Why Invest in Philadelphia Now? – Converting Risk Capital to Success Stories

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
8:00 AM– 2:00 PM

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Free Parking are included.

As a life science entrepreneur, raising capital is an exciting, challenging and a somewhat daunting experience. In the Philadelphia metro region, it has been more difficult since the 2008-2009 economic recession. Our Life Sciences community has lost businesses, jobs and investment capital to other regions across the USA. Upon the exit of these investment dollars, local entrepreneurs have found it tough to obtain seed money, and more problematic to acquire funding that could lead towards eventual commercialization and positive cash flow.

With this challenge in mind, members of the Life Sciences Collaborative have designed our 4th annual conference around this conversation. Our robust panels include leaders from life science investment management, regional incubators and biopharma firms. This program is focused on changing the game and reversing the trend of reduced access to investment capital in this region. Our panels of industry leaders will offer their guidance and real world experiences to help build your entrepreneurial skill set towards increased success within the Philadelphia metro area.

Panelists & Moderators

Pete Buzy, President, CEO & Board Member, Paragon Biosciences
Matt Cabrey, Executive Director Select Greater Philadelphia & Senior VP of Regional Marketing , Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
Jane Hollingsworth, Managing Partner, Militia Hill Ventures
Osagie Imasogie, Senior Managing Partner, Phoenix IP Ventures
Dean Miller, President & CEO, PACT
J. David Owens, CEO, BiologicsMD
Michael Poisel, Director, Penn Center for Innovation Ventures
Heather Steinman, PhD, Executive Director of Technology Transfer at the Wistar Institute
Mark Tepper, Founder, President & Chief Scientific Officer, Corbus Pharmaceuticals
Michael Wells, Managing Partner, Princeton Biopharma Capital


Keynote Speakers

Stephen Tang, PhD, President & CEO, University City Science Center
Adam Dakin, President & CEO, PhotoSonix Medical



Why Invest in Philadelphia Now? - Converting Risk Capital to Success Stories
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

All sessions, presenters and times are subject to change without notice.
Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Free Parking, are included.
  • Full Agenda
  • 7:00 – 8:00 AM

    Registration, Breakfast and Networking

  • 8:00 – 8:50 AM

    Welcome from USciences
    Andrew Peterson, PharmD, PhD – John Wyeth Dean of the Mayes College
    Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Health Policy, USciences
    Welcome from LSC
    Charles “Chip” T. Bernhardt – Event Committee Chair, Life Sciences Collaborative
    Keynote Speaker: Stephen Tang, PhD
    President & CEO, University City Science Center

  • 8:50 – 10:25 AM

    Panel #1: Building a Successful Pitch for Investor Discussions

    • How to hold effective meetings and motivate your audience
    • Translating good science into a return on investment
    • Creating clear, concise presentations that focuses on investment return
    • Availability of resources for your successful pitch

    Moderator: Dean Miller

    President & CEO of PACT


  • Break

    10:25 – 11:00 AM

  • 11:00 – 12:15 PM

    Panel #2: Seed Money and Beyond: Improving the Flow of Investment Funds to Our Region

    • Challenges related to different tiers of investments
    • Comparison of funding available outside of the Philadelphia Metro Region
    • Investment struggles within the Life Sciences community

    Moderator: Matt Cabrey

    Executive Director, Select Greater Philadelphia

  • 12:15 – 12:50 PM

    Keynote Speaker

    Adam Dakin
    President & CEO
    PhotoSonix Medical

  • 12:50 – 1:00 PM

    Closing Remarks

    Steve Kantor
    Co-Founder of the Life Sciences Collaborative
    Executive Vice President, KEH Insurance Agency


  • Lunch and Networking

    1:00 – 2:00 PM