MassBio Announces Possible Talks & Community Concert as part of Massachusetts Pavilion Activities at BIO Convention

May 14, 2018

Little Big Town to Play at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on June 5th

What: The BIO International Convention is coming to Boston June 4-7 and MassBio is the host state and will coordinate all activities at the Massachusetts Pavilion (Booth #349). With the support of the Pavilion sponsors, there will be a near-constant stream of inspiring and engaging content – Possible Talks – from industry leaders and patients about why Massachusetts is the State of Possible.

On June 5th, there will be a free community concert by Little Big Town for anyone who works in the life sciences, regardless of if they are going to the BIO Convention or not.

When: Doors for the Little Big Town concert open on Tuesday, June 5th at 6pm. The Massachusetts Pavilion is open:

Tuesday, June 5, 2018, 10:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Thursday, June 7, 2018, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: The Massachusetts Pavilion is located at the BIO Convention at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center: 415 Summer St, Boston, MA 02210.

The Little Big Town concert will be held at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion: 290 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210.

Who: Three-time Grammy Award-winning group, Little Big Town — consisting of members Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Kimberly Schlapman, and Jimi Westbrook — first entered the music scene more than 18 years ago with hits such as “Boondocks,” “Bring It On Home,” “Good As Gone” and the Grammy-nominated single “Little White Church.” With albums Tornado and Pain Killer, they have seen massive success with #1 singles “Pontoon,” “Tornado,” “Day Drinking,” and most recently with the history-making, best-selling country single of 2015, “Girl Crush,” and the multi-week, #1 single, “Better Man.”

Possible Talks at the Massachusetts Pavilion will range in topic from using technology to accelerate rare disease diagnosis to supporting women entrepreneurs in the life sciences. Topics and presenters include (among others):

  • Akshay Vaishnaw, Alnylam’s President of R&D, will present: RNAi Therapeutics – A New Class of Medicines and a Massachusetts story
  • Chirfi Guindo, Executive Vice President Head of Global Marketing, Market Access and Customer Innovation, Biogen, will present: Diversity & Inclusion in Life Science… It is Possible, a personal reflection
  • Gabriele Ricci, Head of Digital Health & Emerging Technology, Shire AND Linn Parrish, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Shire, will present: Harnessing the power of technology to accelerate rare disease diagnosis
  • Magdalena Schoeneich, Global Head of Takeda Digital Accelerator, R&D, will present: The New Health Partner: Improving Scientific and Patient Decision Making through AI

Visit  for more details and a complete list of speakers and topics.   

Interested media can register for the BIO Convention here:

For media inquiries about the Massachusetts Pavilion or the concert, contact Jennifer Nason.

Sponsors of the Massachusetts Pavilion include:

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