is processed, you will receive confirmation in a separate email. You do not need to contact anyone at EB or your host society to initiate the process. Despite the cancellation of the meeting, we are pleased to tell you that we will publish abstracts in the April 2020 issue of The FASEB Journal as originally planned. Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you’ve made, such as travel and housing reservations. 

We ask for patience as we evaluate our next steps, and we will alert you as additional information becomes available please see our FAQs for details.

And in The Cancer Letter

Coronavirus vs. oncology: Meeting cancellations, travel restrictions, fears about drug supply chain

By Alexandria Carolan

NOTE: An earlier version of this story was published March 4 on the web and was updated March 6 to include information about restricted travel for employees of cancer centers, meeting cancellations, potential disruptions to the drug supply chain, and funds allocated by U.S. Congress for combating the coronavirus.

Further updates will be posted as the story develops.

Forecasts of the inevitable spread of coronavirus can be difficult to ignore, especially at a time when many of us are making travel plans for this spring’s big cancer meetings.

The decision was made all the more difficult earlier this week, as cancer centers and at least one biotechnology company—Amgen—implemented travel bans that are expected to last through the end of March and beyond. The Cancer Letter was able to confirm such travel bans at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Meetings are getting cancelled in all fields, including oncology:

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network March 5 postponed its 2020 annual conference of about 1,500 attendees March 19-22 in Orlando, citing precautions against coronavirus.

“The health and safety of our attendees and the patients they take care of is our number one concern,” said Robert W. Carlson, chief executive officer of NCCN. “This was an incredibly difficult and disappointing decision to have to make. However, our conference attendees work to save the lives of immunocompromised people every day. Some of them are cancer survivors themselves, particularly at our patient advocacy pavilion. It’s our responsibility, in an abundance of caution, to safeguard them from any potential exposure to COVID-19.”

UPDATED 3/12/2020

And today the AACR canceled its yearly 2020 Meeting (https://www.aacr.org/meeting/aacr-annual-meeting-2020/coronavirus-information/)

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Board of Directors has made the difficult decision, after careful consideration and comprehensive evaluation of currently available information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, to terminate the AACR Annual Meeting 2020, originally scheduled for April 24-29 in San Diego, California. A rescheduled meeting is being planned for later this year.

The AACR has been closely monitoring the rapidly increasing domestic and worldwide developments during the last several weeks related to COVID-19. This evidence-based decision was made after a thorough review and discussion of all factors impacting the Annual Meeting, including the U.S. government’s enforcement of restrictions on international travelers to enter the U.S.; the imposition of travel restrictions issued by U.S. government agencies, cancer centers, academic institutions, and pharmaceutical and biotech companies; and the counsel of infectious disease experts. It is clear that all of these elements significantly affect the ability of delegates, speakers, presenters of proffered papers, and exhibitors to participate fully in the Annual Meeting.

The health, safety, and security of all Annual Meeting attendees and the patients and communities they serve are the AACR’s highest priorities. While we believe that the decision to postpone the meeting is absolutely the correct one to safeguard our meeting participants from further potential exposure to the coronavirus, we also understand that this is a disappointing one for our stakeholders. There had been a great deal of excitement about the meeting, which was expected to be the largest ever AACR Annual Meeting, with more than 7,400 proffered papers, a projected total of 24,000 delegates from 80 countries and more than 500 exhibitors. We recognize that the presentation of new data, exchange of information, and opportunities for collaboration offered by the AACR Annual Meeting are highly valued by the entire cancer research community, and we are investigating options for rescheduling the Annual Meeting in the near future.

We thank all of our stakeholders for their patience and support at this time. Additional information regarding hotel reservation cancellations, registration refunds, and meeting logistics is available on the FAQ page on the AACR website. We will announce the dates and location of the rescheduled AACR Annual Meeting 2020 as soon as they are confirmed. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone impacted by this global health crisis.

However,  according to both Dr. Fauci and Dr. Scott Gottlieb (former FDA director)  the outbreak may revisit the US and the world in the fall (see https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/04/were-losing-valuable-time-ex-fda-chief-says-of-coronavirus-spread.html)  therefore these meetings may be cancelled for the whole year.

Is It Time For the Virtual (Real-Time) Conference?

Readers of this Online Access Journal are familiar with our ongoing commitment to open science and believe that forming networks of scientific experts in various fields using a social strategy is pertinent to enhancing the speed, reproducibility and novelty of important future scientific/medical discoveries.  Some of these ideas are highlighted in the following articles found on this site:

Scientific Curation Fostering Expert Networks and Open Innovation: Lessons from Clive Thompson and others

Old Industrial Revolution Paradigm of Education Needs to End: How Scientific Curation Can Transform Education

Twitter is Becoming a Powerful Tool in Science and Medicine

e-Scientific Publishing: The Competitive Advantage of a Powerhouse for Curation of Scientific Findings and Methodology Development for e-Scientific Publishing – LPBI Group, A Case in Point

Reconstructed Science Communication for Open Access Online Scientific Curation

In addition, we understand the importance of communicating the latest scientific/medical discoveries in an open and rapid format, accessible over the social media platforms.  To this effect we have developed a methodology for real time conference coverage

see  Press and Conference Coverage

at  https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/press-coverage/

AND

The Process of Real Time Coverage using Social Media

at https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/press-coverage/part-one-the-process-of-real-time-coverage-using-social-media/

Using these strategies we are able to communicate, in real time, analysis of conference coverage for a multitude of conferences.

Has technology and social media platforms now have enabled our ability to rapidly communicate, in a more open access platform, seminal discoveries and are scientists today amenable to virtual type of meetings including displaying abstracts using a real-time online platform?

Some of the Twitter analytics we have curated from such meetings show that conference attendees are rapidly adopting such social platforms to communicate with their peers and colleagues meeting notes.

Statistical Analysis of Tweet Feeds from the 14th ANNUAL BIOTECH IN EUROPE FORUM For Global Partnering & Investment 9/30 – 10/1/2014 • Congress Center Basel – SACHS Associates, London

Word Associations of Twitter Discussions for 10th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference at the Harvard Medical School, November 12-13, 2014

Comparative Analysis of the Level of Engagement for Four Twitter Accounts: @KDNuggets (Big Data) @GilPress @Forbes @pharma_BI @AVIVA1950

Twitter Analytics on the Inside 3DPrinting Conference #I3DPConf

 

Other Twitter analyses of Conferences Covered by LPBI in Real Time have produced a similar conclusion: That conference attendees are very engaged over social media networks to discuss, share, and gain new insights into material presented at these conferences, especially international conferences.

And although attracting international conferences is lucrative to many cities, the loss in revenue to organizations, as well as the loss of intellectual capital is indeed equally as great.  

Maybe there is room for such type of conferences in the future, and attending by a vast more audience than currently capable. And perhaps the #openscience movement like @MozillaScience can collaborate with hackathons to produce the platforms for such an online movement of scientific conferences as a Plan B.

