Conference Archives


The Regional Biotech Council presented “Incubating Innovation.” on Friday, November 18, 2016.

Speakers included:

  • Sean O’Sullivan: “Accelerating Life… How communities of startups in accelerator cohorts can speed science and commercialization of life sciences”
  • Kuldeep Neote, PhD: “The J&J Innovation Model: Incubating Innovation”
  • Christopher Liang, PhD: “The University City Science Center and the intersection of nnovation, community, and commercialization”


 The Regional Biotech Council presented “Decreasing the Cost of Drug Development ” on Friday, November 6, 2015

Speakers included:

  • Robert Zivin, Ph.D., Head, Translational Research and Alliance Management, Medgenics – “Using Precision Medicine to Facilitate Drug Development for Rare and Orphan Diseases”
  • Maryanne Rizk, Ph.D., Global Vice President, Oracle Health Sciences – “From Study to Startup Through NDA Submission- new Technologies Promise Increased Innovation, Efficiency, and Performance
  • Vivek Ramaswamy, J.D., Founder and CEO, Roivant Sciences – “A Combination product for Hepatitis B: Keeping Development Costs Under Control”
  • Gary S. Jacob, Ph.D., Chairman and CEO, Synergy Pharmaceuticals – “Economics of the Biotech Insutry: A freewheeling discussion of the risks/rewards of drug development

2014 Biotech Conference

The Regional Biotech Council presented “Biosimilars and Biobetters
Friday, October 10, 2014

Speakers included:

  • Chuck McIlhinney, PA State Senator, “Pennsylvania: An Innovative State
  • Pankaj Mohan, PhD MBA, CEO and Founder,  Oncobiologics, Inc., “A Balanced Strategy for High-Value Biosimilars and Innovative Biotherapeutics
  • Hung Do, PhD, Senior VP of Biology,  Amicus Therapeutics, “Development of a Biobetter from Concept to Licensing
  • Gopi Shankar, PhD MBA, Senior Director, Janssen R&D, “Considerations for Immunogenic Comparability Assessments of BioSimilars
  • Jeffry S. Mann, JD PhD and Stephen Mahinka JD, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, “The Patenting and Regulatory Aspects of Biosimilars

2013 Biotech Conference

 The Regional Biotech Council presented “ Consumer Product Development, an Alternative Path to Commercialization ” on Friday, November 15, 2013

Speakers included:

  • Maxwell Stock, President & CEO, Signum Biosciences, Inc., “Straddling the Fence between Rx and Consumer Product Development
  • John Lyga, PhD, Director Bioscience and Strategic Alliance, Avon,
    The Art, Science, and Regulations of Personal Care Product Development
  • Miri Seiberg, PhD, Seiberg Consulting, formerly with Johnson & Johnson Skin Research Center,  “Non-Denatured Soybean Extracts for Skin Care: Continuous Success at 13 Years After Launch
  • Anthony P. Green, PhD, Vice President, Technology Commercialization: Life Sciences, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania,  “Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Supporters of Pharmaceutical and Alternative Pathways to Drug Development

2012 Biotech Conference

The Regional Biotech Council presented “Biotech Success Stories of the Region
Friday, October 12, 2012

Speakers included:

  • Pat Higgins, Former Executive Vice President, Commercial, Pharmasset, Inc., “A Revolutionary Treatment for Hepatitis C Affords Blockbuster Biotech Deal
  • Danzis, Partner, Fox Rothschild, “New Trends in Venture Capital Financing amongst Life Science Companies
  • Nick Spring, Former CEO of Topaz Pharmaceuticals, Currently CEO of Rainbow Rx, “Ivermectin, a Sensational Natural Product for Animals and Man
  • Jim Datin, EVP and Managing Director, Safeguard, “The Success of Avid Pharmaceuticals from an Investor’s Point of View

2011 Biotech Conference

The Regional Biotech Council presented 2011: A Biospace Odyssey: Exploration of Natural Products through Public/Private Partnerships
Friday, October 28, 2011

Speakers included:

  • Roy Vagelos, M.D., Retired Chairman and CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., “Merck Experience in Drug Discovery
  • Craig Hopp, Ph.D., Program Officer at NCCAM-National Institutes of Health, “Natural Products, Nutraceuticals and NCCAM: A First Hand Account of an Evolving Industry
  • Ilya Raskin, Ph.D., Founder and Partner, Nutrasorb, “Developing Novel Botanical Products for Metabolic Syndrome
  • Dennis Stevenson, Ph.D., Vice President, New York Botanical Garden, “Expeditions in Phytoprospecting: From the Field to Genomics
  • Michael Goetz, Ph.D., Director, Natural Products Discovery Institute, IHVR, “Perspectives on Natural Product Research and the NPDI

2010 Biotech Conference

The Regional Biotech Council presented “Commercializing University Technologies
Friday, October 1, 2010

Speakers included:

  • Robert McGrath, Ph.D., Associate Vice Provost for Entrepreneurship and Technology Commercialization Drexel University
  • Katherine Chou, M.B.A., Executive Director, Office of Technology Transfer and Business Development, Thomas Jefferson University
  • Ned Heindel, Ph.D., Professor of Chemistry, Lehigh University
  • Stephen Chadwick, President and CEO – Secant Medical
  • Gary Jacob, Ph.D., President and CEO – Synergy Pharmaceuticals

2009 Biotech Conference

The Regional Biotech Council presented “A Roadmap for Biotechnology Ventures
Friday, September 18, 2009

Speakers included:

  • Hon. Representative Patrick Murphy, U.S. Congress, 8th District
  • Senator Chuck McIlhinney, Pennsylvania State Senate, 10th District
  • Mr. Loren D. Danzis, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP.
  • Ms. Jennifer Hart, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of SEPA, Director of Investments & Life Sciences
  • Dr. Joseph Kim, CEO, Inovio Biomedical Corporation
  • Mr. Neal McCarthy, Managing Director of Fairmount Partners
  • Ms. Jennifer Miller, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
  • Dr. Salvatore J. Salamone, CEO & Chief Scientific Officer, Saladax Biomedical, Inc.
  • Dr. Robert A. Zivin, Corporate Director, Johnson and Johnson Corporate Office of Science & Technology

2008 Biotech Conference

The Regional Biotech Council presented “Commercializing Academic Discoveries” and presented its Regional Biotech Council award to Dr. Eli Mordechai, President & CEO of MDL
Friday, October 10, 2008

Speakers included:

  • Dr. Dennis Cheek, Vice President of Education, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Mr. James A. Datin, Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Life Sciences
  • Dr. Ray Manganelli, Partner, Sagamore Capital
  • Dr. Richard Caruso, Founder & Chairman, Integra Life Sciences
  • Ms. Jeannine M. Martilla, Executive Director, Technology Investment Office, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development

2007 Biotech Conference

The Regional Biotech Council presented its Regional Biotech Council Award to Mr. Paul Raetsch, (Retired) Director of the Philadelphia Regional Office, U.S. Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.
Friday November 7, 2007

biotechRegional Biotech Council 2007 Award presented by PA state senator Chuck McIlhinney to Mr. Paul Raetsch. L to R: Dr. Rifat Pamukcu, Midway Pharma; Mr. James Self, Merck; Dr. Timothy Block, Hepatitis B Foundation; PA state senator Chuck McIlhinney; Mr. Paul Raetsch; Dr. Anthony Green, Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA; Dr. Mohan Philip, Hepatitis B Foundation and Immunotope; and Mr. Ed Erickson, formerly of Immunicon (November 9, 2007).