Partnering without Pitfalls: Building Successful Collaborations between Entrepreneurs and Pharma
Join us for an interactive panel discussion with pharmaceutical leaders who will examine what they look for in a partner, how to navigate the partnering process, keys for success, and lessons learned
Attendance is FREE for members - RSVP below!
David Weitz, Head of Takeda California and Global Research Externalization
Takeda Pharmaceutical Company, Limited is focused on discovering transformative medicines for patients in the therapeutic areas of Oncology, Gastrointestinal and CNS. It has research centers in Tokyo, Boston and San Diego. David heads the San Diego research center and serves as a member Takeda’s global research senior leadership team. As the leader in San Diego, David works to maintain the center’s agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial approach to drug discovery research. David has over 25 years of experience in research, business, legal, and intellectual property, as well as his proven track record of alliance formation, to increase Takeda’s agility in securing external partnerships and collaborations as a key source of innovation. He received a B.S. in chemistry from M.I.T., a M.S. in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from University of California, Berkeley.
Melissa Fitzgerald, Head Strategic Research Partnerships, Pfizer
Jeff Calcagno, Senior Director New Ventures, JNJ Innovation
Jeff Calcagno, MD, is Senior Director, New Ventures, for Johnson & Johnson Innovation (JJI). Jeff leads the New Ventures team at Johnson & Johnson’s California Innovation Center, which he helped to establish. Jeff and his New Ventures team play a central role in sourcing and facilitating strategic breakthrough life sciences innovations across Western North America, Australia, and New Zealand. Jeff also worked for 18 months making and managing venture investments for Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, the venture investing arm of Johnson & Johnson.Jeff began his business career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. He later served as a healthcare research analyst at JP Morgan Hambrecht & Quist. As an entrepreneur, he ran corporate development and operations for WIDCOMM, a technology company acquired by Broadcom, and served as CFO & CBO for Vela Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed drug development company. From 2006 to 2010 he was a Principal & Kauffman Fellow at Scale Venture Partners, a venture fund with over $1B under management.
Jeff graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Biology from Harvard College and earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar. He completed his medical-psychiatric internship and psychiatry residency at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute and served as program chief resident. Afterwards, he was awarded and completed a clinical neuropharmacology fellowship focusing on the care of treatment-refractory patients. He speaks multiple languages.
5:00 – 6:00pm Networking Reception & Exhibition, appetizers & refreshments provided.
6:00 – 6:20pm Introduction to SDEE, Launchbio and 30 second pitches
6:20 – 8:00pm Panel Presentation and Discussion
SDEE Members can apply to give a 30 second pitch
Exhibit tables are available to SDEE Small Business, Corporate, and Consultant members!
Members: Contact Danielle Hayes, email@example.com
Cost: Free for SDEE and LaunchBio members. SDEE Members please use the form below to RSVP.
$25 for non-members, please purchase tickets here
10996 Torreyana Rd
San Diego, CA 92128
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