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2020 SoCalBio Boot Camp for Emerging Companies (Virtual Event)

September 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

About this Event

This boot camp is designed for biotech, Medtech, Dx and digital health companies selected to make presentations during the Annual SoCalBio Conference. It will provide emerging entrepreneurs and innovators with an in-depth understanding of what it takes to raise early-stage capital and/or forge partnerships. Issues covered run the whole gamut from how to make effective presentations and IP protection to reimbursement and meeting FDA regulatory requirements.


Day 1: September 15, 2020

1:00 PM Welcoming remarks and acknowledgement of partners

1:10 PM SoCalBio staff will lead a demonstration of the platform to be used in the live streaming of company presentations during the Annual SoCalBio Conference on Oct. 21-23, 2020

  • Equipment, Browsers & Internet connection
  • Managing Q/A during the event
  • Scheduling one-on-one meetings
  • Setting up meet-up rooms to interface with interested investors and potential partners

2:00 PM Q/A

2:15 PM The elements of an effective investor pitch by Sasha Strauss, Managing Partner, Innovation Protocol (invited)

2:30 PM What not to do when pitching remotely (Speaker TBA)

3:00 PM Q/A

3:15 PM Company presentation practice-run with audience commentary

4:00 PM Meeting adjourns

Day 2: September 16, 2020

1:00 PM Introductory remarks

1:10 PM Understand the risk profile of your venture and how it impacts financing

  • IP risks: Michael Wise, Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Strategy risks: William Dolphin, PhD, CEO, CueSquared
  • Regulatory risks: Evan Siegel, PhD, Ground Zero Pharmaceuticals

1:50 PM Q/A

2:10 PM Planning your fund-raising campaign. Where to find the money in Southern California and elsewhere.

  • Ahmed Enany, President & CEO, SoCalBio

2:45 PM Q/A

3:00 PM What’s it worth? Understanding the valuation of early-stage, pre-revenue bioscience firms

  • John Greenway, Principal, Trinity (invited)
  • Pankaj Singhal, PhD, President & CEO, NurtureX

3:45 PM Q/A

4:00 PM The Art of negotiating term sheets

  • George Colindres, Sr. Counsel, Perkins Coie
  • Thomas Stromberg, Partner, Perkins Coie

4:45 PM Q/A

5:00 PM Meeting adjourns

Day 3: September 17, 2020

1:00 PM Introductory remarks

1:05 PM Making your company fundable. What investors look for?

  • Jay Goss, General Partner, WaveMaker 360 Health
  • Hannes Holste, Theil Capital
  • Roger Zickfeld, Managing Director, Columbia Capital

1:50 PM Q/A

2:00 PM Panel discussion: Four entrepreneurs who raised significant funding for their companies share insights on maximizing your chances of securing angel, strategic, and institutional deals:

  • Bruce Bauer, PhD, President & CEO, TAE Life Sciences
  • Basil Dahiyat, PhD, President & CEO, Xencor
  • Robert Hamilton, MD, CSO, NovaSignal
  • Frank Watanabe, CEO, Arcutis Biotherapeutics

3:00 PM Q/A

3:15 PM Company presentation practice-run with audience commentary

3:55 PM Concluding remarks

4:00 PM Bootcamp adjourns


September 15, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
September 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm


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