Biotech Week Boston – One Person’s Opinion

5 Oct

By Dennis Ford, Founder & CEO, Life Science Nation; Creator of RESI Conference Series

I am not saying that Biotech Week Boston was the week that wasn’t, but for the event’s second year, the city of Boston sure didn’t feel like it was on fire. Unless of course you went to LSN’s RESI Boston event, which was certainly a beehive of activity. It seems like the thesis of Biotech Week Boston is to create a JP Morgan-like annual multi-day event in Boston, the hub of global life sciences. This is a solid goal. The problem is, it’s hard to orchestrate and copy an organic phenomenon like San Francisco’s JP Morgan week when a handful of the life science stalwarts of Massachusetts partner with an out of town conference provider and they decide who is in and who is out of Biotech Week Boston.

Don’t get me wrong, there was plenty of compelling content and the event had a dynamic agenda. Unfortunately, there was more that could have been done; many other compelling players and topics were left on the sidelines. Boston is on the edge of the new drug development models; collaborative virtual pharmas abound. Where were all the incubators and accelerators who are grooming the next generation of game-changing drugs, devices, diagnostics and healthcare IT? Where were all the academic labs and research hospitals that are creating the new tech transfer paradigms and manifesting new business models? What about the other local conference providers like LSN’s RESI? LSN brought 300 global early stage investors with $3 billion in validated investor mandates to Boston last week!

My net/net on Biotech Week Boston is that it needs to be more inclusive and encourage ALL the players to get involved. If you don’t, you will have a staid and exclusionary event, and that is not how you replicate San Francisco’s annual JP Morgan week. In the meantime, I’ll be bringing RESI and my early stage investor network to NYC, November 15th at the Marriott Marquis, Times Sq, where oddly enough my Boston based company is welcomed…go figure.

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