Wednesday, September 11

8:55 am – 2:10 pm

The Future of Oncology and Genetic Medicine

Xcelerate Keynote Series

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.

Additional Xcelerate Keynote Speakers:

  • Cindy Perettie, CEO, Foundation Medicine
  • David Liu, Co-Founder, Beam Therapeutics & Editas Medicine; Vice Chair of Faculty, Broad Institute
  • Saurabh Saha, Senior Vice-President R&D, Global Head of Translational Medicine, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Luk Vandenberghe, Director, Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center, Massachusetts Eye and Ear; Co-Founder, Akouos Therapeutics and Odylia Therapeutics

9:45 am – 5:30 pm

Poster Viewing and Exhibit Hall

At the center of Biotech Week Boston is the exhibit hall where you can visit over 300 vendors and suppliers devoted to serving the biopharmaceutical industry, with dedicated areas focusing on bioprocessing, cell and gene therapy, microbiome therapeutics, and A.I. in health.

Stay at the forefront of scientific innovation by viewing 120+ unpublished and peer-submitted posters, with topics ranging from early stage process development all the way through to commercial manufacturing.

Download the exhibitor list

3:45 pm – 5:15 pm

Startup Pitch Competition

presented by EBD Group and Xconomy Insight

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.

Interested in pitching? Contact Olivia Guiliana at or 760-692-5913.

2019 Confirmed judge (more announced soon):

Charles-KunschCharles Kunsch
Senior Director
AbbVie Ventures

2018 Judges:
Christine Brennan – Partner, MRL Ventures Fund
Matthew Hammond – Principal, RA Capital Management
Paulina Hill – Principal, Polaris Partners
Cheryl Cui, Partner, Nest.Bio Ventures
Janelle Anderson, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Versant Ventures
Stefan Vitorovic – Co-Founder and Managing Director, Vida Ventures

2018 Pitch Participants:

Glaceum Inc.
Lynkogen Inc.
Proximity Biosciences LLC
Priavoid GmbH

Eolo Pharma
RubrYc Therapeutics, Inc.
Kernal Biologics

Sevengenes, Inc
Microvation Therapeutics, LLC

5:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Festival Party
The Lawn on D

The highlight of Biotech Week Boston is the Festival Party. Prepare yourself for a laugh-out-loud, foot-stomping, hand-clapping good time as you sing along with the D’s Keys interactive rock-n-roll dueling piano show. We’ll provide the cocktails, live music, and plenty of laughs—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. Relax outside, have fun, and make new, valuable connections.

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