MassBio and Pepper Hamilton present: Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Friday, November 30 2012
8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Location: MassBio, 300 Technology Square, 8th Floor, Cambridge, MA


The one day bootcamp has been created in response to the growing need in the scientific and academic community to learn the necessary skills to transform technology and innovation into a viable company. Through this program we hope to fill the knowledge gap for first time entrepreneurs. The insight and energy required for entrepreneurial success can be developed by anyone motivated to think strategically, select projects and plans for expeditious and cost effective management, understand the requirements of all the involved stakeholders, and oversee the essential components of the fund raising and commercialization process.


8am - 8:30am Breakfast & Networking

8:30am- 8:45am Opening Remarks

  • Robert. K. Coughlin, President & CEO at MassBio
  • Greg Williams, Partner at Pepper Hamilton

8:45am - 9:45am Assessment and Qualifications of Technologies as the Basis for Startups

Moderator: Steve London, Partner at Pepper Hamilton


  • Arthur Hiller, CEO at SciFluor
  • Johannes Fruehauf, CEO at Cambridge Biolabs and Vithera Pharma
  • Jason Fuller, Principal at Third Rock ventures
  • Nurjana Bachman, Associate Director of Strategic Initiatives and Business Development at Technology & Innovation Development Office Children's Hospital Boston

9:55am - 10:55am Developing an Effective IP Strategy

Moderator: Greg Williams, Partner at Pepper Hamilton


  • Catherine Ives, Technology Licensing Officer at MIT
  • Lisa Shmerling, UMass
  • Tom Engellenner, Partner at Pepper Hamilton

11am - 12pm Clinical, Regulatory and Reimbursement Strategy

Moderator: Lana Gladstein, Partner at Pepper Hamilton


  • Greg Dombal, Chief Operating officer at Halloran Consulting
  • Bruce Pratt, Principal Consultant and BioInnovation Consulting
  • Edward Berger, Principal at Larchmont Strategic Advisors

Noon - 1:15pm LUNCH

1:15pm - 2:15pm Fireside Chat (Successful Startup Stories)

  • Nagesh Mahanthappa, CEO at Scholar Rock
  • Michael Bingham, Partner at Abingworth

2:30 - 3:00pm  Building the Right Team

Moderator: Bill Skillman, President at Cambridge Executive Services  


  • David Lucchino, Co-founder and VP at Semprus Biosciences
  • Christopher Loose, Co-founder and CTO at Semprus Biosciences
  • Vikas Goyal, Associate at S R One

3:00 - 4:30pm Business Plan and Pitch Deck Basics & Fundraising Vs. Licensing, Strategic Alliances and Partnering

Moderator: Martha Farmer, President & CEO at North Shore InnoVentures


  • Roger Frechette, Co-founder and Partner at New England Pharm Associates
  • Yael Schwartz, CEO at Hygeia therapeutics
  • Kevin Bitterman, Principal at Polaris ventures

4:30pm - 5:00pm Closing Remarks:

  • Jeff Libson, Partner at Pepper Hamilton
  • John Hallinan, CFO at Cytel, Inc.  

5:00- 6:30pm - Cocktail Reception





About Pepper Hamilton

Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with more than 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world.

Our firm has grown from a two-person law office formed in 1890 in Philadelphia to a sophisticated, large law firm with a national and international practice. While much about Pepper Hamilton is new and different from its beginnings, we retain traditional values passed down through the decades: respect for the rule of law, pride in an excellent work product and commitment to the client's cause. Today, Pepper Hamilton is a diverse firm of men and women from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, united in these values.


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