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Big Pharmas Explain Partnering Strategy At RESI On June 4th

17 May

By Lucy Parkinson, VP of Investor Research, LSN

In recent years, big pharma companies have begun looking outwards for innovative new therapeutics to add to their pipelines.  RESI has become a venue for these major players to make connections with early stage biotech companies, and RESI includes a panel on Big Pharma to provide entrepreneurs with an opportunity to learn directly from experienced pharma scouts on how to find the right partner and get a deal made.

This panel will feature five speakers from various big pharma companies discussing topics such as:

  •     How does big pharma source these assets?
  •     How does the evaluation and investment process work?
  •     How can a startup position themselves to make a deal?
  •     What are some key factors that big pharma companies look for?
  •     How early stage is big pharma willing to look?

These panelists will shed some light on the process that big pharma goes through when sourcing early stage assets and advise startups on how they can best make a case for themselves. Panelists will also explore various trends within the therapeutics marketplace, what assets are of interest to their company, and what they think will be big in the future.

The panelists are:

  • Aaron Schwartz, Director, R&D Innovation Sourcing, Novo Nordisk
  • Brian Bronk, Head of External Innovation, Rare Diseases, Sanofi
  • Murali Gopalakrishnan, Sr. Director, Head Search & Evaluation Neuroscience, AbbVie
  • Nicola La Monica, Senior Director, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines Scientific Innovation, Johnson & Johnson Innovation, Boston
  • Yvonne Kobayashi, Sr Director, Emerging Technology & Innovation, Eli Lilly & Co

Big Pharma Firms Head Upstream For New Pipeline Assets – Learn Their Strategies at RESI

21 Dec

By Lucy Parkinson, Director of Research, LSN

Major pharma firms are increasingly looking to startups to supply new assets for their pipelines, and LSN’s research has found that many are interested in inking deals at the earliest stages of drug development. Going into 2017, we found that a plurality of pharma deals announced in the previous year concerned preclinical assets.

Due to RESI’s focus on early stage life science companies, the vent has become known as a venue for top pharma firms to uncover new therapeutic opportunities. At RESI San Francisco, the panel on Big Pharma will provide an opportunity to hear straight from five experienced scouts on what they’re looking for, how they make deals and what makes a pharma partnership work.

Moderated by Chris Haskell, VP, Head of West Coast Innovation Center, Bayer Healthcare, the panelists are:

  • Kevin Lynch, Vice President, Search & Evaluation, AbbVie
  • Chris Sheldon, Head, Oncology Search & Evaluation, AstraZeneca
  • Lesley Stolz, Head, JLABS California, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
  • Chris DeRespino, Director Transactions, Amgen

RESI San Francisco Panel Announcement: Big Pharma

10 Nov

By Cole Bunn, Senior Research Analyst, LSN


As we gear up for the biggest RESI event of the year, during the heavily anticipated JPM week, we’re happy to once again announce the Big Pharma panel. This is typically one of the most popular panels at the RESI conference, and for good reason – large pharmaceutical and biotech companies, through a variety of deal structures, are looking earlier and earlier for assets, but tend to represent a daunting challenge for entrepreneurs seeking to successfully engage and navigate.

Senior-level executives from some of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies will provide some color around their process and strategy, and how entrepreneurs can best prepare to present to and work with organizations like theirs.

Big Pharma panelists will include the following:

  • Monica Viziano, Sr. Director, Business Development, Gilead
  • Barbara Sosnowski, VP External R&D Innovation, Pfizer
  • Lesley Stolz, Head, JLABS California, Johnson & Johnson Innovation
  • Christian Schubert, Director, Corporate Development & Strategy, Biogen
  • Jeremy Grunstein, Executive Director, Business Development, Amgen

By registering for RESI San Francisco on January 10 (Tuesday of JPM week), you’ll be able to listen to this panel live and gain insight into the dynamics of partnering with a strategic player as well as experience numerous opportunities to expand your network in the life sciences and learn more about the fundraising process in general.


RESI SF Panel Annoucement: Big Pharma

25 Nov

By Lucy Parkinson, Director of Research, LSN

One of the key shifts in the life science product development landscape in recent years is that big pharma companies are increasingly looking outward for innovation. Pharma corporate development groups are deploying an array of means to source, evaluate and invest in assets discovered or developed by biotech entrepreneurs.

At RESI San Francisco, the Big Pharma panel will explore the shifting dynamic between big pharma and small biotechs. What can you expect from a pharma company’s evaluation process, and what can you do to position your startup to make a deal?  Panelists will answer these questions and provide their advice on how entrepeneurs can take align themselves with the firms that they represent.

Moderated by Kevin Lynch, Vice President, Scientific Assessment, AbbVie, the panelists are:

If you’d like to hear this panel live at RESI and meet with investors from the pharma world and beyond, you can register for RESI San Francisco now.


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