Xconomy Forum: Seattle Biotech Seizes the Momentum

Biotech has roared back to life the past couple years, perhaps more than any other U.S. economic sector. Seattle’s biotech community is no different. Last year’s signs of revival include the ascendance of Juno Therapeutics, the burgeoning pipeline of Seattle Genetics, the kickoff of a study that could become a key part of the national precision medicine initiative, and Celgene’s decision to build an R&D center in town.

There were lows, too, such as Amgen’s decision to leave town, but the momentum is in Seattle’s favor. On May 6, we’re gathering for a half-day of conversation and debate about Seattle biotech in 2015 and beyond. We’ll discuss topics such as the region’s expertise in cancer immunotherapy; the relationship between for-profit biotechs and the city’s vibrant nonprofit research core; the identity of the next great “anchor” company; and the fate of Amgen’s Helix campus, built only 10 years ago for decades of biotech use.

How should Seattle biotech seize the momentum? Join us at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to take part in the discussion.

Confirmed Speakers:

  • Gary Gilliland

    President & Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

  • Hans Bishop

    CEO, Juno Therapeutics

  • Eric Dobmeier

    COO, Seattle Genetics

  • Heather Franklin

    CEO, Blaze Bioscience

  • Mike Gallatin

    Senior Advisor, Frazier Healthcare

  • Lee Hood

    President, The Institute for Systems Biology

  • Charlotte Hubbert

    Program Investment Officer, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

  • Vikram Jandhyala

    Vice Provost for Innovation, CoMotion

  • Matt McIlwain

    Managing Director, Madrona Venture Group

  • Bob Nelsen

    Co-founder & Managing Director, ARCH Venture Partners

  • Carlos Paya

    CEO, Immune Design

  • David Poston

    COO, Allen Institute

  • Chad Robins

    President & CEO, Adaptive Biotechnologies

  • Randy Schatzman

    CEO, Alder Biopharmaceuticals




View our full agenda here.
Registration: 1:45 – 2:30 pm
Program: 2:30 – 5:45 pm
Networking Reception: 5:45 – 6:45 pm

Registration Information:

Regular Registration: $275
Startup Special: $145
Student: $30
At the Door: $350

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