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Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Come for the biotech, stay for the vegetable platter.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Attendees filed in to Biogen's Cambridge, MA, campus for some pre-event mingling.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Let the exchange of business cards begin.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Biogen executive vice president of Research & Development, Douglas Williams, gives some opening remarks as a packed house looks on.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

From left: Jason Rhodes (Epizyme), Rob Armstrong (formerly of Eli Lilly), Richard Brudnick (Biogen), and Robert Urban (Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center, Boston) discuss new collaboration models between pharma and biotech.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Attendees always get the chance to mix it up with our speakers.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Come to think of it, speakers were mixing it up with our speakers too.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Apparently, I wasn't the only one taking notes.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

With 7 sessions and 4 hours of content, there was no shortage of biotech topics to discuss.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Overwhelmed with biotech info? Here's some healthy networking fuel.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Feng Zhang (MIT and the Broad Institute) giving his recap of the VC beauty pageant that led to the creation of Editas Medicine.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

How many deals did Cubist close that day last year? Two? Three? CEO Mike Bonney reflects.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Schmoozing on biotech.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Our attendees appear to have almost been trounced by a wayward bicyclist.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

John Maraganore explained the past and present of Alnylam's RNAi quest, and had some pointed remarks for pharma as well.

Maraganore speaking at an Xconomy event in April

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Flagship Ventures partner and Seres Health CEO David Berry giving the ins and outs of the microbiome, fecal transplants, and of course, sneaks in a few poop jokes.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Beware. While you're networking, our photographer is looming.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Why get up when you can comfortably network from your seat?

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

"I would argue that in order to be innovative, you first have to be contrarian," Syros Pharmaceuticals' Nancy Simonian told the crowd.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Katrine Bosley (the Broad Institute) and Roger Stein (State Street Global Exchange) talk debt financing vehicles for early-stage biotech.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Berry chatting it up with an attendee.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

New connections are made during networking breaks.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Syros' Simonian and Aveo Oncology CEO Tuan Ha-Ngoc.

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Whats Hot in Boston Biotech

Inside? Much of the Cambridge biotech world. Outside? Unseasonably blistering Cambridge wind. Small wonder many folks stuck around.

Biogen Idec’s executive vice president of Research & Development, Douglas Williams said it best: “What’s hot in biotech? I’d say damn near everything.”

Williams, of course, was kicking off the festivities at Xconomy Boston’s latest life sciences event, “What’s Hot in Boston Biotech,” on April 16. Attendees then got a taste of the big ideas floating around the local biotech scene, from gene editing to “super-enhancers” to microbiome drug cocktails. Last week I posted a recap of the event, and today I’m circling back with some of the photos.

Once again, a tip of the cap to KeithSpiroPhoto, courtesy of Kendall Press, for all the pictures. And a big thank you to our speakers, our event host, Biogen, and our sponsors: Cubist Pharmaceuticals; Health Advances; Icon; Mintz Levin; and Rasky Baerlein. And a special thanks to our National Partner, Alexandria Real Estate Equities.