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Renewed Investor Appetite in Biotech Innovation Means Strong Attendance Expected at BioPharm America™ 2014
[August 19, 2014]

Renewed Investor Appetite in Biotech Innovation Means Strong Attendance Expected at BioPharm America™ 2014

CARLSBAD, Calif. & BOSTON --(Business Wire)--

The seventh annual BioPharm America™ international life science partnering conference will be held September 22-24 at Boston Marriott Copley Place in the center of Boston's historic Back Bay. The event is a big draw for pharma and investors who want to access innovative new potential therapies and cures brought by international biotech companies.

Life science partnering is main topic at BioPharm America™ 2014 (Photo: Business Wire)

Life science partnering is main topic at BioPharm America™ 2014 (Photo: Business Wire)

"Today is a great time for venture capital investments in innovative technologies that are tackling big, unmet problems in healthcare," said Brian Gallagher, Partner at SR One. "Many recent exits and new funds raised are increasing the appetite for investments in exciting new biotech startups, which I'm sure will result in a strong investor turnout at BioPharm America this year."

The investment climate is excellent in 2014, and venture capital attendance at BioPharm America will be stronger than ever. Investors already confirmed to attend include: Philip Astley-Sparke, Venture Partner at Forbion Capital Partners; Peter Barrett, Partner, Atlas Venture; Cedric Bisson, Venture Partner at Teralys Capital; Bruce Booth, Partner at Atlas Venture; Bernard Davitian, VP and Managing Director at Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures, Sanofi; Todd Foley, Managing Director at MPM Capital; Brian Gallagher, Partner at SR One; Jim Geraghty, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Third Rock Ventures; Frederick Jones, Director at Broadview Ventures, Inc.; Nilesh Kumar, Director at MS Ventures; Dan Liu, Senior Associate at Mitsui Global Investment; Ed Mathers, Partner at New Enterprise Associates; Takahiro Mukohira, President at MP Healthcare Venture Management; Liam Ratcliffe, Managing Director at New Leaf Venture Partners; Kevin Starr, Partner at Third Rock Ventures; and Robert Weisskoff, Partner at Fidelity Biosciences.

"2014 has been a productive year for biotech, with some significant regulatory approvals and biotech IPOs performing pretty well. We are seeing many interesting and potentially groundbreaking scientific developments," said Frederick Jones, Director at Broadview Ventures, Inc., a philanthropic venture fund focused on early stage companies with highly innovative cardiovascular and neurovascular technologies. "The remainder of 2014 still holds a lot of potential for some interesting alliances. It's going to make BioPharm America an exciting place to be this year."

Presenting companies at BioPharm America represent some of the most innovative companies ranging from early stage projects and small entrepreneurial companies, to established biotech companies. The 2014 list includes Acetylon Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; AnaptysBio, Inc.; Apitope; Avexxin AS; Cerecor Inc.; Cerulean Pharma Inc.; Charleston Laboratories, Inc.; Dicerna; Gene Signal; Igenica Biotherapeutics; Poxel SA; RedHill Biopharma; Rexahn Pharmaceuticals; RXi Pharmaceuticals; Selvita S.A.; uniQure; and Vaccinex, Inc, among many more.

More than 900 delegates representing 550 companies from 35 countries participated in BioPharm America 2013. Delegates in 2013 engaged in 2,950 one-to-one partnering meetings and identified 757 potential licensing opportunities.

BioPharm America is produced by EBD Group in collaboration with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) to facilitate strategic collaborations with leading companies. One-to-one networking at BioPharm America™ is powered by partneringONE®, the leading conference networking solution for the life sciences.

Register now to attend the largest dedicated partnering event in the eastern US. Partnering is already open.

About BioPharm America 2014

BioPharm America™ is where biotech industry partnerships get started. Meet face-to-face with biotech and pharma executives from around the world to identify and enter strategic relationships. Equipped with partneringONE®, BioPharm America is the only event in North America based on the same reputable formula as EBD Group's acclaimed European events BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®.

Additional links and information:

Follow BioPharm America 2014 on Twitter (News - Alert): @EBDGroup (hashtag: #BPA14).

Or join the Life Science Partnering group on partnering360® to kick off your partnering activities before BioPharm America, and throughout the year. partnering360 is a dynamic network of life science industry experts that will enable you to continue the dialogue from your partneringONE meetings at events and identify and connect with new partners anytime, year-round. Join the vibrant community of life science companies on partnering360 today.

Notes to Editors:

Entry to BioPharm America 2014 is free to members of the press, including full access to the partnering system, sessions, press conferences, workshops, and pre-arranged partnering meetings. Visit the BioPharm America conference website at for press registration details.

Online Press Kit service for BioPharm America™ 2014 is available to enhance your public relations efforts.

About EBD Group

EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group's partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.

EBD Group's conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:

  • BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®, Europe's largest life science partnering conferences, supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • BioPharm America™, the fastest growing partnering event in North America
  • Biotech Showcase™, a unique forum in San Francisco for presenting to investors and business development executives, co-produced with Demy-Colton Life Science Advisors
  • BioEquity Europe, the investor conference co-organized with BioCentury Publications and BIO
  • ChinaBio® Partnering Forum, the first dedicated biotech/pharma partnering conference in China, co-produced with ChinaBio® LLC
  • EuroMedtech™, EBD Group's partnering event for the innovative medical technology industry
  • The Global Impact Forum™, a unique and innovative partnering conference in impact investing and venture philanthropy.

EBD Group's sophisticated web-based partnering service, partneringONE®, is used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and partnering360® is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences throughout the year.

EBD Group is an Informa (News - Alert) company. Informa is the largest publicly-owned organizer of exhibitions, conferences and training in the world.

EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.

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About MassBio

MassBio, a not-for-profit organization that represents and provides services and support for the Massachusetts biotechnology industry, is the nation's oldest biotechnology trade association. Founded in 1985, MassBio is committed to advancing the development of critical new science, technology and medicines that benefit people worldwide. Representing over 600 biotechnology companies, academic institutions, research hospitals, and service organizations involved in life sciences and health care, MassBio works to advance policy and promote education, while providing member programs and events, industry information, and services.

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