Xconomy Forum: How to Build a Life Sciences Company

Let’s face it, venture capital financing is in the doldrums, notoriously few new drugs are making it to market, and healthcare spending is under increasing scrutiny. But innovation is messy—and often the best innovations spring from tough times. Today’s difficult climate is breeding creative and flexible new models for launching and sustaining companies in biotech, diagnostics, medical devices, and other areas of life sciences.

This conference and networking event will bring top innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors together for a series of case studies and panel discussions on these new strategies—including alternative forms of financing, novel types of collaboration, non-traditional business models, and more. So join us on September 23 and learn what your colleagues and competitors are doing to build the next generation of great life sciences companies.


Keynote chat:

Robert Langer — Institute Professor, MIT

Terry McGuire — Co-founder and Managing General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners

Speakers and panelists include:

Nils Bergenhem — Chief Scientific Officer, Escoublac

Myer Berlow — CEO, Nano-Terra; Director, Diagnostics-For-All

Leo Liu — Founder and CEO, Cambria Pharmaceuticals

Nick Naclerio — CEO and Chairman, Quanterix

Amir Nashat — General Partner, Polaris Venture Partners

Alex Rives–Associate, ARCH Venture Partners

Carmichael Roberts — General Partner, North Bridge Venture Partners; co-founder Surface Logix, Nano-Terra

Clifford J. Robinson — Director, Business Incubation, Boston University

David Schubert — Chief Business Officer, Accelerator Corporation

David Steinberg — CEO, Enlight Biosciences; Senior Principal, PureTech Ventures

Chuck Wilson — Vice President, Global Head of Strategic Alliances, Novartis

Tod Woolf — CEO, RXi Pharmaceuticals

Breakfast and lunch will be served.


  • Regular rate: $350………………………………………Register Now
  • Student rate: $75 (Limited number available. Valid student ID must be shown at registration desk.)
  • Tickets are transferable but not refundable.


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