21st Annual SoCalBio Conference

September 19, 2019 — The Westin Long Beach, CA

With a CEO Reception & Dinner on September 18, from 5 to 9 pm

The SoCalBio Conference is an annual event organized by the Southern California Biomedical Council (SoCalBio). This conference is preceded by a CEO Reception & Dinner which will feature keynote presentations by distinguished speakers.

The SoCalBio conference showcases Southern California value-based bioscience innovations and explores efficient pathways to bring them to market. In addition to plenary sessions, business roundtables and therapeutic workshops, this conference will feature at least 40 company presentations showcasing the strength and future of the bioscience industry in Los Angeles/Orange County and neighboring communities.

Conference Speakers

Soraya M. Scroggins, Managing Director, Investment Banking and Global Healthcare, Barclays
Richard Markus
Richard Markus, MD, PhD, CEO, Dantari Pharmaceuticals
Robert Greenberg, MD, PhD, Executive Chairman, Alfred Mann Foundation
John Shen
John Shen, Founding Partner, Sunstone Investment Fund
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John Keisler, Director, Economic Development Department, City of Long Beach
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Thomas Phelps, VP, Corporate Strategy & CIO, Laserfiche & Chairman of the Board, Long Beach Accelerator
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Adrian Bot, MD, PhD, VP, Translational Medicine, Kite, a Gilead Company
James Caggiano
Jim Caggiano, CEO, Dendreon
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Chris DeRespino, Executive Director, Business Development, Amgen
Will McGuire, President and CEO, Second Sight Medical Products
Ian A. Cook, MD, Senior Vice-President and CMO, NeuroSigma
Patricia Weber, DrPH, Program Director, SBIR Development Center, NCI, NIH
Kara Bortone
Kara Bortone, PhD, Sr. Director Portfolio Sourcing & Management, J&J Innovation
John Donello, PhD, Vice President, Research Pharmacology, Allergan
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Kanad Das, PhD, Executive Director, Boehringer Ingelheim Venture USA Inc.


“I was very impressed by the SoCalBio Conference in many ways. First, it was a well- organized and seamless process. I enjoyed the location, the concurrent sessions and the food. More importantly, I liked the select group of professionals, and the companies lined up. It was a great experience and a helpful seminar for me.” Varaz Shahmirian, Ph.D. Laursar Technologies (Northridge, CA).

Why Attend?

  • The SoCalBio Conference features:

    • Company presentations by emerging biotech, device, diagnostic and digital health companies
    • Plenary sessions on cutting-edge therapeutic and diagnostic technologies
    • Expert-led workshops on the latest bioscience market trends and investment opportunities.
    • Premier opportunity to network with industry executives and investors focused exclusively on life sciences.

Who Should Attend?

  • Biotech, Pharma, IVD, Informatics, and Medical Device Company Executives
  • Venture Capitalists
  • Angel Investors
  • Investment Bankers
  • Life-Science Educators and Researchers
  • Service Providers
  • Policy Makers and Economic Development Professionals
  • Media Representatives

Apply To Present

SoCalBio seeks to present 40+ companies at the Annual Conference. Medical device, biotech, biopharma, Diagnostics, and digital health companies are welcome to apply for a presentation slots. As a service to the Southern California bioscience community, SoCalBio Does NOT chargepresenting companies . Contact SoCalBio at 800-418-7079 ext 1 or send email to scbc@socalbio.org.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. This conference provides a great forum to build or solidify your branding as a key player in the Southern California bioscience community. Sponsorship also demonstrates your commitment to supporting the growth of our bioscience cluster …Learn more


The SoCalBio Conference brings together bioscience leaders and executives for one day of intensive networking activity where new opportunities are identified and promising partnerships begin. As an exhibitor, you will reach these influential decision makers who come to SoCalBio to form partnerships and evaluate new technologies … Learn more

SoCalBio Sponsors