Other articles on Real Time Conference Coverage in the Online Open Access Journal Include:

Innovations in electronic Scientific Publishing (eSP): Case Studies in Marketing eContent, Curation Methodology, Categories of Research Functions, Interdisciplinary conceptual innovations by Cross Section of Categories, Exposure to Frontiers of Science by Real Time Press coverage of Scientific Conferences

Real Time Coverage and eProceedings of Presentations on 11/16 – 11/17, 2016, The 12th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference, HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

Tweets by @pharma_BI and by @AVIVA1950: Real Time Coverage and eProceedings of The 11th Annual Personalized Medicine Conference, November 18-19, 2015, Harvard Medical School

REAL TIME Cancer Conference Coverage: A Novel Methodology for Authentic Reporting on Presentations and Discussions launched via Twitter.com @ The 2nd ANNUAL Sachs Cancer Bio Partnering & Investment Forum in Drug Development, 19th March 2014 • New York Academy of Sciences • USA

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2020 State of Possible Conference, MassBio’s Annual Meeting, March 25-26, 2020, Sonesta Hotel, Cambridge, MA

 

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group will cover this event in REAL TIME

for

http://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com

by @pharma_BI and by @AVIVA1950

 

 

https://massbio.microsoftcrmportals.com/event/?event=2020_State_of_Possible_Conference378018264

Session Title
Start Time
End Time
Welcome
3/25/2020 10:00 AM
3/25/2020 10:30 AM
Opening Keynote
Billy Starr, Founder & Executive Director, Pan Mass Challenge, “Closer by the Mile: How One Man Shaped the Athletic Fundraising Industry with the Power of a Bike”
3/25/2020 10:30 AM
3/25/2020 11:15 AM
Shifting the Drug Industry’s Public Narrative Through Stories of Success
Doctors have among the highest favorability ratings of any profession. Life sciences employees are your next-door neighbors who are developing the next breakthrough therapy. Can their first-hand stories and experiences shift and shape the public debate about prescription drug prices that has so far only painted a picture of corporate greed over miracle cures? At its heart, the public debate lacks any understanding about the true value the biopharma industry brings to patients and the healthcare system. This panel will address the critical need to reshape the public debate about drugs, innovation, and the industry and how first-hand experience of patients, employees, and physicians could be a critical piece of reframing the debate.
3/25/2020 11:15 AM
3/25/2020 12:00 PM
Lunch
3/25/2020 12:00 PM
3/25/2020 1:00 PM
Possible Talk: Dr. Steven Arnold, Interdisciplinary Brain Center, MGH
3/25/2020 1:00 PM
3/25/2020 1:15 PM
Lessons from Abroad: What, When, and How to Ensure Access and Reimbursement
As more next-generation and highly personalized therapies reach the market, often approved by regulators on accelerated approval pathways, payers in the U.S. are becoming more selective and conservative with their coverage and reimbursement decisions. Yet, this environment is not new outside of the U.S. where there is prevalent usage of health technology assessments and comparative effectiveness calculations by government run payers to make access and pricing determinations. This panel will discuss their experience gaining coverage and pricing determinations in ex-U.S. markets and how lessons learned can help any company better develop a case for value for their product as they seek approvals and coverage in the U.S. and abroad.
3/25/2020 1:15 PM
3/25/2020 2:00 PM
Possible Talk: Morgan Stanley
3/25/2020 2:00 PM
3/25/2020 2:15 PM
Building a Digital Health Community in Massachusetts
The biopharma industry is increasingly utilizing digital technologies and digital health tools that promise to modernize drug discovery and development, along with patient care and measurement of patient outcomes. There has been continued focus on supporting this convergence in Massachusetts, both within the leading academic institutions and government, but there’s still much more than can be done to build a sustainable community here. This panel will draw insights from other clusters on how to support better connectivity and collaboration between digital health and the life sciences.
3/25/2020 2:15 PM
3/25/2020 3:00 PM
Possible Talk: “ONE.” Lisa Tremayne, President, Advocate, Survivor. The Bloom Foundation
3/25/2020 3:00 PM
3/25/2020 3:15 PM
Networking Break
3/25/2020 3:15 PM
3/25/2020 3:30 PM
From Seed to Series A: Creative Ways to Fund Your Startup
The platform-based, venture-created, $100M+ Series A startup is now a fixture in Massachusetts biotech. However, most first-time founders come straight from academia and struggle to secure funding to demonstrate meaningful in-vivo efficacy of their product candidate. Since therapeutics’ risk, time and scale of capital doesn’t match the needs of angel investors, who will fund the next generation of great ideas and leaders? This panel will explore alternate forms of funding along with the critical role of mentors, advisory boards, and other support systems in navigating this landscape.
3/25/2020 3:30 PM
3/25/2020 4:15 PM
The Dark Side of the Genome – What We Know About the Unknown
Up to 98% of humans’ 3.2 billion base-pairs of DNA has no known function. Some is the long history of viruses and other genetic parasites we carry forward; however, there is also incredible potential to tap into this dark DNA. Future drug targets are becoming increasingly accessible through tools like gene editing and gene therapy that may open massive uncharted opportunity for the dark side of the genome.
3/25/2020 3:30 PM
3/25/2020 4:15 PM
Attracting & Engaging the Next Generation of Talent
The specialized skills and deep experience required to successfully bring a new therapy to market are in short supply. Companies are finding it increasingly difficult to find the right candidates, retain them, and keep them focused and engaged across the broad arc of technical, clinical, and financial risks inherent to our industry. This panel will address how we can better align with academia to build our future workforce, how to attract diverse talent from outside traditional networks, and how to better engage and promote current workers within.
3/25/2020 4:15 PM
3/25/2020 5:00 PM
Is Aging a Disease and What Are the Implications of Treating it as Such?
Along the route of better understanding the cellular and molecular underpinnings of cancer, immuno-oncology and neurological diseases, science has shed light on the mechanisms of aging. In addition to the diseases of old age, is aging itself a disease and what would it mean to treat or ‘snooze’ our biological clocks?
3/25/2020 4:15 PM
3/25/2020 5:00 PM
Resilience, Grit, Freedom to Fail and Pivot
Biotech is not for the risk averse. Most successful entrepreneurs and investors have experienced multiple failures on their way to commercialization, and many have had to scrap what they were working on and start over. Beyond the statistics of scientific and clinical results missing desired endpoints, hear the personal stories of those who have lived the ups and downs of the long journey from intriguing science to patient bedside.
3/25/2020 5:00 PM
3/25/2020 5:45 PM
Realities of Precision Medicine – How Small is Too Small?
The world of precision medicine has evolved dramatically over the years, with targeted treatment for specific patients dating back 2,500 years to Hippocrates. Although genetic and biomarker testing to guide treatment is possible, and in theory should improve care while lowering costs, barriers to widespread adoption remain. Hear from expert panelists as they offer competing views on the shifting paradigm, from biohackers and ultra-rare disease, to more mainstream targeting. How small is too small?
3/25/2020 5:00 PM
3/25/2020 5:45 PM
Evening Reception at Museum of Science & Presentation of The State of Possible Award
3/25/2020 6:00 PM
3/25/2020 9:00 PM
Breakfast
3/26/2020 8:45 AM
3/26/2020 9:30 AM
Possible Talk, Safi Bahcall, Author, “Loonshots”
3/26/2020 9:30 AM
3/26/2020 9:45 AM
What the Coronavirus Can Teach Us About How to Approach the Next Pandemic
The Coronavirus continues to dominate headlines around the world, creating widespread panic and fast action by industry, governments, and NGOs. How do we continue this push for solutions long after the latest pandemic has subsided? Panelists will review the current state of infectious diseases and share insights on how to better prevent and treat infectious disease through new vaccines, antimicrobials, and antivirals.
3/26/2020 9:45 AM
3/26/2020 10:30 AM
Possible Talk: Dennis Grishin, Co-Founder, Nebula Genomics
3/26/2020 10:30 AM
3/26/2020 10:45 AM
Supporting Regional Growth of the Life Sciences Beyond Cambridge
One of the greatest strengths of Kendall Square is the sheer density of biopharmas, research institutions, academic institutions, and proximity to the best academic medical centers in the world. Yet, the success of this mini cluster within Massachusetts is also its greatest weakness. Companies struggle to afford the real estate and employees are increasingly frustrated with their commutes and housing costs – leading more companies to move outside of Cambridge. This panel will address why this is a good thing, how to support the continued growth of the industry across Massachusetts, and what kinds of infrastructure investments must be made to ensure success.
3/26/2020 11:00 AM
3/26/2020 11:45 AM
AI and Drug Discovery: Marrying Data Science with Core Biology
Machine learning and model-based drug discovery is rapidly becoming the norm. Computational biology is now integrating ‘wet’ in vitro/in vivo and ‘dry’ insilico biology accelerating and saving time and resources, at least in the early stages of drug discovery. This panel will explore the new world of digital biology as a way to model potential drug effects more accurately and quickly.
3/26/2020 11:00 AM
3/26/2020 11:45 AM
Finding a Needle in a Haystack: Asymptomatic Detection of Cancer and Other Diseases
As medicine moves away from chronic management of disease toward one-time cures, early detection of pre-symptomatic cancers and other serious diseases is more important than ever. The problem? Nobody wants to pay for diagnostics and genomic testing, especially for something rare or for a disease with no current treatment options. Hear ideas on how to efficiently process and pay for testing a “haystack” of healthy patients in order to find the one “needle” to predict future disease.
3/26/2020 11:45 AM
3/26/2020 12:30 PM
Lifting the Curtain on R&D to Advance New Drug Targets Faster
Science is driven by reproducible experimental evidence under peer-review toward global consensus, and it’s full of trial-and-error. There has been a push by some to make that research – successes and failures – more transparent to prevent others from making the same mistakes or going after the wrong targets. What can our innovation ecosystem do to share findings widely, challenge engrained beliefs, and follow new avenues, all while preserving a competitive advantage that academic and industry research require?
3/26/2020 11:45 AM
3/26/2020 12:30 PM
Innovative Leadership Award Presentation & Lunch
MassBio’s Innovative Leadership Award honors Dr. Abbie Celniker who has contributed significantly to the growth and success of the life sciences in Massachusetts, is a leader in her communities, and a leader for employees by creating a positive work environment.
3/26/2020 12:30 PM
3/26/2020 1:30 PM
Closing Keynote, Susan Hockfield, insights on her new book and leadership
3/26/2020 1:30 PM
3/26/2020 2:30 PM
Closing Networking Dessert Reception
3/26/2020 2:30 PM
3/26/2020 3:00 PM

