Speakers

The 2021 List of Faculty 

Thierry Auperin

Thierry Auperin, PhD, is Vice President, Medical Communications and Training, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge MA. He joined Alnylam Pharmaceuticals in 2019 as Vice President, Medical Communications and Training

Pravin Chaturvedi

Pravin Chaturvedi, PhD, is CEO of OCEANYX Pharmaceuticals and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for NAPO Pharmaceuticals, Woburn MA, USA. Dr Chaturvedi is the Summit Honorary Chair. He is widely recognized one of MA’s key opinion leaders in Biotechnology. He has developed over 7 new treatments in CNS, GI and viral diseases over his career.

James Cornwall

James Cornwall, Partner, Business Development CCD at Abingworth LLP. He has close to 30 years professional experience in the pharmaceutical and CRO industries, working across a range of disciplines including academic research, clinical development, corporate development and investing. He works with the investment team in the London, Boston and Menlo Park offices to source and evaluate new clinical co-development (CCD) investment opportunities and supports existing CCD investments.

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Rebecca Dufur

Rebecca (Becky) Dufur, Associate, McDermott Will & Emery, focuses her practice on the representation of leading academic and research institutions, pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies in complex licensing, collaboration and strategic alliance transactions.

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Vanessa Elharrar

Vanessa Elharrar, M.D., MPH, is Vice President Vaccines Strategy Lead within PPD Biotech. She has been focused exclusively on COVID-19 clinical development since the beginning of the pandemic. She has 14+ years experience in infectious disease clinical research and NIH leadership.

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Eric Evans

Executive Committee, Mass Medical Angels, Boston MA. Life Sciences Entrepreneur and Investor. Eric has been an executive and consultant in the life sciences for over thirty years, holding leadership roles in biotech, medical device and diagnostic companies. 

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Naji Gehchan

Naji Gehchan, MD, is Global Development Leader Oncology at Eli Lilly leading the development of an oncology asset from early to late phase. Prior to this role, he led Northeast USA sales teams in diabetes bringing life-changing medicines to Healthcare Providers helping patients with diabetes.

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Shahin Gharakhanian

Shahin Gharakhanian, MD, DPH, specializes in Drug & Vaccine Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, based in the Cambridge Innovation Center. He has extensive track record in Pharmaceutical Medicine, Executive Leadership & Management. Dr Gharakhanian has led or managed projects for 12 different companies, ten brands in different geographies (Asia, Europe, USA) including four NDA/MAA/launches, most recently a 2011 “blockbuster” in the US.

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Omid Harandi

Omid Harandi, PhD, is an innovation-driven Scientist designing and developing novel cell and gene therapy platforms with moonshot spirit. He is currently the Director of Cell and Gene Therapy at Flagship Labs (Cambridge, MA). Prior to that, he led the platform team at Rubius Therapeutics and developed the next generation of ex vivo stem cell production and cell engineering.

Paul Hartung

Launchpad Venture Group LLC Representative, Life Sciences Entrepreneur. Paul is a longtime life sciences and technology executive with a proven track record in launching successful startup businesses and leading Fortune 500 organizations. 

Frederic Jallat

Dr. Frédéric Jallat is currently Professor, Academic Director of the Advanced Master in Biopharmaceutical Management (MsM – Paris & London), Associate Research Fellow at ESCP Business School, and an affiliated Professor at Sciences Po. Paris. He is currently working, as Co-Academic Director of the Advanced Management Program in Life Sciences and Health (APiL), on the development of a major initiative for entrepreneurship and innovation together with Institut Pasteur.

Sophie Kornowski

Dr. Sophie Kornowski joined Gurnet Point Capital in 2018 from Roche, a leading healthcare company based in Switzerland, where she was Executive Vice-President, global Head of Partnering. In this role, Dr. Kornowski developed and maintained over 200 external partnerships with research institutions, Biotech, Pharma and Healthcare Information Technology companies worldwide.

Cécile Le Camus

Cecile Le Camus, MD, Global Head of Hemophilia for RBD (Rare Blood Disorders), Medical Affairs Group, Sanofi-Genzyme, Cambridge MA, USA. Formerly she was head of the US Medical Affairs at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston MA.

