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A comprehensive two-day educational experience for founders of early-stage medical device, therapeutics, diagnostics, and digital health companies

Starting a company is always challenging, but for founders of life science startups, the regulations and funding hurdles make it dauntingly complex, overwhelming, and seemingly insurmountable.  

Life science innovators hold the promise of improving the world’s health and well-being. The Kauffman Life Science Ventures Summit presents the path for how to successfully bring those innovations to market.

June 22 – 23, 2012

1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA 94143

This first-time conference will answer the critical questions that founders must address to start and grow viable life science companies. Industry experts and successful entrepreneurs will provide practical guidance on how to commercialize innovations in each of four sectors: medical device, therapeutics, diagnostics, and digital health. If you have a new startup in this space or are ready to start one, this two-day event may be for you.

Program Highlights
Speakers and panelists representing each industry sector will share lessons, advice, and insights. You'll hear from keynote speaker, Kim Popovits, CEO, Genomic Health; Steve Blank, serial entrepreneur and author; Stephen Spielberg, deputy commissioner for medical products and tobacco at the Food & Drug Administration; Paul Yock, founder, Stanford Biodesign; Karl Handelsman, managing director, CMEA Capital; and more.

During the two-day Summit, you will:

  • Learn how to persuasively articulate your idea and iterate on different business models.
  • Learn team formation, and co-founder lessons that most first-time founders miss.
  • Identify and understand the alternative channels to fundraising.  
  • Navigate the regulatory maze of intellectual property protections, FDA approvals, clinical development paths, and reimbursement dynamics.
  • Network with like-minded founders, industry experts, angel and venture capital investors, and successful entrepreneurs.

How to Apply and Register
Up to 200 life science entrepreneurs will be selected across four industry sectors: therapeutics, medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health. Applicants will be accepted based on two factors: (1) how much they will benefit from the experience based on where they are in their early-stage entrepreneurial journey, and (2) the commercial viability of their plan.

The application deadline is April 9, 2012. Selected applicants will be advised by April 20.

Registration will open April 23. The registration fee is $100 before May 11, 2012, and $125 after that date.

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