SPEAKERS

https://massbio.microsoftcrmportals.com/speakers/?event=2020_State_of_Possible_Conference378018264

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19th Annual Koch Institute Summer Symposium on Cancer Immunotherapy, June 12, 2020 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium

Reporter: Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

 

 

Summer Symposium 2020

Engineering the Next Wave of Immunotherapy

The 19th Annual Koch Institute Summer Symposium on June 12, 2020 at MIT’s Kresge Auditorium will focus on cancer immunotherapy.

Cancer immunotherapy has revolutionized the landscape of cancer treatment, our thinking of tumor biology and clinical practice. Following the groundbreaking successes of checkpoint blockade therapy and CAR T cell therapy, culminating in multiple FDA-approved treatments and the awarding of the 2018  Nobel Prize in Medicine to Jim Allison and Tasuku Honjo, the field is currently at a critical juncture.

While checkpoint blockade therapy has demonstrated that the immune system can be harnessed to fight cancer,  the next generation of treatments will require us to understand what causes resistance in non-responders, how this can be overcome, and how these issues are best addressed clinically. Discussing these questions will be at the core of this symposium as we move towards our ultimate goal to increase the number of patients benefiting from immunotherapy

Session Speakers


Targeting T Cells
Rafi Ahmed, Michael Dougan, Chris Love

Thinking Beyond T Cells
Angelika Amon, Yasemine Belkaid, Stefani Spranger

Engineering Clinical Translation  
Nina Bhardwaj, Chris Garcia

Panel Discussion: Clinical Translation: A Real Life Perspective


Daniel Chen, Howard Kaufman, Kimberly Schaefer-Weaver
Moderator: Steven Silverstein

SOURCE

https://ki.mit.edu/news/events/symposium/2020

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Venture Summit | West – “Where Innovation Meets Capital”, March 23rd & 24th  2020,

Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley

VSW20 – Discount code, LPBI-VIP and unique event site link http://bit.ly/2PfsbM7.

Video link for most recent event http://bit.ly/2LQpONN 

 

UPDATED on 3/25/2020

The dedicated discount code LPBI-VIP and unique event site link http://bit.ly/2PfsbM7 now entitles LPBI network to $350 off the current rates. Applicants should register as soon as possible to lock in the lowest possible rates.

We will be hosting 1on1 startup and investor meetings live at Venture Summit | West [digital edition] online in May. The summit will now be expanded for featured companies to 3 days, May 5th – 7th (coaching session + 2 days of content and one on one sessions) and for general attendees to 2 days.

The summit will feature over 150 venture funds as speakers/judges (many others in attendance), more than 100 Top Innovators as presenters, effective and seamless 1:1 meetings + chat, and high-level networking opportunities.

The screening committee is currently interviewing companies and will be selecting more than 100 Top Innovators to present live to the investors at the summit.

Featured Confirmed VC Speakers & Judges:

Kira Noodleman

Bee Partners

 

Kira enjoys tackling problems in disruptive industries and across cultures. Her appreciation for skillful risk-taking attracted her to entrepreneurship, and ultimately to her role in venture capital. At Bee Partners, she spends the majority of her time identifying and investing in Founders and startups servicing enterprises and enabling new marketplaces. She dedicate the remainder of […] Read more

Li Sun

Foundation Capital

 

Li Sun comes from a global background spanning four countries with diverse experiences across engineering, science, technology, and entrepreneurship. She holds a B.Eng in EE and business (1st class honors) from NTU in Singapore, an M.Eng in Materials Science from MIT, and a PhD in Applied Physics from Harvard. During her PhD, she cofounded and […] Read more

Bill Reichert

Garage Technology Ventures

 

Bill Reichert is co-founder and Managing Director of Garage Technology Ventures, a seed and early stage venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley. He is also a Partner at Pegasus Tech Ventures, a global venture capital firm with offices in Silicon Valley and around the world. Bill and his partners invest in promising emerging technology […] Read more

Charlie Hanna

Marcy Venture Partners

 

Charlie Hanna is an investor at Marcy Venture Partners (MVP) in San Francisco, an early-stage venture capital firm co-founded by Larry Marcus, Jay Brown and Jay-Z. Charlie’s focus is consumer products and services with an emphasis on sustainability, accessibility and culture. Prior to MVP, Charlie was an Associate at SWAT Equity Partners, a NYC-based venture […] Read more

SC Moatti

Mighty Capital

 

SC Moatti is the managing partner of Mighty Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm, and Products That Count, one of the largest communities of product managers, leaders and entrepreneurs in the world. Previously, she built products that billions of people use at Facebook, Nokia and Electronic Arts. She also serves on boards of both […] Read more

Mario Ruiz

Paypal Ventures

 

Mario Ruiz is a financial technology investor at PayPal Ventures, focusing on investments in the U.S. and internationally. Prior to joining PayPal, Mario was an investor at Napier Park, where he was a member of a nine-person investment team responsible for the evaluation, diligence, and execution of growth equity and real asset investments. Mario started […] Read more

Danny Cotter

The Westly Group

 

Danny Cotter serves as Principal at The Westly Group. Prior to joining the Westly Group, He worked at Pacific Gas & Electric Company where he focused on discovering advanced technology pilots and analyzing regulatory, competitive and technology landscapes to shape smart grid strategies across the organization. While at PG&E, He also helped lead the development […] Read more

 

UPDATED on 2/26/2020

The dedicated discount code LPBI-VIP and unique event site link http://bit.ly/2PfsbM7 now entitles LPBI network to $350 off the current rates. Applicants should register as soon as possible to lock in the lowest possible rates.

