Cambridge Healthtech Institute’s 2nd Annual

Immuno-Oncology Investing & Partnering Forum

Partnering, Funding & Investment to Advance Immuno-Oncology Therapeutics

August 8, 2019

The 2nd Annual Immuno-Oncology Investing & Partnering Forum brings together early and late-stage investors with fund raising CEOs and research entrepreneurs to encourage partnering and investment, and to ultimately accelerate immune-oncology therapies to market. This Forum will provide ample opportunity for both investors and CEOs to interact through pre-scheduled 1-1 meetings, as well as interactive panels presented by pharma business development and the VC/investment community.

Final Agenda

AUGUST 8, 2019

7:45 Registration and Morning Coffee

8:25 Organizer’s Welcome Remarks


PANEL DISCUSSION: Partnering and Licensing in Immuno-Oncology

Big pharma and biotech are under pressure to compete in the booming Immuno-Oncology market and to capitalize on new technologies and innovations to bring next-generation immunotherapies to the patients. This insider panel will share what they look for in a partner or investment, and discuss opportunities for collaboration or in-licensing of novel immunotherapies, IO targets or biomarkers, and potential combination therapies.


Jeroen H. Blokhuis, PhD

Director, Business Development, Partnerships, Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy






Michael Woo, MBA

Head, Search & Evaluation, Immuno-Oncology, Business Development & Licensing, Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, Inc.





Kathryn McCabe, PhD

Senior Director, Business Development, Emerging Technology and Innovation, Eli Lilly and Company





Scott M. DeWire, PhD

Global Head, Business Development and Licensing, Cancer Immunology, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.





Philip Arlen, MD

President & CEO, Precision Biologics





Stephen Doberstein, PhD

Senior Vice President, R&D and Chief Research and Development Officer, Nektar Therapeutics





9:30 Networking Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall

10:15 PANEL DISCUSSION: Corporate Venture Capital for Oncology and Immuno-Oncology

In this panel discussion, we will hear from venture capitalists representing arms of pharma companies. What are the benefits of working with a corporate venture capital entity vs private or angel? What are pharma and biotech venture capitalists looking for in a startup company?

Panelist: John Gustofson, Managing Director, AbbVie Ventures


11:15 Targets and Biomarkers

With record numbers of immunotherapies in active development, the importance of targets such as the tumor microenvironment is becoming clear. How do you determine what to target? Once you have a target, how do you deliver therapies effectively? This session will preview next-generation products and companies.

Session Speakers: Michael Aberman, MD, President, CEO, Quentis Therapeutics, Inc.

Christopher Thanos, PhD, CEO, Cofounder, Actym Therapeutics, Inc.

Anton Neschadim, PhD, MBA, President & CEO, Immunobiochem Corporation


12:15 Enjoy Lunch on Your Own

1:30 PANEL DISCUSSION: Investing in Immuno-Oncology

In this panel discussion, private, public and strategic investors will discuss their investment strategies. Potential topics of discussion include: What does it take to get an immuno-oncology company funded? What are the benefits and risks of business models in devices, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics and information technology? What are today’s deal terms and valuations? What are the best exit strategies?

Panelists: Stephen Curtis, PhD, Managing Director, MPM Capital

Alexis Ji, PhD, Partner, Illumina Ventures

Shaan C. Gandhi, MD, DPhil, Principal, Longwood Fund

2:30 Networking Refreshment Break

3:15 Novel Therapeutics and Diagnostics for Cancer Immunotherapy

In this session, we will hear from companies on the cutting edge. Novel drugs are being developed and commercialized, and new pathways for cancer diagnostics are being discovered and targeted. Innovative technology is yielding benefits in development of diagnostics and treatments. Hear from leading companies on their approaches.

Session Speakers: Stephen J. Russell, MD, PhD, CEO, Vyriad, Inc.

Charlene Liao, PhD, President and CEO, Immune-Onc Therapeutics


4:15 Start-Up Showcase

The Immuno-Oncology Investing & Partnering Forum’s 2nd Annual Start-Up Showcase offers the stage to young immuno-oncology companies to pitch their drug, device, diagnostic, or software to an audience of investors, CEOs, and executives in the field.

5:15 Close of Immuno-Oncology Investing & Partnering Forum

* The program is subject to change without notice, due to unforeseen reason.

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