Retsina Meyer

Retsina Meyer, PhD, Head of strategic projects and Alliances at Delix Therapeutics. Boad of Advisors, Museum of Science, Boston, MA.

Tibor Nemes

Tibor Nemes is President of Stallergenes Greer, Americas, since 2018. Stallergenes Greer has more than one hundred years of combined expertise in allergy and allergen immunotherapy (AIT), and has offices in 19 countries with a commercial distribution network in 40 countries. In 2016 Tibor was serving as Global Head of Technical Operations. He achieved profitability in 2019 for the Americas region in parallel to helping take the company private.

Rodger Novak

Dr. Rodger Novak, President and Chairman of CRISPR Therapeutics, he co-founded the company together with Emmanuelle Charpentier and Shaun Foy in November 2013, and has served as a Director on the Board of Directors since inception.  Rodger is an experienced biotechnology and pharmaceutical executive, and former Professor of Microbiology at the Vienna Biocenter in Austria.

Nawal Ouzren

Nawal Ouzren, Chief Executive Officer, SENSORION since April 2017. She has around 20 years of experience in operational and strategic management within the pharmaceutical and biotech industry. Mrs. Ouzren started out at GE before moving to Baxter, where she was Strategy and Operational Excellence Manager, Quality Operations Director and Senior Director Strategy before becoming Vice President of the BioSimilars business unit.

Kamilla Rolsted

Kamilla Rolsted, PhD, MBA, Co-Founder Isanans Pharma & Advisor, Translution Capital. She is a life science executive with 20+ years of industry experience. Currently, she is Sr. Exec. Consultant at The Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences/UCPH focusing on innovation and entrepreneurship. She is also advising Nordic listed and non-listed biotech companies in equity-based fund raisings as part of Translution Capital, and finally, she is the co-founder of Isanans Pharma, a biotech company focusing on ophthalmology.

Lou Shipley

Lou Shipley serves as an executive-in-residence at General Catalyst, sits on the Board of Directors of Wasabi, CustomerGauge, SentryOne, Fairmarkit and Teamworks, and is a lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management and the Harvard Business School, where he instructs, mentors, coaches the next generation of entrepreneurs. A multi time successful tech CEO. An inspiring teacher. A sought after board member. A trusted mentor. A popular tech-market commentator, writer and speaker.

Michael Siekman

Michael Siekman, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery, focuses his practice on intellectual property matters, including patent prosecution, licensing and post-grant proceedings and litigation. Leveraging over 25 years of experience, Michael has built in-depth patent portfolios, advising clients in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.

Mark Stencik

Mark Stencik, Executive Director, Business Development & Licensing, Merck Boston Innovation Hub. Mark has nearly twenty years of Biotech/Pharma experience in business development and licensing and raising capital.

Kenneth Turner

Kenneth Turner is President and CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC), an economic development and investment agency dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the life sciences in Massachusetts. He directs and oversees the center’s operations, investment strategy, programs, and partnerships.

EXECUTIVES PITCHING

In Alphabetical Order of Company:

  • Marcie BLACK, PhD, CEO. Advanced Silicon Group, Umass Lowell, MA
  • Albin JEANNE, PhD, CEO. Apmonia Therapeutics, Reims, France
  • Barbara HIBNER, PhD, CSO. Decoy Therapeutics, Cambridge MA
  • Javier ECHENIQUE, PhD, CEO. GPx – General Prognostics, Lowell MA
  • Alban MAINO, CEO. Memory Lane TV, Portland MN
  • Alexandre LE VERT, PhD, CEO. Osivax, Lyon, France
  • Guy-Charles FANNEAU De La HORNIE, DVM, CEO. Pherecydes Pharm, Paris, France
  • Jeffrey Wagner, CSO, macrobial Machines (Fmr Sanarx Biotx), Boston MA
  • Tamatha FENSTER, MD, CMO. Smarther MRI, Lowell MA
  • Karine ROSSIGNOL, PharmD, CEO. Smart Immune, Institut Imagine, Paris, France

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