Updated list of over 130 VCs and Angels confirmed to speak and judge. 

 

Partial Lineup of over 130 VCs & Angels confirmed to speak and judge includes:

Ben Abadi, Managing Director, Energy Innovation Capital | Andrew Abrams, Vice President, New Science Ventures | Susan Akbarpour, Partner, Candou Ventures | Joel Albarella, Founder, New York Life Ventures | Navid Alipour, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Analytics Ventures | Shaun Arora, Founding Partner, MiLA Capital | Doug Atkin, Managing Partner, Communitas Capital Partners | Shannon Austin, Partner, Financial Venture Studio | Jennifer Azapian, Partner , Mighty Capital | Mike Biddle, Managing Director, Evok Innovations | Wade Bitaraf, Founder, Energy & Sustainability, Plug & Play Tech Center | Dave Blivin, Managing Director, Cottonwood Technology Fund | Greg Bohlen, Managing Director, Union Grove Venture Partners | Maureen Boyce, Managing Partner, Good Growth Capital | Peter Bruce-Clark, Partner, Social Impact Capital | Pratik Budhdev, Investment Director, Volvo Cars Tech Fund | Amy Burr, Managing Director, JetBlue Technology Ventures | Ray Chan, Managing Director, K5 Ventures | Ryan Chou, Investment Associate, JetBlue Technology Ventures | Darren Cooke, Investor, Life Science Angels | Martha Cosgrove, Investing Associate, Boeing HorizonX | Danny Cotter, Principal, The Westly Group | Ross Darwin, Principal, Owl Ventures | Anne DeGheest, Founder, HealthTech Capital | Angelo Del Priore, Partner, HP Tech Ventures | Jun Deng, Partner, Joyance Partners | Dan Doble, Managing Director, SABIC Ventures | Ted Driscoll, Managing Partner, DigitalDX Ventures | Robert Dunkle, President, ABES Venture Partners | Ali Farahanchi, Director, DHVC | Anna Fokina, Senior Associate, Data Collective | Isabelle Freidheim, Co-founder & Managing Partner, Starwood VC | Emily Fritze, Senior Associate, The Westly Group | Will Fung, Senior Associate, Samsung Catalyst Fund | Norm Gitis, Managing Partner, Lymo Ventures | Ajay Gopal, Founding Principal, Framework Venture Partners | Daniel Greene, Principal, Wipro Ventures | Sheeraz Haji, Managing Partner, Zip Dragon Ventures | Charlie Hanna, Investor, Marcy Venture Partners | Daniel Harris, Managing Director, DPH Ventures | Florian Haupt, Partner, TruVenturo | Guy Horowitz, Partner, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners | Jens Horstmann, Founding Director, Crestlight Ventures | Michael Julve, Associate, 500 Startups | Najib Khouri-Haddad, General Partner, Sway Ventures | Howard Ko, Principal, Morpheus Ventures | Shruti Kothari, Director, Kaiser Permanente Ventures | Elaine Kunda, Founder & Managing Director, Disruption Ventures | Ricky Lai, Principal, Portag3 Ventures | Anh Le, Partner, CRCM Ventures | James Lee, Investment Associate Director, Photon Fund | Marina Levinson, Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures | Larry Li, Managing Partner, AMINO Capital | Darwin Ling, Founding General Partner, Good AI Capital | Catherine Lu, Managing Partner , Alumni Ventures Group (AVG) | Vincent Lui, Partner, XCEL Asia | Hector MacQuarrie, Senior Investment Associate, Shell Ventures | Radhika Malik, Investment Manager, Samsung Catalyst Fund | Ricky Margolis, VP of Business Development, ARIE Capital | Melina Mathur, Principal, Asset Management Ventures | Manan Mehta, Founding Partner, Unshackled Ventures | Eric Meyer, Vice President, Activate Capital | Jonathan Mo, Senior Associate, 11.2 Capital | SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital | Mark Mueller-Eberstein, Angel Investor, Alliance of Angels | Maxim Nazarov, Investor, FinSight Ventures | Ivan Nikkhoo, Managing Partner, Navigate Ventures | Kira Noodleman, Principal, Bee Partners | Brett Noyes, Founder & Managing Director, Unbank. Ventures | Demi Obayomi, Investor, NextWorld Capital | Nihar Patel, General Partner, Journey Venture Partners | Charles Paul, Vice President – Technology, Henkel Ventures | Damien Petty, Principal, Morpheus Ventures | Patrick Pfeffer, Lead Investor, Juniper Networks | Scott Pinizzotto, Senior Investment Director, ENGIE New Ventures | Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures | Mario Ruiz, Investor, Paypal Ventures | Ernst Sack, Partner, Blue Bear Capital | Praveen Sahay, Managing Director, WAVE Equity Partners | Gayatri Sarkar, Managing Partner, Hype Capital VC Fund | Jordan Segall, Enterprise Investor, Unusual Ventures | Kristina Serafim, Managing Director, Verizon Ventures | Charles Sidman, Managing Partner, ECS Capital Partners | Sean Simpson, Investment Manager, GM Ventures | Ratan Singh, Principal, Fort Ross Ventures | Kenn So, Associate, Shasta Ventures | Allison Steitz, Investor, BlueRun Ventures | Li Sun, Partner, Foundation Capital | Jessica Tan, Associate, 500 Startups | Grahme Taylor, Venture Analyst, Wildcat Venture Partners | Jonathan Tower, Founding Managing Partner, Catapult VC | Erica Van, Investor, Charles River Ventures | Anuj Varma, Investor, BAM Ventures | Kutral Veerabadran, Principal, Flow Capital | Alessandro Vigilante, Head of Global Innovation Ecosystem, Fidelity Investments | Sonali Vijayavargiya, Managing Director, Augment Ventures | Alex Whitney, Senior Analyst, ManchesterStory Group | Henry Wong, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures | Joanne Wong, General Partner, REDDS Capital | Russell Yue, Investor, H.I.G. Growth Partners | Elaine Zelby, Principal & Director of Growth, SignalFire | Stephanie Zepeda, Senior Associate, Arbor Ventures | Yanan Zhao, General Partner, Magnet Ventures | Sebastian Zhou, Investor, Alpha Square Group | Simin Zhou, VP & Managing Director, UL Ventures and many more…

 

 

UPDATED on 2/6/2020

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI ) Group is pleased to spons and invite you to join us at Venture Summit | West

Special offer:  Register Now & Save $450 off (Use discount code “LPBI-VIP”)

* Call for Top Innovators Details below

Venture Summit | West

Where Innovation Meets Capital

March 23rd & 24th  2020

Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley

 

Reminder to register for the prestigious Venture Summit | West being held on March 23rd & 24th 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This year will again feature a dedicated Lifesciences/Healthcare Track. Come meet, interact and network with more than 1,300 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies.

