The Value of Bumping Into People in the Hall: A Lesson from the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference

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Met outside my hotel on Mason St.

Steve Gillis. Managing director of Arch Venture Partners. Met at the clock, lobby of St. Francis.

Monique Greer. Vice president of communications, Allos Therapeutics, formerly at Dendreon. Met at the clock, lobby of St. Francis.

John Harris. CEO of NeuroVista. Met at elevator bank, JW Marriott.

Rob Hershberg. Chief Scientific Officer of VentiRx. Met at elevator bank, JW Marriott.

Jim Johnson, Chief financial officer of ZymoGenetics. Met walking down Geary St.

Stefan Kraemer. Founder of Endogastric Solutions. Met at BioCentury reception.

David Miller. President of Biotech Stock Research. Met at airport on the way to the conference.

Peggy Pinkston. Director of communications, Seattle Genetics. Met before company presentation at St. Francis.

Julie Rathbun. Independent public relations consultant. Met at BioCentury reception.

Steve Reed. CEO of Immune Design. Didn’t actually meet, but saw him blitz through the lobby of the Clift.

Tom Reynolds. Chief medical officer of Seattle Genetics. Met after company presentation at St. Francis.

Chris Rivera. President of WBBA. Met at the BioCentury reception.

Alex Rives. Associate, Arch Venture Partners. Met at Sea-Tac while waiting for flight to conference.

Ben Shapiro. Senior partner, PureTech Ventures. Met in the hallway at St. Francis.

Clay Siegall. CEO of Seattle Genetics. Met after company presentation at St. Francis.

Martin Simonetti. CEO of VLST. Met on Powell St. outside the St. Francis

Todd Simpson. Chief financial officer of Seattle Genetics. Met at the company presentation at St. Francis.

Rick Stewart. CEO of Cardiac Dimensions. Met on the flight to the conference.

Cliff Stocks. Chief business officer of Calistoga Pharmaceuticals. Met after Canaan Partners reception, on the corner of Powell and Geary.

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  • http://www.silere.com Michael Langhout

    Luke, I completely agree that one of the main benefits of attending this conference are the many chance meetings that occur in the hallways and public places around town. Silere Medical was a presenting company at the OneMedForum, running concurrently with the JP Morgan conference, which was also very well attended. I bumped into many folks at the various receptions late at night as well. Sorry I missed seeing you this week.

  • Chad Waite

    You missed Carl and I, as well as the rest of the Accelerator folks.
    I saw you interviewing someone at the Clift as I was disappearing on a secret mission up an elevator!

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/ltimmerman/ Luke Timmerman

    Micheal, I’m glad to hear you had a good conference. I’m happy to get coffee sometime to learn more about what you’re doing with Silere.

    Chad, I must say I’m curious about this secret mission at the Clift. If it materializes into something later this year, I definitely want to hear about the anecdote in detail. Even the part about how you escaped this reporter’s surveillance—-Luke

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/ltimmerman/ Luke Timmerman

    Michael, I’m glad to hear you had a good conference. I’m happy to get coffee sometime to learn more about what you’re doing with Silere.

    Chad, I must say I’m curious about this secret mission at the Clift. If it materializes into something later this year, I definitely want to hear about the anecdote in detail. Even the part about how you escaped this reporter’s surveillance—-Luke

  • http://www.biomedwoRx.com Michael W. Young

    Luke, you’re insightful to blog on this phenomenon of the JPM Conf. The reality is that with tickets to the conference at a premium and the number of banks which have meetings in nearby venues, a significant number of “unofficial” people have gravitated to this meeting each year. They count on the “hallway bump” and the snapshot greetings turn into a full length movie by week’s end. Like you, I’ve certainly benefitted from all of the re-acquainting and networking done last week. Thanks for the thought provoking post.

  • http://chinabiollc.com Ian Wisenberg

    Luke, no question that this forum is second to none in the world of life sciences with the number of quality and high profile folks concentrated in and around Union Square.
    While many of us have our schedules full with meetings, the ad-hoc meetings while passing through the lobbies, meeting in the street or while having a breakfast or a lunch meeting at Max’s is the most exciting part. Of course, the various receptions hosted by the folks we all know are the best for bumping into old friends and make new acquaintences. This last week at the JPMorgan conference was an excellent start to 2010.

  • http://www.aceso.com Berry Brunk

    Luke, I’ve been attending this conference since it had the H&Q brand, and it is good to see the industry thriving like it is. It would be great if we could get more of the serendipitous meeting quotient into the next WBBA Invest Northwest conference. Maybe Chris and his team need to secure a more concentrated and centralized venue like the St. Francis — perhaps the Fairmont Olympic? I went down to SF to bump into some of the early-stage presenters in my efforts to find more life sciences deal flow for the Keiretsu Forum. Some of my unscheduled meetings were with DC-based Chas Roads from The Advisory Board Company after his presentation Monday evening, and also my brother, in from Boston to support Lumira Capital’s portfolio companies such as Cardiac Dimensions here in Kirkland. Later on we had dinner down at Scoma’s and bumped into people there. Cheers and thanks for the post.

  • http://www.xconomy.com/author/ltimmerman/ Luke Timmerman

    Berry, my understanding is that the WBBA is revamping its annual conference to be more inclusive of not just investors, but pharma business development types from around the country. It will still be held at the Bell Harbor Conference Center at Pier 66, which I think is a great venue with beautiful views, but it’s also hard to fill for a regional biotech investment conference.

    Part of the magic at JP Morgan is that the St. Francis is a classic old hotel along the world-famous cable car route. It’s also well timed in January when the weather is nice in SF and everybody is in the mood to think about the year ahead. And as a compact venue, it creates a jam-packed feeling that seems to raise the metabolism of attendees. It also has the benefit of so much tradition, having been around for more than 25 years.

  • http://www.washbio.org Stacie Byars

    Hi Luke:
    As always, great to see you! In-person, smiling and intently in thought about life sciences! :)

    Thanks for responding to Berry’s comment on WBBA’s Life Science Innovation NW conference this spring, March 16 & 17 at Bell Harbor. We producing a fabulous, 2-day jam-packed program and hope to crowd the halls as well. Registration is NOW open!

  • Kevin Chow

    Probably stating the obvious to those responding to this article, but one of the best things from the business development point of view at JPM are all the coffee shops, diners, bookstores, stairwells, and other nooks and crannies around Union Square where you can conduct pre-arranged or inpromptu partnering discussions. You don’t even need to be registered for JPM yet can achieve a lot of good meetings to get the year off to a good start. You can even rendezvous at the most central meeting point (the famous St. Francis clock) without being registered. Bell Harbor is definitely nice, but not quite as many peripheral meeting spots due to its somewhat isolated waterfront location.

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