March 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
1 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02142

Funding Drug & Therapeutic Innovation from Idea to Market

Life Sciences Night will feature the latest business, technology, and regulatory developments in drugs and therapeutics. Join experts, innovators, and investors for a dialogue about funding and successes in the sector. RSVP for space here but walk-ins are welcome.


Office Hours (3:00 – 5:00 PM)

Entrepreneurs and prospective entrepreneurs can book 30-minute appointments to obtain advice from experts. Two Life Sciences experts will also be on hand for special Office Hours on March 30th.  Click here to book an appointment: http://vencaf.org/book-office-hours/

Money and Molecules: Early-Stage Life Science Financing  (4:00 – 5:00 PM)

John Hession, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton

John Hession, Partner, Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton, Moderator

Early-stage life science companies face a complex and challenging financing environment. Even for the virtual life science startups of today, the cost to bring a candidate molecule even to clinical trials is daunting. Yet the number of traditional VC firms investing in life sciences has continued to shrink. Several of the remaining serious investors pursue a different model of investing in their own incubated startups. Strategic partners can provide non-dilutive capital and significant other resources but constrained by their corporate strategies that must align with the target’s technology and strategy. Government grants are still available, but the volume had fallen dramatically even before the unpredictable direction of the Trump administration. There has also been an increase in investments from new classes of investors recently, including family offices, super angels, and foreign funds. So how does a young life science company create its financing strategy? Join us to hear a panel of experts discuss these trends. RSVP REQUIRED. Check-in at 3:30 to network prior to the session. RSVP Here.

Caleb Winder

Jeffrey Arnold

John Tagliamonte

Excel Venture Management Arnold Strategies Cocoon Biotech


Mind the Gap (5:30 – 6:30 PM)

Presented by ArcPoint Strategy Life Sciences

J. Michael Delmage, ArcPoint Strategy Life Sciences, Moderator

Today’s life science companies must operate at the intersection of clinical, financial, legal, market, regulatory, and scientific disciplines. They face significant pressures and challenges to navigate a profitable course to innovation and market delivery. At times, critical gaps in expectations, process, timelines, and budget exist between the management team and the investment team. How can life science teams and investors work together to deliver on their promise of innovation? This panel of experts will share real-life perspectives and lessons learned important to life sciences ventures. Hear answers to the questions such as: • What internal organizational forces currently impact your ability to fund innovation? • How can you build in risk and navigate through the uncertainties of product innovation and planning? • What are the common pitfalls made by life science managers and investors, and how can you learn to avoid them? • How can you stay on budget while building in contingencies?


Susanna High

Dr. Frank Barros

Dr. Rathi Srinivas

Wayne Johnson

Dr. Martin Heidecker

Bluebird Bio Formerly of Homeland Security Novopyxis MassInsight    Boehringer Ingelheim Venture Fund  


Life Sciences Unconference (5:30 – 7:30 PM)

Join local innovators as they share their expertise on a variety of Life Sciences topics. These concurrent sessions allow the community to both learn and connect with experts and like-minded individuals. Select the links below to see a detailed list of sessions scheduled for each track:


Life Sciences Shark Tank (6:45 – 7:45 PM)

Join us to hear five Life Sciences startups pitch local investors during our Shark Tank.

Adi Mashiach

Jacqueline Grant

Andrew Meyerson

Joana Rosario

Avi Spier

Mesia Ventures SV Life Sciences Locust Walk ArcPoint Life Sciences Novartis Research


Startup Demos (5:30-7:30 PM)

We have selected awesome female-founded startups to demo during the event. Drop by to see a selection of exciting products in the Boston startup pipeline. Startups practicing in the Life Sciences sector can apply to demo their products during this event by applying here: http://bit.ly/vc-dt


Connect with the best of the Boston ecosystem.


Interested in sponsoring this event, contact Chandra Briggman chandra.briggman@vencaf.org

ArchPoint Life Sciences