 

Whether you’re a Lifesciences/Healthcare startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West presented by youngStartup Ventures – is the event of the year you won’t want to miss.

 

A highly productive venture conference, Venture Summit | West is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage companies.

 

Partial Initial Lineup of over 90 VCs & Angels confirmed to speak and judge includes:

Ben Abadi, Managing Director, Energy Innovation Capital | Andrew Abrams, Vice President, New Science Ventures | Susan Akbarpour, Partner, Candou Ventures | Navid Alipour, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Analytics Ventures | Shaun Arora, Founding Partner, MiLA Capital | Shannon Austin, Partner, Financial Venture Studio | Jennifer Azapian, Partner , Mighty Capital | Wade Bitaraf, Founder, Energy & Sustainability, Plug & Play Tech Center | Dave Blivin, Managing Director, Cottonwood Technology Fund | Greg Bohlen, Managing Director, Union Grove Venture Partners | Maureen Boyce, Managing Partner, Good Growth Capital | Peter Bruce-Clark, Partner, Social Impact Capital | Pratik Budhdev, Investment Director, Volvo Cars Tech Fund | Darren Cooke, Investor, Life Science Angels | Martha Cosgrove, Investing Associate, Boeing HorizonX | Danny Cotter, Principal, Westly Group | Ross Darwin, Principal, Owl Ventures | Anne DeGheest, Founder, HealthTech Capital | Jun Deng, Partner, Joyance Partners | Dan Doble, Managing Director, SABIC Ventures | Robert Dunkle, President, ABES Venture Partners | Ali Farahanchi, Director, DHVC | Anna Fokina, Senior Associate, Data Collective | Norm Gitis, Managing Partner, Lymo Ventures | Daniel Greene, Principal, Wipro Ventures | Sheeraz Haji, Managing Partner, Zip Dragon Ventures | Charlie Hanna, Investor, Marcy Venture Partners | Daniel Harris, Managing Director, DPH Ventures | Florian Haupt, Partner, TruVenturo | Guy Horowitz, Partner, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners | Jens Horstmann, Founding Director, Crestlight Ventures | Najib Khouri-Haddad, General Partner, Sway Ventures | Howard Ko, Principal, Morpheus Ventures | Shruti Kothari, Director, Kaiser Permanente Ventures | Elaine Kunda, Founder & Managing Director, Disruption Ventures | Ricky Lai, Principal, Portag3 Ventures | Anh Le, Partner, CRCM Ventures | James Lee, Investment Associate Director, Photon Fund | Marina Levinson, Partner, Benhamou Global Ventures | Larry Li, Managing Partner, AMINO Capital | Darwin Ling, Founding General Partner, Good AI Capital | Catherine Lu, Managing Partner , Alumni Ventures Group (AVG) | Vincent Lui, Partner, XCEL Asia | Melina Mathur, Principal, Asset Management Ventures | Manan Mehta, Founding Partner, Unshackled Ventures | Eric Meyer, Vice President, Activate Capital | Jonathan Mo, Senior Associate, 11.2 Capital | SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital | Mark Mueller-Eberstein, Angel Investor, Alliance of Angels | Ivan Nikkhoo, Managing Partner, Navigate Ventures | Kira Noodleman, Principal, Bee Partners | Brett Noyes, Founder & Managing Director, Unbank.Ventures | Charles Paul, Vice President – Technology, Henkel Ventures | Damien Petty, Principal, Morpheus Ventures | Patrick Pfeffer, Lead Investor, Juniper Networks | Scott Pinizzotto, Senior Investment Director, ENGIE New Ventures | Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures | Mario Ruiz, Investor, Paypal Ventures | Ernst Sack, Partner, Blue Bear Capital | Praveen Sahay, Managing Director, WAVE Equity Partners | Gayatri Sarkar, Managing Partner, Hype Capital VC Fund | Kristina Serafim, Managing Director, Verizon Ventures | Charles Sidman, Managing Partner, ECS Capital Partners | Ratan Singh, Principal, Fort Ross Ventures | Allison Steitz, Investor, BlueRun Ventures | Li Sun, Partner, Foundation Capital | Grahme Taylor, Venture Analyst, Wildcat Venture Partners | Jonathan Tower, Founding Managing Partner, Catapult VC | Erica Van, Investor, Charles River Ventures | Anuj Varma, Investor, BAM Ventures | Kutral Veerabadran, Principal, Flow Capital | Sonali Vijayavargiya, Managing Director, Augment Ventures | Alex Whitney, Senior Analyst, ManchesterStory Group | Henry Wong, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures | Russell Yue, Investor, H.I.G. Growth Partners | Elaine Zelby, Principal & Director of Growth, SignalFire | Stephanie Zepeda, Senior Associate, Arbor Ventures | Yanan Zhao, General Partner, Magnet Ventures | Sebastian Zhou, Investor, Alpha Square Group | Simin Zhou, VP & Managing Director, UL Ventures and many more.

 

Special Offer:

LPBI has made special arrangement for our network to receive a special discount of $450 off. This conference will be attended by the best people in the industry. Please register early to avoid disappointment.

 

Register Today & Save Click here.   (Use promo code “ LPBI-VIP”)

 

In addition to providing access to leading Investors, the conference will feature more than 100 pre-screened venture backed, emerging and early stage companies seeking capital, and hardcore networking.

 

 

Call for TOP INNOVATORS!

Get Noticed > Get Funded > Grow Faster

 

A select group of more than 100 Top Innovators will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Corporate Investors, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, and Strategic Partners.

 

Apply to Present / Nominate a company:

For more information or to be considered for one of the Top Innovator slots click here.

 

Seed Pitchfest:

If you are a seed stage company seeking angel funding of less than $1M (and have raised less than $300,000) click here to apply for the Seed stage track.

 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Students and recent alumni are to volunteer to help out for part of the day and enjoy the summit for the other part. Volunteers assist with setup, registration, program coordination, company presentations etc. To join us as a volunteer, please fill out the form here: Click Here http://bit.ly/VSW20VOLUNTEER .

 

 

UPDATED on 1/16/2020

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI ) Group is pleased to sponsor and invite you to join us at Venture Summit | West

Special offer:  Register Now & Save $450 off (Use discount code “LPBI-VIP”)

* Call for Top Innovators Details below

Venture Summit | West

Where Innovation Meets Capital

March 23rd & 24th  2020

Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley

  

Reminder to register for the prestigious Venture Summit | West being held on March 23rd & 24th 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This year will again feature a dedicated Lifesciences/Healthcare Track. Come meet, interact and network with more than 1,300 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies.

 

Whether you’re a Lifesciences/Healthcare startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West presented by youngStartup Ventures – is the event of the year you won’t want to miss.

 

A highly productive venture conference, Venture Summit | West is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage companies.

