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IP Career Showcase

Date: October 26, 2016
Location: Georgia Tech Campus, Atlanta, GA
Website: Click here for more information.

Please join us for the second annual IP Career Showcase! The Georgia Tech Center for Career Discovery and Development and the Georgia State University College of Law have partnered to offer students and professionals a wonderful opportunity to learn about the high growth career field of intellectual property (IP).  IP professionals in government, corporations, universities, and private practice will showcase different types of career options and opportunities, some of which require a law degree and some that do not. Additional information will also be provided to help attendees explore their options after the showcase.

Medtech Women@SEMDA

Date: October 27, 2016
Location: Atlanta, GA
Website: Click here for more information.

Partner Discount ($50 off, so your members can get Member rate): 2016MEDTECH-PARTNER
Students ($150 off): 2016MEDTECH-STUDENT

SEMDA is happy to announce the inaugural Medtech Women@SEMDA event to be held October 27 in Atlanta, GA. Mark your calendars! 

This will be a half-day event starting at 1:00 pm and culminating with a networking reception in the early evening. We will provide more details on the exact location, registration information, and agenda in the coming weeks.  

About Medtech Women@SEMDA  

Medtech Women @ SEMDA is a group dedicated to enhancing opportunities for women in the medtech industry. The group's founding Advisory Board represents an impressive group of women from industry, medicine, and academia that are passionate about supporting women at all levels in their careers.  SEMDA will be organizing various networking events across the region as well as webinars on a range of topics to promote leadership development and deep understanding of different industry issues.  All members of the SEMDA community are encouraged to participate.

 Roundtable: The Convergence Of Trade Secret Theft And Cybersecurity:
An In-House Counsel’s Primer – Webinar

Date: October 27, 2016
Website: Click here to register.

Pharmaceutical and medical device companies face significant risks with respect to trade secrets theft – risks which often implicate cyber security concerns. Using hypothetical but common real-world scenarios, this Webinar will provide an overview of the unique risks the pharmaceutical and medical device industries face with respect to trade secrets theft and related information security issues. Then, looking to the NIST Cybersecurity Framework as a comparative guide, this session will address the most cost-effective means of protecting trade secrets, including:

· identifying and prioritizing your company’s “crown jewel” trade secrets and other sensitive information;
· protecting that information by evaluating your company’s trade secrets and cyber security policies and procedures;
· detecting trade secret theft or weaknesses in your security program;
· preparing to respond to trade secret theft by implementing a written incident response plan; and,
· ensuring that your trade secret program is designed to evolve and adapt with your company and the sensitive information it holds.

Finally, this session will discuss in detail the civil and criminal remedies that are available in this area, and how your company should prepare in advance to effectively take advantage of them.

4th Annual Medical Device Regulations Conference

Date: November 1-2, 2016
Location: Athens, GA
Website: Click here to learn more.

The 4th Annual Medical Device Regulations Conference will be held November 1-2, 2016 at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education in Athens. This conference is jointly sponsored by the UGA College of Pharmacy and the US Food and Drug Administration.

Please consider attending, and let your colleagues know about the conference as well.  This is an outstanding opportunity to gain exposure to current thinking regarding medical device quality and regulatory affairs from both industry and FDA management.  The conference is one day in length, and there are also two outstanding (and very cost effective) ½ day-long workshops available that will cover 510(k) submissions and Quality Assurance.

Using a tutorial approach, experienced leaders from the FDA, industry, and consulting firms will present and engage the audience on issues related to strategic implications of FDA device regulations.  The conference has also been accredited for 6 hours of Regulatory Affairs Continuing Education credit.

This year’s conference topics are timely and valuable:  Ruth Dixon, FDA New Orleans District Director, will discuss Import/Export Common Problems & Recommendations, and a representative from the FDA’s Office of Surveillance and Biometrics will review Electronic Filings & Their Challenges – FDA Hints to be Successful.  

