Why Invest in Philadelphia Now?

Why Invest in Philadelphia Now?

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University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

600 South 43rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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As a life science entrepreneur, raising capital is an exciting, challenging and a somewhat daunting experience. In the Philadelphia metro region, it has been more difficult since the 2008-2009 economic recession. Our Life Sciences community has lost businesses, jobs and investment capital to other regions across the USA. Upon the exit of these investment dollars, local entrepreneurs have found it tough to obtain seed money, and more problematic to acquire funding that could lead towards eventual commercialization and positive cash flow.

With this challenge in mind, members of the Life Sciences Collaborative have designed our 4th annual conference around this conversation. Our robust panels include leaders from life science investment management, regional incubators and biopharma firms. This program is focused on changing the game and reversing the trend of reduced access to investment capital in this region. Our panels of industry leaders will offer their guidance and real world experiences to help build your entrepreneurial skill set towards increased success within the Philadelphia metro area.

Our keynote speakers include:

  • Stephen Tang, PhD – President & CEO at University City Science Center

  • Adam Dakin – CEO of PhotoSonix Medical & Co-Founder and Partner of PLEXUS Innovation Hub

Our panels will include:

Panel #1: Building a Successful Pitch for Investor Discussions

  • How to hold effective meetings and motivate your audience

  • Translating good science into a return on investment

  • Creating clear, concise presentations that focuses on investment return

  • Availability of resources for your successful pitch

Moderator: Dean Miller, President & CEO of PACT


  • Pete Buzy, President, CEO & Board Memebr, Paragon Biosciences

  • Osagie Imasogie, Senior Managing Partner of Phoenix IP Ventures, Chairman of Iroko Pharma, iCeutica and Churchill Pharma

  • J. David Owens, CEO of BiologicsMD

  • Michael Wells, Managing Partner of Princeton Biopharma Capital

Panel #2: Seed Money and Beyond: Improving the Flow of Investment Funds to Our Region

  • Challenges related to different tiers of investments

  • Comparison of funding available outside of the Philadelphia Metro Region

  • Investment struggles within the Life Sciences

Moderator: Matt Cabrey, Executive Director of Select Greater Philadelphia


  • Jane Hollingsworth, Managing Partner at Militia Hill Ventures

  • Michael Poisel, Director of the Penn Center for Innovation Ventures

  • Heather Steinman, PhD, MBA, Vice President, Business Development, Wistar Institute

  • Mark Tepper, President & Chief Scientific Officer of Corbus Pharmaceuticals

While we prefer advance registration for our event, we will be accepting registrations at the door.

Please arrive at USciences between 7:00AM and 8:00AM to register and enjoy breakfast & networking.

Free Parking Available @ 723 S. 43rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Disclaimer: All sessions, presenters and times are subject to change without notice.

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