20th Annual SoCalBio Conference

September 28, 2018  — The Westin Long Beach, CA

With a CEO Reception & Dinner on September 27, 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.


Keynote Speaker

Peter Emtage | SVP, Global Head of Cell Therapy Research Kite Pharma Inc​

Peter Emtage serves as the Global Head of Cell Therapy Research at Kite, a Gilead company.  He most recently served as the Chief Scientific Officer at Cell Design Labs. He previously held senior positions at Intrexon, MedImmune and Femta Pharmaceuticals. Peter is an immunologist by training and over the past 20 years has focused on developing drugs to modulate the immune response in humans. His work in oncology, autoimmunity and infectious disease has included the utilization of viral and non-viral delivery systems, chimeric antigen receptors and TCR adoptive T cell modalities, and monoclonal antibodies in checkpoint blockade and immuno-oncology.

His career started with a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health followed by his role as Research Scientist at Aventis Pasteur and then Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Peter Emtage | SVP, Global Head of Cell Therapy Research Kite Pharma Inc​

Ryan Helwig | Principal and Project Director TEConomy Partners

Ryan joined TEConomy Partners from his previous position as a senior economist with the Technology Partnership Practice at Battelle. Mr. Helwig is an accomplished economist and consulting professional with more than 15 years of experience spanning the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

His experience encompasses an early career spent with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., followed by senior project management experience within Battelle prior to cofounding TEConomy Partners in 2015.

Ryan has an M.A. in Economics from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Business and Economics from Miami University.

Ryan Helwig | Principal and Project Director TEConomy Partners



“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