There will also be industry speakers presenting on Post Market Surveillance Requirements – EU & US Comparisons, Advertising & Promotion, Combination Products, and Changes to the Medical Device Directive.  In addition, as mentioned above two in-depth workshops will be available on the topics of 510(k) submissions and Medical Device Quality.  These have proven very popular as they provide a tremendous amount of information and opportunity for interaction in a participatory classroom environment.  

We hope that you will be able to attend this year’s conference.  To register, please visit or contact Elise Fortson at 706-542-6232 or

BIO- Europe 2016- 22nd Annual International Partnering Conference

: November 7-9, 2016
LocationCologne, Germany
Website: Click here to learn more.

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The 22nd annual BIO-Europe® event is the largest biotechnology partnering conference held in Europe. Over 3,500 global decision makers from biotechnology, pharma and finance annually attend BIO-Europe to identify new business opportunities and develop strategic relationships. Business development executives and dealmakers consider BIO-Europe a must-attend event and an effective business strategy enabling them to meet and present to numerous potential partners. 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.

Camille Del Carmen
EBD Group
Carlsbad, CA
+1 760 930 0500

BIO- IP Counsels Committee Conference

: November 14-16, 2016
LocationSavannah, GA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

The BIO IPCC Conference is organized biannually by the IP Counsels Committee of the Biotechnology Innovation Organization. It is organized by in-house practitioners for in-house practitioners, and over the past decade has become the premiere event for corporate biotech patent counsels and agents, providing valuable opportunities for education, practice pointers, policy discussions, and for meeting similarly-situated colleagues in the industry. Registration policies and programming are designed to ensure that the event first and foremost benefits the in-house community.

We are continually seeking out ways to enhance its value to our core audience, especially practitioners at smaller companies whose budgets are tight and responsibilities are spread. BIO will waive registration and reimburse $500 in hotel and airline for up to 10 biotech in-house IP counsel first-time attendees. Recipients must have never attended a BIO IPCC Conference before. 

The Fifth Academia Industry Forum - KSU

Date: November 16, 2016
Location: Kennesaw, GA
WebsiteClick here to learn more.

The 2016 Forum, “Concept to Commercialization", will take place Nov. 16, 2016 at Kennesaw State University.

The speaker schedule for the 2016 Academia-Industry Forum is now finalized and registration is open. The link for the registration can be found below. Space is limited so please register as soon as possible.

Registration Form

Drug Development Boot Camp 2016

Harvard University

Date: November 16-17, 2016
Location: The Harvard Club – Boston, MA
Website: Click here to learn more.

Why is there a need for training in drug development? Drug development is a complex process. Each compound or molecule that enters drug development requires a unique drug development program to be devised by the Project Team. Even after many years of working in drug development, many drug developers with decision making authority lack in-depth understanding of the drug development process. It becomes harder and harder to gain this knowledge the longer one is in the drug development arena. Who wants to admit in front of colleagues that they don’t understand everything discussed in project team meetings.

The Drug Development Boot Camp was founded by Dr. Lorna Speid. She is a global regulatory affairs and drug development expert. After watching many of her clients make avoidable and expensive mistakes, she decided to help as many as she could avoid those mistakes. The Boot Camp uses accelerated learning techniques to train executives and people working at the cutting edge of new drug R&D, in drug development. The seventh Boot Camp will be held with Harvard University OTD at the Harvard Club on November 16-17, 2016.

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Biolatam® 2016


Date: November 29-30, 2016
Location: Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino - San Juan, Puerto Rico
Website: Click here to learn more.

Biolatam® is the biotechnology conference which provides unique access to Latin America, one of the fastest growing life science markets. International drug developers are increasingly targeting Latin America's emerging market and innovative capabilities in generic pharmaceuticals, clinical trials and drug manufacturing. As well, governmental support for biotechnology companies has increased dramatically over the last decade, lending to a ripe environment for life science partnering. Biolatam aims at promoting mutual benefits between global companies and US, Latin American and European entities, to facilitate life science investments and technological collaborations.

