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Mar 07 2017


8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Why Invest in Philadelphia Now? – Converting Risk Capital to Success Stories

Continental Breakfast, Lunch, and Free Parking are included.

As a life science entrepreneur, raising capital is an exciting, challenging and a somewhat daunting experience. In the Philadelphia metro region, it has been more difficult since the 2008-2009 economic recession. Our Life Sciences community has lost businesses, jobs and investment capital to other regions across the USA. Upon the exit of these investment dollars, local entrepreneurs have found it tough to obtain seed money, and more problematic to acquire funding that could lead towards eventual commercialization and positive cash flow.

With this challenge in mind, members of the Life Sciences Collaborative have designed our 4th annual conference around this conversation. Our robust panels include leaders from life science investment management, regional incubators and biopharma firms. This program is focused on changing the game and reversing the trend of reduced access to investment capital in this region. Our panels of industry leaders will offer their guidance and real world experiences to help build your entrepreneurial skill set towards increased success within the Philadelphia metro area.

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Hourly Schedule

Full Agenda

07:00 - 08:00
Registration, Breakfast and Networking
08:00 - 08:50
Welcome from USciences
Andrew Peterson
08:50 - 10:25
Panel #1: Building a Successful Pitch for Investor Discussions
-> How to hold effective meetings and motivate your audience. -> Translating good science into a return on investment. -> Creating clear, concise presentations that focuses on investment return. -> Availability of resources for your successful pitch
Stephen Tang
08:50 - 10:25
Welcome from LSC
Charles “Chip” T. Bernhardt
10:25 - 11:00
11:00 - 12:50 PM
Panel #2: Seed Money and Beyond: Improving the Flow of Investment Funds to Our Region
Challenges related to different tiers of investments. -> Comparison of funding available outside of the Philadelphia Metro Region. -> Investment struggles within the Life Sciences community
Adam Dakin
12:50 PM - 01:00
Closing Remarks
Steve Kantor
01:00 - 02:00
Lunch and Networking
Andrew Peterson
PharmD, PhD – John Wyeth Dean of the Mayes College Professor of Clinical Pharmacy & Health Policy, USciences
Stephen Tang
PhD President & CEO, University City Science Center
Charles “Chip” T. Bernhardt
Event Committee Chair, Life Sciences Collaborative
Adam Dakin
President & CEO PhotoSonix Medical
Steve Kantor
Co-Founder of the Life Sciences Collaborative Executive Vice President, KEH Insurance Agency


Pete Buzy

President, CEO & Board Member, Paragon Biosciences



Astra Zeneca Auditorium
723 South 45th Street and Woodland Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19104