Xcelerate Program Schedule

Wednesday, September 11

8:55 am – 2:10 pm

The Future of Oncology and Genetic Medicine

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.


8:55 – 9:45 amLaurie-Glimcher-Final-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Dana-Farber: Cancer in the 21st Century
Laurie, Glimcher, MD
President and CEO,
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

9:45 – 10:25 amNetworking Break – Poster Viewing and Exhibit Hall 
10:25 – 11:00 amCindy-Perettie-Final-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Harnessing Data to Accelerate Precision Medicine
Cindy Perettie
Foundation Medicine

11:00 – 11:35 amsaurabh-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Precision Medicine: Shaping the Future of Cancer Care

Saurabh Saha, MD, PhD
Senior Vice President R&D and Global Head of
Translational Medicine, Cambridge Site Head, Bristol-Myers Squibb
11:35 – 1:00 pmLunch
1:00 – 1:35 pmLuk-Vandenberghe-Final-200pxKEYNOTE PRESENTATION

Decoding and Recoding AAV Therapeutic Gene Transfer

Luk Vandenberghe, PhD
Director, Grousbeck Gene Therapy Center,
Massachusetts Eye and Ear
1:35 – 2:10 pmdavid-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 – 3:45 pmNetworking Break – Poster Viewing and Exhibit Hall
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 oguiliana@ebdgroup.com or 760-692-5913.

2019 Confirmed Judges:


Chris Garabedian
Chairman and 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
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 pm0429-MG-5386

Festival Party
The Lawn On D

The Highlight of Biotech Week Boston is the Festival Party.

Taking place at The Lawn On D, prepare yourself for a laugh-out-loud, foot-stomping, hand-clapping good time as you sing along with D’s Keys interactive rock-and-roll dueling piano show. We will 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 where you can relax, have fun and make new, valuable connections.