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Camille Del Carmen
EBD Group
Carlsbad, CA
+1 760 930 0500

Biotech Showcase™ 2017

Date: January 9-11, 2017
Location: San Francisco
Click here for more information.

GaBio Member Discount: Put 'BTS2017 GEORGIA BIO SUPPORTER MEMBER DISCOUNT' in the comments field when registering

Biotech Showcase™ is an investor and networking conference devoted to providing private and public biotechnology and life sciences companies with an opportunity to present to, and meet with, investors and potential strategics in one place during the course of one of the industry's largest annual healthcare investor conferences. Investors and biopharmaceutical executives from around the world gather in San Francisco during this critical week which is widely viewed as setting the tone for the coming year.

Now in its ninth year, this rapidly growing conference features multiple tracks of presenting companies, plenary sessions, workshops, networking, and an opportunity to schedule one-to-one meetings.

Biotech Showcase delegates include investors in private and public companies, sector analysts, bankers and industry professionals, as well as biopharmaceutical and life science company executives.

Biotech Showcase is produced by Demy Colton Life Science Advisors and EBD Group. Both organizations have a long history of producing high quality programs that support the biotechnology and broader life sciences industry.

For more information and online registration please visit our conference website at or contact:

EBD Group
+49 89 23 88 756 25

The Southeast BIO (SEBIO) Investor & Partnering Forum

Date: December 11-12, 2016

Location: Jacksonville, FL
Website: Click here for more information.

The Southeast BIO (SEBIO) Investor & Partnering Forum provides an unparalleled opportunity to meet key decision makers in the regional and national life science and medical technology communities.

Celebrating its 18th year, the SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forum has built a loyal following, attracting thought leaders and investors from across the country. We expect another strong event in 2016, with new opportunities to build business partnerships and explore the region’s life science industry.
More than 300 biotech and medtech investors, corporate executives, university representatives, entrepreneurs and service providers will attend the event this year. This is a rich opportunity to showcase your company at the most significant annual life science conference in the Southeast.
To date, the more than 220 later stage and 180 early stage companies that participated in previous SEBIO Investor & Partnering Forums have raised more than $2.5 billion in public and private funding. These numbers speak to the quality of our presenting companies.



2nd Annual Biomarker Conference

: February 6-7, 2017
Location: San Diego, CA
Website: Click here to learn more

After an overwhelming response on our Annual Biomarker Conference, MnM Conferences is pleased to announce The 2nd Annual Biomarker Conference which will take place on the 6th and 7th of February 2017, in San Diego-CA, USA.

The recent success of companion diagnostics along with the increasing regulatory pressure for better identification of the target population has created an extraordinary spur for drug discovery companies to invest in novel strategies for biomarker discovery. Also, the confluence of immunology and oncology tributaries has triggered a biomarker turbulence that is novel to the cancer community.
The pursuit to drive precision medicine and the quest to refine a biomarker model for immuno-oncology drug development, The 2nd Annual Biomarker Conference aims to gather experts from pharma, bio-pharma companies and research institutes to discuss current challenges and opportunities in biomarker discovery, CDx, NGS, regulatory and reimbursement issues and novel technologies.


2nd Annual Genome Editing & Engineering Conference

: February 6-7, 2017
Location: San Diego, CA
Website: Click here to learn more

Genome editing holds the promise of a breakthrough in the area of pharmaceutical science, since the discovery of the C
RISPR/Cas systems. 
The conference brings together the key industry leaders and researchers to address the concepts, challenges & applications of the genome editing tools like CRISPR/Cas9, TALENs.
Case studies and sessions will reveal the potential application of genome editing tools from the modern biomedical & therapeutic applications. Special emphasis on CRISPR system addressing the concept, technology, challenges like integration of genome, off-target effects, and delivery systems. 

With the tremendous response on our past annual Genome Editing & Engineering Conference 18th- 19th February 2016, we are excited to introduce the 2nd Annual Genome Editing & Engineering Conference (6th - 7th February 2017 in San Diego).




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