Members and friends of Virginia Bio,
A sage once noted that “ ’luck’ is where preparation meets opportunity.”
Start preparing now for the tremendous opportunity in San Francisco during JP Morgan Healthcare Conference week, January 12-16, 2015.
Virginia Bio will be there to help you.
One frequently voiced concern about developing and commercializing bioscience innovation in Virginia is distance from a critical mass of investors and business development VPs. Think Boston. Well, for one week we know where they will be, and you can be there too.
Many thousands of bioscience industry movers and shakers from around the world will encamp around Union Square to do deals, make new contacts, and keep old contacts alive. They’ll be anchored by the invitation-only 33rd annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference at the Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, and attend other high powered industry conferences that have sprung up around the fringe.
The annual JP Morgan Healthcare Conference brings together global industry leaders, emerging fast-growth companies, innovative technology creators and members of the investment community. Each year hundreds of organizations, both public and private companies as well as academic institutions, deliver presentations to over 4,000 investors. While originally the exclusive domain of large pharma and large money, small startups helping fill their pipelines were welcomed. The participants are evolving as the industry evolves, and increasingly reflects the new community of health-insurance companies, software developers, big-data analytics, digital health, and a range of other information technologies.
For many dealmakers, investors and life science companies looking for funds and partners, the “luck” they have that week in San Francisco will set the tone, etch the to-do list, and determine whether this year they will move ahead or tread water.
In addition, thousands in biotech descend upon San Francisco to network, attend meetings and gain an inside view even if they are unable to secure an official conference invite. Industry veterans say that much of the activity takes place in the hotel rooms, coffee shops and street corners. Some of these one on one encounters are scheduled months in advance, while others are the product of on-site introductions or simply the high pressure and temperature Brownian motion.
If you have never before made the big show, consider doing so this year. If you are going, start preparing now. In either case, let Virginia Bio help you make the most of the conference. Virginia Bio for the second year in a row will stake out a presence in San Francisco for that week to help its members take maximum advantage of this unique opportunity.
We’ve reserved a classy small suite in the boutique Handlery Union Square hotel overlooking Union Square, continually furnished with Wi-Fi, meeting amenities and light refreshments. Virginia Bio members can reserve this semi-private meeting space in advance in half hour blocks at no charge. Our members who used this opportunity last year were delighted, and found it extremely convenient, comfortable and impressive to their guests.
To start the week off on the right foot, join us on Sunday, January 11 for a reception from 4:00 - 7:00 pm across the street from the hotel at the Uno Wine Bar. The reception is open to Virginians and their guests, whether or not members of VirginiaBio. Last year those who attended the jammed reception found it a great way to compare notes, get tips, leads and encouragement from their Virginia colleagues.
This year, our ten person event Steering Committee is extending personal invitations to out-of-staters they know in the industry who have a personal connection to the Commonwealth (school, hometown, previous job) to attend the reception, meet folks and get a look at the great opportunities being developed in Virginia. All of us know industry colleagues who remember their time and ties in Virginia fondly and are looking for a way to get back in some way. We plan to work long term to convert this untapped resource into a leveraging resource for our companies and researchers. At the reception we will have simple but impactful material on the breadth and depth of bioscience commercialization in Virginia.
We are still looking for financial sponsors for the room and the reception. It’s a great opportunity to get yourself and your message in the middle of a small critical concentrated group within the Virginia bioscience industry, to learn what they need and let them know how you can serve their needs.
It’s important work you are doing. I wish you the best of “luck”.