Biotechnology Entrepreneurship
Boot Camp 2018

Created By Academia Supported By Industry
Founded In 2005 By Carnegie Mellon University
& Wharton School Faculty

History: The 2005 to 2018 Boot Camps

The Biotechnology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp was founded by Professors Arthur Boni of the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon, and Steve Sammut of the Wharton School, and by Jeffrey Libson, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP and Lecturer at Wharton School Health Care Management Program.  The first Boot Camp was launched at the 2005 BIO Industry Organization’s Annual Meeting in Philadelphia. The Boot Camp was originally designed as a program for CSOs but is now expanded in scope and design to address a broad range of issues for entrepreneurs more generally. The Boot Camp was created in response to the growing need in the managerial, scientific, and academic community to learn about the necessary elements and skills to transform technology and invention into a viable company. The Biotechnology Innovation Organization, through its BIO 2005 Academic-Industry Committee (“AI”), worked with the founders to develop this unique program to fill this knowledge gap. The insight and energy required for entrepreneurial success can be developed by anyone motivated to think strategically, select projects and plan for expeditious and cost-effective management, understand the requirements of all the involved stakeholders, and oversee the essential components of the commercialization process.

The Boot Camp concept is Philadelphia’s legacy gift to BIO and future annual meetings. The intention is that the Boot Camp will travel from year to year to each of the BIO International Convention venues – a veritable “moveable feast.” Now in its fourteenth year, the Boot Camp was offered at BIO International Convention’s in Chicago in 2006, 2010, and 2013, Boston in 2007 and 2012, Philadelphia in 2005 and 2015, San Diego in 2008, 2014 and 2017, Atlanta in 2009 and Washington, DC in 2011. The creation of the syllabus, the recruitment of faculty, and the faculty’s extensive preparation suggested that wherever possible there should be core faculty, i.e., a portion of the faculty from the Philadelphia Boot Camp who would volunteer from year to year. This approach has the added benefit of improving the presentations and the material from year to year as the faculty themselves identify what works, as well as how to teach together. Most of the faculty (and presenting companies), however, are recruited from the host region.

To facilitate and incorporate local participation, local co-chairs are recruited each year. In previous years, Local Co-Chairs were:

Chicago, IL, 2006:

  • Panayiotis P. Constantinides, Ph.D, Principal, Biopharmaceutical & Drug Delivery Consulting
  • Elsie Quaite-Randall, Ph.D., MBA Executive Director of the Office of Research Contracts and IP,

McMaster University, formerly of Office of Technology Transfer, Argonne National Laboratory

 

Boston, MA, 2007:

  • Robert Creeden, Partners HealthCare Systems, Inc., Managing Director, Center for Innovative Ventures

San Diego, CA, 2008

  • Kurt A. May, MBA, Assistant Dean, Executive Development Center, Rady School of Management,

University of California, San Diego

  • Duane J. Roth, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of CONNECT.
  • Steve Flaim, PhD, FACC, FAHA, Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels, Director Angel Capital Association

Atlanta, GA, 2009

  • Frank R. Hunt, MS MBA, President, SE bioStrategies, Inc., CEO, PNP Therapeutics, Inc.
  • Dennis P. Schafer, CEO, Life Science Management

Chicago, IL, 2010

  • Patrick G. Morand, Managing Director, SWMF Life Science Fund
  • Charles B. Hoslet, Managing Director, UW-Madison Office of Corporate Relations
  • Allen J. Dines, Assistant Director, Office of Corporate Relations, University of Wisconsin

Washington, DC, 2011

  • Elana Fine, Director of Venture Investments, Dingman Center for Entrepreneurship, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland
  • Toby Gordon, Sc.D., Associate Professor, The Johns Hopkins Carey Business School
  • Martha J. Connolly, Ph.D., Director, Maryland Industrial Partnerships, University of Maryland

Boston, MA, 2012

  • Ashley J. Stevens, D.Phil. (Oxon), CLP, President, Focus IP Group, LLC and Lecturer,

Strategy and Innovation Department, School of Management, Boston University

  • Rekha Paleyanda, PhD, Sr. Business Strategy and Licensing Manager, Partners Healthcare

Chicago, IL, 2013

  • Patrick G. Morand,Managing Partner, Open Prairie Ventures
  • Allen J. Dines,Assistant Director, Office of Corporate Relations & Venture Designer Hybrid Zone X,
    University of Wisconsin-Madison

San Diego, CA, 2014

  • Kurt A. May, MBA, Co-founder and Chairman, Psynomics Incorporated
  • Larry Stambaugh, Founding Principal, Aperçu Partners
  • Justin Chakma, Associate Director, Auspex Pharmaceuticals and Thomas, McNerney & Partners, LLC

Philadelphia, PA, 2015

  • Dennis Gross, M.S., Ph.D., CEO, Pennsylvania Drug Discovery Institute at The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center
  • James Jordan, MBA, CHT, Chief Investment Officer, Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse, Distinguished Service Professor in Healthcare & Biotechnology Management, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Alex B. Reitz, PhD., CEO, Fox Chase Chemical Diversity Center, Inc., The Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center

San Francisco, CA 2016

  • Benjamin Chen, Ph.D. Managing Director, Ignatius Transaction Partners
  • Moira Gunn, Ph.D. Host, NPR – BioTech Nation, Director, Business of Biotechnology Program, Professor, School of Management University of San Francisco

San Diego, CA 2017

  • Steve Flaim, PhD, FACC, FAHA, Chairman Emeritus, Tech Coast Angels, Director Angel Capital Association
  • Larry Stambaugh, Founding Principal, Aperçu Partners, Founding Principal, Aperçu Partners, Chairman, Molecular Assemblies, Inc., Chairman, MindXSciences, Inc., LifeTime Director, BioCom, Chairman, ParaNetics

Boston, MA 2018

  • Edward Ross, Jr., MBA, President and CEO, ReadyDock, Inc., Member, MassMedical Angels and Launchpad Venture Group
  • Amy Siegel, MA Co-founder and President, S2N Health

The Fourteenth Annual Biotechnology Entrepreneurship 
Boot Camp

Sunday, June 3 and Monday, June 4, 2018
Room 204AB, Level 2

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
415 Summer St., Boston, MA 02210 

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