 

Partial Initial Lineup of over 60 VCs & Angels confirmed to speak and judge includes:

Ben Abadi, Managing Director, Energy Innovation Capital | Shaun Arora, Founding Partner, MiLA Capital | Shannon Austin, Partner, Financial Venture Studio | Jennifer Azapian, Partner , Mighty Capital | Wade Bitaraf, Founder, Energy & Sustainability, Plug & Play Tech Center | Greg Bohlen, Managing Director, Union Grove Venture Partners | Peter Bruce-Clark, Partner, Social Impact Capital | Darren Cooke, Investor, Life Science Angels | Ross Darwin, Principal, Owl Ventures | Anne DeGheest, Founder, HealthTech Capital | Jun Deng, Partner, Joyance Partners | Robert Dunkle, President, ABES Venture Partners | Anna Fokina, Senior Associate, Data Collective | Norm Gitis, Managing Partner, Lymo Ventures | Sheeraz Haji, Managing Partner, Zip Dragon Ventures | Charlie Hanna, Investor, Marcy Venture Partners | Daniel Harris, Managing Director, DPH Ventures | Guy Horowitz, Partner, Deutsche Telekom Capital Partners | Jens Horstmann, Founding Director, Crestlight Ventures | Najib Khouri-Haddad, General Partner, Sway Ventures | Howard Ko, Principal, Morpheus Ventures | Elaine Kunda, Founder & Managing Director, Disruption Ventures | Ricky Lai, Principal, Portag3 Ventures | Anh Le, Partner, CRCM Ventures | James Lee, Investment Associate Director, Photon Fund | Darwin Ling, Founding General Partner, Good AI Capital | Melina Mathur, Principal, Asset Management Ventures | Manan Mehta, Founding Partner, Unshackled Ventures | SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital | Mark Mueller-Eberstein, Angel Investor, Alliance of Angels | Ivan Nikkhoo, Managing Partner, Navigate Ventures | Kira Noodleman, Principal, Bee Partners | Damien Petty, Principal, Morpheus Ventures | Patrick Pfeffer, Lead Investor, Juniper Networks | Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures | Mario Ruiz, Investor, Paypal Ventures | Ernst Sack, Partner, Blue Bear Capital | Praveen Sahay, Managing Director, WAVE Equity Partners | Gayatri Sarkar, Managing Partner, Hype Capital VC Fund | Charles Sidman, Managing Partner, ECS Capital Partners | Ratan Singh, Principal, Fort Ross Ventures | Li Sun, Partner, Foundation Capital | Erica Van, Investor, Charles River Ventures | Kutral Veerabadran, Principal, Flow Capital | Sonali Vijayavargiya, Managing Director, Augment Ventures | Elaine Zelby, Principal & Director of Growth, SignalFire | Stephanie Zepeda, Senior Associate, Arbor Ventures | Yanan Zhao, General Partner, Magnet Ventures | Sebastian Zhou, Investor, Alpha Square Group | Simin Zhou, VP & Managing Director, UL Ventures and many more.

 

 

Special Offer:

LPBI has made special arrangement for our network to receive a special discount of $450 off. This conference will be attended by the best people in the industry. Please register early to avoid disappointment. 

 

Register Today & Save Click here.   (Use promo code “ LPBI-VIP”)

 

In addition to providing access to leading Investors, the conference will feature more than 100 pre-screened venture backed, emerging and early stage companies seeking capital, and hardcore networking. 

 

 

Call for TOP INNOVATORS!

Get Noticed > Get Funded > Grow Faster

 

A select group of more than 100 Top Innovators will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Corporate Investors, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, and Strategic Partners.

 

Apply to Present / Nominate a company:

For more information or to be considered for one of the Top Innovator slots click here.

 

Seed Pitchfest:

If you are a seed stage company seeking angel funding of less than $1M (and have raised less than $300,000) click here to apply for the Seed stage track.

 

 We look forward to seeing you there. 

 

LPBI & youngStartup Ventures

 

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Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI ) Group is pleased to announce its sponsorship and invite you to join us at Venture Summit | West

Special offer:  Register Now & Save $450 off

(Use discount code “LPBI-VIP”)

* Call for Top Innovators Details below

Venture Summit | West

Where Innovation Meets Capital

March 23rd & 24th  2020

Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley

  

Come meet, interact and network with more than 1,300 VCs, Corporate VCs, angel investors, industry execs and founders of venture backed, emerging and early stage companies at the prestigious Venture Summit | West being held on March 23rd & 24th 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This year will again feature a dedicated Lifesciences/Healthcare Track.

 

Whether you’re a Lifesciences/Healthcare startup seeking capital and exposure, or an investor seeking new deals, Venture Summit West presented by youngStartup Ventures – is the event of the year you won’t want to miss.

 

A highly productive venture conference, Venture Summit | West is dedicated to showcasing VCs, Corporate VCs and angel investors committed to funding venture backed, emerging and early stage companies.

 

Lineup of over 150 VCs and Angels that spoke and judged at VSW19 includes:

