September 23, 2020

2019 Xcelerate Program Schedule

Wednesday, September 11

8:50am – 2:10pm

The Future of Oncology and Genetic Medicine

As groundbreaking therapies and diagnostics are coming to market, patients are benefiting from the promise of precision medicine, but many are still not able to access the latest treatments and technologies. What are hospitals and drug and diagnostic developers doing to make sure more cancer patients will go on to lead long, healthy lives? And how will precision oncology change how new drugs are developed? By attending, you will gain deep insight from top leaders in healthcare, pharma and academia on the promises and challenges of precision cancer medicine and immunotherapies.

The headline keynote speaker is Laurie Glimcher, President and CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, one of the world’s leading cancer research hospitals. She will discuss how far cancer diagnosis and treatment has come and where oncology and cancer research need to go. Other Xcelerate keynote speakers — including top Harvard scientists at the cutting edge of gene therapy and CRISPR — will discuss how new approaches to correcting disease-causing mutations could transform the lives of people with genetic diseases.

Biopharma executives, scientists, researchers, investors and others from the broader life science ecosystem will learn these and other key takeaways from the forward-looking talks:

– What cutting-edge technologies are emerging from labs that could change the face of gene therapy

– How a top pharmaceutical company is tackling the problem of cancer drug resistance and paving the way towards next-generation immunotherapies

– How genomic profiling is transforming cancer treatment and clinical trials

8:50 – 8:55amMichael KennealyKEYNOTE INTRODUCTION
Michael Kennealy
Massachusetts Secretary of Housing and Economic Development
8:55 – 9:45amLaurie-Glimcher-Final-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Dana-Farber: Cancer in the 21st Century
Laurie Glimcher, MD
President & CEO
Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteSponsor:

Eli Lilly

9:45 – 10:25amNetworking Break – Poster Viewing and Exhibit Hall 
10:25 – 11:00amCindy-Perettie-Final-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Harnessing Data to Accelerate Precision Medicine
Cindy Perettie
Foundation Medicine
11:00 – 11:35amsaurabh-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Precision Medicine: Shaping the Future of Cancer Care
Saurabh Saha, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President R&D, Global Head of Translational Medicine & Cambridge Site Head
Bristol-Myers Squibb
11:35am – 1:00pmLunch – Complimentary boxed lunch for Xcelerate registrants in Room 259A
1:00 – 1:35pmLuk-Vandenberghe-Final-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Decoding and Recoding AAV Therapeutic Gene Transfer
Luk Vandenberghe, PhD
Director, Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center
Mass Eye and Ear
1:35 – 2:10pmdavid-liu-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION
Molecular Machines That Directly Correct Mutations Causing Genetic Diseases
David Liu, PhD
Co-founder, Beam Therapeutics & Editas Medicine
Vice Chair of Faculty, Broad Institute
2:10 – 3:45pmNetworking Break – Poster Viewing and Exhibit Hall
3:45 – 5:15pm

Startup Pitch Competition

presented by EBD Group and Xconomy Insight

Gold Sponsor:

Xontogeny logo

Four minutes, four slides. That’s what startup entrepreneurs will have to pitch their companies to a panel of judges comprising top-tier venture capitalists, pharma representatives, and private equity investors! Watch these hopefuls as they make their case.

2019 Confirmed Judges:

Chris-Garabedian-BPA-100-X150Introduction: Chris Garabedian
Chairman & CEO
Charles-Kunsch-BPA-100-X150Charles Kunsch
Senior Director
AbbVie Ventures
Paulina-Hill-BPA-100-X150Paulina Hill
Omega Funds
Marian-Nakada-BPA-100-X150Marian Nakada
VP, Venture Investments
Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JJDC
Kiran-Reddy-BPA100-X150Kiran Reddy
Venture Partner
Blackstone Life Sciences
Kevin BittermanKevin Bitterman
Atlas Venture
Dominic TongDominic Tong
Sky Ventures Group


5:30 – 8:30pmParty in the Park

Festival Party


Rentschler Biopharma

The Lawn on D is the place to be if you like live music and networking! Prepare yourself for a laugh-out-loud, foot-stomping, hand-clapping good time as you sing along with the D’s Keys interactive rock-and-roll dueling piano show. We will provide the local signature cocktails and delicious food by Rebel Catering—you just have to show up!

If you would like to take it down a notch, The Lawn On D features state-of-the art halo swings, an interactive art exhibition and assorted games such as bocce, ping-pong and cornhole where you can relax, have fun and make new, valuable connections.

Are you a fan of the Piano Man? We are too! We will be raffling off a SIGNED BILLY JOEL PIANO MAN ALBUM as well! Don’t miss your chance to win this one-of-a-kind merchandise. Help us celebrate all things BWB.