#TheFuture is Closer Than You Think

October 25 + 26, 2016 | Downtown Sheraton | Philadelphia, PA

Life Sciences Future

Offering the most innovative and timely speakers and panels – in an atmosphere designed to facilitate connections and interaction.


Sheraton Downtown Hotel
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


October 25 + 26, 2016
Tuesday and Wednesday


Featured Speakers

Bringing to Light the Best and Brightest On One Stage

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Lauren Actman

Chief Operating Officer

Penn Center for Innovation

Laurie Actman serves as the COO of the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) a new organization at the University of Pennsylvania that catalyzes creative commercialization opportunities with the private sector. Laurie as part of the Executive Team oversees the strategic implementation of PCI’s growth including the development of strategic programs and partnerships, marketing, communications, legal affairs, intellectual property and finance.

John Carroll

Editor, Co-founder


John D. Carroll is a biotech analyst with 38 years of prize-winning experience in journalism. Aside from his daily industry coverage for FierceBiotech, where he was named editor in 2003, leaving in 2016, Carroll has been a regular speaker at biotech events around the globe. He’s been quoted by The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Financial Times and more. He’s also keynoted at biotech gatherings around the world and addressed student audiences at MIT and Harvard.

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Todd Sherer

Associate Vice President and Director
Office of Technology Transfer, 
Emory University

Todd leads a team of 20 professional licensing intellectual property from Emory researchers.  Since joining Emory in 2003, the licensing revenues have exceed $700 million!  Also of note, Todd worked to monetize downstream licensing revenues on an Emory- discovered molecule that is now part of the leading AIDS drug cocktail – resulting in a $540 million, one-time payment to the University.

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