Ben Abadi, Managing Director, Energy Innovation Capital | Navid Alipour, Co-founder and Managing Partner, Analytics Ventures | Logan Allin, General Partner & Founder, Fin Venture Capital | Kareem Aly, Principal, Thomvest Ventures | Magdi Amin, Investment Partner, Omidyar Network | Ash Archibald, Deal Principal, Wharton Angels | Jennifer Azapian, Partner , Mighty Capital | Carlos S. Baradello, General Partner, Alaya Capital Partners | Scott Beechuk, Partner, Norwest Venture Partners | Marcus Behrendt, Partner, BMW i Ventures | Lisha Bell, Dealflow Lead, Pipeline Angels | Ashish Bhatia, Angel Investor | Sunny Bia, Associate, CRCM Ventures | Mike Biddle, Managing Director, Evok Innovations | Alexa Binns, Associate, Maven Ventures | Wade Bitaraf, Founder, Energy & Sustainability, Plug & Play Tech Center | Tico Blumenthal, Co-chair of the Medical Device Screening Committee, Life Science Angels | Greg Bohlen, Managing Director, Union Grove Venture Partners | Will Borthwick, Senior Associate, Bold Capital Partners | Eric Breese, Investment Manager, Evonik Venture Capital | Maxx Bricklin, Founding Principal, Bold Capital Partners | Pratik Budhdev, Investment Director, Volvo Cars Tech Fund | Edouard Bulteau, Investment Manager, Total Energy Ventures | Andy Cao, Principal, Comcast Ventures | Packey Carrier, Investment Manager, American Express Ventures | Jeffrey Carter, General Partner, West Loop Ventures | Matthew Chavez, Associate, New Enterprise Associates | Joy Chen, Chief Investment Officer, TAL Education Group | Kelly Chen, Principal, Data Collective | Keting Chu, Venture Partner, LYFE Capital | Jackson Cummings, Investor, Salesforce Ventures | Michael D’Aurizio, Investment Manager, Centrica Innovations | Ned Daoro, Senior Associate, Clocktower Technology Ventures | Angelo Del Priore, Partner, HP Tech Ventures | Jun Deng, Partner, Joyance Partners | Dan Doble, Managing Director, SABIC Ventures | Rexhi Dollaku, Principal, Base10 | Yizhen Dong, Principal, 11.2 Capital | Ted Driscoll, Managing Partner, DigitalDX Ventures | Marah Dudenhoeffer, Manager, Verizon Ventures | Susannah Duke, Associate, Pelion Venture Partners | Robert Dunkle, President, ABES Venture Partners | Victor Echevarria, Principal, Jackson Square Ventures | Tom Eggleston, Managing Director , Charmides Capital | Geoffrey Eisenberg, Principal, Ecosystem Integrity Fund | Sean Engel, Principal, Top Tier Capital Partners | Michael Fanfant, Senior Associate, Runa Capital | Chenoa Farnsworth, Managing Director, Blue Startups | Kristen Faulkner, Associate, Threshold Ventures | Linda Fingerle, Partner, Tappan Hill Ventures | Spencer Foust, Principal, Sozo Ventures | Ben Freeberg, Senior Associate, Alpha Venture Partners | Chris Gaertner, Principal, Omega Venture Partners | Karim Gillani, General Partner, Luge Capital | Norm Gitis, Managing Partner, Life Science Angels | Garrett Goldberg, Partner, Bee Partners | Jocelyn Goldfein, Managing Director, Zetta Venture Partners | Daniel Gomez, Investment Analyst, Fusion Fund | Tyler Griffin, Managing Partner, Financial Venture Studio | Baris Guzel, Principal, BMW i Ventures | Perry Ha, Analyst, The Westly Group | Sheeraz Haji, Managing Partner, Zip Dragon Ventures | Daniel Harris, Managing Director, DPH Ventures | Laurence Hayward, Partner, Independence Equity | Annie Hazlehurst, Founder, Faridan | Alicia Castillo Holley, Investor, Sand Hill Angels | Jens Horstmann, Founding Director, Crestlight Ventures | Heyu Huang, Venture Partner, Fresco Capital | Anup Jacob, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Activate Capital Partners | Alexis Ji, Partner, Illumina Ventures | Gary Jinks, Founding Managing Director, South Valley Angels | Matt Jones, Managing Director, Solvay Ventures | Kathleen Jurman, Corporate Technology Scout, Dow Ventures | Amir Kabir, Investment Principal, Munich Re Ventures | Jimmy Kan, Senior Associate, Anzu Partners | Kester Keating, Head of US Strategic Investments, Barclays | Roger King, Founder, Bay Angels | Steve Kishi, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners | Yasemin Kliman, Co-President, Harvard Business School Angels | Daniella Kranjac, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Dynamk Capital | Nathan Krishnamurthy, Principal, Capital One Growth Ventures | Vivek Krishnamurthy, Associate, Commerce Ventures | Amit Kumar, Investor, Band of Angels | Kwasi Kyei, Associate, Sandbox Industries | Eduardo Laiter, Sr Investment Analyst, Kapor Capital | Severine Lalande, Investment Manager, Total Energy Ventures | Javaughn Lawrence, Investor, Eniac Ventures | Lindsay Lee, Managing Director, Authentic Ventures | Roberta Lee, Angel Investor, Life Science Angels | Sarah Lee, Investor, EdVentures Group | Julie Lein, Managing Partner, Urban Innovation Fund | Geraldine Le Meur, Founding Partner, The Refiners | Ephraim Lindenbaum, Managing Director, Advance Ventures | Alex Luce, Principal, Creative Ventures | Vincent Lui, Senior Director of Corporate Ventures, SK Telecom Americas | Silvia Mah, Executive Director and Founder, Hera Angels | Ashish Mahashabde, Investor, Amex Ventures | Shripriya Mahesh, Co-Founding Partner, Spero Ventures | Tasneem Manjra, Head of Network Development, Volvo Cars Tech Fund | Jillian Manus, Managing Partner, Structure Capital | Ben Metcalfe, Principal, Ridge Ventures | Wouter Meuleman, Director of Investments, Illumina Ventures | SC Moatti, Managing Partner, Mighty Capital | Linda Molnar, Program Director, National Science Foundation | Sasha Ostojic, Angel investor, Playground Global | Umesh Padval, Venture Partner, Thomvest Ventures | Hirak Parikh, Venture Partner, Augment Ventures | Victor Pascucci III, Managing Partner, Lightbank | Phoebe Peronto, Investor, Salesforce Ventures | Ricardo Politi, Partner, Mindset Ventures | Salil Pradhan, Venture Partner, Draper Nexus | Gagan Rana, Executive-in-Residence, Learn Capital | Peter Redford, Investor, Band of Angels | Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures | John Ricci, Founder & Managing Partner, US Angels | Jennifer Richard, Senior Associate, Cross Culture Ventures | Andre Rocha, Investor, Glasswing Ventures | Riley Rodgers, Associate, Valia Investments | Peter Rojas, Founding Partner, Betaworks Ventures | Praveen Sahay, Managing Director, WAVE Equity Partners | Natalie Sandman, Senior Associate, Shasta Ventures | Miraj Sanghvi, Principal, DigiTx | Jason Schoettler, Co-Founder & Partner, Calibrate Ventures | Wes Selke, Managing Director, Better Ventures | Jayni Shah, Principal, Accomplice | Prashant Shah, Partner, Monta Vista Capita | Ann Shin, Founding Partner, Ultrafund Capital | Charles Sidman, Managing Partner, ECS Capital Partners | Kathleen Siswanto, Investor, Propel Venture Partners | Ira Smith, Director of Venture Investments, Pandect BioVentures | Tanya Soman, Venture Partner, 500 Startups | Shirley Speakman, Partner, Cycle Capital Management | Adam Spector, Angel Investor | Kumar Sripadam, Chair, TiE Global | Jack Statza, Senior Associate, Allstate Strategic Ventures | George Straschnov, Managing Director, Bisk Ventures | Marcus Stroud, Managing Partner, TXV Partners | Mayra Tama, Principal, Initial Capital | Wei Tao, Life Science Angels, Chair Bio Genomics Committee | Craig Taylor, General Partner, Alloy Ventures | Laura Thompson, Principal, Sapphire Ventures | Vishal Verma, General Partner, Edgewood Ventures | Che Voigt, Chairman, North Bay Angels | Jordan Wahbeh, Managing Director, Bay Angels | Timothy Wang, Principal, The Westly Group | Kyoko Watanabe, Managing Director, DEFTA Partners | Patricia Wexler, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Starlight Ventures | James Wu, Senior Associate, M12 | Jonathan Wu, Board Director and Vice President, Sand Hill Angels | Margaret Wu, Investor, Georgian Partners | Veronica Wu, Managing Partner, Hone Capital | Wei Wu, Healthcare Investment Director, BOE Ventures | Matthew Wukasch, Managing Director, Charmides Capital | Wenz Xing, Associate, Bullpen Capital | Sue Xu, Managing Partner , Amino Capital | Lu Zhang, Founder & Managing Partner, Fusion Fund | Jimmy Zhu, Vice President, Citi Ventures | Shelley Zhuang, Founder and Managing Partner, 11.2 Capital | TX Zhuo, Managing Partner, Fika Ventures and many more.

 

 

Special Offer:

LPBI has made special arrangement for our network to receive a special discount of $450 off.

This conference will be attended by the best people in the industry. Please register early to avoid disappointment. 

 

Register Today & Save Click here.   (Use promo code “ LPBI-VIP”)

 

In addition to providing access to leading Investors, the conference will feature more than 100 pre-screened venture backed, emerging and early stage companies seeking capital, and hardcore networking. 

 

Call for TOP INNOVATORS!

