LISAvienna: BIO-Europe® 2013 program is packed with well-known dealmakers

Executives from pharma and biotech to attend Vienna partnering event November 4–6

Pharmaceutical executives and leaders in biotech are on board to speak at the 19th annual BIO-Europe® international partnering conference in Vienna, Austria, November 4–6, 2013. Organized by EBD Group in collaboration with the Biotechnology Industry Organization and local host Life Science Austria Vienna (LISAvienna), the event is Europe's largest partnering conference serving the global biotechnology industry.

The event is built upon the one-to-one partnering meetings powered by the life science industry's leading networking solution, partneringONE®. With partneringONE, partnering meetings at BIO-Europe in Vienna can be scheduled prior to the event, and will be the main focus of activity on site. BIO-Europe also features a robust program focused on topics relevant to industry executives, and ranges from panels and workshops to keynote addresses and industry presentations.

The high caliber of executive speakers from the life sciences, complemented with timely program topics, draws delegates to BIO-Europe every year. In 2012, the Hamburg, Germany edition was attended by 2,957 delegates representing 52 countries. Delegates had access to 3,028 projects available for partnering, and over 15,000 one-to-one partnering meetings were held.

Parallel workshops kick off the first day, and topics range from collaborative approaches to translational research, to licensing issues and nano-therapeutics.

Stefan Frings, Global Head of Oncology/Immuno-Oncology at Roche Partnering, is a panelist on "Personalized medicine in oncology: Turning away from the 'one size fits all' therapy?" taking place Monday morning, November 4. "A personalized approach to drug treatment is an important improvement to cancer patient outcomes," said Frings. "But the slow pace of getting customized treatments, including the associated diagnostic from bench to bedside and to be embraced by payers, is an issue. At BIO-Europe, leaders in oncology will come together to discuss personalized medicine and its application to the future of cancer research."

A big draw every year are the parallel panel discussions in the Spotlight and Business Development Tracks. James O'Mara, VP, Corporate Development at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals is a panelist on "How to position your asset for the optimal deal," to take place on Monday afternoon. "The barometer of success is always the deal. Did you get the deal and how much was it worth?" said O'Mara. "But the real question is what has the deal done for your company? If you don't have a compelling answer to that question then you have done the wrong deal."

The second day features a Keynote plenary entitled "A day in the life of experienced dealmakers: Transformational deals that shaped the industry in 2013" with panelists from big pharma. Panelist James Sabry, Senior VP and Global Head of Genentech Partnering, said, "There was significant deal activity in the first quarter of 2013, and these were driven by several large transactions. This was followed by a 'quality over quantity' trend where we have seen less deal value but increased innovation. We will review that activity and discuss the outlook for the fourth quarter and 2014 especially in light of the current IPO market."

Presenting companies at BIO-Europe provide direct access to innovation in the sector. New to the presenting companies track this year is the addition of an Academic Innovators™ Showcase. In response to pharma's interest in increased access to academia, the showcase is designed to shine a spotlight on extraordinary scientific advances with strong translational potential. The Academic Innovators Showcase features presentations from nonprofit universities, institutes and hospitals who are actively conducting preclinical research within a noncommercial setting.

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About EBD Group
EBD Group is the leading partnering firm for the global life science industry. Since 1993, biotech, pharma and medical device companies have leveraged EBD Group's partnering conferences, technology and services to identify business opportunities and develop strategic relationships essential to their success.

EBD Group's conferences are run with the support of leading corporations and international trade associations and include:

  • BIO-Europe® and BIO-Europe Spring®, Europe's largest life science partnering conferences, supported by the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
  • BioPharm America™, the fastest growing partnering event in North America
  • Biotech Showcase™, a unique forum in San Francisco for presenting to investors and business development executives, co-produced with Demy-Colton Life Science Advisors
  • BioEquity Europe, the investor conference co-organized with BioCentury Publications and BIO
  • ChinaBio® Partnering Forum, the first dedicated biotech/pharma partnering conference in China, co-produced with ChinaBio® LLC
  • EuroMedtech™, EBD Group's partnering event for the innovative medical technology industry
  • Partnering for Global Impact®, an inspirational partnering conference providing an innovative forum to partner, identify and generate social and philanthropic investment and funding opportunities

EBD Group's sophisticated web-based partnering service, partneringONE®, is used as the partnering engine at numerous third-party events around the world, and partnering360® is the open online community of life science dealmakers that enhances partnering experiences throughout the year.

EBD Group is an Informa company. Informa is the largest publicly-owned organizer of exhibitions, conferences and training in the world.

EBD Group has offices in the USA and Europe.

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About LISAvienna
LISAvienna - Life Science Austria Vienna is the life science cluster organization of the City of Vienna, serving all stakeholders in the areas of biotechnology/pharmaceuticals and medical technology. As a joint initiative of the Republic of Austria and the City of Vienna, LISAvienna helps to ensure that the economic potential of life sciences is put to good use and turned into marketable products, improved processes and new services. The main focus of its activities is on custom-tailored advice and assistance for innovative enterprises. LISAvienna is supported by Austria Wirtschaftsservice GmbH (aws) and the ZIT - The Technology Agency of the City of Vienna.

About BIO-Europe 2013
The 19th annual BIO-Europe® event will be the largest biotechnology partnering conference held in Europe. Over 3,000 global decision makers from biotechnology, pharma and finance, representing upwards of 1,700 companies from over 50 countries, annually attend BIO-Europe to identify new business opportunities and develop strategic relationships. BIO-Europe features the industry's most advanced web-based partnering system enabling delegates from all parts of the biotechnology value chain to quickly identify, engage and enter into strategic relationships that drive their business successfully forward. BIO-Europe will take place November 4–6, 2013 in Vienna, Austria.

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