Life Science Leader Blogs

  1. Do You Have A Future In Leadership?

    While preparing for a recent trip to the west coast, I packed a copy of Leaders in Transition by Steve Broe. Author of a leadership lessons article in Life Science Leader magazine’s December 2014 issue, Broe was kind enough to send me a signed copy of his book. Although it is written from the perspective of a leader transitioning from one organization to another, even if leaving your current employer is not in your plans, don’t let this fact prevent you from taking the time to review this book. 

  2. What Makes For A Good Industry Session Conference Proposal?

    When I asked Jordan Warshafsky, partner at Ashton Tweed, why he decided to serve as a member of the 2015 BIO International Convention educational program planning committee he replied, “Given that this year’s Convention is being held in my hometown, I thought that being a committee member was a way of giving back.  I hope that being a member will, in some small way, begin to repay my gratitude for all those who have helped me get to where I am today.” 

  3. Will Patients Pay For Personalized Medicine?

    In October I attended a personalized medicine dinner discussion hosted at the Washington, D.C. offices of the National Journal (a division of the Atlantic Media Company). The discussion was developed into an upcoming feature, “Are You Prepared For The Pending Personalized Medicine Revolution?” in Life Science Leader magazine’s December 2014 issue. One of the hot discussion topics revolved around who is going to pay for the various products and services that constitute personalized medicine.

  4. A Braver Agenda - Reflections On The BIO Investor Forum 2014

    The BIO Investor Forum, October 7 and 8, in San Francisco, fourteen pages of tweets, a sheaf of business cards, reams of notes, and memorable moments and as almost everywhere else, the subject of Ebola frequently surfaced. Was it just on our minds because it was threatening “our people” for the first time? Yes. But more on Ebola later.

  5. Don’t Volunteer Your Time For An Industry Conference Before Reading This

    When I was asked to participate in the 2015 BIO International Convention’s Program Committee as the co-chair, I weighed the decision very carefully. I know that my most precious, limited, and nonrenewable resource is time. If I am to commit some of this resource to BIO, it will necessitate me, by default, choosing not to spend some time doing other things — especially if I want to do a good job. I imagine other members of the 2015 committee similarly weighed their decision.

  6. Taxes At Work: The Federal Government Gives A Boost To Life Science Start-ups

    An Interview with Michael Weingarten, Head of the NCI SBIR Development Center, and Lean Launchpad’s Steve Blank, NIH Business Mentor.

  7. Can Personalized Medicine Ever Truly Become A Reality?

    On October 6, 2014, I received an invitation from Poppy MacDonald, president and publisher of the National Journal, for a private dinner conversation on the topic of personalized medicine with AstraZeneca’s Dave Fredrickson, VP of specialty care and William Mongan, VP of business development, new product planning and foundations portfolio. Leading the on-the-record discussion would be Marilyn Werber Serafini, VP for policy at the Alliance for Health Reform. Wanting to be well prepared, I thought it a good idea to seek some fresh personal medicine perspectives from a cross section of folks within my network. Sharing a list of exploratory questions, here is what they had to say.

  8. How To Find The Cure For Diseases Like Ebola: Insights From The Founder Of PatientsLikeMe

    In September I traveled to Boston to meet with the Jamie Heywood, cofounder and chairman of PatientsLikeMe, a for-profit company that has created a platform where patients can share, learn from, and contribute real-world outcome-based data to research.

  9. What Can You Learn From The Educational Planning Process Of BIO?

    In my role as the 2015 co-chair of the BIO International’s educational planning committee, I am privy to what goes into creating one of our industry’s largest annual events. As many of you are involved in organizing your own customer educational programs (e.g., The Emerson Exchange) or have been asked to serve on an event planning committee, I thought a behind the scenes look into how BIO goes about the process would be helpful to your efforts. Here are some of the best business practices I have witnessed thus far.

  10. Why We Took A Different Approach To Planning A Conference

    Like you, I have attended a lot of educational events and conferences over the years. I’m sure we both could list some that were unique, valuable, and memorable while others could be simply categorized as “been there, done that.” And since time is my most precious resource, the last thing I want to do is spend this ever-diminishing asset on attending — or planning — a conference that’s just like all the rest.