Get Noticed > Get Funded > Grow Faster

 

A select group of more than 100 Top Innovators will be chosen to present their breakthrough investment opportunities to an exclusive audience of Venture Capitalists, Corporate Investors, Private Investors, Investment Bankers, and Strategic Partners.

 

  • Apply to Present / Nominate a company:

For more information or to be considered for one of the Top Innovator slots click here.

 

  • Seed Pitchfest:

If you are a seed stage company seeking angel funding of less than $1M (and have raised less than $300,000) click here to apply for the Seed stage track.

 

 We look forward to seeing you there. 

 

LPBI & youngStartup Ventures

 

LPBI Group – Executive Summary

The Challenge

“Today, there is a digital information explosion in the fields of Life Sciences and Medicine,” said Aviva Lev-Ari, Ph.D., R.N., and founder of Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group. “To manage that challenge, we are responding to the needs of our multi-faceted audiences in order to guard against information obsolescence through transformational technologies and solutions.”

 

Our Vision:

LPBI Group generates vast scientific content via industry thought leaders through multiple platforms and makes it universally accessible.

 

About LPBI Group

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence Group (“LPBI Group”) is a leading, electronic scientific content-creation venture, offering real-time, original scientific content through advanced platform architecture methodologies since 2012. The company’s commitment is to synthesize, analyze and interpret complex, medical and scientific disease information through electronic publishing venues via the cloud to advance the knowledge and research efforts of the scientific and business community.

LPBI Group was created in 2012 by Dr. Aviva Lev-Ari, Ph.D., R.N. The Group has evolved into three, interrelated domains – an open-access online scientific journal, a series of 16 BioMed e-books and real-time press coverage of BioMed scientific and medical conferences. Through this transformative offering, the Group effectively meets and exceeds the information needs of researchers, scientists and industry pharmaceutical and biotechnology executives by offering real-time and currently available medical and scientific information on any subject as well as cutting-edge biomedical research innovation widely available to the scientific and non-research community. The method of curation includes synthesis, analysis and interpretation of complex medical and scientific areas.

Year over year, there is increased readership of highly valued content, which equates to more than 5,500 scientific articles with over 1.6 million readers in the online scientific journal.

 

Unique, Experienced Team

The Group employs a team of highly experienced individuals in Life Sciences, particularly within the key domains of BioMedicine, Biotechnology, Pharmaco-therapy, Medical and Information Technology, Health Care and the Life Sciences/Medicine connection.

All members of the LPBI Group team have a wealth of expertise and experience in Life Sciences and have been trained to master the methodology of scientific curation used in the articles. Those individuals include senior MDs, MD/PhDs, PharmDs and senior PhDs who expressed interest in medical writing and clinical interpretation of basic research, translational research and interpretation of clinical trials outcomes.

  • Medical Doctors: Dr. Larry H. Bernstein (retired), Dr. Justin Pearlman (Central Maine Medical Center)
  • Doctors of Philosophy: Dr. Justin Pearlman, Dr. Stephen Williams, Dr. Sudipta Saha, Dr. Ritu Saxena, Dr. Tilda Barliya, Dr. Irina Robu, Dr. Dror Nir, Dr. Aviva Lev-Ari
  • Professors in Academia: Prof. Marcus W. Feldman (Stanford University), Prof. Stephen J. Williams (Temple University), Prof. Sudipta Saha (Amity University Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India), Dr. Irina Robu (Windsor, Ontario, Canada), Adam Sonnenberg, PhD(c), Boston University
  • Executives in Biotechnology and Information Technology Industries: Amnon Danzig, MBA, Europe-Asia (business development consultant with specialization in Strategy, Corporate Finance and Human Capital, published author on Value Creation concepts), Rick Mandahl, MBA, Americas (business development consultant in emerging technologies with Biotech, Information Technology focus), Ritu Saxena (Astellas Pharma), Gail S. Thornton, M.A., PhD(c), (Merck & Co., USA, communications consultant, published author on health, wellness, communications strategy)

 

Scientific e-Books Source

The 16 BioMed e-books include topics focused on medical science, diagnostics and therapy. The books’ sustainability is maintained by online continuing updates made to articles in the online scientific journal. Each of the scientific e-books contain an abbreviated electronic table of contents, which consists of ‘live’ links from each article in the e-book to the article in the online scientific journal. Readers of the e-books can click on this link to receive the most, updated “State of Science” for each topic. This unique feature makes the e-books relevant and provides a timely source of knowledge and reference.

Highly qualified content consultants, who are senior MDs, MD/PhDs and Professors, are involved in the production and clinical interpretations of the curations. The topics for curation and the contents of the books are uniquely created and carefully edited. Dr. Aviva Lev-Ari as the editor-in-chief leads this multidisciplinary content compilation using her diverse areas of technical training and experience. It should be noted that all of LPBI’s material could, in principle, be translated into other languages.

 

Journal Ontology

Our intellectual property consists of three classes of Intellectual property assets as described in detail with live links in the following article:

eScientific Publishing a Case in Point: Evolution of Platform Architecture Methodologies and of Intellectual Property Development (Content Creation by Curation) Business Model

https://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com/2019/02/04/escientific-publishing-a-case-in-point-evolution-of-platform-architecture-methodologies-and-of-intellectual-property-development-content-creation-by-curation-business-model/

 

Three Classes of Intellectual Property Assets

These assets include an open-access online scientific journal with curated, current biomedical research; a series of 16 BioMed e-books available via Amazon in five specialties of Medicine: Cardiovascular, Genomic Medicine (a subset of Precision Medicine), Cancer, Immunology and Precision Medicine; and real-time curation of biotech and medical conferences yielding an e-Proceedings at the end of the conference in one click operation.

For example, Genomic Medicine, as an emerging medical discipline, is making an impact in the fields of oncology, pharmacology, rare and undiagnosed diseases and infectious disease. This field involves using genomic information about an individual as part of their clinical care (e.g., for diagnostic or therapeutic decision-making) and the health outcomes and policy implications of that clinical use.

The open-access online scientific journal ontology is a relational and hierarchical knowledge base allowing for expansion of the content creation process between the journal and the series of BioMed e-books, but it is not limited to these two areas. For example, one of the research categories, entitled “Interviews with Scientific Leaders,” includes in its growth plan the option of podcasts, an audio media component that will supplement the video media component used extensively in the BioMed e-Series.

The Group’s business is scalable, and the skill set needed for curation of scientific findings for clinical interpretations, as well as in other disciplines can be augmented by appropriate training in the curation methodology to be offered to experts in many fields. In our seven years together, the Group’s writers and editors generated a remarkable synergy among experts, authors and writers, which yields outstanding collaboration in producing these curations. There are many post-doctoral individuals in the biotechnology industry as well as academia who can serve as experts, authors and writers in continuing the Group’s operations, following appropriate onboarding.

Contact us

Aviva Lev-Ari, PhD, RN

Director & Founder

https://lnkd.in/eEyn69r

Leaders in Pharmaceutical Business Intelligence (LPBI) Group, Boston, NJ, Salt Lake City, Berkeley, Cambridge UK, Maine, New Delhi, Palo Alto, Philadelphia, Toronto

Editor-in-Chief

http://pharmaceuticalintelligence.com

e-Mail: avivalev-ari@alum.berkeley.edu

(M) 617-775-0451

https://cal.berkeley.edu/AvivaLev-Ari,PhD,RN

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